Melissa I. Gebbia, Ph.D. Associate Professor

Melissa Gebbia

Faculty Member's Information

Phone number: 516.323.3848

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Department: Psychology

Office location: Siena Hall Room 100

Classes taught: General Psychology, Experimental Methods, Introduction to Psychological Assessment, Organizational Psychology, Writing in APA Style

Academic interests

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

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.

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.

Additional info

  • 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

Why this major makes sense for you

Studying Psychology during your undergraduate education prepares you for a host of fields. Learning about human behavior and mental processes is not only helpful for all productive members of society but it also paves the way to careers in areas such as Business (Human Relations, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Human Factors), Education (Special Education, School Psychology, Guidance Counselor), Clinical Practice (Psychologist or Psychiatrist), and Mental Health Counseling .

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.

Favorite books

 Educational background and publications

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

Publications and Presentations

  • MacKenzie, M. & Gebbia, M. I. (2016). Transformative Education:  Where Social Responsibility is the Norm.  Presented at the Dominican Colloquium, Grand Rapids, MI.
  • Cassidy, C., Czarnecki, J., & Gebbia, M. I. (2016). Transitioning to College: A Study of Motivated Learning Strategies and Academic Satisfaction in Remedial Students.  Presented at the Long Island Psychology Conference, Westbury, NY.
  • Gebbia, M. I. & Sorrentino, V. (2016). A Mixed Method Study of Academic Self-Regulation Instruction. Presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, New York, NY.
  • McCardle, M., MacKenzie, M., Bliss, S., & Gebbia, M. I. (2015).  Social Responsibility in Higher Education.  Proceedings of the 2015 42th Annual Meeting of the Northeast Business & Economics Association. November 2015, pp. 184-185. ISSN 1936-203x; online ISSN 1936-2048.
  • Conway, K. & Gebbia, M. I. (2015).  Helpful Tips on Succeeding in College. In Russo, M. & Conway, K. (Eds.) Surviving to Thriving: Making the Most of Your First Year Experience (8th ed.).  New York, NY: Molloy College.
  • Gebbia, M. I. & Smucker, R. (2015). Regulating the learning environment: The impact of academic self-regulation instruction on motivated learning strategies. Presented at the Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention, New York, NY.
  • Gebbia, M. I. (2015). Promoting research literacy: Evaluation of the research methods sequence. Paper presented at the Farmingdale State College Teaching of Psychology Conference, Tarrytown, NY.
  • Gebbia, M. I. Rappa, N. & Smucker, R. (2013).  Creating synthesis in the academic research on thinking and learning styles. Presented at the Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention, Washington, DC.
  • Gebbia, M. I. (2012).  Teaching research methods in Introduction to Psychology:  Do students benefit from repeated practice? Presented at the Society for the Teaching of Psychology Best Practices Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • Gebbia, M. I. & Maculaitis, M. C., & Camenzuli, C. A. (2012).  The relationship between volunteer experience quality and adolescent bullying. The North American Journal of Psychology, 14(3), 455-470.
  • 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

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