Assistant Professor of Psychology
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- Mary Berry-4 410
- B.A., Psychology, St. Olaf College, 2000
Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011
Among many things I loved about being a student at a liberal arts college were my small class sizes, close interactions with professors, and ability to get involved in research. I am excited to now be a professor at a similar institution, where I can enjoy those same interactions with my students as we explore the fascinating subject of psychology. As a developmental psychologist, I am particularly interested in understanding how we become who we are. Along those lines, my research examines how individual differences in genes, temperament, and life experiences predict which adolescents will develop depression and which adolescents will emerge from this period relatively unscathed. I also study gender-role development across the lifespan and its implications for psychological well-being and academic and career choices. I enjoy applying complex statistical techniques to developmental research questions.