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Donald Brown is professor emeritus of psychology at Centre College, where he has taught since 1973. He has special expertise in the concept of motivation and is involved in research on factors affecting motivation in particular categories of individuals including college students, children, and individuals with diabetes.
In 1987, Brown was chosen as Centre’s Hewlett-Melon Faculty Lecturer, and he delivered a series of three lectures evaluating traditional methods of motivation.
Brown involves his students in collaborative research efforts and recently supervised a John C. Young Scholars honors project by Chris Shofner (class of ’97), which evaluated the degree to which role models have an impact on self confidence and success. Brown also collaborated with Kari Selby (class of ’98) on research focusing on cognition and motivation.
Brown holds a B.A. from Kent State University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Wisconsin Madison.
File last updated: 5/2/13
Aaron Godlaski joined Centre’s faculty in 2012 as an assistant professor of psychology and behavioral neuroscience. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Kentucky, where he studied alcohol and human behavior. Following the completion of his dissertation, he interned at SUNY Upstate Medical University and Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y., specializing in clinical health psychology and outpatient psychotherapy.
Godlaski’s research interests include the effects of mindfulness meditation on cognitive and physiological processes, and the effects of alcohol on human behavior. He is also interested in pedagogical innovations associated with meditation and other contemplative practices, and how such practices can enrich the lives of students.
File last updated: 2/19/16
Jennifer Goetz joined the Centre College faculty in 2011. She is associate professor of psychology and was awarded a Stodghill Research Professorship in 2014. Prior to joining the faculty, Dr. Goetz taught at Middlebury College.
Goetz is a social and cultural psychologist who specializes in emotional experience and expression, cultural values, and Chinese culture. Her research on compassion, expression of positive emotions, and the influence of social class and power on emotional experience have appeared Psychological Bulletin, Psychological Science, and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. She has published chapters on cultural influences on mixed emotions and self-conscious emotions and wrote the introductory chapter of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook on Compassion Science. In her previous research, Dr. Goetz studied human-robot interaction to examine how humans anthropomorphize robots.
Goetz teaches a variety of upper-level courses in psychology including Cultural Psychology, Motivation and Emotion, and Psychology of Race and Ethnicity. She also enthusiastically teaches Experimental Methods and mentors students in independent research.
She earned a Ph.D. in social and personality psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.S. in information and decision systems from Carnegie Mellon University. Somewhere in between that she spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, West Africa.
File last updated: 9/7/16
Matthew Kassner joined Centre in 2014 as assistant professor of psychology.
He earned a B.S. at the University of Tennessee, and earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in social psychology at Purdue University.
Jan Wertz is associate professor of psychology. She was named a Centre Scholar in 2007. In 2005, and again in 2015, she received the Kirk Award for excellence in teaching. Her primary interest is how stress and coping are related to burnout.
Prior to coming to Centre, she was assistant professor of psychology at Kentucky Wesleyan College. Wertz has a Ph.D. and an M.S. from the University of Kentucky. She holds two B.S. degrees from Montana State University and the Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology. She had a pre-doctoral internship at a VA hospital in Tacoma, Wash., performing neuropsychological evaluations, working with Alzheimer’s patients, and assisting homeless veterans gain housing and employment.
File last updated: 06/05/15