Title

Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology

Undergraduate Departments

  • Liberal Arts
  • Counseling Psychology

Graduate Departments

  • Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

Education

  • Ph.D., 2008, Human Development, University of Maryland, College Park
    Specialization: Developmental Sciences
    Advisor: Dr. Kenneth H. Rubin
    Dissertation: The best friendships of early adolescents: The role of internalizing symptoms, characteristics of friends, friendship quality, and observed disclosure.
  • M.A., 2001, Developmental Psychology, Columbia University
    Concentration: Developmental Psychopathology
    Advisor: Dr. Suniya Luthar
    Thesis: Links between adolescent depression and peer groups.
  • B.A., 2000, Psychology, Penn State University
    Honors Concentration in Social Psychology: Schreyer Honors College
    Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Pinel
    Thesis: Silent but deadly: The impact of “non-serious” traumas on the psychological immune system

Biography

Dr. Allison Buskirk-Cohen holds a doctorate in human development with a specialization in developmental sciences from the University of Maryland. Always fascinated by youth, Dr. Buskirk-Cohen has been researching the social lives of children and adolescents for several years. She is interested in how peer and family relationships impact adjustment, particularly during significant transitions. Dr. Buskirk-Cohen also has become interested in studying teaching and learning in higher education. She is an advocate of learner-centered education, in which the focus is on the process, and how both students and teachers contribute to the learning environment. Lastly, Dr. Buskirk-Cohen studies the impact of technology on our development. Often, her work focuses on technology use for educational purposes, but she also is interested in how technology use impacts our social relationships and intellectual development. At Delaware Valley College, Dr. Buskirk-Cohen proudly serves on several committees, and is active in student organizations. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and advanced textbooks, and presented at academic conferences around the world.

Presentations

Invited Speaking Engagements

  • Buskirk, A.A. (2006, December). How children develop and how they learn. Invited professional development workshop for religious school teachers, Congregation Sha’are Shalom, Leesburg, VA.
  • Buskirk, A.A. (2006, September). Developmentally appropriate teaching practices. Invited professional development workshop for religious school teachers, Oseh Shalom, Laurel, MD.
  • Buskirk-Cohen, A.A. (2007, October). Promoting writing skills in non-English courses. Invited professional development workshop for graduate instructors, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.
  • Buskirk-Cohen, A.A. (2009, April). The pursuit of happiness. Invited breakout session leader for high school honors students symposium, Delaware Valley College, Doylestown, PA.
  • Buskirk-Cohen, A.A. (2009, January). The basics of mental health. Invited presentation for Resident Assistants Spring Training, Delaware Valley College, Doylestown, PA.
  • Buskirk-Cohen, A.A. (2010, May). Using technology for assessment: Instant results. Invited session leader for Faculty Professional Development Day, Delaware Valley College, Doylestown, PA.
  • Buskirk-Cohen, A.A. (2010, September). The Art of Possibility. Invited discussion leader for strategic plan leaders, Delaware Valley College, Doylestown, PA.
  • Buskirk-Cohen, A.A. (2011, March). Making personal connections. Invited professional development workshop for high school teachers, Delaware Valley College, Doylestown, PA.

National Conferences

  • Buskirk, A.A., Rubin, K.H., Wojslawowicz, J.C., Burgess, K.B., Rose-Krasnor, L., & Booth, C.L. (2004, March). Loved, hated... but never ignored: Evidence for two types of popularity. In A.A. Buskirk & K.H. Rubin (Co-chairs), The many faces of popularity. Paper symposium conducted at the 10th Biannual Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Baltimore, MD.
  • Buskirk, A.A., Rubin, K.H., Wojslawowicz-Bowker, J.C., Booth-LaForce, C., & Rose-Krasnor, L. (2007, March). Stability of and behaviors associated with perceived popular status across the middle school transition. In M.J. Sandstrom & L. Mayeux (Co-chairs), The power of popularity: Impact of self- and peer-perceptions on aggression, influence, and stability of status. Paper symposium conducted at the biannual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Boston, MA.
  • Buskirk, A.A., Wojslawowicz, J.C., Rubin, K.H., Rose-Krasnor, L., Booth-LaForce, C.L., & Burgess, K.B. (2006, March). Instability of highly perceived popular children. Poster session presented at the 11th Biannual Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, San Francisco, CA.
  • Buskirk-Cohen, A.A. & Duncan, T. (2010, October). “Can’t you just give me a quiz?” True Learner-Centered Assessment. Interactive teaching session conducted at the 40th Annual Conference of the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning, Nashville, TN.
  • Buskirk-Cohen, A.A. & Duncan, T. (2011, October). Unleashing the power of Google. Interactive teaching session conducted at the 41st Annual Conference of the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning, San Diego, CA.
  • Buskirk-Cohen, A.A. & Levikoff, M. (2010, October). Instant Results: Teacher and Learner Perspectives on Using an Online Evaluation Tool. Interactive teaching session conducted at the 40th Annual Conference of the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning, Nashville, TN.
  • Buskirk-Cohen, A.A. & Levikoff, M. (2011, October). “Winning”: An entertaining education from Charlie Sheen. Interactive teaching session conducted at the 41st Annual Conference of the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning, San Diego, CA.
  • Buskirk-Cohen, A.A. (2012, January). Combating plagiarism in a technological world. Participant idea exchange conducted at the34th Annual Conference of the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, St. Pete Beach, FL.
  • Buskirk-Cohen, A.A. (2010, October). Beyond the textbook: Why and how to use course selected reading. Interactive teaching session conducted at the 40th Annual Conference of the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning, Nashville, TN.
  • Buskirk-Cohen, A.A. (2011, October). Combating the ignorance of plagiarism through simulation activities. Interactive teaching session conducted at the 41st Annual Conference of the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning, San Diego, CA.
  • Buskirk-Cohen, A.A. (2011,October). Peer relationships: The good, the bad, and the ugly. Continuing education workshop presented at Networking for Youth Conference, Doylestown, PA.
  • Dannelke, K., & Buskirk-Cohen, A.A. (2011, October). The impact of technology use on emotional intelligence: A student’s first hand experience of designing a research project. Poster session conducted at the 41st Annual Conference of the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning, San Diego, CA.
  • Menzer, M., Wojslawowicz, J.C., Buskirk, A., & Rubin, K.H. (2006, March). Effects of residential mobility on friend and family relationships of young adolescents. Poster session presented at the 11th Biannual Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, San Francisco, CA.
  • Molnar, C., Buskirk, A., Borkovec, T., & Ray, W.J. (2000, November). Avoidance of negative emotions and willingness to endorse somatic symptoms. Poster session presented at the 34th annual meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, New Orleans, LA.
  • Molnar, C., Buskirk, A., Borkovec, T., & Ray, W.J. (2000, November). Worry, repression and the avoidance of negative emotions. Poster session presented at the 34th annual meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, New Orleans, LA.
  • Molnar, C., Buskirk, A., Borkovec, T., & Ray, W.J. (2000, October). Generalized anxiety disorder clients show differential startle responses following therapy. Poster session presented at the 40th annual meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research, San Diego, CA.
  • Wigdor, A.B. Rubin, K.H., Buskirk-Cohen, A.A., Oh, W., Rose-Krasnor, L., Laursen, B., & Booth-LaForce, C.B. (2008, March). Role of negativity of friendship quality in predicting internalizing symptoms across the school transition. Poster session presented at the 12th annual meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Chicago, IL.
  • Wigdor, A.B., Buskirk, A.A., Rubin, K.H., Rose-Krasnor, L., & Booth-LaForce, C. (2007, May). Negative speech and responses in socially withdrawn and typical children. Poster session presented at the 19th annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.
  • Zumer, M., Wojslawowicz-Bowker, J.C., Buskirk, A.A., Rubin, K.H., Booth-LaForce, C., & Rose-Krasnor, L. (2007, March). Motivations for social withdrawl and links to internalizing problems in early adolescence. Poster session presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Boston, MA.

International Conferences

  • Buskirk-Cohen, A.A. (2012, March). Intimate disclosure and internalizing symptoms among best friends of young adolescents. Paper presented at the Oxford Round Table for Childhood Education, Oxford, United Kingdom.
  • Buskirk, A.A., Rubin, K.H., Wojslawowicz, J.C., Burgess, K.B., Rose-Krasnor, L., & Booth-LaForce, C.L. (2004, July). Behavioral characteristics associated with and friendship quality of peer-perceived and sociometrically popular children. Poster session presented at the 18th Biannual Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development, Ghent, Belgium.
  • Dashiell, E., Buskirk, A., Rubin, K.H., Burgess, K.B., Rose-Krasnor, L., & Booth-LaForce, C. (2004, July). Aggressive traits as predictors of later childhood victimization. Poster session presented at the 18th Biannual Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development, Ghent, Belgium.
  • Kim, A.H., Oh, W., Buskirk, A.A., Rubin, K.H., & Burgess, K.B., (2003, June). The role of maternal parenting style on children’s prosocial behavior in middle childhood. Poster session presented at the Annual Meeting of the Korean Association of Child Studies, Seoul, Korea.

Contact

t: 215.489.2234
e: allison.cohen@delval.edu

Office Hours

By appointment

Further Information

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