Currently, I am an Assistant Professor of Psychology at York College of Pennsylvania. I am interested in how the reconstruction of autobiographical memories is influenced by changes in self-concept, identity, and environment, as well as how different knowledge structures (such as self-knowledge) are organized. I work with data from college students, community-dwelling individuals with and without PTSD, and MTurkers.

I graduated from Bucknell University with a B.S. in Neuroscience in 2010. While there, I examined the effects of aging on categorization and recognition of novel tunes with Dr. Andrea Halpern. I earned my Ph.D. in Psychology and Neuroscience, with a concentration in Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience, from Duke University. At Duke, I worked primarily with Dr. David Rubin on projects related to autobiographical memory and also collaborated with Drs. Elizabeth MarshMark Leary, and Rick Hoyle. My work has been featured on NPR and in Scientific American.

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Dr. Samantha A. Deffler
Psychology Program
Department of Behavioral Sciences
York College of Pennsylvania

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Dr. Deffler in the News
Scientific American - Mom, I'm Joey, Not Jennie!
SciWorks Radio - Jane, Bill, Juan, Fido... Whoever You Are?! (Aired 05/13/16)