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Amy Sickel

Program Director

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

School of Psychology

Degree Program Ph.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.