Rhonda Korol, Ph.D.

Professor, Psychology

I came to Lyndon in 1995 because I wanted a place where I could be a college teacher and a practicing clinical psychologist. I love my job because I get to do both — engage in counseling that is informed by what I am continually learning and teach material related to the professional work I do every day. In the community, I counsel adults, teens, and couples, and at the college I teach courses related to treatment and prevention such as Abnormal Psychology, Counseling, and Introduction to Human Services. These classes are lively because relevant examples are found everywhere — in students’ lives, television shows and movies, quotes, cartoons, even Dear Abbey! I also get a lot of ideas from clinical trainings and materials designed to help educate professionals. Class exercises and assignments are interesting (and even fun sometimes) because they often help students figure out and improve their own reactions, relationships, and coping skills.

I lived in cities before I came to the college (grew up outside of St. Louis, and have lived in Jersey City, Boston, and as far away as Tokyo, Japan). I was skeptical at first about living in a rural area, but I have come to love it — even the winters. It is great to work in a small and intimate college community where staff, students, and faculty are friendly, and welcoming, as well as talented and interesting. It is also wonderful to live in a small town where interconnections are a part of our daily lives. Now I have been at Lyndon long enough that many of the professionals I interact with in the community and speakers that I invite into classes are former students. That creates a whole new level of familiarity and trust. Of course, many of our students leave the area, returning to their home towns or heading out on adventures. It has been good to watch students take what they have learned at Lyndon to a wide variety of geographical locations and professional settings.


Abnormal Psychology, Counseling, Human Interactions, Introduction to Human Services, Introduction to Psychology, Senior Seminar.


M.A., Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Univeristy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.
B.S. in Secondary Math Education, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.
B.A. in Mathematics, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH.

Professional Affiliations/Licensure

Licensed as a Clinical Psychologist-Doctorate
VermontPsychological Association | http://www.vpa.org

Professional Papers and Publications

Korol, R. & Korol, M. (2006). The games students play. Poster presented at Association for Psychological Science, 18th Annual Convention, New York, New York.

Korol, M. & Korol, R. (2006). Should introductory psychology be a lab course?  Poster presented at Association for Psychological Science, 18th Annual Convention. New York, New York.

Korol, M., Korol, R., & Korol, D. (2002), Attack on America: Initial reactions, memory, and PTSD symptoms.  Poster presented at 18th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Baltimore, Maryland.

Korol, R. (1999). Integrating diverse writing assignments into introductory psychology. Paper presented at 13th Annual Conference on Undergraduate Teaching of Psychology. Ellenville, NY.

Korol, R. (1996). Personal and professional aspects of being a pregnant therapist. Women and Therapy, 18 (1), 99-108.

Korol, R. (1995). The impact of therapist pregnancy on the treatment process. Clinical Social Work Journal, 23, 159-172.

Korol, R. & Korol, M. (1995).  Sense of self in conversations with women versus men.
Poster presented at the American Psychological Association’s 103rd Annual Convention.

Korol, R. & Bloch, E. (1992).  The relationship between separation-individuation, ego-strength, and earliest childhood memories in late-adolescents.  Poster presented at the American Psychological Association’s 100th Annual Convention.

Sample of Professional Training/Workshops Attended

Adventures on the electronic frontier: Ethics and risk management in the digital era. Eric A. Harris, Ed.D., J.D., Vermont Psychological Association, Montpelier, VT (2011).

Mating in captivity. Esther Perel, Cape Cod Institute, Eastham, MA (2011).

Using movies to understand the interface of psychological and biological approaches to mental disorders. Fritz Engstrom, M.D., New England Educational Institute, Eastham, MA (2010).

The interpersonal nature of shame.  Alexis Johnson, Ph.D., Vermont Psychological Association, Montpelier, VT (2010).

Counseling for couples: Understanding and improving love relationships. Cross Country Education, Burlington, VT (2009).

Resource development for trauma survivors. Deborah Korn, Ph.D., Cape Cod Institute, Eastham, MA (2008).

Affect regulation, attachment, and trauma. Pat Ogden, Ph.D., Vermont Trauma Institute, Burlington, VT (2008).

Good enough teen, good enough parent.  Brad Sachs, Ph.D., Cape Cod Institute, Eastham, MA (2006).

Rebuilding shattered lives. James A. Chu, M.D., Vermont Trauma Institute, Burlington, VT (2005).

Reel love: Confronting couples issues with movie clips. Bill O’Hanlon, M.S., New England Educational Institute, Eastham, MA (2005).

Risking connection.  Laurie Anne Pearlman, Ph.D., Vermont Trauma Institute, Burlington, VT (2005).

Supervision lab: Clinical supervision, collegial consultation and self-supervision. Kay Frances Schepp, Ed.D., Vermont Psychological Association, White River Junction, VT (2004).

The challenge of couples work: Helping two at once. Vermont Psychological Association, Montpelier, VT (2003).

Men and anger.  Stephen C. Simmer, Ph.D., Reach Educational Seminars, Manchester, NH  (2002).

Dialectical behavior therapy.  Charles  Swenson, M.D. and Christine Foertsch, Ph.D., The Behavioral Technology Transfer Group, Seattle, WA (2002).

Narrative therapy and the scaffolding of therapeutic conversations.  Michael White, Family Therapy Institute of Vermont, Burlington, VT (2002).

Treatment of posttraumatic and dissociative disorders: State of the art.  Daniel Brown, Ph.D., Vermont Trauma Institute, Burlington, VT (2001)

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