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Dr. Sara King

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Title: Chair, Psychology
School: Arts & Letters
Academic Department: Psychology
Phone: 814-472-3081
E-mail: sking@francis.edu
Office Location: 214 Scotus Hall


  • Ph.D. Experimental Social Psychology – Oklahoma State University
  • M.A. Clinical and Community Psychology – Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A. Psychology – Marshall University
  • Post-doctoral coursework in Family Therapy (Indiana University of Pennsylvania)


Teaching & Research


  • PSYCH 101: Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 204: Personality Theory
  • PSYCH 304: Social Psychology
  • PSYC 322: Psychology of Women & Gender
  • PSYC 406: Clinical Psychology
  • PSYC 424: Persuasion & Propaganda
  • PSYC 425: The Holocaust: Behavior of Victims, Perpetrators, and Bystanders
  • PSYC 429: Social Critical Theory

Research Interests

  • Persuasion and propaganda
  • Conformity
  • Social Justice
  • Psychology of Women & Gender
Papers & Presentations


  • King, S, B. (2010). Military Social Influence: A primer for civilian scholars.
    Analysis of Social Issues and Public Policy (A journal published by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues).
  • King, S.B. and McSharry, K. (2005). Integrating Holocaust education in a first-year seminar on values and ethics. Proceedings of the Sixth Annual Meeting of the National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education, Greensburg, PA.
  • King, Sara. (2004). PSYOP and persuasion: Applying social psychology and becoming an informed citizen. Teaching of Psychology. Winter, 31 (1), 27-30.


  • Brescoach, S. & King, S. (2008). Higher justice: Teaching social justice at a small university. Appalachian Women Studies Association, Huntington, WV.
  • King, S., Menis, D., and Cadwallader, R. (2005)."Two Approaches to Learning Communities: The Honors Model and the Honor-Like Generalist Model for the Career-Minded First-Year Student." 18th International Conference on The First-Year Experience, July 11-14, 2005, Southampton, England.
Professional Memberships

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association
  • Psychologists for Social Responsibility
  • Association of American Colleges & Universities

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