Associate Professor and Department Chair
- Counseling Psychology
- 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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