Associate Professor and Department Chair

Undergraduate Departments

  • Counseling Psychology

Graduate Departments

  • Counseling Psychology (M.A.)


  • Ph.D., 2008, Human Development, University of Maryland, College Park
    Specialization: Developmental Sciences
  • M.A., 2001, Developmental Psychology, Columbia University
    Concentration: Developmental Psychopathology
  • B.A., 2000, Psychology, Penn State University
    Honors Concentration in Social Psychology: Schreyer Honors College


Dr. 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 explore 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. 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.

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