Steven M. Specht, Ph.D.

Steven Specht
  • Professor of Psychology
(315) 792-3171
  • 206 Faculty Center
  • School of Arts & Sciences
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Dr. Specht was trained as a psychobiologist but has recently re-focused his research on investigating the factors which influence how individuals perceive artwork. Dr. Specht is also an award-winning collage artist. He teaches courses in research design and statistics, psychobiology and a course entitled “Psychology and the Visual Arts”.

Curriculum Vitae

Arts Resume


Ph.D. degree - Psychobiology, 1989 - Binghamton University (formerly State University of New York at Binghamton)

M.A.  degree, Psychobiology, 1987 - Binghamton University (formerly State University of  New York at Binghamton)

B.S.  degree, Psychology, 1982 - State University of New York, College at Oswego (Magna Cum Laude)

Past Research

For a full list of Dr. Specht's publications, conference presentations, and other professional accomplishments, view his curriculum vitae.

Courses Taught

Statistical Analysis & Design
Physiological Psychology
Research Practicum 
Drugs & Behavior
Advanced General Psychology
Psychobiology Seminar
Society and its Weapons: Modern Warfare (team-taught)
Topics in Art: Collage (studio course)
Positive Psychology
Experimental Psychology
Research Design & Statistics
Sensation & Perception
Learning & Memory
Introductory Psychology
Psychology & the Visual Arts
Clinical Research (Health Studies course)
History of Psychology
Seminar in Creativity                                                

Awards and Recognition

Utica College Faculty Summer Fellowship; “The effects of angle of perspective and individualability on estimation of putting distances” (2008)

Utica College Faculty Summer Fellowship; “Developing a series of fictitious research articles forstudent critiquing” (2002)

Lebanon Valley College Faculty Development Research Grant; “Developing procedures for determination of neurotransmitter levels in rat brain using HPLC” (summer 1990)

National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship; Honorable Mention, Behavioral Neuroscience (1984 & 1985)

William G. McGarvey Award for the Outstanding Senior in Psychology; S.U.N.Y. Oswego (1982)

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