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Our Faculty
Sheila Seelau Ph.D.
Chatham Faculty

Associate Professor of Forensics and Psychology; Forensics Program Coordinator

Hometown : Fargo, ND

Joined Chatham : 2004

Academic Areas of Interest
Domestic violence in homosexual and heterosexual relationships, Rape, Sexual abuse, Repressed and recovered memories, Eyewitness memory, Eyewitness identification
Education
Ph.D., Iowa State University, (Ames, IA), 1996 - Social Psychology
M. A., University of North Dakota (Grand Forks, ND), 1992 - General/Experimental Psychology
B. A., magna cum laude with Senior Honors, University of North Dakota, 1988 - Psychology
Publications
Nachson, I., Read, J.D., Seelau, S. M., Goodyear-Smith, F., Lobb, B., Davies, G., Glicksohn, J., Lifschitz, M., & Brimacombe, C. A. E. (2007). Effects of prior knowledge and expert statement on belief in recovered memories: An international perspective. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 30, 224-236.
Seelau, S. M. & Seelau, E. P. (2005). Gender-role stereotypes and perceptions of heterosexual, gay and lesbian domestic violence. Journal of Family Violence, 20, 363-370.
Poorman, P. B., Seelau, E. P., & Seelau, S. M. (2003). Perceptions of domestic abuse in same-sex relationships and implications for criminal justice and mental health responses. Violence and Victims, 18, 659-669.
Seelau, E. P., Seelau, S. M., & Poorman, P. B. (2003). Gender and role-based perceptions of domestic abuse: Does sexual orientation matter? Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 21, 199-214.
Goodyear-Smith, F., Lobb, B., Davies, G., Nachson, I., & Seelau, S. M. (2002). International variation in ethics committee requirements: Comparisons across five Westernised nations. BMC Medical Ethics [On-line], 3: 2. Available: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/3/2
Poorman, P. B., & Seelau, S. M. (2001). Lesbians who abuse their partners: Using the FIRO-B to assess interpersonal characteristics. Women and Therapy, 23, 87-106. Also in E. Kashchak (Ed.), Intimate betrayal: Domestic violence in lesbian relationships. New York: Haworth.
Seelau, E. P., & Seelau, S. M. (1995). The third time's a charm... and the second can be, too [Review of the books Psychology and the legal system (3rd ed.), and Psychology and law: Research and application (2nd ed.)]. Contemporary Psychology, 40, 980-982.
Seelau, E. P., Seelau, S. M., Wells, G. L., & Windschitl, P. D. (1995). Counterfactual constraints. In N. J. Roese & J. M. Olson (Eds.), What might have been: The social psychology of counterfactual thinking (pp. 57-79). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.
Seelau, S. M., & Wells, G. L. (1995). Applied eyewitness research: The other mission. Law and Human Behavior, 19, 319-324.
Wells, G. L., Seelau, E. P., Rydell [Seelau], S. M., & Luus, C. A. E. (1994). Recommendations for properly conducted lineup identification tasks. In D. F. Ross, J. D. Read, & M. P. Toglia (Eds.), Adult eyewitness testimony: Current trends and developments (pp. 223-244). New York: Cambridge University Press.
Wells, G. L., Rydell [Seelau], S. M., & Seelau, E. P. (1993). The selection of distractors for eyewitness lineups. Journal of Applied Psychology, 78, 835-844.
Certifications
National Criminal Justice Certificate of Attendance: Crime Scene Phase I (Public Agency Training Council, 2007)
Awards
Received Jane Burger Advising Award for Faculty, Chatham University (2009)
Voted 2009 Student Organization Adviser of the Year for advising Chatham University Forensics Club (by student organization leaders & members)
Honored as a “Vagina Warrior” by Vagina Monologues cast for supporting the end of violence against women, and supporting women's equity and empowerment (2009)
Nominated to Golden Key National Honor Fraternity, recognizing outstanding contributions & positive influence in teaching undergraduates (2002)
University of Wisconsin System Undergraduate Teaching Improvement Grant (co-PI) - Project Unite: An Integrated Approach to Meeting the Academic Needs of Language-Minority Students (1998-99)
Organizations
CCAC Criminal Justice and Paralegal programs Advisory Board member, 2005-present
Association for Psychological Science
American Psychological Association Division 2, Society for the Teaching of Psychology
APA Division 8, Society for Personality and Social Psychology
APA Division 41, American Psychology-Law Society
Achievements
Forensics Program Coordinator, in charge of undergraduate major and minor in Forensics.
Presentations
Seelau, S. M. (2009, March). Interdisciplinary programming. In M. L. Stubbs (Chair), Collaboration and creativity in psychology education: From chaos to clarity. Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Pittsburgh, PA.
Hoffmann, M. (2009, April). Relation of sex offender gendered typologies to treatment in the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. Poster presented at the annual Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference. (Faculty sponsor)
Gelormini, S. (2008, April). Is eyewitness confidence related to accuracy of memory for a crime? Poster presented at the annual Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Erie, PA. (Faculty sponsor)
Schipani, J. (2008, April). The effects of college education on the stigma of mental illness and former offenders. Poster presented at the annual Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Erie, PA. (Faculty sponsor)
Enright, S. M., Seelau, S. M., & Seelau, E. P. (2008, March). Effects of sexual orientation on perceptions of domestic abuse. Poster presented at the annual conference of the American Psychology-Law Society, Jacksonville, FL.
Seelau, S. M., Seelau, E. P., & Harvey, J. W. (2005, March). Anti-homosexual bias in perceptions of domestic abuse. Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Psychology-Law Society, La Jolla, CA.
Seelau, S. M., & Seelau, E. P. (2002, November). Eyewitness identification: Can you believe it? Keynote address presented at the Mississippi Criminal Justice Association panel seminar, Jackson, MS.
Seelau, S. M. (2001, August). Mock-juror gender and beliefs predict responses to a recovered memory case. In Scott W. Brown (Chair), Research evidence to combat misconceptions about human memory. Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.
Seelau, E. P., Seelau, S. M., & Poorman, P. B. (2001, August). Impact of gender and orientation on perceptions of domestic abuse. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.
Seelau, S. M., Seelau, E. P., & Poorman, P. B. (2001, August). Perceptions of domestic abuse in same-sex versus heterosexual relationships. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.
Seelau, S. M., & Seelau, E. P. (2001, July). Eyewitness memory: Can you believe it? Presented at the “2001 New Approaches for the Millennium” advanced seminar for Criminal Justice Association attorneys, Minneapolis, MN.
Seelau, S. M., & Rider, R. M. (2000, May). Verdict predictors in a recovered memory case. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
Giving students with developmental needs an academic advantage: Thematically linking first-year courses (2000, April). University of Wisconsin System Undergraduate Teaching Improvement Council’s annual meeting, Madison, WI.
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