Associate Professor, Psychology Program
Associate Professor, GU Gold 1711 Courses
Associate Dean, Col.Humanities,Ed.&SocScience
Phone: 814-871-7522
Office: PC 2232

  • Accreditations
  • Biography
  • Courses Taught
  • Educational History
  • Professional Experience
  • Professional Societies
  • Publications


  • Licensed Psychologist, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania


I wear many different hats at Gannon University, including Department Chair, Instructor, Research Mentor, and Academic Advisor.  I feel fortunate to get to know students in all of these capacities.  I have developed a Careers in Psychology class, designed to help students discover the best way for them to use the Psychology major, and I am currently conducting outcome research on this course to see if I can make it even better.  I enjoy teaching a senior seminar called Psychology and the Real World, where we read essays about how Psychology research tackles everyday problems and questions.  This course is available to students from any major.

I have taken a roundabout path to get to Erie, beginning in a small town in Indiana where I grew up.  I got my Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame, and then went on to earn my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Iowa State University.  After a one-year internship at the University of Utah Counseling Center in Salt Lake City, I accepted my first academic job at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA.  Four years later, in 2005, I joined the faculty at Gannon University.  

Erie is a great place to raise my two children, with fun things to do all year round.  We take our dog, Zelie, to Presque Isle in the summer and go sledding at Frontier Park in the winter.  I am glad to be part of the communities of Gannon and Erie.

Courses Taught

  • PSYC 214: Carees in Psychology
  • PSYC 234: Health Psychology
  • PSYC 309: Group Dynamics
  • PSYC 362: Psychotherapy Theories
  • LBST 383: Psychology and the Real World

Educational History

  • Iowa State University, Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, 2001
  • University of Utah Counseling Center, Pre-doctoral Internship 2000-2001
  • Iowa State University, M.S., Psychology, 1997
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., Psychology, 1995

Professional Experience

Academic Positions

  • Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and Counseling, Gannon University, 2009-present
  • Assistant Professor, Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program, Gannon University, 2005-2009
  • Assistant Professor, Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program, Louisiana Tech University, 2001-2005

Clinical Experience

  • Palmetto Addictions Recovery Center, Rayville, Louisiana, 2002-2003
  • University of Utah Counseling Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2000-2001

Editoral Boards

  • Journal of Vocational Behavior, 2004-present
  • Journal of Career Assessment, 2003-present
  • The Counseling Psychologist, 2006-2008

Professional Societies

  • Association for Psychological Science
  • Society for the Teaching of Psychology
  • Eastern Psychological Association
  • Pennsylvania Psychological Association


Hartnett, J. L., Rosielle, L. J., & Lindley, L. D. (2015). Crowdsourcing your psychology major: Using Facebook to increase faculty-student interaction and encourage student engagement. In W. Altman, L. Stein, & J. R. Stowell (Eds.), Essays from E-xcellence in Teaching (Vol. 14, pp. 35-39). 

McDermott, R. C., Schwartz, J. P., Lindley, L. D., & Proietti, J. S. (2014). Exploring men's homophobia: Associations with religious fundamentalism and gender role conflict domains. Psychology of Men & Masculinity, 15, 191-200.

Owen, J., & Lindley, L. D. (2010). Therapists’ cognitive complexity: Review of theoretical models and development of an integrated approach for training. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 4, 128-137.

Schwartz, J. P., & Lindley, L. D. (2009). Impacting sexism through social justice prevention: Implications at the person and environmental levels. Journal of Primary Prevention, 30, 27-41.

Schwartz, J. P., Lindley, L. D., & Buboltz, W. C., Jr. (2007). Adult attachment orientations: Relation to affiliation motivation. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 20, 253-265.

Lindley, L. D. (2006). The paradox of self-efficacy: Research with diverse populations. Journal of Career Assessment, 14, 143-160.

Buboltz, W. C., Jr., Jenkins, S. M., Thomas, A., Lindley, L. D., Schwartz, J. P., & Loveland, J. M. (2005). Research productivity in counseling psychology: An update. The Counseling Psychologist, 33, 709-728.

Lindley, L. D. (2005). Perceived barriers to career development in the context of social cognitive career theory. Journal of Career Assessment, 13, 271-287.

Schwartz, J. P., & Lindley, L. D. (2005). Religious fundamentalism and attachment: Prediction of homophobia. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 15, 145-157.

Lindley, L. D., Buboltz, W. C., Jr., Johnson, P., & Nichols, C. N. (2004). Family environment, ego identity development, and career decision. Louisiana Journal of Counseling, 12, 9-27.

Borgen, F. H., & Lindley, L. D. (2003). Individuality and optimal human functioning: Interests, self-efficacy, and personality. In W. B. Walsh (Ed.), Counseling psychology and optimal human functioning (pp. 55-91). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Lindley, L. D., & Borgen, F. H. (2002). Generalized self-efficacy, Holland theme self-efficacy, and academic performance. Journal of Career Assessment, 10, 301-314.

Rottinghaus, P. J., Lindley, L. D., Green, M. A., & Borgen, F. H. (2002). Educational aspirations: The contribution of interests, personality, and self-efficacy. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 61, 1-19.

Lindley, L. D., & Borgen, F. H. (2000). Personal style scales of the Strong Interest Inventory: Linking personality and interests. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 57, 22-41.

Lindley, L. D., Chalk, L. M., & Ellenich, A. (1996). Occupational possible selves: Patterns among male and female undergraduates. Modern Psychological Studies, 4, 3-9.