David J. Rudek, Ph.D.

David RudekAssociate Professor of Psychology

Office Location: Institute for Collaboration, Room 303
Telephone: 630-844-7857
Fax: 630-844-6182
Email Address: drudek@aurora.edu    

I have been teaching at Aurora University since the fall of 2007. My previous teaching experiences have taken me from the urban landscape of Chicago, Illinois, to the countryside of rural Minnesota, and to the exotic deserts of Namibia, Africa.  I have a wide range of interests in the area of psychology, but my research largely concerns influences on children's memory development, parenting behaviors and attitudes about human development. My favorite part of teaching is helping students make meaningful connections between concepts learned in the classroom and their everyday experiences.

Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, Loyola University Chicago
B.A., Psychology, Saint Louis University

Areas of Specialization
Memory Development
Parenting Behaviors and Attitudes

Courses Taught
Brain and Behavior
Child and Adolescent Development
Contemporary Issues in Psychology
Experimental Psychology
General Psychology
Nature of Nurture
Psychology and Film
Research and Statistical Methods
Wellness and Social Responsibility

Highlights of Publications, Honors and Professional Contributions
Author: "Evolutionary Factors Influence Childrearing Attitudes" [Conference Presentation, 2011.]

Co-author: "Reminiscing in the early years: Patterns of maternal elaborativeness and children's remembering" [Journal Article, 2008].

Author: "Service Learning Improves Understanding in a Developmental Psychology Course" [Conference Presentation, 2008].

Co-author: "Mental state talk in mother-child conversations about past events". [Journal Article, 2005].

Award: Research, Scholarship and Creativity Grant [Gustavus Adolphus College, 2005]

Highlights of Campus Involvement
Faculty representative on Athletic Committee
Faculty Senator
Chair of Faculty Dispute Resolution Committee