Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Psychology: Chair and professor
Womens and Gender Studies: Professor
Kathy Ryan earned her Ph.D. in the Personality and Social Psychology program at the University of Pittsburgh. She has done work on the causes of sexual and physical relationship aggression. She is interested in how people define and label relationship violence, the use of playful aggression in relationships, and desistance from aggression. She is also interested in narcissism and related personality traits. Dr. Ryan teaches Introductory Psychology, Social Psychology, Personality Theory, and Psychology of Women. She has had many students present their research at conferences. She is currently an editorial board member of Sex Roles.