Name: Prof. Deborah Gatins
Title: Associate Professor, Psychology
Office Location: Dyson 323
Extension: (845) 575-3000 ext. 2715
Degrees Held:

B.A. Vassar College
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology - University of Miami, Florida


Dr. Gatins worked in residential treatment settings with adolescents for ten years before teaching at the college level. She teaches courses in psychology and education and is considered an expert in adolescent development. She has been a full time member of the Marist faculty since 1999.


Gatins, D. (2005). Adolescent substance use: Current rates and personal impact. North American Journal of Psychology, 7(3), 449-456.

Gatins, D., & White, R. (2006). Lack of sex differences in knowledge of attitudes about, and behaviors related to substance use in a sample of high school students in Northeastern U.S.A. Psychological Reports, 98, 798-808.

Gatins, D. & White, R. (2006). School-based substance abuse programs: Can they influence student's knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors related to substance abuse? North American Journal of Psychology, 8(3), 517-532.

Gatins, D., Kinlaw, C. R., & Dunlap, L. (2013). Do the kids think they're okay? Adolescents' views on the impact of marriage and divorce. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 54(4), 313-328.


Member of the American Psychological Association.


Gatins, D. (2007). Adolescents' Opinions About the Impact of School-Based Substance Abuse Programs. Presented at the American Psychological Association conference held in San Francisco, CA.


Dr. Gatins has been a consultant for Human Relations Media since 1992. She helps develop videos for middle school and high school classrooms on topics related to adolescent health issues such as substance abuse, eating disorders, relationships, communication skills, self-esteem and stress. Since 1992, she has contributed to the production of 25 video projects as a writer, a creative collaborator, in developing teachers' guides and/or as an on-camera expert.