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Daniel G. Mossler, PhD

Department of Psychology
224 Bagby Hall
Hampden-Sydney College
Hampden-Sydney, VA 23943
Office: (434) 223-6330
Fax: (434) 223-6347
email: dmossler@hsc.edu

Education

Ph. D., University of Virginia, 1978
M.A., University of Virginia, 1975
B.A., University of Texas, 1973

Academic and Research Interests

My academic interests include the areas of cognitive and social development and the areas of applied developmental psychology and child psychopathology. My research interests are in three main areas: the nature and consequences of child abuse, the identification of factors that predict success in college, and the behavior of mock jurors.

Courses Taught

PSYC 102: Introduction to Psychology as a Social Science
PSYC 185: Controversial Issues in Psychology
PSYC 210: Quantitative Methods
PSYC 202: Cognitive Psychology
PSYC 285: Sex, Drugs, and Rock N Roll: Coming of Age in the New Millennium
PSYC 315: Developmental Psychology 
PSYC 355: Laboratory for Developmental Psychology
PSYC 385: Advanced Topics in Developmental Psychology

Honors and Awards

Cabell award for distinguished teaching (2007)
Psi Chi Honor Society Regional Research Award (2007)
Summer Research Grant awards (2007-1994)
Walter Bortz award for teaching with technology (2003)
Who's Who Among American Teachers
(2002)
John Brooks Fuqua award for excellence in teaching (2001)
William W. Elliott Associate Professor of Psychology (2001-1998)
John Peter Mettauer award for outstanding research (2000)
Omicron Delta Kappa: H-SC, 1999
John Brooks Fuqua award for distinguished teaching: H-SC, 1998
Who's Who Among American Teachers, 1996
Phi Beta Kappa: University of Texas, 1973
Psi Chi Honor Society: University of Texas, 1971


Professional Associations

Association for Psychological Science
Council on Learning Disabilities
Eastern Psychological Association
Society for Research in Child Development
Virginia Psychological Society


Recent Research Citations

Mossler, D. G., Whelan, W., & Marvin, R. S. (2007, May). The relationships between child abuse, foster care home placements, and child psychopathology . Research report presented at the national meeting of the Association for Psychological Science. Washington, DC.

Mossler, D. G., Danahy, G., Lee, B., Phillips, N., Efremidis, T., Black, J., & Mossler, L. (2006, March). Differences in the prediction of academic success for male and female college students. Research report presented at the meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association. Baltimore, MD.

Mossler, D. G., Lee, B., Black, J., Phillips, N., Berry, C. B., Elliott, R. N., & Abbitt, S. (2005, March). Predicting academic success for students entering college with below average standardized test scores. Research report presented at the meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association: Boston, MA.

Mossler, D. G. (2004, October). The nature and consequences of child abuse. Invited address delivered at the annual meeting of the Virginia Association of Independent Schools: Richmond, VA.

Olsen, K. D., Whelan, W, Marvin, R. S., & Mossler, D. G. (2003, May). Caregiving and attachment between maltreating caregivers and preschool-age children . Research report presented at the biennial international meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development: Tampa, FL.

Mossler, D. G. (2003, June). How stress management, critical thinking, and watching television affect performance in college . Research report presented at the national meeting of the American Psychological Society: Atlanta, GA.

Britner, P. A., & Mossler, D. G. (2002). Professionals' decision making about out-of-home placements following instances of child abuse. Child Abuse and Neglect: The International Journal, 26(4), 317-332. 

Mossler, D. G., Gill, R. D., & Britner, P. A. (2002, January). The relationship between traditional predictors of success in college and measures of critical thinking, learning style, and emotional intelligence : Some preliminary findings. Paper presented at the 24th Annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology: St. Petersburg, FL.

Mossler, D. G., Vonetes, A. D., Marable, M. K. & Herdegen, R. T. (2001, June). How life
experiences, specific beliefs, age, and ethnicity affect the decision-making processes of
mock jurors . Research report presented at the national meeting of the American Psychological Society: Toronto, Canada. 

Mossler, D. G. (2001, January). How to design and manage an electronic forum in order to create more engaging interactions in large classes . Paper presented at the 23rd Annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology: St. Petersburg, FL.

Mossler, D. G., & Harris, J. B. (2000, March). A comparison of the effects of eyewitness testimony and DNA evidence on decisions made by mock jurors . Research report presented at the meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association: Baltimore, MD.

Mossler, D. G., Mercer, C. M., & Mackey, B.P. (1999, October). Test taking accommodations: Which ones work and why . Paper presented at the 21 st International Conference on Learning Disabilities: Minneapolis, MN.

Mossler, D. G., & Herdegen, R. T. (1999, October). Predicting success in college for students with learning disabilities: Do we need a separate admissions policy ? Paper presented at the 21st International Conference on Learning Disabilities: Minneapolis, MN.

Davis, T. E., & Mossler, D. G. (1998). The development of racial, gender, and age prejudice in 6-9 year olds. Virginia Journal of Science, 49(3), 204-205.

Mossler, D. G., Davis, T. E., Mackey, B. P., & Wright, C. B. (1998, May). Attitudes about learning disabilities held by faculty and students at small colleges . Research report presented at the national meeting of the American Psychological Society: Washington, D.C.

 

Additional Research Citations Involving Students

Danahy, G., Mossler, L., Efremidis, T. & Mossler, D. G. (2007, March). The use of emotional intelligence and academic motivation to identify and predict which students will and will not graduate from college. Research report presented at the meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association. Philadelphia, PA.

Elliott, R. N., Abbitt, S., & Mossler, D. G. (2005, March). Geeks, greeks, and athletes: One size fits all or different strokes for different folks? Research report presented at the meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association: Boston, MA.

Mossler, D. G., Elliott, R. N., Richardson, B., Hardy, W. H., Abbitt, S., & Black, J. (2004, June). Predictors of academic success in the first, second, and third years of college.Research report presented at the national meeting of the American Psychological Society: Chicago, IL.

Mossler, D. G. & Mossler, L. M. (2004, April). A comparison of eating disordered behavior in middle school male and female students and athletes. Research report presented at the meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association: Washington, D.C.

Mossler, D. G., Hardy, W. H., Richardson, B., Pearce, G., & Elliott, R. N. (2004, April). How small college student athletes spend and manage their time and how that relates to their performance in the classroom. Research report presented at the meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association: Washington, D.C.

Mossler, D. G., Pearce, G., Crosby, J. H., & Brown, R. W. (2003, March). How college students spend their time and how that relates to their success in the classroom : Some preliminary findings. Research report presented at the meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association: Baltimore.

Mossler, D.G., Brown, R. W., Hardy, W. H., Pearce, G., & Crosby, J. H. (2003, March). The use of high school grades, SAT scores, academic abilities and social behaviors to predict grades in college. Research report presented at the meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association: Baltimore, MD.

Mossler, D. G., Lukhard, C. B., Gill, R. D., & Britner, P. A. (2002, March). The use of emotional intelligence (EQ-I) to predict success in college . Research report presented at the meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association: Boston, MA.

Dozier, J. C., Mossler, D. G., & Marvin, R. S. (2002, March). A comparison of nurturing
behavior and attitudes about punishment in a clinical and a control sample
. Research
report presented at the meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association: Boston, MA.

Gill, R. D., Cahoon, D., & Mossler, D. G. (2002, March). Empathy and attitudes towards
men and women as predictors of jurors' verdicts in sexual assault cases
. Research report
presented at the meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association: Boston, MA.

Mossler, D. G., Marable, M. K., Marable, R. H., Vonetes, A. D., & Finnerty, E. M. (2001, March). A comparison of decisions made by African American and White college students serving as mock jurors . Report presented at the meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association: Washington, DC.

Marable, M. K. & Mossler, D. G. (2001, March). The roles that attitudes toward science and trust in the legal process play in mock jurors’ decision making . Research report presented at the meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association: Washington, D.C.

Davis, T. E., Nida, R. E., & Mossler, D. G. (2001, March). Domain specific class inclusion tasks as predictors of racial bias and prejudice . Research report presented at the meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association: Washington, D.C.

Mossler, D. G., Ellwanger, W.T., & Davis, T. E. (2000, March). Cognitive, personality, and social factors associated with a decline of prejudice in school aged children .Research report presented at the meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association: Baltimore, MD.

Wright, C. B., & Mossler, D. G. (1998). The effects of parental conflict and explanatory style on academic performance. Virginia Journal of Science, 49(3), 206.

Updated June 2007