Patricia Markunas

Professional Details

Title Professor Emeritus
Department Psychology
Office Meier Hall 223
Photo of Patricia Markunas

Professional Biography

1979 to present     Professor, Department of Psychology, Salem State University

                           2010 - 2013   Chairperson, Department of Psychology

                           2000 - 2008   President, Massachusetts State College Association

                           1983 - 1994   Coordinator, Honors Program

1977 - 1979          Visiting Assistant Professor, College of Wooster (OH)

1973 - 1977          Graduate Fellow, The Ohio State University

                            1977      Ph. D., Developmental Psychology

                           1975      M. A., Developmental Psychology

1969 - 1973          The Ohio State University

                           1973      B. S., Psychology 

Professional Interests

Gender and Human Sexuality

Psychology of Women

Psychology and the Law

Labor unions and higher education

Women's issues 


Chairperson, Department of Psychology:  15 full-time faculty, 30 part-time and graduate faculty, over 500 undergraduate majors and nearly 100 graduate students

Professor of Psychology:  teaching interests include psychology and the law, and psychology of women 

Member of the Graduate Faculty:  teaching interests include gender and human sexuality, interpersonal relationships and contemporary families

Member of the Continuing Education Faculty:  teaching interests include Adulthood & Old Age

Editor, MSCA Perspective, the newsletter for the Massachusetts State College Association 



Selected Publications

Most recent publication:

Markunas, P. V. (2010). The Moscone/Milk Assassinations: Missteps, Misinterpretations and Miscarriages of Justice. Sextant, XVIII (1), 30-37.

Selected Presentations

Theatrical debut:

"Fur is Back," by Eve Ensler (performance), in "A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer," directed by Randy Holmberg, Salem State University, March 30 and 31, 2010

Personal Interests

Science fiction

True crime

Yard sales, estate sales, antiques, eBay