Dr. Janice Steirn
1.) Bachelors of Psychology from West Virginia University; Masters and PhD in Psychology from University of Georgia
2.) Grad school was a specialty in Experimental Psychology with an emphasis on animal learning
3.) She came here in 1991; She was basically looking for a job and she applied to lots of places and she got the job here
so she took it.
4.) She taught at UGA when she was there. She also taught at: University of Kentucky, Wabash(check spelling) which is
an all male school, University of Kentucky, Beria(check spelling) College, and finally here
5.) Intro to Psychology, Animal Learning, Graduate Animal Learning, History of Psychology, Statistics, Research Methods,
Graduate Research Methods, Research Seminar course, Animal Behavior, Behavior Modification, GSU 1210 just to name a few
--Animal Learning in some schools is a lab course and when she got here it was a lab course; now its just a lecture course
but in most schools its a lab course where you work one-on-one with rats or pigeons.
6.) It was smaller; fewer students per teacher
7.) Lots of changes in the psychology curriculum; Animal Learning was a lab course then a prerequisite with a
lab and now its just a lecture course.
8.) Very hard workers, very into research (more so than now). Changes could be because it is hard to get a job unless
you have at least a masters. Also changes could be attributed to the changing economy
9.) Always been more women
10.) Size has grown, more female professors
11.) History and Systems
12.) Content courses ( human sexuality, abnormal psyc, social psyc)
14.) Animal research mostly; very little on human research----------Basic conditioning principles and animal cognition------just
started human research dealing with exercise oriented things
15.) No---however she is a personal trainer and weight & lifestyle manager
16.) She would like to see a stronger experimental program, grad program---also she would like to see animal behavior
courses and an animal lab course
17.) Yes---because there are more and more problems in society so there will be need for more psychologists (i.e., soldiers
coming home from war)
18.) There is a PsyD program in the works; she is less than excited about it because she thinks it'll take over the department
19.) BEST PART: When the students start doing their own projects and they get all excited about what they are doing.
WORST PART: When students seem disinterested in the class
21.) Have fun but be serious; Get involved and do volunteer work.