Dr. Allison Buskirk-Cohen
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.
- 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
- 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)
- 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.
- Buskirk-Cohen, A.A. (2020, March 17). 5 Tips for College Success in Coronavirus Times. Psychology Todayblog. Available at https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/secrets-success/202003/5-tips-college-success-in-coronavirus-times
- Buskirk-Cohen, A. (2020, July). Train your brain now for the return to school. Psychology Today blog. Available at https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/secrets-success/202007/train-your-brain-now-the-return-school
Interviewed for following articles
- Allen, C. (2020, May). How teachers are adapting to the COVID-19 classroom: Our experts weigh in. Available at https://blog.worthingtondirect.com/school-furniture/how-teachers-are-adapting-to-the-covid-19-classroom-our-experts-weigh-in/
- DeGering, H. (2020, June). Easy ways to feel happier immediately. ABC/ Good Things Utah. Available at https://www.abc4.com/gtu/easy-ways-to-feel-happier-immediately/
- 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