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Eric Podchaski, Ph.D.
Lecturer
Department of Psychology

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Eric Podchaski, Ph.D.

Lecturer
Department of Psychology

Prior to joining Seton Hall as a Visiting Assistant Professor in 2017 I was a geriatric psychologist for nearly ten years with the US Department of Veterans Affairs at various medical centers in different parts of the country. My main roles included working with older adult veterans in the Community Living Centers, which included short-term rehabilitation, skilled care, and long-term care; in addition to outpatient clinic work. My focus was on neuropsychological assessment of dementia and other chronic illness, training of nursing staff in behavioral interventions, and training of psychology doctoral students and interns, in addition to medical residents and students. I also worked in palliative and hospice care units during my time with the VA. Prior to my clinical experience I spent a short time in a doctoral program in social psychology, doing research in social cognition.

I have been teaching in classroom and non-classroom (e.g. grand rounds, clinical supervision) settings for over 15 years and hold a degree in teaching. My experience with undergraduate teaching started in 2000 and I began teaching and training doctoral students in 2008. I have been an adjunct (part-time) faculty at several universities including Ohio University, Kennesaw State, and the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University.

In the past I have created courses from in the psychology of identity and the psychology of aging. I’m very interested in developing activities to assist students in applying psychological concepts to different situations and problems. Given my focus on application, my classes are rooted in deep discussion of concepts and projects that allow students to demonstrate their level of understanding.

Classes I teach at SHU include statistics, psychological testing, social psychology, personality psychology, abnormal psychology, and adult development. I also have four years of experience in teaching online only courses at several institutions.

My current interests are in positive psychology (e.g. happiness, grit, meaning) and how elements of data science (e.g. machine learning) may help us make healthier and more meaningful decisions.