Miriam Liss, Professor of Psychology, earned a Ph.D. (2001) and M.A. (1998) in clinical psychology at the University of Connecticut, after receiving a B.A. (1995) with high honors in psychology from Wesleyan University. She is a clinical psychologist and has conducted research in autism and developmental disorders as well as sensory processing sensitivity and self-injurious behaviors. She also studies feminism, parenting, division of labor, and work family balance. She also has developed a collaborative program between UMW and the New England Center for Children (NECC) where students can spend a semester at NECC outside of Boston, performing applied behavioral analysis in a school setting and taking classes for UMW elective credit.
Dr. Liss’s honors include election into Phi Beta Kappa and Psi Chi, where she was selected as the Regional Faculty Advisor Winner and supervised the chapter winning the National Chapter Award in 2006. She received the UMW Outstanding Young Faculty Member Award in 2005 and was a finalist in the SCHEV state award in 2006 and 2009 and was named one of Princeton Review’s Best 300 Professors. Her articles have been published in numerous journals including the Sex Roles, Psychology of Women Quarterly, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Journal of Personality and Individual Differences, Personality, and Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines. She also regularly presents at national conferences. Dr. Liss has been interviewed for her work on intensive and attachment parenting for the Washington Post, MSNBC.com, and Live Science. She is the co-author of Balancing the Big Stuff: Finding Happiness in Work, Family and Life, published by Rowman and Littlefield press, due August 2014. Many of Dr. Liss’s publications and presentations are with UMW student co-authors and she enjoys mentoring students to do research that is of publishable quality.