Associate Professor and Department Chair
- Counseling Psychology
- Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
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
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 University, 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.
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