Lori Lindley

  • Interim Dean
  • Associate Professor
    Psychology Program

During my 14 years as a faculty member at Gannon, I have taught many different psychology and counseling classes and have been involved with numerous initiatives on campus.  Currently I am Interim Dean of the College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.  I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the college through this time of transition.

When I'm not at Gannon, I spend time with my family and my dog, Maggie, taking advantage of all the opportunites Erie has to offer.  We love going to Presque Isle and biking, hiking or playing on the beach.  In the winter we go sledding at Frontier Park.

Even though I love Erie and it is my home, I didn't grow up here.  I grew up in a small town in Indiana and went to college at the University of Notre Dame, where I first discovered my love for Psychology.  After that I went to Ames, Iowa where I earned my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Iowa State University.  I completed my predoctoral internship in Salt Lake City at the University of Utah Counseling Center, and then accepted my first job as a faculty member at Louisana Tech University in Ruston, Lousiana.  Four years later, in 2005, I joined the faculty at Gannon University.

In addition to all of the fun we have in Erie, my family and I love to travel and visit family and old friends, as well as new places.  We look forward to new adventures to come!


  • Licensed Psychologist, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Educational History

  • Iowa State University, Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, 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


Professional Societies

  • Association for Psychological Science
  • Society for the Teaching of Psychology
  • Society of Counseling Psychology
  • Society for Vocational Psychology
  • Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues
  • Eastern Psychological Association
  • Pennsylvania Psychological Association


Vitolo, T. M., Vernaza, K. M., Lindley, L. D., Konieczko, E. M., & Tallmadge, W. (2016). Making changes: Application of an NSF-ADVANCE PAID grant at a predominantly undergraduate institution (PUI). Proceedings of the 123rd annual conference of the ASEE, June 26-29, New Orleans. Washington, DC: American Society for Engineering Education.

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.


Secretary and Board Member, Crime Victim Center of Erie County

Editoral Boards

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