Department of Psychology

Dorothy Marsil

Associate Professor of Psychology

Contact Information

Office: Kennesaw Campus
Social Sciences Building (SO 402), Room 4018
Phone: 470-578-3259


Bio: Dr. Marsil earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees in Psychology from the University of Tennessee and her PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Marsil’s broad academic training includes developmental, cognitive, social psychology, and law. Her primary research stems from an interest in understanding interpersonal violence. Specifically, she has an interest in juror decision-making, particularly as it relates to children, college students, and older adults who have experienced interpersonal violence, such as sexual abuse, rape, stalking, or elder abuse. Dr. Marsil has a small, but active Psychology and Law research lab where undergraduates can participate in the research process from collecting data to potentially designing their own studies. She regularly supervises psychology student’s theses for the Honors College. Currently, her lab is investigating the recently changed federal definition of rape. She has published articles in several journals including Journal of American College Health, Law and Human Behavior; Psychology, Public Policy, and Law; and Law and Contemporary Problems. Dr. Marsil has presented her research at several regional and national psychology conferences. Dr. Marsil serves as the Program Coordinator and the Research Coordinator for the Psychology Department. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychology - Law Society, and the Association for Psychological Science.

Courses Recently Taught:

    PSYC 3205 Psychology of Child Development

    PSYC 3273 Forensic Psychology

    PSYC 3305 Lifespan Development