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about me -


*I am the longest-serving psychology professor in the history of Knox College (45 years), and in

  the almost 200-year-history of Knox, only five professors in any department served longer.


*When I am not teaching or conducting psychology experiments, I write for the average person-on-the-

  street.  I  cover topics as diverse as why we grieve so deeply over the death of our dogs, why old people

  hate new music, and why haunted houses give us the creeps. 


*Here are trailers from some of the documentary films I have appeared in

  The Real Dirt on Gossip ; America's Abortion Fetish; Time After the Internet; and another trailer

  from The Real Dirt on Gossip.  And just for fun, here is a short video about Why Clowns Creep Us Out.

*I have always been deeply engaged with the day-to-day life of the college. Among many other things, I

  founded the environmental studies program and chaired the psychology department for a decade. On

  the side, I worked with the McNair Scholars Program and coached the wrestling team for many years,

  and  I organized the annual Flunk Day softball game for longer than I can remember. My family and I

  even lived in the dormitories for four years as 'Head Residents'. 

*Last but not least, I had the distinct privilege of serving as Stephen Colbert's host and introducing him

  when he delivered the 2006 commencement address at Knox College.

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Learn more about my professional journey on the 

Masters in Psychology Podcast

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*I was born on a U.S. military base in Germany and I grew up in the anthracite coal region of

  Northeastern Pennsylvania.  I also lived in Maine for five years, and I now reside on the prairie in

  Western Illinois in a house that was built in 1905.


*I am the oldest of five children and I attended Catholic Schools for 17 years.

*I was a wrestler in high school and college, and most of my students and colleagues are unaware that I

  masqueraded as a college wrestling coach for 30 years, with 12 years as a head coach.

*My first paying job as a kid was in a circus, and I was last employed outside of academia as a banker


*My wife (Maryjo) and I have two grown children (Tim & Maura), one ungrown grandchild (Colleen), and a

  dog named Audrey Hepburn. 

     * Maryjo was a long-suffering kindergarten teacher who eventually found a second career as a college archivist. She is

           a graduate of Misericordia University.

       * Tim has degrees from Kenyon College & Washington University (St. Louis); he also studied at UCC in Cork, Ireland.

          Tim is a member of the U.S. Intelligence Community. Tim's spouse, Rose Dunphy McAndrew, earned a doctorate in

          Occupational Therapy from Washington University. She is on the faculty at St. Louis Community College and she also

          teaches at St. Louis University.

       * Maura has degrees from Macalester College & the University of Pittsburgh, and she studied at UCD in Dublin,

           Ireland.  She is a writer, musician, and adjunct instructor at the University of Oklahoma (OU) where her spouse,                   Robert Bailey, is a Professor of Art History. Maura is a program coordinator for study-abroad at OU where she is

           also responsible for the Fulbright and Peace Corps Prep programs.

       Colleen (Tim & Rose's daughter) is a 6th grader who plays the viola and enjoys swimming, amusement parks,Taylor

          Swift, and playing online games with her friends. Here is a picture of me with Colleen on Christmas Eve in 2022:










*I never dreamed that I would get to see the animals of South Africa and Tanzania in the wild, but I did!

                                 (Click on the elephant to see pictures of an elephant attacking my car.)

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Research Interests

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B.S. in Psychology (1974 - magna ignoramus)

(with concentrations in English Literature & Biology)


The founding mission of King's College

was "to educate the sons of coal miners."

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West Side Central Catholic High School
 Kingston, Pennsylvania (1966-1970)
(now defunct)


Gate of Heaven School 

Dallas, Pennsylvania (1959-1966)

(now defunct)


Nativity of Our Lord  School 

Scranton, Pennsylvania (1957-1959)

(now defunct)

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