Gordon Atlas

Professor Psychology
Psychology & Communication
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Science Center, Room 423G


  • PhD: University of Michigan, 1987

Courses Taught

  • Theories of Personality
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Communication & Counseling Skills
  • Clinical Procedures
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Existential Approaches to the Person

Research, Publications, & Presentations

Research & Publications

  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Depression
  • Narcissism
  • Person Perception
  • Explanatory Styles
  • Defense Mechanisms
  • Music Appreciation and Personality


Dr. Atlas has been the recipient of four Awards for Teaching Excellence at Alfred University. He has developed a scale to measure sensitivity to criticism and has published research on responses to criticism, the effects of rejection, and on explanatory styles. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Eastern Psychological Association, and the Midwestern Psychological Association and has presented more than a dozen papers at their professional meetings. In 1995, he authored the Instructor's manual for the textbook Abnormal Psychology by T.E.Oltmanns and R.E.Emery, and he is currently working on a new edition of that manual.
For two years Dr. Atlas worked as a psychotherapist in the Binghamton, NY area. His contributions to the University include serving on the Promotion and Tenure Committee of the College of Liberal Arts & Science and the University’s Faculty Senate.