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Amy Sickel

Program Director
Amy Sickel

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

School of Psychology

Degree ProgramPh.D. Psychology

Dr. Sickel took the position of Program Director for the Academic Psychology Doctoral program as of June 2016. Prior, she served as Interim Program Director (November 2015-May 2016) and worked full-time for Walden as Coordinator for the Educational, General, and Social Psychology Doctoral Programs since April 2008. She began working part-time with Walden in 2005. Dr. Sickel have served as chair/committee member for Master’s/Doctoral level students and have taught multiple courses within SoP with interest in Social Psychology. Prior to Walden, she worked in both academic/research and applied settings in the field of psychology, including positions as faculty, mental health counselor, clinical interviewer, and research supervisor. Dr. Sickel’s research interests address an intersection between social cognitive factors and both physical and psychological health. She has worked on multiple research projects, including: psychosocial functioning/Borderline Personality Disorder; Risperdal trials for Schizophrenia treatment; risk behavior intervention for middle school students; coping/chronic illness; socioeconomic status/health; doctor-patient relationship/health care utilization; long-term outcome of childhood abuse; and the relationship between childhood sexual abuse and teenage pregnancy. Her current research interests include: the impact of stigma on psychological and physical health, the relationship between psychosocial functioning and health, and the impact of the on-line learning environment on both students and faculty.

Courses Taught

- Social Psychology

- Social Cognition

- Health Psychology

- Research Design

Education

PhD, George Washington University

Public Service

Girl Scouts, Volunteer

Publications

Sickel, A. E., Seacat, J., Nabors, N. A. (2016). Mental Health Stigma: Impact on Mental Health Treatment Attitudes & Journal of Health Psychology

Stadtlander, L. M., Lacivita, L. K., Sickel, A. E., Giles, M. J. Home as Workplace: A Preliminary Qualitative Study of Online Journal of Educational Research and Practice

Sickel, A. E., Seacat, J., Nabors, N. A. (2014). Mental health stigma update: A review of consequences. Advances in Mental Health

Sickel, A. E., Dillard, D., Trickett, P., Frank, P., Jennie, N. (2014). Post Trauma Moderators in the Childhood International Journal of Childbirth Education

Stadtlander, L. M., Giles, M. J., Sickel, A. E. (2013). The Virtual Research Lab: Research Outcomes Expectations, Research Knowledge, and the Graduate Student Experience Journal of Educational Research and Practice

Sickel, A. (2013). Psychology & Pregnancy International Journal of Childbirth Education

Stadtlander, L. M., Giles, M. J., Sickel, A. E., Emma, B., Cherri, B., M, C. (2013). Independent Living Oldest-Old and Their Primary Health Provider: A Mixed Method Examination of the Influence of Patient Personality Characteristics. Journal of Applied Gerontology

Stadtlander, L., Giles, M., Sickel, A. (2012). Graduate Student Researchers' Knowledge/Efficacy: Results from a Virtual Lab

Zanarini, M., Frankenburg, F., Dubo, E., Sickel, A. E., Trikha, A., Levin, A., Reynolds, V. (1998). Axis II Comorbidity of Borderline Personality Disorder Comparative Psychiatry

Presentations

Stadtlander, L. M., Sickel, A. E., Salter, D. W. (2018). Development of a Doctoral Internship Program for Walden’s Journals

Stadtlander, L., Sickel, A. (2017). Development of a Texting Writing Community. OLC

Stadtlander, L. M., Sickel, A. E., Lacivita, L. K., Giles, M. J. (2017). Age Differences in Walden Faculty’s Satisfaction and Commitment. Poster presented at Walden University Summer Session, Washington DC. Walden University

Stadtlander, L. M., Sickel, A. E. (2017). Validation of the Doctoral Writing Knowledge and Efficacy Inventory Walden University

Stadtlander, L. M., Sickel, A. E. (2017). Self-Care for Employees Working Virtually from Home Walden University

Stadtlander, L. M., Lacivita, L. K., Sickel, A. E., Giles, M. J. (2016). Separating Home and Work for Online Faculty Walden University

Sickel, A. E., Seacat, J., Nabors, N. A. (2015). Gender Differences & Mental Health Stigma.

Stadtlander, L., Sickel, A., Giles, M. (2015). Validation of the Health Efficacy and Assertiveness Scale

Anderson, P., Ferraro, A., Salter, D., Sickel, A. (2015). Critically Analyzing the Significance of Dissertation Research for Social Change.

Stadtlander, L., Sickel, A., Giles, M. (2015). Challenges and Solutions in Supervising Data Collection with Online Student Researchers

Stadtlander, L., Sickel, A., Giles, M. (2014). The Online Faculty Work Environment: An Exploratory Study

Sickel, A., Seacat, J., Nabors, N. (2014). Reliability/Validity of the Self-Stigma of Mental Illness Scale (SSMIS)

Stadtlander, L., Sickel, A. (2014). No longer alone: A faculty dissertation mentoring group.

Stadtlander, L., Sickel, A. (2014). Supporting dissertation students.

Stadtlander, L., Giles, M., Sickel, A. (2013). The National Online Faculty Survey: Who Is Doing Research?

Sickel, A., Seacat, J., Nabors, N. (2013). Mental Health Stigma as Impacting Physical Functioning/Role and Bodily Pain

Stadtlander, L. M., Sickel, A. E., Giles, M. J. (2012). Graduate student researchers' knowledge/efficacy: Results from a virtual lab

Stadtlander, L. M., Giles, M. J., Sickel, A. E. (2012). The Student Experience: Three Quarters in an Online Laboratory

Stadtlander, L., Giles, M., Sickel, A. (2012). Rsearch knowledge and efficacay: Two quarters in an online laboratory

Sickel, A., Jason, S., Nabors, N. (2012). Mental Health Stigma, Treatment-Seeking, & Physical Health: Model Test

Olson, C., Koons, D., Hart, D., Brooks, E., Ewing, L., Cormell, M., Parker, P., Semenova, V., Stadtlander, L., Giles, M., Sickel, A. (2012). Physician Relationships and the Oldest Old: Preliminary Findings

Stadtlander, L., Giles, M., Sickel, A. (2011). A multi-point referral research method utilizing Walden University student researchers

Sickel, A., Jason, S., Nabors, N. (2011). Mental Health Self-Stigma, Self-Esteem, Self-Efficacy and Anxiety: Preliminary Findings

Stadtlander, L., Giles, M., Sickel, A. (2011). Students' Research Skills and Self Efficacy Gained in an Online Laboratory

Sickel, A., Jason, S., Nabors, N. (2010). The Relationship between Mental Health Stigma, Treatment Seeking and Physical Health among Young Adults

Sickel, A., Noll, J., Putnam, F. (1999). Physical Health Correlates of Childhood Sexual Abuse: A Prospective Study

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