Sharon Bertsch


Welcome to my home page. It will tell you a little about who I am, what classes I teach and what research I am currently conducting.

The UPJ computer system has me listed under Walstad (my married name) also so you might want to try that if you are having trouble finding me in the University system.

I'm a Professor of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, transplanted from the Akron, Ohio area. I received my Ph.D. in Applied Cognitive Aging from the University of Akron.

My main area of interest in psychology is Cognitive Processing, which includes abilities like memory, creativity, intelligence and learning.


These are the classes I am teaching this semester:


Springl Semester, 2015


Psychology Seminar

Speaker Schedule



Intro to Stats & Lab

Z score practice

Z test practice

Single Sample t practice (answers 1   2)

t-test/Confidence Interval practice





More Correlation


More Regression

Some Final Exam Practice


Advanced Seminar


Lifespan Development

Sample Title Page

Sample References Page





Current Research Projects

Curriculum Vita








Some Interesting Articles

It's better to praise children's effort rather than their intelligence.


Was there such a thing as repressed memory before the year 1800?


Effects of bilateral eye movements on gist based false recognition in the DRM paradigm. Parker, A. & Dagnall, N. (2007)


Calibration trumps confidence as a basis for witness credibility. Tenney, E.R., MacCoun, R.J., Spellman, B.A. & Hastie, R. (2007)


Adults are useless at detecting children's lies. Stromwall, L.A., Granhag, P.A. & Landstrom, S. (2007)


Is the benefit of exercise a placebo effect? Crum, A.J. & Langer, E.J. (2007)


The most dangerous equation. Wainer (2007)


Revisiting the Stanford Prison Experiment: Could Participant Self-Selection Have Led to the Cruelty?

Carnahan & McFarland (2007)


The Reality of Recovered Memories: Corroborating Continuous and Discontinuous Memories of Childhood

Sexual Abuse. Geraerts et al (2007).


Interpersonal Disgust, Ideological Orientations, and Dehumanization as Predictors of Intergroup Attitudes.

Hodson & Costello (2007).


How good are you in math? The effect of gender stereotypes on students recollection of their school marks. Chatard et al (2007)


Understanding current causes of womens underrepresentation in science. Ceci & Williams (2010).


Gendered occupational interests: Prenatal androgen effects on psychological orientation to Things versus People Beltz et al (2011)


Can Psychology Become a Science? Lilienfeld (2010).


Voodoo Correlations Are Everywhere--Not Only in Neuroscience (Fiedler, 2011).



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