Michelle Abraham, Ph.D.


Dickmeyer Hall 206

Michelle Abraham joined Valpo’s psychology department in 2016. She received graduate training in developmental psychology at Kent State University and has a focus on attachment relationships and social functioning. She enjoys working with students interested in development in her research program, which currently focuses on two areas; the first is childhood attachment and friendship and the second is college students’ social support and task completion. She currently teaches General Psychology, Lab in General Psychology, Life Span Development, as well as a developmental course in the CMHC graduate program. In addition, Dr. Abraham co-leads the eSwatini Spring Break trip to explore nurturance in humans and animals in the beautiful country of eSwatini. Around campus, she is faculty advisor for Psychology Club and Chi Omega and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.


B.A. Kent State University, 2002

M.A., PhD. Kent State University, 2008

Courses Taught:

PSY110 General Psychology

PSY111 Lab in General Psychology

PSY215 Life Span Development

PSY 390 Special Topics in Psychology: Cross-cultural Perspectives on Nurturance

PSY 496 Independent Research in Psychology

PSY 497 Honors Work in Psychology

COUN620 Human Development: Biological and Learned Bases of Behavior

Research Interests:

Parent-child attachment and its impact on friendship success in middle childhood.

Attachment relationships in college-age populations and the impact they have on physiological functioning and task performance.

Academic and non-academic factors that contribute to academic success.

Selected Contributions:.

Abraham, M. M. (2018). The impact of social support and social support schema on task performance in an academic setting. Presentation at the American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

Abraham, M. M. (2018). Assessing to promote learning. Presentation at the Conference on Academic Research in Education.

Butler, A., Winquist, J., Abraham, M., & Wetherell, G. (2018). Intervention reduces beliefs in learning styles in an introductory psychology lab. Poster presented at the 2018 National Institute for the Teaching of Psychology.

Abraham, M., Butler, A., Winquist, J., & Wetherell, G. (2018). Teaching Confounds in a General Psychology Lab. Poster presented at the 2018 meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association.

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