Peace Studies & Psychology
Mary Tarsha (peace studies and psychology) holds a B.S. from the University of Notre Dame where she majored in Pre-Medicine with a minor in Theology. She also has an M.Ed. from Vanderbilt University, Peabody College in Empirical Research of Developmental Psychology. At Vanderbilt University, she conducted research at the Education and Brain Science Research Laboratory and Park Clinical Neuroscience Laboratory where she investigated the influence of varying early care experiences, from different cultures, upon both psychological and physical health outcomes.
Currently, her research utilizes both behavioral and neurobiological measurements to examine the development of peaceableness within an individual, unraveling the influence of early care experiences upon normal and abnormal development. In addition, she has a particular interest in quantitative methods and statistical analysis, to use diverse methods to collect and analyze data across cultures.
- Tarsha, Mary; Park, Sohee; and Tortora, Suzi. "Body-Centered Interventions for Psychopathological Conditions: A Review." Frontiers in Psychology, 4 January 2020.
- Tarsha, Mary and Narvaez, Darcia. “The Evolved Nest: A Partnership System That Fosters Child and Societal Wellbeing.” Interdisciplinary Journal of Peace Studies, Volume 6, Issue 3 Fall 2019.
Director of Doctoral Studies
Assistant Director for Doctoral Studies