Associate Professor of Psychology
Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Iowa State University; M.S. in Psychology from
Iowa State University; B.S. in Psychology from Iowa State University
experience: I joined the Clarke faculty in 2009 upon the completion of
my doctorate. While in graduate school, I taught courses at Iowa State
University, Simpson College, and Des Moines Area Community College. My
research has been dedicated to the understanding of close relationships, social
comparison and social media. I teach courses in Child & Adolescent
Development, Social Psychology, Positive Psychology, Psychology of Women,
Psychology of Close Relationships, Social Science Research Methods, and
Psychology Capstone Research.
It is my belief that students learn best when they are given the tools to apply
the theories of psychology to better understand themselves and others, and
ultimately, to impact positive change.
Clarke’s impact on Kristin:
It was only after I had been at Clarke for several years that I realized that I
learned very little about myself during my formal education. Having adopted the
philosophy for self-development and generosity modeled for me by my department
chair, Tim Boffeli, and the university in general, I now feel like I am in a
good position to support students along their journeys of intellectual and personal
Kristin’s impact on
students: With all the opportunities my students are given to apply course content
to their own lives, it is my hope that this knowledge will aid in their ability
to be happy, effective people. If nothing else, they can cross ‘flash mob’ off
their bucket lists.
Movie – Back to
Quote – “Choose a
job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Confucius
Class in college –
Psychology of Close Relationships
Place traveled – My
husband took me to Paris for my 30th birthday!
Hobby – My free
time tends to be spent keeping up with my daughters, Alaina and Keira. I am
also a flute player and occasionally play in the Clarke Wind Ensemble and other
local music groups.