CURRICULUM VITAE

Alan G. Gittis, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology

Co-Coordinator - Neuroscience Major

Westminster College

New Wilmington, PA 16172
   

Business Phone: (724) 946-7358

Fax Number: (724) 946-6232

E-mail: gittisa@westminster.edu    

Home Address: 318 Landau Dr.

Pulaski, PA 16143

Home Phone: (724) 964-8907

Educational History:

B.A. (Psychology) Temple University, 1969

M.A. (Experimental Psychology) Ohio State University, 1971

Ph.D. (Major: Physiological; Minor: Developmental) Ohio State University, 1975

Professional Memberships:

Association for Psychological Science

American Association for the Advancement of Science

Eastern Psychological Association

Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience

Society for Neuroscience


 

Publications and Presentations: 

 Gittis, A., and Hothersall, D. (1974). DRL performance of juvenile rats with septal lesions. Physiological Psychology, 2, 38-42.

 Gittis, A., and Gordon, M. (1977). Developmental analysis of behavioral dysfunction in rats with septal lesions. Journal of Comparative and Physiological Psychology, 91, 94-106.

 Gittis, A., (1978). Development of avoidance responses in the neonatal rat. Presented at American Psychological Association meeting, Toronto.

 Gittis, A., and Eckles, C. (1982). The role of the hippocampus in behavioral maturation. Presented at American Psychological Association meeting, Washington, D.C.

 Gittis, A.G., Frazier, D., Geter, B., Stark, H., Arnold, C., and Olton, D. (1985) Shifting and staying in the developing rat. Presented at Eastern Psychological Association meeting, Boston.

 Gittis, A.G., and Arnold, C. (1986). Analysis of transition between proximal and distal cue utilization in the rat. Presented at International Society for Developmental Psychobiology meeting, Annapolis, MD.

 Gittis, A.G., and Arnold, C. (1986). Age related changes in cue utilization in the rat pup. Presented at Midwestern Psychological Association meeting, Chicago.

 Gittis, A.G., Geter, B., and Olton, D. (1987). Effect of scopolamine on win-shift performance in the rat at 18 days of age. Presented to the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, New Orleans.

 Gittis, A.G., Stark, H., Arnold, C., Geter, B., Frazier, D., and Olton D. (1988). Emergence of choice strategies in the rat: Shift-stay differentiation precedes win-lose differentiation. Animal Learning and Behavior, 16, 15-18.

 Pifferetti, K.M. and Gittis, A.G. (1989). Differences between adolescent and college-aged subjects in the "spread of activation" in propositional networks. Presented at Midwestern Psychological Association meeting, Chicago.

 Webster, S.K., Gittis, A.G., and Stanczak, R.J. (1989). High school psychology teachers' science skills equipping program. Presented at American Psychological Association meeting, New Orleans.

 Gittis, A.G., and Clelland, C., (1990). The hippocampus and the emergence of alternation behavior. Presented at Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia.

 Chudik, J., and Gittis, A.G. (1991). Fetal hippocampal transplant promotes recovery of win-shift behavior after hippocampal lesions. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 17, part 2, 1139.

 Gittis, A.G., and Dawley, M. (1991). Cues controlling Y-maze alternation in 18-day-old rat pup. Presented at International Society for Developmental Psychobiology meeting, New Orleans.

 Gittis, A.G. and McHaddon, M. (1992). Contingencies controlling win-shift alternation in a spatial task. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 18, part 2, 1426.

 Gittis, A.G., and Burnhouse, T. (1993). Disentangling a rat dam's retrieval preference for a pup's weight and sex. Presented at International Society for Developmental Psychobiology meeting, Alexandria, Va.

 Gittis, A.G., and Falleroni, J. (1993). The Geometry of win-shift and win-stay behavior.Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 19.

 Gittis, A.G., Rudy, C., and Esch, M. (1995). A small dose of apomorphine improves memory on a difficult spatial task. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 21, 1229.

 Gittis, A.G., and Cindric, B.B. (1997). Neural networks: A cluster course approach. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 23.

 Remmers-Roeber, D., and Gittis, A.G. (1997). Undergraduate participation at the society for neuroscience conference: The students and their sponsors. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 23.

 Gittis, A.G. and Campe, L. (1998) Aniracetam administration reduces scopolamine-induced working memory deficit in rats. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 24.

Gittis, A.G. and Puzausky, J. (1999) AIT-082 improves memory performance in a non-match-to-sample
task in rats. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 25

Gittis, A.G. (2000) Issues in the behavioral analysis of AIT-082's anti-amnestic properties. Presented at the Neotherapeutics AIT-082 conference in Irvine, CA.

Gittis, A.G. and Byrd, T. (2000)  The effects of dosage level and repeated administration on anti-amnestic properties of AIT-082. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 26.

Gittis, A.G. (2000) Integrating neuroscience into an undergraduate curriculum. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 26.

Gittis, A.G. (2000) Reasons for FUN: Organizational support for undergraduate neuroscience. Presented at Eastern Psychological Association meeting, Baltimore

Gittis, A.G. (2001) Behavioral neuroscience as an all-college lab science and a requirement of psychology  majors. Presented at Eastern Psychological Association meeting, Washington, D.C.

Gittis, A.G. (2002) Research as a journey: Paths, choice points and obstacles in undergraduate neuroscience research. Presented at Eastern Psychological Association meeting, Boston.

Gittis, A.G. (2002) The emergence on non-match-to-sample behavior in the developing rat pup. Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education, 1, 1-3.

Gittis, A.G., Tomnay, J.M., and Peterson, E.A. (2002). Induction of compulsive features in maternal behavior via chronic quinpirole administration in the rat. Program No. 896.13. 2002 Abstract Viewer/Itinerary Planner. Washington, DC: Society for Neuroscience, 2002.

Gittis, A.G. (2003) SFN’s Educational Initiative: Undergraduate Neuroscience is the K thru 12 – Graduate Bridge. Presented at the meeting of the Association for Neuroscience Departments and Programs spring meeting, Bethesda.

Gittis, A.G. and Vajdich , R.A. (2003). Interference effects in the spatial DNMTS working memory task. Program No. 622.9. 2003 Abstract Viewer/Itinerary Planner. Washington, DC: Society for Neuroscience, 2003.

Gittis, A.G. (2004). Developing graduate-undergraduate neuroscience connections. Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education, 3, E1-E2.

Gittis, A.G. and Vajdich, R.A. (2004). What the rat is thinking: The process and contents of working in the spatial non-match-to sample task. Presented at American Psychological Society meeting, Chicago.

Gittis, A.G. and McKinley, M.M. (2005). Taking behavioral neuroscience laboratories out of the laboratory: Use of a college’s equestrian and preschool resources.  2005 Abstract Viewer/Itinerary Planner. Washington, DC: Society for Neuroscience, 2005. Online.

Gittis, A.G., Weber, L.R., and Gustkey. E.L. (2006). The neuroeconomics of radial arm maze memory. Presented at Association for Psychological Science meeting, New York.

Gittis, A.G. (2007). An analysis of spatial alternation in the rat. Presented at Society for Neuroscience meeting. San Diego, CA

Gittis, A.G. (2009). Brain awareness as a laboratory project in an undergraduate neuroscience class. Presented at Society for Neuroscience meeting. Chicago, IL.

Gittis, A.G. and Martinez, J.P. (2009). Neonatal clomipramine injections reduce sensitivity to incentive probabilities in a memory task. Presented at Society for Neuroscience meeting. Chicago, IL.

 

Professional Awards:

                    Henderson Lectureship, 1994

Educator of the Year, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience, 2008

Distinguished Faculty Award, Westminster College, 2009

Student Awards:

            Chudick, John – Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Undergraduate Psychology Student Research Award, 1991

            Falleroni, Julianne – The Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience Student Travel Award, 1993

            Peterson, Ericka – The Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience Student Travel  Award, 2002                       


 

Sabbatical Experiences : 

Johns Hopkins University (1983). Psychology Department (David Olton).


Northeast Ohio Universities College of Medicine (1991). Neurobiology Department (Timothy Teyler).

Grant Activities:

National Science Foundation Post-doctoral fellow. Princeton University, 1975-76. (under Byron Campbell)

National Science Foundation, Division of Teacher Preparation High School Psychology Teacher Science Skills Equipment Project, 1987-89. (Co-author)

National Science Foundation, ILI-IP. Neural, Social and Electronic Networks: A Cluster Course Approach (Co-author)

National Science Foundation, ILI. Computerized Research Stations in a Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory.
1999-2000.

National Science Foundation, CCLI, Integrating a Psychology Curriculum Through the Incremental Building of Computer Skills, 2008-2012


College Service  (selected):   

            Chair – Psychology Department – 2004-2009

            Chair of the Faculty - 2009-2010

             Academic Standards Committee - 1988 - 1992

 
Faculty Personnel Committee- 1992-1996, 2002- 2006, 2009-

Curriculum Development Committee - 1996- 2000 - (Chair)

Enrollment Management Council - 1996-1999

Medical Professions Advisory Committee - 1988- 2007

Faculty Development Committee - 2000- 2002 (Secretary)

Student Publications Board - 2000-2002

Faculty Advisor – Psychology Club and Psi Chi – 1985- 2003

Coordinator- Neuroscience Program

Coordinator – Occupational Therapy cooperative program with  Duquesne Univ

Vice Chair of Faculty – 2006-07

Curriculum Operations Committee – 2006

Ad Hoc Committee on Teaching Load (Chair) – 2006-2008

 

Professional Activities : 

Steering Committee, Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Research Conference - 1985-95 (Organized two conferences)

Councilor, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience - 1996-97

President, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience - 1998-99

Executive Committee, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience – 1999- 2004

            National Science Foundation ILI Reviewer (Psychology Section), 1999,  2001, 2003, 2004 [Chair], 2006 [Chair], 2009

,           NIH – Center for Scientific Review  Panel Member NRSA awards  - 2004 – 2010

            Reviewer – NSF-FUN /SOMAS Awards – 2005- 

Courses Taught:

        Semester Offerings: 

 

Introductory Psychology

Psychology of Learning (with Laboratory)

Motivation

Behavioral Neuroscience (with Laboratory)

Cognition (with Laboratory)

Systems and Theories

Inquiry (Freshman interdisciplinary seminar)

Neural Networks: The Psychobiological Approach (Cluster course with Computer Science)

Neuropsychology of Mind (Cluster course with Philosophy)