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MEET THE DIRECTOR

DR. TOM HARLOW

Dr. Tom Harlow, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Honors Program, earned an M.S. in Psychology (1989) and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology (1993) from the University of Georgia, specializing in social cognition. He has taught at a variety of colleges and universities ranging in places as far north as New York (SUNY Potsdam), as far south as Florida (University of North Florida and Brevard Community College), and as far west as Missouri (Missouri Valley College), before eventually coming to Tusculum College in 2006.

Since graduate school Dr. Harlow has remained interested in the interaction between affect and cognition and has collaborated with students and fellow Tusculum faculty colleagues on projects presented at the Southeastern Psychological Association convention. Some of his current research interests include: the relation between Mindfulness and Stress on Well-Being; the influence of mood states on judgments; and whether Self-Compassion and Forgiveness can attenuate Cognitive Dissonance.

Outside the realm of Psychology, Dr. Harlow is active both on and off campus. He has served as Chair of Programs and Policies Committee and is currently serving on the Admissions and Standards Committee and on the Community Standards Committee. He has served on the Cinema at Tusculum (film series) committee since its inception and serves as advisor to the Pioneer Anime Club. Off campus, Dr. Harlow is an avid bamboo hobbyist. He is interested in the diverse cultural, botanical, and physical properties of this plant and is the Vice President of the American Bamboo Society.