Geneva College

 

 

Daniel F. Hitchcock

Daniel HitchcockOffice Phone: 724-847-6547
dfhitchc@geneva.edu

Disciplines/Field of Instruction

  • Active Learning Strategies
  • Biopsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Emotion and Memory
  • History of Psychology and Worldview
  • Infancy
  • Psychopathology

Degrees Received

  • Ph.D. Biopsychology & Behavioral Neuroscience, 2002, Rutgers University
  • M. S. Psychology, 1995, Rutgers University
  • Certificate in Genetic Epistemology, 1992, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • B. A. Psychology, 1989, The Colorado College
  • Diploma of French Studies, 1987, University of Perpignan, France

Courses Taught

  • PSY 201 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSY 202 Biological Bases of Behavior
  • PSY 207 Research Methods in Psychology
  • PSY 260 Tests and Measures
  • PSY 313 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 320 Conditioning and Learning (with lab)                    
  • PSY 325 Cognitive Psychology (with lab)
  • PSY 326 Emotion and Memory
  • PSY 411 History and Theories of Psychology

Presentations/Publications

Publications:

  • Crossman, A. M, Sullivan, M.W., Hitchcock, D.F.A., & Lewis, M. (2009).  When frustrations are repeated: Behavioral and emotional responses during extinction over time, Emotion, 9, 92-100.
  • Hitchcock, D.F.A. (2008, April 17). Responsible film choices (guest writer). Dordt Diamond, p. 3.
  • Lewis, M., Hitchcock, D.F.A., & Sullivan, M.W. (2004). Physiological and emotional reactivity to learning and frustration. Infancy, 6, 121-143.
  • Hitchcock, D.F.A., & Rovee-Collier, C. (1996). The effect of repeated reactivations on memory specificity in infancy.  Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 62, 378-400.

Conference Presentations:

  • Hitchcock, D.F.A. (2005, September). An active learning strategy for teaching research design in psychology. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (Engaging Minds Conference: Best Practices in Teaching Critical Thinking across the Psychology Curriculum), Atlanta, GA.
  • Crossman, A, Sullivan, M.W., Hitchcock, D.F.A., & Lewis, M. (2004, May). When frustrations are repeated: Infant behavior and emotions. Poster session presented at the biennial meeting of the International Conference on Infant Studies, Chicago, IL.
  • Hitchcock, D.F.A., & Lewis, M. (2003, April). The impact of cardiac reactivity on memory in infancy. Poster session presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Tampa, Fl.
  • Hitchcock, D.F.A. (2003, March).  Babies, brains and the autonomic nervous system. Invited paper presented at the annual Northwestern College Youth Brain Awareness Day, Sioux Center, IA.
  • Hitchcock, D.F.A., & Lewis, M. (2001, April). The impact of emotion and heart rate changes on memory. Poster session presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Hitchcock, D.F.A. (2000, May). Infant emotion and memory. Invited paper presented at the Lunch-series Seminar, Institute for the Study of Child Development, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ.
  • Hitchcock, D.F.A., & Lewis, M. (2000, March). Emotional and physiological reactivity to learning and frustration in infancy. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psycho­logical Associa­tion, Baltimore, MD.
  • Hitchcock, D.F.A., & Lewis, M. (1999, April). The impact of emotion and heart rate changes on memory. Poster session presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Albuquerque, NM.
  • Hitchcock, D.F.A., & Lewis, M. (1999, April). The influence of emotion on infant memory. Poster session presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Albuquerque, NM.
  • Hitchcock, D.F.A., & Lewis, M. (1999, March). Infant emotion and memory. Poster session presented at the annual Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Research Day, New Brunswick, NJ.
  • Hitchcock, D.F.A., & Lewis, M. (1998, April). Infant learning, emotion, and memory. Poster session
    presented at the biennial International Conference on Infant Studies, Atlanta, GA.
  • Hitchcock, D.F.A., & Lewis, M. (1997, April). Is there development after death? A study of resistance to extinction. Poster session presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Washington, DC.
  • Hitchcock, D.F.A., & Lewis, M. (1996, September). Is there development after death? A study of resistance to extinction. Poster session presented at the annual Rutgers University In-House Graduate Psychology Poster Session, New Brunswick, NJ.
  • Hitchcock, D.F.A. (1996, June). Behaviorism: From whence it came. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of Cheiron: The International Society for the History of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Richmond, IN.
  • Hitchcock, D.F.A., & Lewis, M. (1996, June). Is there life after death? A study of resistance to extinction. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of Cheiron: The International Society for the History of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Richmond, IN.
  • Hitchcock, D.F.A., & Lewis, M. (1995, September). Is there life after death? Poster session presented at the annual Rutgers University In-House Graduate Psychology Poster Session, New Brunswick, NJ.
  • Hitchcock, D.F.A. (1994, September). Cue and context changes during memory reactivation in infancy. Poster session presented at the annual Rutgers University In-House Graduate Psychology Poster Session, New Brunswick, NJ.
  • Hitchcock, D.F.A., & Rovee-Collier, C. (1994, June). The effects of cue and context changes during multiple memory reactivations in infancy. Poster session presented at the biennial International Conference on Infant Studies, Paris, France.
  • Hitchcock, D.F.A., & Rovee-Collier, C. (1994, April). The effect of cue and context change during memory reactivation in infancy.  Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psycho­logical Associa­tion, Providence, RI.
  • Hitchcock, D.F.A. (1993, September). Multiple Reminders. Poster session presented at the annual Rutgers University In-House Graduate Psychology Poster Session, New Brunswick, NJ.
  • Hitchcock, D.F.A. (1989, April). Infant learning in the context of contingent and noncontingent stimulation. Paper presented at the Weber State National Under­gradu­ate Research Conference, Ogden, UT.

Current Projects:

  • Cognitive Schema Theory and Worldview
    Research and writing on the relation of Reformed theology and cognitive schema theory to worldviews
  • Heart-rate Variability, Emotion and Memory
    Research and writing on the impact of physiological and emotional reactivity to learning and memory in human infants.
  • Christianity and Homosexuality
    Research and writing for critiquing biological conclusions regarding the casual factors of homosexuality and the moral implications of that work within a Biblical view of  sexuality.

Awards & Distinctions Received:

  • Geneva College Faculty Development Awards:
    Conference Travel Award, May, 2009
    Summer Writing Stipend, 2009
  • Dordt College Faculty Development Awards:
    Academic Paper Presentations, 2001, 2003, 2005
    Selected to attend UPEI Teaching Institute, 2002
    Selected to participate in the Dordt College Core Course Mentoring Program, 2002
    Project Grant to attend NSF short course in History of Science, 2005
    Collaborative Project Grant for a study of freshman adjustment to college, 2005
    Collaborative Project Grant for psychology department teaching retreat, 2005
  • Rutgers Conference Travel Award, 1998
  • American Psychological Association Dissertation Research Award, 1997
  • Guest reviewer, Infant Behavior and Development, 1997
  • Rutgers Dissertation Support Award, 1997
  • Cheiron Graduate Student Travel Award, 1996
  • Sigma Xi National Scientific Honor Society, 1994
  • Rotary International Scholarship for grad­uate study at the Uni­ver­sity of Geneva, 1991-1992

Affiliations, e.g., membership in professional organizations, etc.

  • Association for Psychological Science
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Sigma Xi

Miscellaneous, e.g., hobbies, sports, personal info, etc.

New to Geneva College in 2008, Dr. Danny Hitchcock is originally from Colorado Springs (go Broncos!) but lived for eight years in Northwest Iowa teaching at Dordt College. Before that he was in New Jersey for nine years getting his master’s and doctorate in Biopsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience at Rutgers University. His fist year of graduate study was in Switzerland at the University of Geneva. His undergraduate degree in psychology is from Colorado College in Colorado Springs.

Dr. H. is happily married to Patti and they have 4 kids that they homeschool: Calvin, Noah, Jonah and Rebekah (as of 2009 ages 14, 11, 9, & 5 respectively).  Dr. H. loves fishing, camping, singing, swimming, his ’64 VW and spending time with his family. The Hitchcocks live in Brighten Township.


 

Point of Excellence

Geneva graduates pass the test for teacher certification in elementary education (Praxis II) at over a 99% rate in the first attempt–one of the highest pass rates in Pennsylvania.

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