Drs. Steven Stern, professor of psychology, and Malcolm Van Blerkom, associate professor of education and educational psychology, have been appointed acting division chairpersons at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.
Dr. Stern earned his bachelor’s degree at Clark University, and master’s and doctorate at Temple University. He joined the Pitt-Johnstown faculty in 1996.
His research interests include psychological effects of technology, automation, and the Internet; Internet experiments; computer-synthesized speech; assistive technology, and disability, distortion of memory for speech. He is a grants reviewer for the Social Sciences and Humanities sub-committee of the Central Research Development Fund and consulting editor for Behavior Research Methods, Instruments and Computers.
Dr. Stern has written numerous books, book chapters, journals and proceedings in national publications including Advances in Psychology Research, Applied Cognitive Psychology, Journal of Language and Social Psychology, Experimental Psychology, and International Journal of Human-Computer Studies.
He was a faculty honoree at the 2008 University of Pittsburgh Honors Convocation; 2007 recipient of the Dr. Edward A. Vizzini Teacher of the Year Award, and Fourth Annual James J. Bradac Memorial Speaker at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Dr. Van Blerkom earned his BA, MS, and PhD at Pennsylvania State University and MEd at Kent State University. He joined the Pitt-Johnstown faculty in 1988. He teaches courses including Introduction to Educational Psychology, Introduction to Exceptionality, Introduction to Psychology, Adolescent Development, Measurement and Statistics for Teachers, History and Philosophy of Education, and Students with Special Needs.
He is Vice Chairman of the Cambria County Mental Health/Mental Retardation Advisory Board. He has written for numerous national publications including Measurement and Statistics for Teachers, Educational Psychology, and the Journal of College Reading and Learning.
Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. A vital knowledge center and a foremost contributor to the area’s educational, social, cultural, and economic environment, Pitt-Johnstown offers a high quality educational experience that is purposefully designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.