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Jennifer Griffin

Jennifer S. Griffin, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology, Associate Academic Dean

📞 724-589-2069
 Roth Memorial Hall President's suite

  • “One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” –Malala Yousafzai
  • “Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.” –Dalai Lama XIV


  • Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology (Cognition). 1995, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
  • M.A. in Experimental Psychology (Cognition). 1991, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
  • B.S. in Psychology. 1988, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio

Courses Typically Taught:

  • Positive Psychology (PSY 220)
  • Neuropsychology (PSY 270)
  • Cognition (PSY 342)
  • History & Philosophy of Psychology (PSY 430)

Psychology Majors and Programs

What do I love most about Thiel College and/or Psychology?

“I enjoy the daily interaction with students. My favorite moments are watching when the light of understanding comes to students’ eyes. It’s a real joy to watch students as they experience their own “ah ha” moments. I am honored to be able to guide students to understanding more about their thinking and helping them find their path to their futures. Research Interests: Broadly speaking, I am interested in human thought. How does the brain allow me to remember what I ate for breakfast this morning? Why do I hear my own voice as I think? What allows me to communicate with speakers of my own native language? What allows me to communicate with speakers of different languages? How do students learn best? These are the questions that drive my thinking and my teaching.”

Selected Publications and Presentations:

Buck, D. & Griffin, J.S. (Oct. 16-18, 2014) –Integrating global perspective over four years of core curriculum: Poster presentation of AAC&U Global Learning in College. Minneapolis, Minn.

Griffin, J.S. (Sep., 2010) –Alzheimer's and other types of dementias, A primer for caregivers: Workshop for primary caregivers, sponsored by Erie County Alzheimer’s Association, Lake Erie College of Medicine, Erie, Pa. 

Griffin, J.S. (2008, April) –Anatomy and physiology of Alzheimer’s disease, A primer for health care workers: Workshop for professional health caregivers, sponsored by Mercer County Alzheimer’s Association. St. Paul's Homes, Greenville Pa.

Griffin, J.S. & Reinhart, C. (2007, Aug.) –Improving student learning-one teacher at a time, Faculty development workshop, Thiel College, Greenville, Pa.

Danks, J. & Griffin, J. (1997) –Reading and translation, A psycholinguistic perspective: In J. Danks, G. Shreve, S. Fountain & M. McBeath (Eds.), Cognitive Processes in Translation and Interpreting. Thousand Oaks, Calif., Sage Publications, Inc. pp. 161-175

Shreve, G.M., Schaffner, C., Danks, J.H. & Griffin, J. (1993) –Is there a special kind of reading for translation?: Results of an empirical investigation into the role of reading in the translation process, Target, 5, 21-41