Victoria DeSensi, Associate Professor of Psychology, regularly teaches Introduction to Psychology and Social Psychology but she has also taught more than a dozen different courses in psychology since joining the Wilmington College faculty in 2010. Each year, Vicky looks forward to reflecting on her teaching and consulting with fellow psychology instructors at the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology (NITOP) conference. She recently introduced into the WC curriculum a new Careers in Psychology course in the hopes that it will better prepare students for a professional future in psychology. Vicky also recently developed and fine-tuned a program assessment plan grounded in APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major: Version 2.0.
On the scholarship front, Vicky has been investigating some issues at the intersection of social and clinical psychology, particularly as they pertain to the topic of psychological disorder stigma. She recently expanded her research interests into the scholarship of teaching and learning and published a paper titled Coverage of psychological disorder stigma in introductory psychology.
In 2016, Vicky was awarded a $10,000 grant from Mental Health Recovery Services of Warren and Clinton Counties to support and promote mental health on the Wilmington College campus. During her spring 2017 Sabbatical, she enlisted the help of students, faculty, staff, and administrators in the needs assessment phase of the project.
Beginning in spring 2018, Vicky will resume her role as advisor to the student organization Active Minds. The expressed purpose of Active Minds is to increase awareness of the students, faculty, and staff about issues surrounding mental health, symptoms related to mental health disorders, and mental health resources available both on campus and in the surrounding community. Vicky is also currently serving a prominent role in faculty governance as one of the conveners.
Outside of academia, Vicky enjoys international travel, cooking, listening to podcasts and spending time with friends and family. She resides with her husband in Maineville.