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Christopher Beasley

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Beasley is an assistant professor at Washington College. His teaching emphasizes student engagement and development of critical thinking skills. Dr. Beasley studies psychological processes of addiction recovery and environmental advocacy communities. To learn more about Dr. Beasley’s work, his research team, and community collaborators, see the Community Engagement Research Team website.

Education
  • Ph.D., DePaul University, 2013
  • B.A., University of Minnesota-Duluth, 2007
  • M.A., Roosevelt University, 2010
Research

Dr. Beasley’s research seeks to better understand psychological & environmental influences on community engagement. His previous work has examined aspects of engagement such as involvement, commitment, and citizenship behavior.

Beasley, C. R., Miller, S. A., Jason, L. A., Stevens, E., & Ferrari, J. R. (2013). Person-environment interactions among residents of Oxford House recovery homes. Addiction Research & Theory, 21(3), 198-206. doi:10.3109/16066359.2012.703270

Beasley, C. R., Torres-Harding, S., & Pedersen, P. J. (2012). The “virtual” panel: A computerized model for gay and lesbian speaker panels. American Journal of Sexuality Education, 7(4), 355-377. doi: 10.1080/15546128.2012.740948

Beasley, C. R., Jason, L. A., & Miller, S. (2012). The General Environment Fit Scale: A factor analysis and test of convergent construct validity. American Journal of Community Psychology, 50(1-2), 64-76. doi:10.1007/s10464-011-9480-8

Dekhtyar, M.., Beasley, C. R., Jason, L. A., & Ferrari, J. R. (2012). Hope as a predictor of reincarceration among mutual-help recovery home residents. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 51(7), 474-483 doi: 10.1080/10509674.2012.711806.

 

Teaching

Dr. Beasley’s teaching is founded on a belief that engaged and critical students can move beyond popular and media knowledge to think independently and creatively about the mind and behaviors. He actively works to promote such engagement and critical thinking skills both inside and outside the classroom. His course interests include:

  • Environmental Psychology
  • General Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Statistics & Design
Professional Experience

Assistant Professor, Washington College

Research Associate, DePaul University

NRSA Predoctoral Fellow, National Institute on Drug Abuse