Susan E. O. Field, Ph.D.

Department of Psychology
Georgian Court University
900 Lakewood Avenue
Lakewood, NJ 08701-2697
Phone: (732) 364-2200, ext.2643

Professor of Psychology


  • Ph.D. Social Psychology, Harvard University, 1991
    • Thesis Title: On Saying Unpleasant Things: An Experimental Investigation of Politeness Theory
    • Mentor: Roger Brown
    • Minor: Organizational Behavior
  • A.M. Social Psychology, Harvard University, 1989
  • A. B. Psychology, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, 1985

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association
  • American Psychological Society
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology
  • Georgian Court University chapter of Psi Chi, Faculty Moderator


  • Generally, I am interested in the social psychology of language, and specifically in the use of language as related to its social context. Most specifically, I am interested in verbal politeness, both theoretically, and as a reflection of cognitive dysfunction. I recently presented a paper at the American Psychological Society national convention entitled "Schizophrenia and Pragmatics: Disruption of Linguistic Politeness". I am presently interested in perceptions of communication in different media (verbal, written, and electronic).
  • In the arena of teaching technique, I am interested in the effects of technology, and particularly computers, on classroom teaching and human communication. I recently presented a paper at the American Psychological Society national convention entitled "Introducing the Internet into the Classroom: The Netscape Scavenger Hunt". I plan to expand and extend the exercise described in this paper during the coming year.
  • In my professional service to Georgian Court University, I have become interested in the subject of research ethics, having participated in the initial development of the College's policy on the ethical treatment of human and animal subjects. I serve on the College's Research Standards Committee and have chaired it for two of the five years I have been here. I am also currently chair of the Psychology Department's Committee on Academic Misconduct, which is currently investigating discrepancies between student and faculty perceptions of academic misconduct, as well as developing a policy for investigating and handling allegations of misconduct.

Courses Taught

  • At Georgian Court University:
    • Social Psychology
    • Psychology of Learning
    • Introduction to Psychology I and II
    • Experimental Psychology
    • Psychology and Law
  • At Harvard (either as the instructor or as a Teaching Fellow):
    • Social Psychology
    • Personality Psychology
    • Introduction to Statistics
    • Multivariate Statistics (graduate course)
    • Psychology and Law

Course Materials on the Web

When I teach courses currently, I use PowerPoint slide presentations to present material visually.

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