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James Siemen

  • Professor of Psychology
  • Education Department Chair
  • B.A., University of Delaware – 1972
  • M.A., University of Nebraska – 1974
  • Ph.D., University of Nebraska – 1979

“My profession is the teaching of psychology. Consequently, one of my favorite research areas is in aspects of teaching psychology classes. I often present research at a national conference on teaching in Florida. In addition, examples of other research include working with students who have collected data on such wide ranging topics as using animals (a dog) as a facilitator in working with children in a counseling setting, working on tutoring program for elementary children at risk for failure, looking at ethnic differences in abnormal eating behaviors among high school females, reading strategies used by those with certain types of learning disabilities, and looking at aspects of seasonal affective disorder (the tendency for some to feel depressed during the winter months), and lots of topics related to the Health Psychology class.

I went through an undergraduate program at the University of Delaware (1972) and graduate program at the University of Nebraska (MA 1974, PhD 1979). My degrees are in Counseling Psychology and I participated in a Clinical pre-doctoral internship at the Syracuse VA Hospital in Syracuse, NY. I became interested in psychology because I wanted to know why people make the decisions they make, particularly on a spiritual level. What is it about some people that provokes them to strive forward and succeed, while others struggle and hurt?

I like my work, but I have a life away from campus. I was the first medic certified in the Chestertown area and I continue to volunteer my time to the Kent-Queen Anne’s Rescue Squad, I was a publicly elected member of the Kent County School Board (resigned after serving 19+ years as a Board Member and President), I work one day a week as a Consulting Psychologist for the Kent County Mental Health Clinic, and I am an ordained deacon in the church; my greatest joy on campus is to serve as the faculty sponsor to the Washington College Campus Christian Fellowship, which has been meeting every Wednesday night for almost three decades. Lastly, I have a loving wife and two wonderful children.”