Sarah L. Bunnell

 Associate Professor of Psychology


B.A., Middlebury College
M.A., University of Kansas
Ph.D., University of Kansas


Sarah Bunnell has been a member of the department since 2011, and she is the department’s developmental psychologist. 

Broadly, her research interests include questions about the factors that influence how children and adolescents cope with and make sense of emotional past experiences. 

At OWU, she teaches classes including Introduction to Psychology, Child Psychology, Adolescent Psychology, and the Psychology of Physically and Behaviorally Impaired Children.

When she’s not on campus, Bunnell can be found outside with her dog or rowing on the Scioto River.  Having spent significant parts of her life in Kansas City and Vermont, she has very strong feelings about barbeque sauce and grades of maple syrup.

Areas of Interest / Expertise

There are two main lines to Bunnell’s research program:

First, she is interested in how autobiographical memory and coping processes develop across childhood and adolescence, with a particular focus on how individual differences in cognitive and emotional skills may impact one’s ability to cope with stressful and/or traumatic past events (e.g., institutionalization, physical or sexual abuse or assault, chronic illness).

She also is interested in a number of questions related to the scholarship of teaching and learning, such as the best practices for improving students’ metacognitive skills, how to foster a classroom setting where students view their peers as important contributors to their learning, and the impact of various online and in-class teaching practices on student learning outcomes.

Students interested in learning more about research opportunities in Bunnell's lab are invited to contact her.

Contact Info


Phillips Hall #52
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3809