Dr. Allison Buskirk-Cohen

Dr. Allison Buskirk-Cohen, chair of the undergraduate counseling psychology department at Delaware Valley University.
Professor and Honors Program Director

Dr. Allison Buskirk-Cohen’s research has focused on how interpersonal relationships influence academic success and well-being. Her doctoral work addressed the role of peer relationships and mental health as students transitioned from elementary to middle school. Once Dr. Buskirk-Cohen began teaching at DelVal, her interests shifted to exploring factors underlying student success in higher education. Her early work examined the role of a learner-centered approach in the college classroom, while her current work considers how professor-student relationships influence student success. She is particularly interested in understanding how the developmental stage of emerging adulthood affects college students’ adjustment. Most often, Dr. Buskirk-Cohen’s research relies on self-reports which allow individuals to capture their own experiences through survey questionnaires. Overwhelmingly, her research has demonstrated how powerful the need to connect with others is, particularly within education.


  • Psychology


  • Psychology


  • Ph.D., Human Development, University of Maryland, College Park, Specialization: Developmental Sciences
  • M.A., Developmental Psychology, Columbia University, Concentration: Developmental Psychopathology
  • B.A., Psychology, Penn State, Honors Concentration in Social Psychology: Schreyer Honors College


Meet Dr. Allison Buskirk-Cohen

Dr. Allison Buskirk-Cohen discusses teaching counseling psychology at Delaware Valley University. 

DelVal Voices Video Series

Continuing Education

  • 30 Professional Development Hours as an online participant in College Board AP Reading scoring the AP Psychology Exam (ETS), June 2020


  • Association for Psychological Science Fund for Teaching and Public Understanding of Psychological Science, 2020- 2021
    • Awarded $1,000 for Making Research Personal project as part of the APS Teaching Fund Microgrants program
  • Delaware Valley University Professorship Award, 2018- 2020
    • Awarded a two-year professorship in recognition of proven teaching ability, research, and overall contributions to the university ($5,000)

Publications (Academic)

  • Buskirk-Cohen, A.A. (2020). Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Life-Span Development, 7th edition. New York: McGraw-Hill.
  • Buskirk-Cohen, A.A., Parker, J.G., & Nielson, B. (Revise-Resubmit). Impact of maternal reasoning and coaching around jealousy on adolescents’ friendship adjustment. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology.
  • Duncan, T.A., & Buskirk-Cohen, A.A. (2021). Cautiously independent: How student-centered learning encourages emerging adults to take risks. In S. Hoidn & M. Klemencic (Eds), Handbook of Student-Centered Learning and Instruction in Higher Education. London: Routledge.


Interviewed for following articles

Community Involvement

  • Collaboration with Anti-Defamation League and The Peace Center for April 2021 events
  • Member, Equity and Inclusion Committee, Newtown Elementary School, 2019- present
  • Member, American University Association of University Professors Committee on College and University Governance, 2017- present
    • Co-facilitated webinar, October 2020