Joanna Gonsalves

Professional Details

Title Professor
Department Psychology
Office Meier Hall 224D
Phone 978.542.6898
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Recent and Upcoming Courses

PSY 170H Honors: Foundations of Psychology
PSY 203S Research Methods and Statistics I
PSY 204R Research Methods and Statistics II
PSY 211 Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
PSY 519 Internship Preparation
PSY 520 Internship in Psychology
PSY 530 Directed Study in Psychology
PSY 543 Seminar in Cognitive Psychology
PSY 601H Honors Independent Research in Psychology

Professional Biography

My primary academic interests and training are in cognitive and social development. I conduct research in the areas of youth and college student development. For eight years I served on the Woburn, MA city council and have a long-standing commitment to civic engagement initiatives.  


Chairperson, Media and Communication

Psychology Professor

MSCA Executive Committee

Equity and Engagement Consortium

Co-Director, Salem's Next Leaders youth mentoring program

Selected Publications

Gonsalves, J., Metchik, E., Lynch, C., Belzos, C., & Richards, P. (2019), Optimizing service-learning for self-efficacy and learner empowerment, Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, 25(1).

Gonsalves, J. (2017). Examination of outdoor orientation program participation on honors program completion, Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council. 18(2), 163-175.

Selected Presentations

Joanna Gonsalves, Eric Metchik, and Emily Cutts (2019). Exploring modality and timing of measurement of student mentor impact, Presentation at the Eastern Region Campus Compact Conference, Providence, RI.

Gonsalves, J., Lynch, C., Wagner, M., & Metchik, E. (2016). Exploring how civic engagement can increase college retention and success, while closing achievement gaps, Pathways to Civic Learning Conference, Salem, MA. 

Gonsalves, J., Metchik, E., & Shirshac, C. (2016). Salem’s Next Leaders Mentoring Program: A developmental approach to student success, Presentation at the Annual Adult Development Symposium, Salem, MA.