As the department chair, Dr. Jeff Elliott has played major roles in developing a high-quality undergraduate psychology major, promoting student research, and supporting students’ professional development. He is definitely an integral part of our psychology department! I had a chance to interview Dr. Elliott to ask him more about his background and type of work that he does at Stevenson.
Dr. Jeff Elliott
Dr. Elliott’s Background
Dr. Elliott received his Ph.D. in Human Services Psychology from University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He has been involved in the field of mental health as he has provided counseling to men who were abusive to their romantic partners. Since 2001, he has been working at Stevenson University (Villa Julie College back then).
Dr. Elliott’s Work at Stevenson and Beyond
At Stevenson, Dr. Elliott has taught almost every course in our curriculum! His excellence in teaching has been recognized by the Rose Dawson Excellence in Teaching Award. Courses that he offers include First Year Seminar, Research Methods and Statistics II, and Behavioral Approaches to Change, and Senior Research Theses. He has developed courses such as PSY 201 Writing for Psychology and PSY 136 Statistics for Behavioral and Social Sciences to equip students with the foundation of skills to understand and communicate about research. In addition to his role as the department chair, Dr. Elliott is serving as the Chair of the Institutional Review Board (IRB).
Dr. Elliott is well-known for his support and advocacy for students, especially for those who are struggling. His passion and dedication in meeting students where they are and helping them succeed extends beyond our Stevenson community. For example, Dr. Elliott has been working as a Counselor/Program Evaluator for Upward Bound at Morgan State University for many years to support first generation, low income, and at-risk high school students. Through his intervention, these students have a higher chance of graduating high school and attending college.
Providing Opportunities for Students
One important contribution from Dr. Elliott is his commitment to promoting student research and providing student with opportunities to present their work at professional conferences, such as Eastern Psychological Association (EPA) and Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA). Dr. Elliott takes a good deal of time to identify funding sources and apply for grants to support our students’ traveling. He strongly believes that these efforts would provide opportunities for students to network, develop professionally, and ultimately become more competitive for graduate schools and professional careers.
Dr. Elliott provides strong support for student activities as he serves as a sponsor for Psychology Club. Students who work closely with Dr. Elliott as research assistants, student assistants, and teaching assistants all rave about him. Emma Lichtman (’19 Psychology) says that she really enjoys working for him and has learned so much by working on a variety of tasks. Hanne Wilburn (’19 Psychology) says: “Dr. Elliott is such a great professor. His door is always open to anyone who needs help. He truly cares about students not just learning, but understanding the important concepts they will need to be successful in the future!”
Thank you for all your dedication and hard work Dr. Elliott! We are lucky to have you as our chair!
By: Olivia Webb