Marianne Fallon, PhD
Central Connecticut State University
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Dr. Marianne Fallon received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bucknell University and her master’s and PhD from the University of Toronto. Although she trained as a lifespan developmental psychologist focusing on memory, language, and music processing, Dr. Fallon’s interests have turned towards the teaching of psychology and factors that promote undergraduate student success. After arriving at Central Connecticut State University in 2006, Dr. Fallon has regularly taught Research Methods and recently published a book, Writing Up Quantitative Research in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Fallon was awarded the Connecticut State University Board of Trustees Teaching Award in 2010 and she has been named a finalist twice for Central Connecticut State University’s Excellence in Teaching Award.
Dr. Fallon avidly encourages her students to present and publish their research. Many of her students have presented their research at the Eastern Psychological Association’s (EPA) annual conference and seven have been awarded Psi Chi Eastern Regional Awards in the past five years. Since becoming her chapter’s faculty advisor in 2012, the chapter has won model chapter awards for the first time in its history, the Kay Wilson Presidential Leadership Award in 2014, and the Eastern Regional Chapter Award in 2016. Further, a chapter member wrote an article for Eye on Psi Chi describing how we developed and maintain a departmental newsletter. Dr. Fallon has reviewed submissions for the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research since 2013 and has actively participated in Psi Chi sponsored events at EPA.
Fun Facts About Dr. Fallon
What are your hobbies?
I love music! I’ve been singing in choirs since high school. I even met my husband in choir. I sing in The New England Chamber Choir and take voice and piano lessons. I also like reading and exercising— especially yoga.
What is the best trip you've ever taken?
In 1999, I went around the Gulf of Finland to Estonia, Russia, Finland, and Sweden on a choir trip (notice a theme?). I still have the sweater I bought from the Wall of Sweaters in Tallinn and fond memories of singing in the Church of the Rock in Helsinki, Finland on my 25th birthday. But the most memorable experience was impromptu; after a concert in Estonia, a gentleman invited us back to his family farm that bordered a lake. He told us how it was occupied in WWII and that he wanted us to bless his lake through song. We sang Elgar’s Ave Maria Gratia Plena.
What is your favorite food?
Pizza from Pompei Pizzeria in Bayonne, NJ.
What sort of student were you?
Super-involved. (Surprised? Didn’t think so.) I wasn’t the most stellar student academically, but I distinguished myself through my creativity and independence designing experiments and implementing them. I sometimes got the feeling that my professors were disappointed in me—that I wasn’t fully reaching my intellectual potential because I spent too much time doing other stuff. But that other stuff (leading a service fraternity, coordinating the university’s orientation program, singing in three groups, etc.) gave me fundamental leadership experience which I have built upon throughout my life.
Who is your favorite psychologist?
Elizabeth Loftus. She a pioneer in eyewitness memory and I find her to be incredibly brave. She doggedly pursues truth even when the truth may be unpopular or difficult to hear. (And she’s a Psi Chi Distinguished Member, so…)
What are three words that best describe you?
Passionate. Creative. Curious.
What is your favorite class to teach?
Research Methods/Stats. No contest. It brings me great joy to help students develop ways to empirically answer their questions about human behavior, thought, and emotion. I am especially excited when my students get bitten by the “research bug,” realizing that they enjoy this process of discovery and sharing their findings with a broader audience.
What is the last book you read?
Tough question because I usually read some nonfiction and fiction at the same time… I just finished Roxanne Gay’s Hunger and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. In retrospect, I should not have read them at the same time—two powerful but psychologically and emotionally demanding reads. Moving onto Andy Weir’s The Martian and J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy. (Maybe I haven’t learned my lesson…)
What is your favorite band?
Yikes. Now? Probably Imagine Dragons. Ever? Judging from the cassettes and CDs in my basement, probably Depeche Mode with The Cure a close second.