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Our Faculty
Peggy Stubbs PhD
Program Director

Professor; Chair, Undergraduate Psychology

Hometown : Pittsburgh, PA

Joined Chatham : 1997

Academic Areas of Interest
girls' and women's development, women's health, the menstrual cycle, death and dying

Biography
Margaret L. (Peggy) Stubbs holds a Ph.D. in Social and Developmental Psychology from Brandeis University. She is currently Professor of Psychology at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA where she directs the Undergraduate Psychology department. Her research interests include girls’ and women’s development, with a special focus on psychosocial aspects of the menstrual cycle. As a former research associate at the Wellesley Centers for Research in Women (WCW), Peggy studied early adolescent girls’ development, and wrote Body Talk (1990), a series of pamphlets designed to help parents and early adolescent girls and boys talk about menstruation. A long-time member of the Society for Research on the Menstrual Cycle (SMCR), Peggy serves on the Board of Directors, was the organization’s newsletter editor for 10 years, and currently works with SMCR colleagues to edit the proceedings from the Society’s biennial meetings for publication in special issues of relevant peer-reviewed journals. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Nursing where she has worked with SMCR colleague Dr. Susan Cohen on her studies of the impact of acupuncture and meditation on the management of menopausal symptoms in breast cancer survivors.
Education
Ph.D. Social and Developmental Psychology, Brandeis University, 1984
Publications
Stubbs, M.L. & Johnston-Robledo, I. (In press). Kiddy thongs and menstrual pads: The sexualization of girls and early menstrual life. In Zurbriggen, E.L. & Roberts, T-A. (Eds.). The sexualization of girls and girlhood. Oxford University Press.
Stubbs, M.L. (In press). Premenstrual Syndrome. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. New York, Wiley.
Stubbs, M.L. (2008). Annals of the New York Academy of Science, 1135. Cultural perceptions and practices around menarche and adolescent menstruation in the United States. Invited paper presentations at The Menstrual Cycle and Adolescent Health Conference, Potomac, MD.
Stubbs, M.L. (March, 2007). Addressing the community. Invited chapter for Governor’s Task Force on End-of-Life Care in Pennsylvania. Harrisburg, PA.
Stubbs, M.L., Mansfield, P.K. (2008). Guest Editors. Health Care for Women International, 29(7). Introduction: Contemporary research on the menstrual cycle, 671-672.
Stubbs, M.L., Cohen, S.M. , Carr, F. (2008). Menopausal women’s perceived causes of hot flash. Health Care for Women International, 29(7), 755-765
Stubbs, M.L. & Mansfield, P.K. (2007). Guest Editors. Sex Roles, 54(5/6). Introduction: Our menses, ourselves: Contributions from the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, 311-313.
Mansfield, P.K. & Stubbs, M.L. (2007). Guest Editors. Women & Health. 46(1). Introduction: The menstrual cycle: Feminist scholarship from the Society for Menstrual cycle Research, 1-5.
Larsen, L.A. & Stubbs, M.L. (2005). Increasing diversity in computer science: Acknowledging, yet moving beyond, gender. Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, 11(2) 139-169
Oshansky, E., Sacco, D., Braxter, B., Dodge, P., Hughes, E., Ondeck, M., Stubbs, M.L., Upvall, M. (2005) Participatory action research to understand and reduce health disparities. Nursing Research, 53(3) 121-126.
Mansfield, P.K. & Stubbs, M. L. (2004). Guest Editors. Women’s Health Issues, 14(6). Introduction: Tracking the course of menstrual life: Contributions from the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, 174-176.
Stubbs, M.L. & Mansfield, P.K. (2004). Cluster Guest Editors. National Women’s Studies Association Journal, 16(3). Introduction: The menstrual cycle: Feminist analyses from the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, 42-44.
Stubbs, M.L. & Costos, D. (2004). Negative attitudes toward menstruation: Implications for disconnection within girls’ and women’s healthy development. Women & Therapy, 27(3/4), 37-54.
Awards
Pennsylvania Depratment of Aging grant (co-director with Cynthia Pearson) to produce a series of public service announcements (Just Taljk About It) to raise awarenss in the general public about care at the end of life.(2008-9)
Mary Anna Frederich Award for Service to the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, June, 2007
Jane Berger Advising Award, Chatham University, 2006
Rallying Points Award of Excellence for Take Charge Online, 2004
Grant (with Cynthia Pearson) from the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation’s Rallying Points to implement Take Charge Online, 2003
PI, National Science Foundation grant: Explanatoids: Gender-Sensitive Signage, 2002
Organizations
Association for Women in Psychology
Women's Consortium, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education
Founding and current Member, Board of Directors, Take Charge of Your Life Partnership
Member, Board of Directors, Society for Menstrual Cycle Research
Eastern Psychological Association
Division 35, Psychology of Women, American Psychological Association
American Psychological Association
Achievements
Chair, Undergradaute Psychology, 2006-present
Presentations
Hershberger, T. J., Mitchell, M., Stubbs, M.L., & Hamilton, D. (2009, June). Developing and measuring a single positive psychology trait (p). Poster presented at the First World Congress on Positive Psychology, Philadelphia, PA.
Douglas, L. & Stubbs, M.L. (2009, June). Menstrual-related product advertising: Lesbians left out? Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, Spokane, WA.
Larsen, E., Nouel, G., & Stubbs, M.L. (2009, June). Menopause as a positive transition: “I think I rather like it now more than it was before.” Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, Spokane, WA.
Stubbs, M. L., Johnston-Robledo, I., Mickel, S., & White, M. (2009, June). The Impact of sexualization on girl’s early menstrual experiences: Part 1 – Congratulations, now you are a Woman!? In I. Johnston-Robledo (Chair), From Girlhood to Girls Gone Wild: Menstruation and Development in a Sexually Objectifying Culture. Symposium presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, Spokane, WA.
Johnston-Robledo, I., Stubbs, M. L., Calleri, S., & Hepworth, A. (2009, June). The Impact of sexualization on girls’ early menstruation: Part 2 – An exploratory study: Mothers’ perceptions of the impact of sexualization on their daughters’ early menstrual experiences. In I. Johnston-Robledo (Chair), From Girlhood to Girls Gone Wild: Menstruation and Development in a Sexually Objectifying Culture. Symposium presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, Spokane, WA.
Wister, J., Stubbs, M.L., Shipman, C., & Mayo, S. (June, 2009). Mentioning menstruation: A stereotype threat that diminishes cognition? Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, Spokane, W
Wister, J., Stubbs, M.L., Shipman, C., & Mayo, S. (2009, May). Menstruation Stereotype Threat Reduces Performance on Stroop Test. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA.
Kelly, K., Hammons, P., & Stubbs, M.L. (2009, March). Lesbian experiences of relational aggression. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Pittsburgh, PA.
Mitchell, M., Hershberger, T. J., Stubbs, M., & Nemeth, B. (2009, March). A unifying component of happiness, hope, gratitude, optimism, humor, self-efficacy, forgiveness, empathy, and mercy. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Pittsburgh, PA.
Race-Loughren, R., & Stubbs, M.L. (2009, March). Women’s loss of sexual desire in relationships and implications for development. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychplogical Association, Pittsburgh, PA.
Stubbs, M.L. (Chair). (2009, March). Collaboration and creativity in psychology education: From chaos to clarity. Workshop presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Pittsburgh, PA.
Stubbs, M.L., Harris, J., Sheftel, A. (March, 2008). Attitudes towards menstruation and contraceptive choice. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association. Boston, MA.
Stubbs, M.L., Mansfield, P.K. (June, 2007). Editing SMCR presentations for publications: Lessons learned and emerging concerns. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, Vancouver, BC.
Stubbs, M.L., Sheftel, A., Harris, J. (June, 2007). A content analysis of young women’s reasons for menstrual product and contraceptive choice. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, Vancouver, BC.
Sheftel, A., Stubbs, M.L., Harris, J., Hershberger, T. (June, 2007). Self-objectification, self-reported comfort with vaginal touching, menstrual product and contraceptive choice. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, Vancouver, BC.
Cohen, S.M., Stubbs, M.L., Rousseau, M.E. Ost, B.T., Kern, J.C., Sereika, S.M. (2006, October). Menopausal symptom relief with acupuncture. Poster presented at the Cancer Survivorship: Embracing the Future; Third Biennial Cancer Survivorship Research Conference, Washington, DC.
Stubbs, M.L., Cohen, S., Frieze, I., Larsen, E., Hershberger, T. (2005, June). Attitudes towards hormonal contraceptives, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and menopause following the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI). Poster presented at the biennial conference of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, Boulder, CO.
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