Valerie Flynn, Ph.D.

Valerie FlynnProfessor of Psychology    

Office Location: Institute for Collaboration, Room 311
Telephone: 630-844-6531
Fax: 630-844-6182
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As a developmental and school psychologist, I have spent considerable time working to improve both education and mental health for children, adolescents, and young adults.  I enjoy the interactions of the classroom and believe that students of all ages need to be actively engaged in their own learning.  The college years are among the most exciting but also the most demanding times in life, and one of the truly exciting parts of my job is helping to mentor students as they navigate these challenges.

Ph.D. Psychology-Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL
M.A. Psychology-Columbia University, NYC
B.A  Psychology--University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Areas of Specialization
School Psychology
Developmental Psychology

Courses Taught
General Psychology
Child and Adolescent Development
Brain and Behavior
Exceptional Individual
Contemporary Issues in Psychology

Highlights of Publications, Honors and Professional Contributions
Marcus and Mark H. Trumbo Excellence in Teaching Award

Masur, E.F., and Flynn. V. (2008). Infant and mother---infant play and the presence of the
television. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 29, 76-83.

Flynn, V., & Masur, E. F. (2007). Characteristics of maternal verbal style:  Responsiveness and
directiveness in two naturalistic contexts. Journal of Child Language, 34, 519-543.

Masur, E.F., Flynn, V., & Eichorst, D. (2005).  Maternal responsive and directive behaviours and
utterances as predictors of children's lexical development, Journal of Child Language,
32, 63-91.

Flynn, V., Masur, E. F., & Eichorst, D. (2004).  Opportunity versus disposition as
predictors of infants' and mothers' verbal and action imitation.  Infant Behavior and
Development, 27, 303-314.

Highlights of Campus Involvement

Campus Coordinator for the Wingspread Scholars Program
Psi Chi Member
Phi Eta Sigma Honorary Member, 2002

Other Interests
Spending time with family