Educational Background:

2007: Ph.D. in Applied Social Psychology, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA. 

2002: M.A. in Applied Social Psychology, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA.

1999: B.A. in Psychology (first major) and Sociology and Applied Social Relations (second major), Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT.

To view my CV, click HERE. (Note: you must have adobe reader to read the file)

Courses, Fall 2017: 

Psyc 101: General Psychology

Psyc 490: Individual Directed Study

Office Hours for Fall 2017:

MW 11-11:50am

TTh 12:30-1:30pm

or by appointment


Psychology Links:


Psychology Organizations:


American Psychological Association

Association for Psychological Science

Eastern Psychological Association

Psi Chi

Society for Community Research and Action

Society for Personality and Social Psychology

Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues


If You’re Interested in Graduate School, Check Out:


Information on getting into graduate school offered by APA.

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Michèle M. Schlehofer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
Salisbury University
Holloway Hall 313
(410) 677-0034



I’m an applied social psychologist, and much of my work takes a community-based approach. As an applied psychologist, I am interested in how psychological theory can be used to address community issues and solve community problems. I am a firm proponent of evidence-based decision-making and research-backed public policy. 

Over the course of my career, I have worked on projects addressing a myriad of social and community issues, including adolescent pregnancy prevention; community-building processes for marginalized people; and community health initiatives for women and teens. I thoroughly enjoy community-based work, and have substantial community-based research initiatives. I have previously assisted the Wicomico County Health Department with a gap analysis of mental health crisis services on the lower shore, and conducted a pro-bono community-based needs assessment of county-wide resources for families and children for the Wicomico Partnership for Families and Children. Also with the Wicomico Partnership, I developed an anti-bullying initiative, Stand Up to Bullying, which was implemented in Wicomico Middle School's WISE after school program in the spring 2015 semester. My work in these and other initiatives earned me the prestigious Board of Regent's Award in Public Service in 2016, the highest award given by the University of Maryland System.

What am I Doing Currently?

Since 2012, I have been working on advocacy with and for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questionning) populations. I currently serve on the Steering Committee of the Lower Shore LGBTQ Coalition, Inc. With Dr. Diane Illig of the Sociology Department, I am a co-developer and evaluator of the Safe Spaces program, which is used throughout the State of Maryland to train workplaces, faith-based institutions, and schools on best-practices in supporting LGBTQIA people. I am the founder and current President of Salisbury's PFLAG Chapter. Nationally, I am Co-Chair of the American Psychological Association Division 44 (Sexual and Gender Diversity) Public Policy Committee. With funding from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI), I am currently working on two research projects: a qualitative project exploring the parenting experiences of parents with transgender or gender non-conforming children (conducted in collaboration with Lori Cortez-Regan of Humboldt State University in Arcata, California), and a quantitative project on the experiences of LGBTQ people in Salisbury, conducted for the City of Salisbury.

Interested in Getting Involved?  Did you know that psychology majors can earn course credit for working in my research lab?  Psyc 490 and 497 are both upper-division courses designed to provide you with mentored opportunities to engage in research.  Working with me will prepare you for graduate school or for outside employment in the community.  I work with students each semester, however, spots are limited.  Please contact me to discuss joining my lab.