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Department of Psychology

Faculty - Vincent Prohaska

Vincent ProhaskaAcademic Interests

Teaching and research are not, and should not be seen as a dichotomy or as competing priorities. My teaching experiences have opened new research areas, currently involving the uses of quizzes and other active learning pedagogical techniques. My research program provides opportunities for students to learn about the process of conducting real research, and presenting it at local and national conferences. Such opportunities better prepare them for entry into quality graduate programs or their chosen careers. I continually attempt to challenge my students, in both my classes and my laboratory, to achieve more than they thought they could.


  • Teaching and Learning; Memory (especially memory illusions).
  • I am especially interested in classroom learning and the effectiveness of different classroom pedagogies. Recent work has focused on the use of quizzes and other active learning techniques to improve student learning. I am also interested in all areas of memory, especially in creating memory illusions. From time to time I also take on short-term or student-initiated projects in other areas of cognitive psychology, particularly ethics (plagiarism, cheating), biases, and attention.
  • Research in Vincent Prohaska's laboratory centers on two major topics: Human Memory Processes and Procrastination.

Recent Publications and Presentations

  • Prohaska, V., DelValle, D.*, Toglia, M. P., & Pittman, A. E. (in press) Reported serial positions of true and illusory memories in the Deese/Roediger/McDermott paradigm.Memory.
  • Fredman, L. A.*, & Prohaska, V. (2013) The terror of pregnancy: The origin of ambivalent attitudes, Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research18(4), 176-183.
  • Prohaska, V. (2012) Strategies for encouraging ethical student behavior. In R. E. Landrum & M. McCarthy (Eds.), Teaching Ethically: Challenges and Opportunities.American Psychological Association, Washington DC, 79-88.
  • Prohaska, V., Sanchez, P.*, & Dangleben, T.* ETHNICITY AND SENSE OF HOME and
  • Prohaska, V., Sandoval, A.*, & Celestino, D.* AGE AND RESIDENCE LENGTH: HOME BY NON-WHITE, URBAN SAMPLES presented in Ferrari, J. R., SCRA SYMPOSIUM: PSYCHOLOGICAL HOME: DOES CLUTTER BUILD CHARACTER? Eastern Psychological Association, NYC, March, 2016
  • Prohaska, V. Active learning in class: Quizzes, clickers and collaborative learning. Presented at the 28th Annual Conference on the Teaching of Psychology, Tarrytown, NY, April, 2014.

*Lehman College undergraduate


  • Fellow, Eastern Psychological Association, 2011; Lehman College Faculty Recognition for Service, 2009; Florence L. Denmark Faculty Advisor Award from Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, 2001; Certificate of Appreciation, Society for the Teaching of Psychology (Division 2 of American Psychological Association) 2001; Regional Faculty Advisor Award, Psi Chi, 2000; Lehman College Performance Excellence Award, 2000; Honorary Member, Lehman College Chapter, Golden Key National Honor Society, 2000; Lehman College Award for Excellence in Teaching, "Teacher of the Year," 1997.