Dr. Allison Buskirk-Cohen

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

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.


  • Counseling Psychology


  • Counseling 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. 

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