Department Chair:
Nancy Darling

Administrative Assistant:
Joan Gleason, Severance Hall Building Rep. Academic Year-Severance Hall room reservations email Summer-Severance Hall room reservations email

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8355
Fax: (440) 775-8356

Severance Hall
120 West Lorain
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Office Hours: Academic Year - Monday through Friday - 8:00 a.m. to Noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Summer Hours June to August - Monday through Friday TBD

Karen Sutton

Karen Sutton

Emeritus Professor of Psychology

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, City College, 1967
  • Master of Science, Syracuse University, 1972
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Syracuse University, 1974

As the department's clinical psychologist with more applied interests (Al Porterfield is the other clinical psychologist), I teach courses in the clinical area including Personality: Theory and Research; Psychotherapy: Theory, Practice, and Research; and Health Psychology, and I participate in the department's team-taught introductory course, The Study of Behavior. I also supervise the department's Practicum in Community Psychology.

My research interests are in the area of weight and body image. In the past, I studied body image distortions and disordered eating among normal weight individuals. More recently, my interests have evolved to include body image distortions and weight control among the obese. I am currently involved in a long-term, minimal intervention treatment program for obese individuals with associated health problems (e.g., cardiovascular disease, diabetes type II) which allows me to combine my clinical and research interests as well as my interest in health psychology.

In what free time I have, I stay physically active doing aerobics, taking ballet, and working out on whatever piece of gym equipment catches my fancy.