Diane Mello-Goldner

Dean of the College and Associate Professor of Psychology
Haldan Hall 108


  • Ph.D., Social/Personality Psychology, Lehigh University, Social/Personality Psychology,1994
  • M.S., Psychology, Lehigh University, Psychology, 1992
  • B.A., Psychology, Boston College, Psychology, 1990

Awards and Honors

  • Summer-Mini Sabbatical Grant, Pine Manor College, Summer 1999
  • Ruth Allinger Gibson Teaching Award, Pine Manor College, 1997
  • APA Science Directorate Award, 1993
  • SPSP Travel Grant Award, 1993

Professional Experience

  • Fall 2009-Spring 2010: Research Associate, Center for Inclusive Leadership & Social Responsibility, Pine Manor College
    Assisted in the development, analysis, and summary of a program involving the Matchpoint Community Partnership and Boston Public Schools, that hoped to strengthen community youth-serving programs and institutions in the area of Harambee Par that did not already have an athletic component by providing tennis lessons at the Sportmen's Tennis Club or at their location.
  • Fall 2001-Present: L & D Statistical Consultants, LLC.
    Partner in statistical consulting company providing marketing research analysis.
  • Fall 1999-Present: Data Analyst, Pine Manor College
    Provide statistical analysis and feedback for various college assessment inventories and faculty evaluations.
  • Fall 1994-Present: Assistant Professor/Adjunct Professor, Pine Manor College
    Research Principles; Research Practicum; Adolescent Psychology; Testing and Assessment; Lifespan Development; Social Psychology; Group Dynamics; Theories of Personality; Social and Personality Development in Children; Introduction to Psychology; Human Sexuality; Childhood Disabilities; Mentoring Group; Portfolio Learning Seminar; Sports Psychology; Statistics for Psychology
  • Spring 1999-2003: Adjunct Lecturer, Lasell College
    Lifespan Development; Social Psychology
  • Fall 1994-Fall 1998: Adjunct Lecturer, Mount Ida College
    Introduction to Psychology; Psychology of Personality Adjustment; Human Sexuality; Quest for Identity; The Life Cycle; Psychology of Grief, Maturing, and Aging; Social Psychology
  • Spring 1994 and Summer 1993: Teaching Assistant/Recitation Leader
    Organized weekly recitation for all sections of Introductory Psychology.
  • Summers 1992 and 1993: Adjunct Lecturer, Lehigh University
    Abnormal Psychology
  • Spring 1993: Research Assistant, Lehigh University
    Assisted in the coding of experimental data on the story model in jurors' verdict decisions.
  • 1992-1993: Research Assistant, Lehigh University
    Collected information to perform a meta-analysis on the self-handicapping literature.
  • 1990-1994: Teaching Assistant, Lehigh University
    Personality Theories, Abnormal Psychology, Attitudes and Attributions, Psychology of Women, Social Development, Research Methods
  • 1989-1990: Teaching Assistant, Boston College
    Personality Theories, Research Methods
  • 1989-1990: Research Assistant, St. Elizabeth's Hospital Department of Psychiatry
    Analyzed computerized brain scans of patients with panic disorder and drug abuse. Assisted in preparation of manuscript for publication.

Publications and Research Presentations

  • Mello-Goldner, D. and Jackson, J. (1999). Premenstrual syndromes as self-handicapping strategy among college women. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 14 (4), 607-616.
  • Mello-Goldner, D. (1998). Using multimedia archives to generate class discussion. Paper presented at the 1998 meeting of the American Psychological Society / Teaching Institute, Washington, DC.
  • Mello-Goldner, D., LeVaiver, A., Oldham, K., Simmons, L., Lenihan, P., and McMichael, C. (1998). PMS as a self-handicapping strategy. Paper presented at the 1998 meeting of the American Psychological Society, Washington, DC.
  • Mello-Goldner, D. and Wurf, E. (1997). The self in self-handicapping: Differential effects of public and private internal audiences. Current Psychology, 15 (4), 319-331.
  • Mello-Goldner, D. (1997). Exploring connections between collaborative learning and the development of inclusive leadership. Paper presented at the 1997 National Conference on New Ways of Learning and Leading in the Classroom and the Workplace, Boston, MA.
  • Mello-Goldner, D. (1997). The benefits of using group work in classes. Paper presented at the 1997 meeting of the American Psychological Society / Teaching Institute, Washington, DC.
  • Mello-Goldner, D. M. and Wurf, E., (1995). Audience salience mediates self-handicapping. Paper presented at the meeting of the American Psychological Society, New York, NY.
  • Mello, D. M. and Wurf, E. (1993). Self-handicapping and psychological crutches: Differential effect on self-knowledge and self-feeling. Presented at the annual meetings of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.
  • Mello, D. and Wurf, E. (1993). Self-handicaps, psychological crutches, and self-concepts first aid. Unpublished manuscript, Lehigh University.
  • Mello, D. M. (1992). Coping with ambiguity in the self-concept: Will the bandage hold? Unpublished Master's thesis, Lehigh University.
  • Mello, D. and Wurf, E. (1991). The effects on self-concept and performance of self-handicapping and psychological crutches. Presented at the annual meetings of the American Psychological Society, Washington, DC.

College Service

  • Assessment Committee, Pine Manor College, Fall 1999-Present
  • Faculty Development Committee, Pine Manor College, Fall 2001
  • Chairperson, Library Committee, Pine Manor College, 1997-1999
  • Faculty Advisor, Psychology Club, Pine Manor College, 1996-1999
  • Chairperson, Diversity Committee, Pine Manor College, 1995-1998
  • Faculty Moderator, Pine Manor College, 1996-1997
  • Steering Committee, Pine Manor College, 1995-1997

Professional Organizations

  • Member, New England Psychological Association (NEPA)