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Psychological Sciences

Dr. Chehalis Strapp Professor of Psychology

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Office: Todd 309
Phone: (503) 838-8316
Fax: (503)838-8618
E-mail address: strappc@wou.edu

 

 

 

 

Education

 

Ph.D. Psychology 1996
University of Nevada Reno
Comprehensive areas: Psycholinguistics, Memory

 

M.A. Psychology 1993
University of Nevada Reno
Comprehensive areas: Conditioning & Learning, Memory & Cognition, Language, Human Development, Comparative Psychology, Physiology, Sensation & Perception

 

B.S. Psychology, Cum Laude 1989
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
Senior project: Music & Performance

 

 

Teaching Experience

 

Professor, 2009-present
Psychology Division, Western Oregon University

 

Associate Professor, 2003-present
Psychology Division, Western Oregon University

 

Assistant Professor, 1998-2003
Department of Psychology, Western Oregon University

 

Instructor, 1995-1998
Department of Psychology, Western Oregon University

 

Instructor, 1992-1994
Department of Psychology, University of Nevada Reno

 

Graduate Training Specialist, 1992-1994
Graduate School Instructional Development Program, University of Nevada Reno

 

Teaching Assistant, 1990-1993
Department of Psychology, University of Nevada Reno

 

 

Teaching Interests

 

Undergraduate Courses: General Psychology, Introduction to Research Methods, Quantitative Methods, Advanced Research Methods, Theories of Learning, Mentoring I and II, Language Development, Behavior Modification, Cognitive Neuroscience, Advanced Topics in Memory

 

Graduate Courses: Theories of Development, Theories of Learning, Learning and Memory for Instruction

 

 

Research Experience

 

Language Development Research: My primary research interests are in the field of psycholinguistics. I have explored the relationship between environmental input and the development of irregular noun and verb forms in both children and adults. My work has documented developmental differences and current research is exploring the interaction between age and gender with respect to development of irregular forms.

 

Mentoring Research: As the faculty sponsor for the Western Oregon University Talmadge Middle School Mentoring Program I have explored how undergraduate students benefit from serving as mentors for at- risk middle school students. This longitudnal work considers changes in mentor efficacy and satisfaction across the mentoring relationship.

 

Undergraduate Psychology Student Satisfaction and Involvement: Traditionally psychology students are relatively satisfied with their undergraduate educational experience, however, they tend to be less satisfied about their preparation for entering the job market. As we annually assess graduating seniors and survey alumni every 5 years, we've been exploring the relationship between undergraduate student involvement (i.e., being a research assistant), satisfaction with experiences, and additional outcome measures (i.e., getting a job, acceptance to graduate school).

 

 

 

 

Publications     * co-authors are current or former WOU students

 

* Strapp, C. M., Gilles, A. W., Spalding, A. E., Hughes, C. T., Baldwin, A. M., Kunze, K. L., Papen, K. R., & Lamb, A. D. (in press). Changes in mentor efficacy and perceptions following participation in a youth mentoring program. Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning.

 

*Strapp, C. M., Helmick, A. L., Tonkovich, H. M., & Bleakney, D. M. (2011). Effects of negative and positive evidence on adult word learning. Language Learning, 61(2), 503-532. doi 10.1111/j.1467.9922.2010.00619x

 

*Strapp, C. M., & Farr, R. J. (2010). To get involved or not: The relation among extracurricular involvement, satisfaction, and academic achievement. Teaching of Psychology, 37, 50-54.

 

Roscoe, L. J., & Strapp, C. M. (2009). Increasing psychology students' satisfaction with preparedness through a professional issues course. Teaching of Psychology, 36, 18-23.

 

*Strapp, C. M., Bleakney, D. M., Helmick, A. L., & Tonkovich, H. M (2008). Developmental differences in the effects of negative and positive evidence. First Language, 28(1), 35-53.

 

*Burnett, K. M., Solterbeck, L. A., & Strapp, C. M. (2004). The effects of scent on mood state following an anxiety provoking task. Psychological Reports, 95, 707-722.

 

*Wolcott, S. & Strapp, C. M. (2002) Dream recall frequency and dream detail as mediated by personality, behavior and attitude. Dreaming: Journal for the Association for the Study of Dreams, 12 (1), 27-44, 27

 

*Strapp, C. M., & Federico, A. (2000). Imitations and repetitions: What do children say following recasts? FirstLanguage, 20(3), 273-290.

 

Strapp, C. M. (1999). Mothers’, fathers’ and siblings’ responses to children’s language errors: Comparing sources of negative evidence. Journal of Child Language, 26 (2), 379-391.

 

*Bundy, K. A., Thompson, K. L., & Strapp, C. M. (1997). Parenting behaviors: A content analysis of situational comedies based on TV fictional families. Psychological Reports, 80, 1123-1137.

 

Crawford, H. J., & Strapp, C. M. (1994). Effects of vocal and instrumental music on visuospatial and verbal performance as moderated by studying preference and personality. Personality and Individual Differences, 16, 273-245.

 

 

 

Presentations (2005 to present)

 

*Strapp, C. M., Granov, I. M., & Dixon, K. J. (2011, April). The relationship between involvement, satisfaction, and academic achievement: Psychology alumni reflect on experiences. Poster presented at Annual Meeting of Western Psychological Association, Los Angeles, CA.

 

*Strapp, C. M., Spalding, A. E., Papen, K. R., & Lamb, A. D. (2011, April). Mentor perceptions and perceived benefits following participation in a mentoring program. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of Western Psychological Association, Los Angelas, CA.

 

*Strapp, C. M., Papen, K. R., Lamb, A. D., & Spalding, A. E. (2011, February). Mentor efficacy and beliefs: When are benefits perceived? Paper presented at Annual Meeting of Oregon Academy of Sciences, Portland, OR.

 

*Strapp, C. M., Granov, I. M., & Dixon, K. J. (2011, February). Psychology alumni reflect on involvement, satisfaction, and academic achievement. Paper presented at Annual Meeting of Oregon Academy of Sciences, Portland, OR.

 

*Strapp, C. M., Gilles, A. W., Spalding, A. E., Hughes, C. T, & Kunze, K. L. (2010, May). Changes in mentor efficacy following participation in a school-based mentoring program. Poster presented at Annual Meeting of the Association for Psychological Sciences, Boston, MA.

 

*Strapp, C. M., Kunze, K. L., Hughes, C. T., Spalding, A. E., & Gilles, A.W. (2010, February). Benefits and challenges of mentoring middle school students. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of Oregon Academy of Sciences, Portland, OR.

 

*Strapp, C.M., Gilles, A. W., McMillan, A. M., & Spalding, A. E. (2009, April). Western Oregon University-Talmadge Middle School Mentoring Program: Development and assessment of a school based mentoring program. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of Western Psychological Association, Portland, OR.

 

*Strapp, C. M., McMillan, A.M., Spalding, A. E., & Gilles, A. W. (2009, February). Assessment of a school-based mentoring program: Measuring mentor and mentee change. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of Oregon Academy of Sciences, Monmouth, OR.

 

*Strapp, C. M., & Cokeley, R. M. (2008, April). Gender typed words and assessment of children's vocabulary development. Poster presented at Annual Meeting of Western Psychological Association, Irvine, CA.

 

*Strapp, C. M., & Silbernagle, R. M. (2008, February). Gender typed words and gestures: An assessment of the MacArthur Communicative Development Inventory. Paper presented at Annual Meeting of Oregon Academy of Sciences, Portland, OR.

 

*Roscoe, L. J., Strapp, C. M., Farr, R. J., & Foster, D. A. (2007, May). Increasing student preparedness: The effects of a professional issues course and career programming. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of Western Psychological Association, Vancouver, BC.

 

*Strapp, C. M., Foster, D., & Farr, R. (2007, May). Satisfaction as a Psychology major: Involvement makes a difference. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of Western Psychological Association, Vancouver, BC.

 

*Strapp, C. M., & Farr, R. (2007, February). What Psychology students want: Graduating seniors evaluate their experiences. Paper presented at Annual Meeting of Oregon Academy of Sciences, Monmouth, OR.

 

*Foster, D., Strapp, C. M., Carone, L., Shumway, S., & Stoller, W. (2006, April). The role of involvement in the relationship between college student satisfaction and performance. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of Western Psychological Association, Palm Springs, CA.

 

*Strapp, C. M., Tonkovich, H. M., Helmick, A. M., & Bleakney, D. M. (2005, April). Adult word learning under conditions of positive and negative evidence. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of Western Psychological Association, Portland, OR.

 

*Strapp, C. M., Bleakney, D. M., Tonkovich, H. M., & Helmick, A. M., & (2005, April). The effects of differential feedback on children's acquisition of irregular nouns and verbs. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of Western Psychological Association, Portland, OR.

 

For presentations prior to 2005 see Vitae

 

 

 

Professional Organizations

 

Association for Psychological Sciences

Phi Kappa Phi

Western Psychological Association

Society for Research in Child Development

 

 

 

Reviewing & Consulting

 

Strapp, C. M. (2001, April) for Language Learning.

 

Strapp, C. M. (2000, November) reviewer for Passer & Smith’s Psychology: Frontiers and Applications, McGraw-Hill Publishers, NY: NY.

 

Strapp, C. M. (1999, November) for Dreaming: Journal for the Association for the Study of Dreaming.

 

Strapp, C. M. (1999, July) reviewer for Bear’s Statistical Reasoning in Psychology and Education, 3E, John Wiley & Sons, NY: NY.

 

Strapp, C. M. (1998, June) reviewer for Anderson’s, Learning and Memory, John Wiley & Sons, NY: NY

 

Strapp, C. M. (1998, August) reviewer for Westen’s Psychology: Mind, Brain and Culture, 2E, John Wiley & Sons, NY: NY.

 

Statistical Consultant with Merle Kelley (1998, Spring). Stress Reduction Project, Ron Glaus, Student Counseling and Health Center, Western Oregon University.

 

Statistical Consultant (1998) for Dyna Hermann, MA Candidate

 

Statistical Consultant (1992) for James Mikawa, Ph. D. Department of Psychology, University of Nevada Reno

 

 

 

Honors & Awards

 

The National Society of Leadership and Success Excellence in Teaching Award (2011, June) for excellence in student academic development.

 

Western Oregon University Advisor of the Year Award Nominee (2003, 2005, 2007)

 

Western Oregon University Office of Disability Services Certificate of Recognition (2005) for significant contributions to success of Students with Disabilities at WOU.

 

Western Oregon University, College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Academic Research (June, 2001)

 

Phi Kappa Phi (May, 2002)

 

Psi Chi Regional Research Award (May, 2001)

 

Western Oregon University Foundation Grant Recipient (January 2000, 2001)

 

Western Oregon University Faculty Excellence Award Nominee (May, 1998)

 

 

 

Institutional Service

 

Social Science Representative for Faculty Senate (1999, 2000, 2001)

 

Faculty Senate, Committee on Committees (1999, 2000, 2001)

 

Western Oregon University Foundation Board (2000, 2001) Faculty Senate Representative

 

Student Health & Counseling Center Advisory Committee (2000, 2001)

 

Social Science Division Chair Evaluation Committee (2000)

 

Social Science Planning Committee Chair (1999, 2000)

 

Social Science Budget Committee (1999, 2000, 2001)

 

Social Science Ad Hoc MS Ed Redesign Committee (1998)

 

Psychology Department Coordinator for Testing & Evaluation of undergraduates within the major

 

Psychology Department 4 Credit Course Curriculum Proposal (1999) along with Dr. Joel Alexander

 

Psychology Department Library Serial Collection Coordinator (1998,1999, 2000, 2001)

 

Psychology Department representative at Prof Chat (1998, 1999)

 

Psychology Search Committee (1998, 2000)

 

Psychology Presenter for Student Recognition Night (1998, 2000)

 

Psychology Department representative at Academia (1998, 1999)

 

Psychology Department representative at Preview Day (1999, 2000, 2001)

 

Psychology Department representative for Early Bird Registration (1999, 2000)

 

Strapp, C. M. (1998, May). Creativity and the Language Development of the Child. Western Oregon University Philosophy Club Lecture Series, Monmouth, OR.

 

 

 

Community Service

 

Strapp, C. M. (April, 2001). Conversations with children: The role of peers and caregivers in early language acquisition. Invited presentation at Oregon Association for the Education of Young Children, Salem, OR.

 

Faculty Co-Sponsor (1999, 2000,2001) of Western Oregon University-Talmadge Middle School Mentor Program

 

Strapp, C. M. (1999, September 2). Mozart Won’t Raise Intelligence (Guest Opinion). Statesman Journal

 

Volunteer Management Committee, Chair (1999, 2000) Salem Area Habitat for Humanity, Salem, OR

 

Strapp, C. M. (1999, March) Salem Area Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Management Survey. Presented to Board of Directors, Salem Area Habitat for Humanity, Salem, OR.

 

 

 

Academic Advising

 

Faculty Advisor for Psi Chi National Honor Society for Psychology Students (1999, 2000, 2001)

 

Faculty Co-Advisor for Psychology Club (1999)

 

Psychology Representative for Early Bird Transfer Day, Spring 1998,1999, 2000

 

Psychology Representative for SOAR, Summer 1999

 

Psychology Group Advising Sessions (Fall 1998, 1999, 2000)

 

Panel presentation with Joel Alexander (1998,1999, 2000). Getting into Graduate or Professional School in Psychology.

 

General Academic Advisor (1997-1998), Central Advising Office, Western Oregon University.

 

Psychology Advisor for 45 Psychology Majors and 23 Psychology Minors

 

Online Course Material

 

For online course materials please see

http://online.wou.edu/

 

 

Contact

Psychological Sciences (503) 838-8344 | or e-mail: kunzel@wou.edu

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