Melissa Gebbia

  • Professor of Psychology
  • Division: Social Sciences
  • Department: Psychology

Why I love teaching at Molloy College

The mission of Molloy is pervasive throughout the college experience.  Students engage in service learning in the classrooms and community services in all aspects of campus life.  As an applied social scientist who researches volunteerism and organizational citizenship behaviors, it is the presence of our mission in Molloy life that I love the most.

Academic Interests

  • Volunteerism and the Quality of Community Service Experiences
  • Organizational Citizenship Behaviors
  • Social and Emotional Intelligence
  • Intellectual Style

What I am working on

  • The measurement of intellectual and learning styles
  • The impact of quality volunteer experiences on social and emotional intelligence
  • The development of cooperative learning activities in the teaching of psychology

Educational Philosophy

Successful students need to think creatively and use the knowledge available to approach issues as individuals and in teams.  My teaching philosophy addresses those needs.  I believe a teacher's role is not only to educate students on material, but to also guide them to success with each subject they approach.  Encouraging creative problem solving, fostering communication skills, and educating students in information gathering and evaluation, are the foundations of my philosophy of teaching.

Educational Background

The Graduate Center, The City University of New York
Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology      

The City University of New York, Baruch College
Master of Sciences Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Additional Information

2009-2010 Molloy College Moderator of the Year, Psychology Club

2008-Present, Advisor to the Molloy College Psychology Club

2011-Present, Advisor to Psi Chi - the Molloy College Psychology Honors Society

2008- Present, Member of the Molloy College Earth Week Committee

Gebbia, M. I. & Honigsfeld, A. (2011).  Intellectual styles and developmental learner outcomes.  In L.F. Zhang, R.J. Sternberg, & S. Rayner (Eds.) Handbook of intellectual styles:  Preferences in cognition, learning, and thinking.  New York, NY: Springer Publishing.

Gebbia, M. I, Camenzuli, C. A., & Maculaitis, M. C. (2011). The Relationship between Volunteer Experience Quality and Adolescent Bullying. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Gebbia, M. I. & Camenzuli, C. A. (2009).  Volunteerism and Social Intelligence:  Ameliorating Aggression. Paper presented at the meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Gebbia, M. I., Donlon, T., Dittler, A., Visconti, S., & Anderson, S. (Dec., 2009).  Community Research Service Learning Results.  Presented to the Girl Scouts of Nassau County Executive Director and Critical Issues Coordinator, Garden City, New York.

Gebbia, M. I., Lefkowitz, J., & Thompson, D. E. (2000). Normative and Contextual Antecedents of Organizational Citizenship Behavior. Paper presented at the meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Gebbia, M. I., Lefkowitz, J., & Thompson, D. E. (2000). Beyond Individual Differences and Attitudes: Normative and Contextual Antecedents of Organizational Citizenship Behavior. Unpublished manuscript.

Goldberg, A. S. and Gebbia, M. I., (1994, April).  IBM After the Transition: Adapting Communications to Meet Evolving Needs.  Symposium conducted at the meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Nashville, Tennessee.

Lefkowitz, J., Dunn, L., Gebbia, M. I., Balsam, T., and Katz, D. (1994, April).  An Operational Taxonomy of Latent Dimensions of Biodata Items.  Symposium conducted at the meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Nashville, Tennessee.

Lefkowitz, J. & Gebbia, M. (1997).  The "Shelflife" of a Test Validation Study:  A Survey of Expert Opinion.  Journal of Business and Psychology, 11,  381-397.

Lefkowitz, J., Gebbia, M. I., Balsam, T., & Dunn, L. (1999).  Dimensions of Biodata Items and Their Relationship to Item Validity.  Journal of Occupational Psychology,72, 331-350.