Joan H. Rollins, Ph.D. is Professor Emerita and a former Chair of the Psychology Department at Rhode Island College, Providence, Rhode Island. Previously, she served as a member of the Rhode Island Board of Examiners for Psychology, as President of the Rhode Island Psychological Association, President of the New England Psychological Association, and as a member of the Council of Representatives of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Rollins is the author of Women's Mind's/Women's Bodies: The Psychology of Women in a Biosocial Context (Prentice Hall, 1996) and editor of Hidden Minorities (University Press of America, 1981), an interdisciplinary book about several ethnic groups in southern New England.
Mary Zahm, Ph.D. is Professor and Chair of the Psychology Department at Bristol Community College (BCC), Fall River, Massachusetts. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Rhode Island (URI). Dr. Zahm has received awards for outstanding teaching at both BCC and URI as well as the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) award for excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership at BCC. She has also served as President of the New England Psychological Association. Dr. Zahm is the author of Create Your Ideal Life (AuthorHouse, 2010), a textbook for Psychology of Personal Adjustment classes. She also brings a practical bent to the book based on her 13 years as a Human Factors Engineer for Raytheon Company.
Drs. Rollins and Zahm have a combined total of over 60 years of college teaching experience, including the freshman college seminar. They developed the Academic Self-Regulation scale, with their colleagues Dr. Gary Burkholder and Dr. Peter F. Merenda, which is highly correlated with grade point average and graduation rates of college students. They are available for the presentation of workshops on strategies for college student success.