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Sarah Hall, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology

On Faculty since 2009
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Dr. Hall’s teaching and research focus on normal and abnormal development in children. Broadly, she is interested in the areas of risk and resilience, or how various factors affect the development of health and disorder. More specifically, her work focuses on topics such as emotion regulation in children and the integration of Christianity and child clinical psychology. Dr. Hall teaches courses in abnormal, clinical, and developmental psychology.

The Pennsylvania State University
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, 2009

The Pennsylvania State University
M.S., Psychology, 2006

University of Richmond
B.S., Psychology, 2003

  • Risk and resilience
  • Emotion regulation in children
  • Relations between emotion regulation and psychopathology
  • American Psychological Association
  • Society of Clinical and Child Adolescent Psychology (APA Division 53)
  • Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)

Hall, S. E., Emotion coaching: Helping children process meaningful events.
Poster presented at the annual Mental Health and Missions Conference. 2015

Hall, S. E., & Watson, T. S., Symptoms and coping strategies of helping professionals in Nepal.
Poster presented at the annual Mental Health and Missions Conference. 2013

Hall, S. E., & Watson, T. S., Mental health needs and solutions in Nepal.
Poster presented at the annual Mental Health and Missions Conference. 2013

Daniels, Q., Meadows, M., Rabe, K., Hall, S. E., & Rueger, S. Y., Drinking, abstaining, and limiting motives in young adult drinkers
Poster submitted for presentation at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, 2013

Choe, H. J., Lindsey, M., Hall, S. E., & Rueger, S. Y., Assessing motives to abstain and limit drinking in young adults.
Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association., 2013

Hall, S. E., Kimmel, J., Kellums, M., Watson, T., & Lindsey, M. | Stressors, challenges, and mental health symptoms of helping professionals
Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, Nepal, 2013

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Contemporary Clinical Psychology
  • Advanced Abnormal Psychology

Dr. Hall's research interests are in the area of emotion regulation in children, specifically the development of emotion regulation in early childhood and relations between emotion regulation and psychopathology.

Emotion dysregulation as a risk factor for psychopathology, In T. P. Beauchaine & S. P. Hinshaw (Eds.), Child and adolescent psychopathology
Cole, P. M., Hall, S. E., & Hajal, N., 2017

Mental health needs and resources in Nepal, International Journal of Culture and Mental Health
Hall, S. E., Watson, T. E., Kellums, M., & Kimmel, J., 2016

Coping strategies as a mediator between adolescent spirituality/religiosity and psychosocial adjustment, Journal of Psychology and Christianity
Hall, S. E., & Flanagan, K. S., 2013

Emotion dysregulation as a risk factor for psychopathology, Child and adolescent psychopathology
Cole, P. M., Hall, S. E., & Hajal, N., 2013

Developmental changes in anger expression and attention focus during a delay: Learning to wait, Developmental Psychology
Cole, P. M., Tan, P. Z., Hall, S. E., Zhang, Y., Crnic, K. A., Blair, C. B., & Li, R., 2011

Dr. Hall's research experience and interests are in the areas of clinical and developmental psychology, particularly in the study of young children's emotion regulation skills and difficulties and how these relate to psychopathology.