Department of Psychology

Meet Dr. Elizabeth A Harwood


Assistant Professor of Psychology
Department Coordinator

Ph.D., M.A., University of Montana
B.A. Middlebury College

Phone:  (603) 897-8596
Email:  eharwood@rivier.edu

Research Interests
  • Best Practices in Teaching
  • Attachment
  • Cognitive Personality factors
  • Depression
  • Relationship Conflict and Satisfaction
  • Body Dissatisfaction
  • Substance Abuse

Courses Taught at Rivier University

  • General Psychology
  • Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Drugs & Behavior
  • Counseling Theory & Practice
  • Contemporary Controversies in Psychology
  • Psychological Testing & Assessment
  • Writing in the Behavioral Sciences
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Statistics I

Academic Philosophy
I am passionate about teaching. Out of all my roles and responsibilities as a faculty member at Rivier, teaching has been my favorite part of the job. Fostering students’ excitement about the field of psychology and sparking that innate desire to learn are my two main objectives as an educator. From the first class, I work hard to create a supportive, collaborative and intellectually engaging atmosphere. Students know that while I expect a lot out of them, I also care about them as individuals. In addition to more traditional assigned readings and lectures, I utilize demonstrations, group exercises, discussions, case studies, real-world examples, debates, and Canvas to promote learning. Students also take on more active roles through research presentations and by leading online or in-class discussions. As a result, students learn from each other and from the life experiences that they bring to class, creating a genuine respect for differing opinions.

Recent Awards, Publications & Presentations
  • 2016 New Hampshire Excellence in Education Award recipient. Award presented by the NH College & University Council.
  • Harwood, E.A. et al (2016, April). Multiple Topics. Co-presented five posters with current Rivier graduate students at the NH Psychological Association Annual Academic Convention.
  • Harwood, E.A. (2016, February). The Science of Addiction. Keynote address presented at the Building Bridges Community Forum, Milford, NH.
  • Harwood, E. (2016). A Strategy for Active Engagement in the Classroom In W. Altman, L. Stein, & J. E. Westfall (Eds.), Essays from E-xcellence in Teaching (Vol. 15, pp. 1-4). Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology Web site: http://teachpsych.org/ebooks/eit2014/index.php
  • Harwood, E.A. (2015, October). Awareness and prevention panel. Workshop presented at The Mayor’s Fall Summit: Our Community Working towards Substance Abuse Solutions, Nashua, NH.
  • Meteyer, K., & Harwood, E.A. (2015, October). Transformation made visible: Engaging students in research. Workshop presented at the Northeast Conference for Teachers of Psychology, Fitchburg, MA.
  • Allard, T.A., & Harwood, E.A., (2015, October). Minimizing the Consequences of Self-Objectification in College Women through Yoga. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the New England Psychological Association, Fitchburg, MA.
  • Harwood, E.A., Bruzios, K., Salvatore, & Allard, T. (2015, August). Cognitive and Interpersonal Predictors of Depression in Romantic Couples: The Mediating Role of Conflict Resolution Behaviors. Poster accepted for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.
  • Yesu, L. & Harwood, E.A. (2015). The effects of parental involvement, support and pressure on athletic participation. Insight Rivier Academic Journal 11(1).
  • Harwood, E.A., Allard, T., Salvatore, N., & Bruzios, K. (2015, January). Directed note-taking in the college classroom. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Institute of the Teaching of Psychology, St. Pete Beach, Fl.
  • Harwood, E.A., Friedman, L., Meteyer, K., Bruzios, K., & Carvalho, K. (2015, January). Student perceptions of best practices for teaching writing in a psychology course. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Institute of the Teaching of Psychology, St. Pete Beach, Fl.
  • Harwood, E.A. (2014, October). Understanding or misunderstanding antidepressants through commercials. Teaching Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the New England Psychological Association, Lewiston, ME.
  • Lopez, T., & Harwood, E.A., (2014, October). DSM-5: A step forward or backward? Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the New England Psychological Association, Lewiston, ME.
  • Allard, T.T., & Harwood, E.A. (2014). Minimizing the consequences of self-objectification in college women through yoga. Insight Rivier Academic Journal, 10(1).
  • Yesu, L. & Harwood, E.A. (2014, April). Athletic Participation and the Effects of Parental Involvement, Support and Pressure. Paper presented at the Transformative Learning Conference at Rivier University, Nashua, NH.
  • Friedman, L.A., & Harwood, E.A. (2014, March). Emerging Adults in the Age of the Internet: Facebook, Attachment Style and Romantic Relationship Satisfaction. Paper Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.
  • Harwood, E.A., Rekart, J., Carvalho, K., Friedman, L., Grant, C., & Meteyer, K. (2014, January). Teaching the Next Generation of Professors: An Apprenticeship Model. Participant Idea Exchange presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Institute for the Teaching of Psychology, St.Pete Beach, FL.
  • Harwood, E.A., & Friedman, L., & Carvalho, K. (2014, January). Best Practices for Teaching Writing in an Undergraduate Psychology Course. Participant Idea Exchange presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Institute for the Teaching of Psychology, St. Pete Beach, FL.
Campus Involvement
  • Advisor for the Psychology Club
  • Advisor for Psi Chi, International Honors Society in Psychology
  • Research Lab: graduate students take an active role in research through discussions of articles and research ideas, collection of data, and SPSS data entry. Current projects include: “Improving Writing in the Behavioral Sciences,” “Cognitive and Interpersonal Predictors of Depression in Romantic Couples: The Mediating Role of Conflict Resolution Behavior,” “Directed Note Taking in the College Classroom”

Psychology Location