Patrice M Miller

Professional Details

Title: Professor
Office: MH-224C
Phone: 978-542-6457
Resume: Patrice M Miller [PDF 86KB]

Spring Courses

Cat. # Term Course # Title
1492 01 PSY337 Social Development
2278 02 PSY203S Research Methods and Statistics I
2282 L22 PSY203S Research Methods and Statistics I
2857 S1 PSY738 Child Development and Public Policy
4017 D1 PSY743 Contemporary Families
4144 D3 PSY876 Directed Study

Professional Biography

PATRICE MARIE MILLER attended Swarthmore College (1968-1970) and obtained her B.A. in Psychology, cum laude, from New York University in 1972. She obtained her Ed.M in 1979 and her Ed.D. in 1988 from Human Development and Psychology at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  Since 1993, she has been at the Department of Psychology, Salem State University, where she now is a Full Professor. Since 1994, she has also been a Research Associate in the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, and since 1998 she has been the Coordinator of the M.S. Program in Counseling & Psychological Services at Salem State University. Dr. Miller has broad interests in developmental psychology. One long-standing interest has been in the social and emotional development of children, and the influence of early experiences, parenting, socioeconomic background and culture on development. Along with collaborators, Dr. Miller also works on applying the Model of Hierarchical Complexity, a model that explains stages of development, to the success of graduate students, to understanding how smart different animals are, and to other interesting problems.  For selected reprints, you may visit the website and click on the link to "Papers". 


Professor of Psychology: I teach courses in research and statistics, and a variety of developmental topics, at both the undergraduate and graduate level.  I am also the Coordinator of the M.S. Program in Counseling and Psychological Services.  In that capacity, I meet with prospective and current students, plan course schedules, plan new graduate programs, and engage in many other related activities. 

Selected Publications

DiBiase, R. & Miller, P. M. (2012). Predicting feelings of cognitive competence in Head Start preschoolers. Journal of Genetic Psychology, 173 (1), 23-40.

Ghuloum, S., Bener, A., Commons, M. L., Miller, P. M., Burgut, F. T., & Bhugra, D. (2011). Perceptions of boundaries and cultural influences in Qatar. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 0020764011431799, first published on January 5, 2012.

Norris, D. M., Commons, M. L., Miller, P. M., Adams, K. M., & Gutheil, M. D. (2011). A pilot study of job satisfaction in Massachusetts judges. Journal of Psychiatry & Law, 39, 321-337.

Miller, P. M., & Commons, M. L. (2010). The benefits of attachment parenting for infants and children: A behavioral developmental view. Behavioral Development Bulletin, 10, 1 -14.

Selected Presentations

Miller, P. M. (November, 2011). Attachment to human and nonhuman attachment entities across the lifespan. Presented at the Association for Moral Education, Nanjing, China.

Miller, P. M., Crone-Todd, D., Lucas, R. & Hennigan, R. (July, 2011). Scoring Graduate-School Essays Using Model of Hierarchical Complexity. Paper presented at the Inaugural meeting of the European Society for Research in Adult Development, Lund, Sweden.

Miller, P. M. & Libby S. (October, 2009). Counseling competencies: CACREP and beyond. Paper presented at the Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors, San Diego, CA.

Miller, P. M. & Commons, M. L. (August 20, 2009). Postformal stages. Paper presented at the European Conference on Developmental Psychology, Vilnius, Lithuania.

Commons, M. L. & Miller, P. M. (May, 2009). Using Hierarchical Complexity to determine how smart animals are. Association for Behavior Analysis, International, Phoenix, AZ.

Miller, P. M. & DiBiase, R. (March, 2009). The relationship of parent behavior problems and traditionalism to preschoolers' emotion regulation and cognitive competence. Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, CO.

Personal Interests

I am an active orienteer, so can often be found getting lost in the woods on weekends.  I am deeply connected to Brazilian culture and music, having grown up in Rio de Janeiro.  I am the proud servant to two Siamese/Snowshoe cats, adopted from Siamese Rescue.