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Paul M. Fromson, Professor of Psychology

Mailing Address: Campus Box 2337, Elon University, Elon, NC, 27244-2010

Office: Long 108

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I have long been interested in how people make sense of their experience, and how the meanings they create can either enrich or diminish their lives. This interest led me as an undergraduate at Amherst College to double major in Psychology and Literature, and it guided my thinking during my doctoral training in clinical psychology at Vanderbilt. While I appreciate the importance of biological processes and being attentive to observable behavior, I remained more interested in how my therapy patients were thinking and feeling about who they are and how they relate to others. After some years of clinical practice, I came to Elon where I have been able to teach courses that reflect this long-term interest: Personality, Abnormal Psychology, and Senior Seminars that focus on the self or on emotions. My current research interests focus on how several self processes relate to emotional dysfunction, particularly to depression, shame, and guilt.

B.A.     Amherst College

M.A.    George Peabody College

Ph.D.  Vanderbilt University

Courses Taught

PSY 225  Mental Illness and Film

PSY 331  Psychological Testing

PSY 333  Abnormal Psychology

PSY 343  Personality Psychology

PSY 461  Senior Seminar

PSY 481  Internship

PSY 499  Independent Research