Ingrid Farreras, Ph.D.

Faculty: Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

Ingrid Farreras, Ph.D.



Stetten Post-Doctoral Fellow in the History of Biomedical Sciences and Technology, Office of NIH History, National Institutes of Health (Public History)

Ph.D., University of New Hampshire (History of Psychology)
M.S.T., University of New Hampshire (College Teaching)
M.A., University of New Hampshire (Clinical Psychology)
B.A., Clark University (Psychology & Foreign Languages (French/German))



Dr. Farreras is a professor of psychology at IPS who teaches history of psychology, research methodology, and an integrative dissertation seminar.  Given her dual training, her research falls under two areas:
History of Psychology: 
1) the professionalization of the field of clinical psychology during the first half of the 20th century, and
2) how eugenics, Progressivism, and intelligence testing shaped the first American commitment law for “feeble-minded” individuals, and the professionalization of psychologists as court personnel
Clinical Psychology: 
1) in collaboration with Dr. Elizabeth MacDougall at Bridgewater College (Virginia): 
a) the relationships among religious beliefs, stress overload and coping, and mental health outcomes, to develop a measurement tool that facilitates integrating spirituality into practice,
b) the relationships among intrinsic religious motivation, religious/spiritual struggles, death anxiety, and mental health outcomes, to develop spiritually integrated interventions, and
c) the psychometric validation of a Palliative Care Death and Dying Concerns Scale we developed with Hospice and cancer patients, comparing outcomes by type of cancer, stage of cancer, and across sex, age, race/ethnicity, and religion/spirituality
2) in collaboration with psychologists at the CEU San Pablo University in Madrid, Spain:
a) the psychometric validation of a Spanish-language version of the Multidimensional Orientation Toward Dying and Death Inventory measuring both the fear and acceptance of dying and death