Paula J. Biedenharn, Ph.D.

Paula BiedenharnAssociate Professor of Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences

Office Location: Institute for Collaboration, Room 303
Telephone: 630-844-4202
Fax:  630-844-6182
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I grew up in a small town in Southern Illinois, near St. Louis, and completed my education here in the Midwest.  My first academic job after graduate school took me to Corpus Christi, Texas, where I remained for 11 years.  I returned to Illinois in July 2004, accepting a position here at Aurora University.  I love teaching, mentoring, and watching students graduate and succeed in life.

Ph.D. Psychology - University of Notre Dame
M.A. Psychology - University of Notre Dame
B.A. Psychology and Sociology - Washington University in St. Louis

Areas of Specialization
Lifespan Developmental Psychology
Death and Dying

Courses Taught
General Psychology
Child and Adolescent Development
Adult Development and Aging
Cognitive Psychology
Death, Dying, and Suicide

Highlights of Publications, Honors, and Professional Contributions
Book Chapter - Biedenharn, P. J.  (2004).  Known and unproven herbal treatments for psychological disorders.  In G. P. Koocher, J. C. Norcross, & S. S. Hill, (Eds.)  Psychologist's Desk     Reference, 2nd Edition.  New York: Oxford University Press, 517-521.

Book Chapter -  Biedenharn, P. J.  (1995).  Reactions to the nursing home:  Community, resident and family perspectives on long term care.  Facts and Research in Gerontology:  Long Term Care, 9, 23-37.

Journal Article - Biedenharn, P. J. & Bastlin Normoyle, J.  (1991).  Elderly community residents'
reactions to the nursing home:  An analysis of their nursing home-related beliefs.  The Gerontologist, 31,107-115.

Highlights of Campus Involvement
Meritorious Faculty Award from the Aurora University Student Association (AUSA), 2007-2008
Psychology Club Advisor (2004-present)

Other Interests
Taking care of all my "kids"- one infant son, three American Eskimo dogs, and a cat
Travel - from international destinations to weekends in NYC to see Broadway shows
Movies, HGTV, Bravo, and the Food Network