Mary Beth Ahlum, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Mary Beth Ahlum, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Psychology

Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University (Educational Psychology)
M. S. Pennsylvania State University (Educational Psychology)
B. S. Denison University (Psychology)

Courses taught

Psychology Courses:

Introductory Psychology
Psychology of Women
Psychology of Gender
Child & Adolescent Psychology
Lifespan Development
Cognitive Psychology
Cultural Psychology
Cross-Cultural Psychology in Costa Rica
Professional Seminar (Fall 2012)
Senior Seminar
Introduction to Senior Research
Senior Research

Archway Seminar: Zombie Neuropsychology

Liberal Arts Seminar:
The Ghost in the Weed Garden: Narratives of Psychological Disorders

Relationships: Living and Loving (with co-instructor Ruth Harper)

IDS1210: Identity: An Introductory Exploration

Research and academic interests

Associate Editor, Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research, June 2016 - October 2019

Brannan, D., Cannon, B., Ayala, E., Zacchilli, T. L., Hughes, J. L., Ahlum, M. B., & Rouse, S. V. (2019). Invited editorial: Psi Chi journal practices that foster publishable student research articles. Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research, 24(1), 15 – 17.

Vedernikova, E., & Ahlum, M. (2018). Culture, chimps, emotion, and empathy: An interview with Frans de Waal. Eye on Psi Chi, 23(1), 25-28.

Visiting Professor for the Summer China Program located at Shanghai International Studies University, Hongkou Campus, Shanghai, China. Taught Introduction to Psychology to English-speaking Chinese students. Summer 2018

Reader for the Advanced Placement (AP) Psychology Exam: 2015 - 2018

Judge for the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Web-Based Standard Setting (WBSS) Study for the CLEP Introductory Psychology Examination (14 March - 14 April 2016)

Reviewer for introductory psychology textbooks, cross-cultural psychology textbooks, developmental psychology textbooks, and for the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research and for the journal Teaching of Psychology.

Research Mentor for Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Funds, Nebraska Wesleyan University: Summer & Fall 2009 – “Evaluations of Others in Relation to Self: A Cross-Cultural Evaluation of Attractiveness in the U.S. and Costa Rica.” Student Collaborator: Kristin Krejci (Award $2111.00).

Research Mentor for Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Funds, Nebraska Wesleyan University:
Summer & Fall 2009 – “Let’s Pretend: The Correlation Between Pretend Play and Creativity in Costa Rica.” Student Collaborator: Alissa Irions (Award $3582.00).

Petro, M., & Ahlum, M. (2009, January). Write me a paragraph: Structured writing and retention. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, St. Pete Beach, FL.

Ahlum, M. (2009, January). Feminist psychology in the 21st century. Participant Idea Exchange session presented at the annual meeting of the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, St. Pete Beach, FL.

Ahlum, M. B. (2004 and 1993). Two teaching tips included in C. Schacht, D. Knox., & S. L. McCammon (Eds.) Instructor’s Manual to accompany Choices in Sexuality. Atlanta: West Educational Publishing.

Ramaekers, A. R., Wells, N., Caouette, J., Colwell, A., & Ahlum, M. B. (2002). Psychologically speaking: An interview with Robert J. Sternberg. Journal of Psychological Inquiry, 7, 55-62.

Corner, K. M. (2001). Perceptions of children: The influence of family configuration. Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research, 6(1), 28-31. Faculty Supervisor: Mary Beth Ahlum

Ahlum, M., Miller, R., Ryalls, K., Sullivan, R., & Ware, M. (2001, April). Partners in teaching: Informing one another. Panel presentation conducted at the annual meeting of the Nebraska Teachers of Psychology in the Secondary Schools (NEB-TOPSS), Omaha, NE. Psychology departments represented: Ahlum/Wesleyan, Miller/UNK, Ryalls/St. Mary’s, Sullivan/Bellevue, Ware/Creighton.

Littrell, M., Schmidt., S. & Ahlum, M. B. (2000). A conversation with Richard M. Suinn: Research, ethnic, cross-cultural, and professional issues. Journal of Psychological Inquiry, 5, 75-82.

Keith, K. D., Fawl, C. L., Ahlum, M. B., Olson, C. T., Meerdink, J. E., & Bullock, H. E. (1997). We’ve been so long at the fair: Two decades of psychology on display. Teaching of Psychology, 24, 199-201.

Ahlum-Heath, M. E., & DiVesta, F. J. (1986). The effect of conscious controlled verbalization of a cognitive strategy on transfer in problem solving. Memory & Cognition, 14, 281-285.

Service interests

Integrative Studies Program Director (2019-2020)

Institutional Research Board (IRB) member (2018 – 2020)

Faculty Evaluation Committee - F19 - 1-semester sabbatical replacement

Social and Applied Sciences Division Chair (2017-2019)

Social Science Division Chair (2016-2017)

            Curriculum Committee

            Executive Committee

Research Review Board (F11 – SP14)

Academic Planning Committee (SP13 – F13)

Professional and community affiliations, certifications and awards

American Psychological Association (APA)

Association for Psychological Science (APS)

Society for the Teaching of Psychology (Division 2 of APA)

Psi Chi: International Honor Society in Psychology