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Michele Van Volkom, Ph.D.


Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany

M,A., State University of New York at Albany

B.A., Seton Hall University

Office: Howard Hall, Room 134

Phone: 732-263-5479


Regularly Taught Courses:

FY101: First Year Seminar (Health Psychology)

PY103: Introduction to Psychology

PY205: Psychology of Adulthood and Aging

PY220: Research I: Methods and Basic Data Analysis Laboratory

PY311: Research II: Behavioral Statistics and Lab

PY491: Research IV: Thesis in Psychology


I began teaching at the State University of New York at Albany in May of 1999.  I also worked as an adjunct faculty member at Sage college during graduate school.  After completing my doctoral program in Social Psychology in 2002, I spent one year as a visiting assistant professor at Susquehanna University.  In September of 2003, I began my full time faculty position at Monmouth University.

Research Interests:

Generational and sex differences in the use of and attitudes toward technology; Sibling relationships in adulthood

Professional Associations:

National Academic Advising Association

American Psychological Association

Association for Psychological Science

Eastern Psychological Association

Society for Personality and Social Psychology

Selected Works:


Van Volkom, M. (2005). Instructor’s Manual to Accompany Social Psychology by Baron, Byrne, and Branscombe (11th ed.).  Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Scholarly Articles:

(* indicates student co-author)

Van Volkom, M., Stapley, J. C., & Amaturo, V.*  (2014).  Revisiting the digital divide: Generational differences in technology use in everyday life.   North American Journal of Psychology, 16,  547-564.

Van Volkom, M., Stapley, J. C., & Malter, J.* (2013). Use and perception of technology: Sex and generational differences in a community sample. Educational Gerontology, 39, 729-740.

Ciarocco, N. J., Lewandowski, G. W., Jr., & Van Volkom, M. (2013). The impact of a multifaceted approach to teaching research methods on students' attitudes. Teaching of Psychology, 40, 20-25. doi:10.1177/0098628312465859

Van Volkom, M., Machiz, C.,* & Reich, A. E.*  (2011).  Sibling relationships in the college years: Do gender, birth order, and age spacing matter?  North American Journal of Psychology, 13, 35-50.

Van Volkom, M. (2009).  The effects of childhood tomboyism and family experiences on the self-esteem of college females.  College Student Journal, 43, 736-743.

Van Volkom, M.  (2008).  Attitudes towards cigarette smoking among college students. College Student Journal, 42, 294-304.

Van Volkom, M.  (2006).  Sibling relationships in middle and older adulthood: A review of the literature.  Marriage and Family Review, 40, 151-170

Presentations/Invited Talks:

Van Volkom, M., & Nye, J. L.  (2013, September).  Teaching the science of psychology outside of Intro: The case of first year seminar.  Poster session presented at the biennial Atlantic Coast Teaching of Psychology Conference, Red Bank, NJ.

Van Volkom, M., & Stapley, J. C.  (2013, March).  Similarities and differences in attitudes toward technology across three generations of adults.  Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.