Meet the Faculty

Dr. Paul F. Cunningham  

Dean of Arts and Sciences
Professor of Psychology

Ph.D., General/Experimental Psychology, University of Tennessee at Knoxville
M.S., Educational Psychology,  Purdue University (W. Lafayette, IN)
B.A., Philosophy, Our Lady of Providence Seminary (Warwick, RI)

Phone: (603) 897-8272; Email:

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  • Transpersonal Psychology
  • Hypnosis
  • Animal Rights and Animal Welfare
  • Assessment in Higher Education


A full-time, tenured faculty member at Rivier since 1986, Dr. Cunningham currently serves as chairperson of the Division of Applied, Natural, and Technological Sciences at Rivier. Having served as treasurer of Psychologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals from 1994-1996, and member of the American Psychological Association since 1986, Professor Cunningham was elected 44th President of the New England Psychological Association in 2003.  He has published mainly on the use of animals in psychology experiments and on student choice policies in the psychology and biology classroom. He has also conducted numerous faculty development workshops throughout the New England area on the assessment of educational (student) outcomes in higher education. He is currently writing an introductory textbook about transpersonal psychology for use in the college classroom.


Cunningham, P. F. (1992). A sacred story, Insight, 1 (1), 75-80.

Cunningham, P. F. (1995). Topics awaiting study: Investigable questions on animal issues, Society and Animals, 3(1), 89-106.

Cunningham, P. F. (1996). Revealing animal experiments in general psychology texts: Opening Pandora’s box, American Psychologist, 51 (7), 734-735.

Cunningham, P. F., & Randour, M. L. (1998). Alternatives to the use of animals in education, Psychology Teacher Network, 8(4), 8,11.

Cunningham, P. F. (2000). Animals in psychology education and student choice, Society and Animals, 8 (2), 191-212.

Cunningham, P. F. (2002).  Using individual student and program assessment data to improve learning. In  Alverno College Institute (Ed.), Student learning: A central focus for institutions of higher education (pp. 157-160). Milwaukee, WI: Alverno College Institute.

Cunningham, P. F. (2003).  Animal use, Student choice, and nonanimal alternatives at 'America's best' colleges, Teaching of Psychology, 30 (3), 288-296.

Cunningham, P. F. (2005).  Standardized assessment tests. In  J. O. Nichols and K.W. Nichols (eds.),  A road map for improvement of student learning and support services through assessment (pp. 244-256). New York: Agathon Press.

Cunningham, P. F. (Summer, 2005). Animal addiction experiments in psychology.  AV – Magazine of the American Anti-Vivisection Society, pp. 24-26.

Cunningham, P. F. (2006). Transpersonal education: Problems, prospects, and challenges. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 25, 62-68.

Cunningham, P. F. (Spring, 2007). The inner life of a teacher. Rivier College Academic Journal, 3(1).  Online journal.

Cunningham, P. F. (2007). The challenge, prospects, and promise of transpersonal psychology. International Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, 26, 41-55.

Cunningham, P. F. (October, 2009). The problem with a Darwinian view of humanity. American Psychologist, 64(7), 623-624.

Cunningham, P. F. (in press).  Marian apparitions at Medjugorje: A transpersonal interpretation. Journal of Transpersonal Psychology.


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Elizabeth Harwood
Department Coordinator
(603) 897-8596