Dean of the Faculty and Chief Academic Officer; Professor of Psychology
My life was changed by my experience studying at Houghton, where I was the first in my family to go to college. At Houghton I learned that Christian faith inspires and interacts with academic life to generate a deeper understanding of what God is doing in the world as well as in our hearts. As a result, I sought the opportunity to give something back, and have greatly enjoyed teaching and researching with students. I want them to be changed as I was changed.
I want my students to learn a lot about psychology, a fascinating and helpful field that provides insight into so many human issues. I want my students to learn that they are capable of more than they ever thought possible, and so I prepare learning opportunities that challenge and stretch them. I want my students to see the big picture in the details, and to get a glimpse into the character of the God who calls us to bind up the brokenhearted and minister to those in prison, especially when the prison is metaphorical, as from a disorder or a harsh environment or a limited view of God.
- Ph.D. | University of Alberta (1984)
- M.S. | University of Alberta (1978)
- B.S. | Houghton College (1976)
- Brain and Behavior
- Drugs and Behavior
- Cognitive Neuroscience
- Abnormal Psychology
- Advanced Statistics
- Senior Capstone Seminar
- Association for Psychological Science
- Collaborative research projects in data analysis consulting with students majoring in psychology and data science in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Clients include extended care consultants, a mission agency, a county office for the aging, and the developer of a widely used assessment in organizational behavior.
- Supervised senior thesis research projects for each senior psychology major in the senior year since 2007: 15 – 20 experiment projects per year, culminating in senior theses and poster presentations.
- Supervised senior honors projects for Grace MacKay (2017), Lauren Lund (2015), Meghan McCuistion (2014), Jessica Miller (2014), Sydnie Cunningham (2013), Katherine Luger (2013), and Rachel Schwingel (2013).
- Day-long Intensive Workshop on Play Therapy for Trauma Survivors, Family Service Society, Corning, NY, April 24, 2017. I obtained grant funding to take eight students to this workshop.
- Day-long Intensive Workshop on Art Therapy for Trauma Survivors, Family Service Society, Corning, NY, April 17, 2015. I obtained grant funding to take nine students to this workshop.
- Worked with colleagues to develop a new major program in data science, leading to both BA and BS degrees. Wrote and followed up on the proposal to the New York State Education Department, which was approved in October 2015.
- Worked with colleagues to develop an online major in psychology. Wrote and followed up on the proposal to the New York State Education Department, which approved it in the spring of 2016. Developed and offered three courses online for the program, 2016- 2017.
- Chaired the Self-Study Steering Committee for the decennial Middle States Association re-accreditation review for Houghton College, 2013 – 2015. Wrote three chapters and edited the self-study, which led to successful re-accreditation.
- Assessment of servant-leadership perceptions and effects on employees
- Event-related potentials in EEG effects from meditating on passages from the Bible
- Religious knowledge and attitudes in college students
- Young, P. D. (2015). Theodoor Hendrik Van de Velde. The Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality. Ed. Mark LaFlaur, Patricia Whelehan, and Ann Bolin. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
- Norvilitis, J.M. & Young, P. (2011). “Christian on Campus: Religious Attitudes, Activity and Belief at Christian and State Colleges.” In Zysberg, L. (Ed.) Student Attitudes. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Publishers.
- Young, P.D. (2010). “Will biology replace psychology?” In Malikow, M. Being Human: Philosophical Reflections on Psychological Issues. Lanham, MD: Hamilton Books.
- Norvilitis, J.M., Merwin, M.M., Osberg, T.M., Roehling, P.V., Young, P. & Kamas, M. (2006). “Personality factors, money attitudes, financial knowledge, and credit-card debt in college students.” Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 36, 1395-1413.
- Young, P. D. (1999). Fifteen articles in Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology and Counseling. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.
- Stevenson, D.H. & Young, P.D. (1995). “The heart of the curriculum? A status report on explicit integration courses in Christian colleges and universities.” Journal of Psychology and Theology, 23, 248-260.
- Howarth, E. and Young, P.D. (1986). “Patterns of mood change.” Personality and Individual Differences, 7, 275-281.
- Ridley, D.R., Young, P.D. and Johnson, D.E. (1981). “Salience as a dimension of individual and group risk taking.” Journal of Psychology, 109, 283-291.
- Young, P.D. (1981). “The neurotic Christian: Ecclesiogenic neurosis.” Journal of the American Scientific Affiliation, 33, 215-219.
Conference Presentations with Students
- Sherman, A. & Young, P.D. (2008). “Self-Image, Others-Image, and Transformation of Hope: Two Empirical Studies.” Poster presentation at Christian Association for Psychological Studies International Conference, Phoenix, AZ, April 3 – 6, 2008.
- Sherman, A. & Young, P.D. (2007). “Self-Image and Body-Image.” Poster presentation at Christian Association for Psychological Studies Eastern Regional Conference, Chambersburg, PA, November 9 – 11, 2007.
- Young, A. I. & Young, P.D. “Does dogmatism = misogyny? Gender inclusivityon a Christian campus.” Paper presented at Christian Association for Psychological Studies Eastern Regional Conference, Chambersburg, PA, November 9 – 11, 2007.