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Tiffany Pempek, Ph.D.
Dr. Pempek received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is now an Associate Professor of Psychology at Hollins University. Her research interests focus on the impact of media on early development and the cognitive processes involved in children’s media use. Dr. Pempek's current projects focus on the impact of adult-directed television on infants and toddlers, the role of interactivity in facilitating early learning from screen media, and the impact of parent-child interaction during book reading on early language and literacy skills.
Associate Professor, Hollins University, Roanoke, VA, 2016 to present
Assistant Professor, Hollins University, Roanoke, VA, 2012 to 2016
Assistant Professor, Otterbein University, Westerville, OH, 2009 to 2012
Visiting Assistant Professor, Washington & Lee University, Lexington, VA, 2008 to 2009
Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Children’s Digital Media Center, Georgetown University,
Washington, DC, 2006 to 2008
Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2007
Dissertation: The impact of baby videos on parent-child interaction.
Advisor: Dr. Daniel R. Anderson
M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Dayton, Ohio, 2003
Thesis: The impact of media on body image in elementary school girls.
Advisor: Dr. Carolyn E. Roecker Phelps
B.S., Psychology, University of Dayton, Ohio, 2000
Debra, from Durham, NC, is a member of the Class of 2019. She intendeds to receive her Bachelor of Science in Psychology . Her research interests include adoption, children to young adults with behavioral problems and/or mental disorders, and the effects of different types of therapy. On campus, she is active member of the swim team, HCA Board, and admissions. She plans to continue her education in hopes of obtaining a PhD or PsyD in clinical psychology.
Rose is a member of the Class of 2019 from Sewickley, Pennsylvania. She is pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and hopes to eventually obtain her PhD in Clinical Psychology. Her research interests include early-life adversity, stress neurobiology, resilience, and treatment implementation and improvement. On campus, she is active as a Quantitative Reasoning tutor, Honor Conduct and Appeal Board member, and Senator of her class.
Alex is a member of the Class of 2020 from Blue Ridge, Virginia. She is working to receive her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and leads on the Hollins University campus through student government as the 2020 President. Her research interests include child development, various anxiety and behavioral disorders, addiction, self-esteem, and motivation. In addition to being class president, she is also an Admissions tour guide, and a member of the rock climbing team. Alex plans to continue her education in the field by pursuing a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology.
B.A., Psychology & B.A., Business (2015)
B.S., Psychology (2016)
B.A., Psychology & B.A., Classical Studies (2016)
B.S., Psychology (2016)
Katherine (Kate) McNamee
B.A., Psychology and B.A., Film (2017)
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