Kristin Flora, Ph.D.

“My approach to teaching mimics my approach as a parent and that is to provide students with a challenging environment that allows them to stretch and be there to support them through the growing pains.”

Title

Roscoe W. Payne Chair in Philosophy; psychology division head, social sciences; associate professor of psychology

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee  – Milwaukee, WI
  • M.S., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee – Milwaukee, WI
  • B.S., Valparaiso University – Valparaiso, IN

Year joined Franklin

2007

Expertise

In my former life, I was an outcomes analyst at a regional hospital. We investigated the effects of MTBI (concussion) in athletes. Since coming to Franklin, my research interests include factors that influence the adoption or avoidance of health related behaviors such as exercising. Most of my work is done through a social cognitive lens, understanding how we think about ourselves and others influence our interactions. I also have an interest in the scholarship of teaching and learning. The psychology department has collaborated on multiple projects regarding effectiveness of different teaching methods in the psychology curriculum.

I am really interested in psychology, but have been told that I won’t be able to get a job. What advice would you give me?

During my undergraduate years I was told the same thing! However, after doing some basic research I realized that due to the breadth of the field, there are many career paths both at a Bachelor’s and M.A./Ph.D. level that use psychology on a daily basis. Whether you want to pursue a business focus and work in HR or whether you want to provide direct care and case management services, psychology is an excellent discipline to help you better understand the what and why of human thought and behavior. And beyond your career, you will continuously draw upon your psychology knowledge in your personal life as you navigate relationships with friends and family. You should study what you are passionate about!

Franklin has an excellent track record of helping students gain admittance to graduate school. What approach do you take with those who want to pursue graduate degrees?

We pride ourselves on individualized attention. Since faculty are also the academic advisers, we spend time talking through each step in the process from securing letters of recommendation to writing personal statements to taking the GRE. In response, we’ve had students successfully admitted to graduate programs in school counseling, clinical mental health, social work, experimental psychology, and industrial organizational psychology. Students have felt strongly supported during a typically stressful process and have given feedback that they are more prepared for their graduate work than others in their cohort.

Selected Professional Accomplishments

Service

Psi Chi Steering Committee – Midwestern Region (2012-present)
Psi Chi External Affairs Task Force (2014-2015)
Franklin College Psi Chi Co-Adviser (2010-present)
Franklin College Intercultural Honors Experience Team Member (2009-present)

Presentations

Co-presenter with Jamie L. Bromley, “Curricular design to harness the power of peer-involved pedagogical strategies,” paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL, May, 2014.
Co-presenter with Meredith Clark-Wiltz, Allison Fetter-Harrott, Randall D. Smith, and Shelley Nelson; “Walking a Mile: Using Role Plays to Engage Students,” Teaching Professor Conference, New Orleans, LA, June, 2013. (This presentation was recognized by attendees as one of the best at the conference.)
“Why the Mighty Fall: A Study in Nature and Nurture,” keynote address given at the opening luncheon for the Charlotte Emerson Women’s Group, Franklin College, Franklin, IN, September, 2013.
“The acute effect of brief meditation on global mood state,” poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL, 2012.

Publications

Hammeke, T.A., McCrea, M., Coats, S.M., Verber, M.D., Durgerian, S., Flora, K., Olsen, G.S., Leo, P.D., Gennarelli, T.A. & Rao, S.M. (2013). Acute and subacute changes in neural activation during the recovery from sport-related concussion. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 19, 863-872.

Honors and Awards

Clifford and Paula Dietz Award for Faculty Excellence, 2015
Academic Adviser of the Year, 2011
Alpha Society (Franklin College)
Alpha Lambda Delta

About Me

I love all things sports related and have been a collegiate athlete, a coach, and a soccer mom. Most recently I challenged my skill set by participating in an indoor adult soccer league. As a sports spectator I support all things Chicago (except those White Sox).When I’m not on a field or in a gym, I love to explore new cities – both domestic and abroad. My most recent travels include Tybee Island, Georgia and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.