Jeremy Houska, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences
College of Arts & Sciences
Dr. Houska regularly teaches courses in his research areas of cognitive and social psychology, and experiential courses such as Research Methods and Statistics. He also enjoys teaching General Psychology, Sports Psychology and History and Systems. Recently, Dr. Houska developed a course entitled “Video Games on a Socio-Cognitive Screen,” which examines the social and cognitive benefits of gaming.
Among his research interests are text processing, mental representations, memory, attitude change, and persuasion. Dr. Houska also investigates various teaching practices and their effects on student learning. A new line of work involves instructional technology, eLearning and social media. Students interested in any of these research topics are encouraged to contact Dr. Houska. He leads a research team, HURG, and advises student research both in the laboratory and in the classroom. He particularly enjoys getting students involved in the research enterprise and helping them develop as scholars.
Dr. Houska has been a member of Concordia’s faculty since 2010.
- PhD, experimental psychology, University of Nevada; Las Vegas, Nev.
- MA, general-experimental psychology, California State University; San Bernardino, Calif.
- BS, psychology, University of La Verne; La Verne, Calif.
- “Entering the Academic Job Market: Proper Preparation, Performance and Postmortem for Interviews,” APS Observer, December 2010.
- “Entering the Academic Job Market: Reflections and Resources for Graduate Students in the Early Stages of the Process,” APS Observer, September 2010.
- “State of the APS Student Caucus,” APS Observer, January 2010.
- “What a world, what a life, I’m in love,” The Teaching of Psychology in Autobiography: Perspectives from Exemplary Psychology Teachers, Vol. 3, 2010.
- “Computer-based demonstrations in cognitive psychology: Benefits and costs” (with Copeland, D.E., Scott, J.R.), Teaching of Psychology, 2010.
- Using YouTube in Psychology (2nd ed.), Wadsworth Cengage Learning: Belmont, Calif., 2010.
- “Sex differences in subjective distress to unfaithfulness: Testing competing evolutionary and violation of infidelity expectations hypotheses” (with Cramer, R.E., Lipinski, R.E., Meteer, J.D.), Journal of Social Psychology, 2008.
- “Masculinity and intentions to perform health behaviors: The effectiveness of fear control arguments” (with Millar, M.G.), Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 2007
- “The role of gender match and narrative perspective in health communications” (with Nordman, S.A.**, Pencheva, M.*). 24th annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science; Chicago, Illinois, May 2012.
- “Demonstrating cognitive phenomena in the classroom: Effects on learning and strategy usage” (with Farrand, J.**, Nordman, S.A.**). 84th annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association; Chicago, Illinois, May 2012.
- “Expressions of personality in Facebook profiles: Extravagance, extraversion, and narcissism” (with Herboth, K.M.*, Lederer, C.L.*, Satyawadi, M.*). 84th annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association; Chicago, Illinois, May 2012.
- “Profs who Tweet: Student impressions and implications” (with Bain, B.P.**, Hoffmann, A.R.*). 82nd annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association; Reno, Nevada, April 2012.
- “Research Based Learning in Core Psychology Courses” (with Satyawadi, M.*, Burmeister, B.*, Pfortmiller, T.J.*), 19th annual Midwest Institute for Students and Teachers of Psychology; Glen Ellyn, Illinois, February 2012.
- “Effects of Welcome Videos on Attitudes Toward the Instructor and Course” (with Klement, K.R.**, Rilett, P.*, Anfuso, C.A.*, Satyawadi, M.*, Carr, A.E.*), 23rd Annual Association for Psychological Science Convention; Washington, D.C., May 2011.
- “Curse of the Billy Goat: Fan Beliefs in Sports Curses” (with Klement, K.R.**, Anfuso, C.A.*, Martinez, C.*, Carr, A.E.*), 83rd Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association; Chicago, Illinois, May 2011.
*Indicates undergraduate student co-author; ** indicates graduate student co-author
Recent Awards & Honors:
- Concordia University Chicago Load Reduction for Research, 2011-2012; 2012-2013
- Concordia University Chicago Faculty Research Grant, Summer 2011
- Association for Psychological Science
- Council on Undergraduate Research
- Midwestern Psychological Association
- Society for Text and Discourse
- Society for the Teaching of Psychology