Our psychology faculty are diverse in many areas, not only in their areas of interest or their professional background, but also in the ways they discovered their passion for the field. In addition to being published researchers/scholars, our faculty are seasoned professionals with firsthand experience in their areas of specialization. They aptly incorporate their own education with their clinical and field experience to provide students with invaluable learning opportunities in the classroom. Featuring age, ethnic, and gender diversity, our professors are also caring, committed Christians who want to see their students grow and mature academically, spiritually, and personally.
Faculty research areas include studying Amish adolescents, adolescents' understanding of God, children's views of parents, issues in Christian higher education, research ethics, multicultural approaches to marriage, cognitive processes involved with distracting tasks ,the psycological effetcts of technology, and the physiological responses to stress during learning. Our faculty members also see importance in cross-cultural experiences and the impact that traveling abroad can have on an individual. They strive to offer insight from their own cross-cultural experiences as well as opportunities for students to experience other cultures during their four years at Messiah!
Dr. John Bechtold, Chair, Professor of Psychology
Dr. Jennifer Thomson, Assistant Professor of Biopsychology
Erika Anderson: Boyer 153; EAnderson@messiah.edu; (717) 796-1800
Justin Erb: Boyer 153; JErb@messiah.edu; (717) 796-1800
Joy Fea: Career Center; Fea@messiah.edu; (717) 796-1800, ext. 2161
Christine Higgins: Boyer 153; CHiggins@messiah.edu; (717) 796-1800, ext. 2213
Abby Keiser: Boyer 153; AKeiser@messiah.edu; (717) 796-1800