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Leila Gastil

  • Leila Gastil


Visiting Instructor of Psychology





Leila attended Vassar College, where she fell in love with acting. She went on to complete a BFA in Acting at NYU.

Leila’s other professional experience includes a decade at JPMorgan as a Vice President of Marketing, Institutional Asset Management.

Leila’s graduate work was in Psychology at Hunter College. She received her degree in Animal Behavior and Conservation. Her thesis was on “Reconsidering Hamadryas (Papio hamadryas) Leadership Styles”.

Leila taught in the Psychology department at Hunter College 2012 - 2022.

Classes taught:

Introduction to Psychology

Stress and Coping

Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology

General Experimental - Psychology

Evolution and Behavior

Ethology-Animal Behavior

Cognitive Psychology

Learning Theory

Memory and Attention

States of Consciousness

Professional Affiliations:

American Psychological Association (APA)

Society for the Teaching of Psychology (APA Division 2)

Animal Behavior Society (ABS)


Fall 2022

General Psychology: Social and Clinical Processes

General Psychology: Physiological and Cognitive Processes