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Biographical and Educational Background:
Dr. Rossi was born and raised in Central Massachusetts and received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Mount Holyoke College in 1997. Following work at McLean Hospital and the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Jamaica Plain, Dr. Rossi returned to school to pursue a Master of Arts in psychology from Brandeis University. In 2007, she completed a Ph.D. in developmental psychology, as well as a Cognate (minor) in College Teaching, from the University of New Hampshire. Prior to her current position at Framingham State University, Dr. Rossi was an Assistant Professor at Augusta State University in Augusta, GA; a public state university under the University System of Georgia.
At Framingham State University, Dr. Rossi has taught child development, Psychological Research I and II, and History and Systems of Psychology. She is looking forward to expanding her teaching repertoire to include other courses FSU has to offer, such as Adult Development and Psychology Seminar.
Dr. Rossi's research interests are centered on transitional experiences across the life span. Her aim is to investigate transitional phenomena across diverse contexts and participant groups, including older and emerging adults, and the gay/lesbian population. To address these interests, she draws on theories from developmental psychology and employs both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, including behavior assessments, personality inventories, open-ended measures, and content analysis of personal narratives.