I aspire to be the professor who is "popular" among students not because I am "easy" but because students find my courses demanding as well as interesting, enjoyable and valuable. Rather than lower my standards, I make myself available to students and assist them with the course material by providing study suggestions and different ways of examining the material to facilitate their learning.
My father is an excellent role model for me-he is a lifelong secondary mathematics teacher who never taught the same class the same way. He constantly updated, rejuvenated, and modernized his courses so that they remained timely and interesting, and neither he nor his students were ever "bored" by the material-even after 35 years! He always retained what worked, and tried out new things to replace what appeared not to work. He has had numerous students write or tell him that math was their least favorite subject-until they took his class, after which they found they actually enjoyed learning math and felt they understood it for the first time.
I combine this style with the scientist-practitioner model, believing that teaching informed by current research enhances the overall learning experience. To achieve this, I frequently either forgo or supplement textbook materials with recent scientific articles, news articles, film clips and other timely material. Finally, I emphasize critical thinking and skepticism throughout my courses, hoping to encourage students to become informed, lifelong learners, both in and out of the classroom.
Behavior Change (PSYC 53) Couples & Family Therapy (PSYC 155)
Behavioral Treatments & Applications (PSYC 251)
Child Mental Health (PSYC 154)
Clinical Psychology (PSYC 117)
Controversial Treatments in Applied Settings (PSYC 278)
Ethical Behavior (PSYC 162 / PSYC 261)
My research interests are in the broad area of behavioral psychology. My current research focuses on college alcohol use, smoking and smoking cessation, and environmental sustainability. My applied interests include the use behavioral principles to help individuals and couples make positive changes in their behavior, with a focus anxiety and life-stage problems.
I grew up in Los Angeles, CA. I received my B.A. in psychology from the University of California Santa Barbara and my M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical and Health Psychology from MCP-Hahnemann University (now Drexel University) in Philadelphia, PA. I spent my internship year at the Veteran's Administration Medical Center in Reno, NV and then spent 3 years as a postdoctoral fellow at University of California San Francisco and the Division of Research at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, CA. I taught at Cal State East Bay and Santa Clara University prior to coming to University of the Pacific in 2003. I am a licensed clinical psychologist as well as a board certified behavior analyst.
In addition to being a professor, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, bicycling, hiking, traveling, and reading., Oh-and I absolutely love Halloween-it's my favorite holiday!
Carolynn Kohn, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Psychology
Psychology Room 127