Mary Beth Ahlum

Faculty/Staff profile

Professor of Psychology
Phone: 
(402) 465-2428
Office: 
Smith-Curtis 340C
Education: 

Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University (Educational Psychology, 1983)
M. S. Pennsylvania State University (Educational Psychology, 1981)
B. S. Denison University (Psychology, 1978)

Courses taught: 

Psychology Courses:

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

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

Research and academic interests: 

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.

Professional and community affiliations, certifications and awards: 

Association for Psychological Science
Society for the Teaching of Psychology
Midwest Psychological Association
Psi Chi: The National Honor Society in Psychology