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TCC Experts: Psychology

James 'Jim'  O'Brien
Expert: James 'Jim' O'Brien, M.S., Ph.D., Professor - Psychology
Expertise: Independence-Conformity Research; Psychology; Research Methods
Contact: To arrange an interview with Jim O'Brien, contact TCC News Team ~ ~ (757) 822-1078
Video: Video interview with Jim O'Brien
Still photo: Enlarged photo of Jim O'Brien
Elected a fellow of the Virginia Academy of Science and appointed by Gov. Tim Kaine to the Board of Trustees of the Science Museum of Virginia, Jim O’Brien has taught psychology at TCC for 35 years. In 2007, the Virginia Community College System named O’Brien the inaugural recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Working with several teams of students since 1998, he debunked the long-standing view of social psychology that women conform more than men in response to group pressure. The research teams have presented their developing empirical findings several times to the Virginia Academy of Science, and O’Brien has made presentations to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Psychological Science and the Virginia Psychological Association. He teaches research methods, social psychology, child psychology, human relations and psychology of management. The TCC Faculty Senate awarded him with its 2007 Professor of the Year Award in recognition of his teaching excellence. O’Brien holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Richmond, an M.S. in general applied psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Ph.D. in human factors psychology from The Catholic University of America.

Gabriela Toletti
Expert: Gabriela Toletti, Ph.D., M.A. in Latin American Literature, Professor - Spanish
Expertise: Psychology; Spanish; Latin America Culture; Study Abroad Programs; Foreign Language Teaching; Multicultural Issues
Contact: To arrange an interview with Gabriela Toletti, contact TCC News Team ~ ~ (757) 822-1078
Video: Video interview with Gabriela Toletti
Still photo: Enlarged photo of Gabriela Toletti
Born and raised in Uruguay, Gabriela Toletti is steeped in the culture, history, literature and language of Latin America. An avid advocate of study abroad, she has conducted study trips to a range of countries, including Uruguay, Argentina, Spain and Costa Rica. She has headed Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations at TCC, sharing her knowledge through radio and TV interviews. She holds a degree in clinical psychology from the University of Uruguay and a degree in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) from the Alianza Cultural Uruguay - Estados Unidos de Norteamérica. She received an M.A and a Ph.D. in Latin American Literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her dissertation, Dinámica Grupal, Familiar y Política: Una Lectura Psico-Social de la Obra Dramática de Eduardo Pavlovsky, analyzes from a psycho-social perspective the dramatic works of Argentine playwright Eduardo Pavlovsky.
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