Rebecca Fraser-Thill

Visiting Instructor of Psychology

Director of Faculty Engagement and Outreach for Purposeful Workrfrasert_new

Fraser-Thill, Rebecca L.

Visiting Instructor in Psychology

Psychology 207-786-8218Pettengill Hall, Room 369





Summary of Interests

  • Meaning and purpose across the lifespan
  • Identity development, particularly in relation to career and vocation
  • Public communication of psychology research
  • Socioemotional development in infancy


  • B.A., Drew University, 2000
  • M.A., Cornell University, 2003

Research Interests

Prof. Fraser-Thill’s main area of recent work has focused on the development of meaning and purpose across the lifespan, with an emphasis on how career choice intersects with these constructs. She has also performed research on infants’ socioemotional development, parents’ decision making about care for their child with autism, eyewitness identification (accuracy on lineups and mugshots), suggestibility to false information, and the prosocial behavior of cancer patients’ siblings.

Courses Taught

  • Psyc 101 Principles of Psychology
  • Psyc 235 Abnormal Psychology
  • Psyc 240 Developmental Psychology
  • Psyc 242 Child Psychopathology
  • Psyc 340 Infancy
  • Psyc 341 Advanced Topics in Developmental Psychology
  • Psyc s35 Psychology and the Media
  • EXDS s21 Life Architecture

Selected Publications and Presentations

* indicates Bates student

Fraser-Thill, R. (2015). Forget work-life balance: Aim for blend instead. The Huffington Post.

Fraser-Thill, R. (2013). Meaningful life or happy life? Take your pick! The Elephant Journal.

Lahti, M., Connelly, R., Nigro, G., & Fraser-Thill, R. L. (2009). Working parents and child care:  Charting a new course for quality. Maine Policy Review18(1), 94-104. (link to article in PDF format)

*Wiechnicki, E., & Fraser-Thill, R. L.  (2008, April).  Inoculating witnesses against the negative effects of co-witness information.  Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

*Begim, A., & Fraser-Thill, R. L.  (2007, October).  Novelty and familiarity preferences for infant-directed singing.  Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the New England Psychological Association, Danbury, CT.

*Helliesen, M., & Fraser-Thill, R. L.  (2007, October).  From buzzing confusion to jealousy and empathic concern:  Reexamining emotional and social development in infancy.  Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the New England Psychological Association, Danbury, CT.

Fraser-Thill, R.  (2007).  Study Guide to accompany Psychology:  Concepts and Connections (8th Edition).  Belmont, CA:  Thomson/Wadsworth.

Dean, A., Fraser-Thill, R., Gallik, P., Nigro, G., & Walshe, A.  (2006).  Supporting Maine’s infants & toddlers:  Guidelines for learning & development.  Maine Department of Health and Human Services.  (link to article in PDF format)

Bradfield, A., Smith, C., & Fraser-Thill, R. (2005). A problem with double-blind photospread procedures:  Photospread administrators use one eyewitness’s confidence to influence the identification of another eyewitness. Law and Human Behavior29(5), 543-562.