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Joan Cannon, Ed.D.

Associate Professor Emerita

Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences


Personality, human development, & on-line teaching. Faculty Advisor Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology

Research Interests

Research interests include personality dynamic, family systems, organizational change, role conflict and dual career issues. Dr. Cannon's research focuses on organizational change, role conflict, dual-career families and various topics in personality.


A.B., St. Mary's College

M.Ed., Boston University

Ed.D., Clark University


Cannon began her career at the University of Massachusetts Lowell as a member of the administration and Department of Psychology faculty. She has taught many courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. As faculty advisor to the UML Chapter of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology, she is especially proud of the various achievements made at the local, regional and national levels: 2003-04 University of Massachusetts Lowell Outstanding Community Service by a Group Psi Chi and 2004-05 Psi Chi Regional Chapter Award. Dr. Cannon has actively served as a member of Psi Chi’s Eastern Regional Board, NEPA and EPA Program and Award Committees.

She is the author of dozens of articles, book chapters and books. Her recent publication, "Personality Psychology: Insights, Issues, Case Histories and Applications" has been very well received by students enrolled in her course. Dr. Cannon is the recipient of the 1996 Haskell Award for Distinguished Teaching;the 2003 University of Massachusetts Lowell, Department of Psychology, Distinguished Teaching Award; the 2003-04 University of Massachusetts Student Organization Advisor of the Year Award; the 2004-05 University of Massachusetts Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology, Faculty Advisor Award for Distinguished Leadership; and 2005 2004-05 Psi Chi/Florence L. Denmark National Faculty Advisor Award presented by the National Council at the American Psychological Association Conference in Washington, D. C. For the creative design and teaching of Personality Psychology, she earned the 2005 Sloan C Award for Excellence in Online Teaching. In her free time, she likes to read, write, and travel with her family to various parts of the world.