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Jeff Evan Saerys-Foy

Assistant Professor of Psychology

BA, Skidmore College; MA, PhD, SUNY at Stony Brook

College of Arts & Sciences


PS 206

Introduction to Statistics in Psychology - Fall 2018

PS 354

Sensation and Perception - Fall 2018

PS 233

Cognitive Psychology - Spring 2019



Phone Number

(203) 582-7916

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Office Location

Center for Comm.&Engineer #205A


I fell in love with psychology at Skidmore College in a class on Cognitive Psychology, and went on to get a PhD at Stony Brook University in Experimental Psychology. I taught at Colgate University for two years, and joined the faculty at Quinnipiac in the fall of 2014. I'm a psycholinguist, and my research focuses on how people understand, respond to, and are affected by stories.

Courses Taught

PS 101 Introduction to Psychology PS 233 Cognitive Psychology PS 307 Research Methods PS 354 Sensation and Perception

Research Interests

We effortlessly understand stories with aliens, people who fly, time travel, and other things that we never actually experience in the world. How are we able to imagine such fictional worlds? Also, how do encounters with such fictional worlds affect us? Some research has found that reading fictional stories can improve our ability to understand and empathize with others. What other ways might fiction affect us?

Work Experience

I began teaching during my PhD program at Stony Brook University, where I taught The Psychology of Language, Survey of Cognition, and co-created a class with Michael Greenstein called Everyday Psychology. I also taught for two years as a visiting professor at Colgate University before joining Quinnipiac University.