A. Celeste Gaia

Professor & Chair of the Department Psychology

Dr. Gaia is an experimental social psychologist with primary research interests in interpersonal relationships, gender, and culture. Recent research has examined the role of gender in the expression of emotional intimacy and how short-term study abroad programs may help in the development of global citizenship. 

Since 2007, Dr. Gaia has served as the Director of International Education, a position in which she promotes global awareness on and off campus. She assists students and faculty in academic experiences that allow them to study throughout the world and also serves as the campus liaison for international students.

Dr. Gaia teaches an Emory Abroad course where students study the social psychology of the Holocaust and psychological factors involved in understanding countries in transition while in Prague, Czech Republic; Krakow and Warsaw, Poland.

Education

  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
    Ph.D., Experimental Psychology, 1997
    M.A., Experimental Psychology, 1995
  • Christian Brothers University, Memphis, TN
    B.A. Psychology, French, 1991

Teaching

Courses Taught: Introduction to Psychology as a Social Science, Social Psychology, Cross-Cultural Psychology (Study Abroad in Czech Republic and Poland), Child Development, Lifespan Development, Research Design, Seminar in Interpersonal Relationships, Sex & Gender; Online courses: Introduction to Psychology as a Social Science, Lifespan Development

 

Research

Recent Publications:
  • Gaia, A. C. & Leite, M. (forthcoming). International education in the 21st century: Lessons learned from 9/11 and cautious hope for the future. In M. Finney & M. Shannon (Eds.), 9/11 and the Academy: Responses in the Liberal Arts and the 21st-century world. University Press of Colorado.

  • Leite, M., & Gaia, A. C. (2017). Cross-culture outcomes of a Brazilian professor Fulbright in the USA (English)/Resultados interculturaisde um professor brasileiro Fulbright nos EUA (Portuguese). Revista de Educação do Cogeime, 26 (50), 105-113.

  • Gaia, A. C. (2015). Short-term faculty-led study abroad programs enhance cultural exchange and self-awareness. International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives, 14 (1), 21-31.

Recent Presentations:
  • Gaia, A.C., Shannon, M., Leite, M., & Arnold, D. (2017, September). Bringing Global Home: Technology Bridges the U.S. and Brazil in Core Curriculum and Teacher Preparation. Interactive poster presentation at the annual meeting of the European Association of International Educators, Seville, Spain.

  • Gaia, A. C. & Shannon, M. (2016, October). Using high-impact learning practices as bookends of global citizenship education. Paper presentation at the AAC&U Global Learning and the College Curriculum: Nurturing Student Efficacy in a Global World, Denver, CO.

  • Greenburg, J. & Gaia, A. C. (2016, March/April). Understanding Attitudes Toward Transgender Individuals. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, New Orleans, LA.

  • Chappelear, O., Reardon, M., & Gaia, A. C. (2015, March). The role of parental divorce in college students’ well-being. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Hilton Head, SC.

 

Recent Student Research Presentations:
  • Berry, A. & Gaia, A. C. (2017, March). The Relationship Between Workplace Spirituality and Organizational Commitment, Occupational Stress, and Satisfaction with Life in Staff and Faculty Members. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Atlanta, GA.

  • Harosky, J. & Gaia, A. C. (2017, March). The Role of Intimate Partner Violence and Aggression in College Students’ Depression, Anxiety, and Stress. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Atlanta, GA.

  • *Peters, R. & Gaia, A. C. (2017, March). The Role of Perceived Body Image on College Students’ Self-Esteem. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Atlanta, GA.

  • Renner, S. & Gaia, A. C. (2017, March). The Role of Love Styles in Relationship and Life Satisfaction. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Atlanta, GA.

  • Reynolds, K.G., Young, E., & Gaia, A. C. (2017, March). The Role of Social Media in College Students’ Body Image. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Atlanta, GA.

  • *Staiano, M. & Gaia, A. C. (2017, March). Religiosity, Empathy, and Spirituality as Chief Correlates of Altruistic Behavior. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Atlanta, GA.

  • Stevens, B. & Gaia, A. C. (2017, March). The Role of Parenting Styles and Corporal Punishment in College Students’ Levels of Aggression. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Atlanta, GA.

  • Taylor, C. & Gaia, A. C. (2017, March). The Role of Parent, Peer, and Place Attachment in Adjustment to College Life. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Atlanta, GA.

  • Young, E. & Gaia, A. C. (2017, March). The Influence of Patient-Physician Racial and Gender Concordance on Patients’ Perceptions of Physicians. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Atlanta, GA.

*Designates winner of the Psi Chi Regional Research Award

Contact Info

McGlothin-Street Hall, Room 120
Emory, VA 24327

276-944-6917

Location:

McGlothlin-Street Hall