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Faculty & Staff Headline

Joan Bihun, Ph.D.

Senior Instructor

Email: Joan Bihun
Office Location: North Classroom 5002B
Phone: (303) 556-3537
Fax: (303) 556-3520
Office hours: T, Th 12:30-1:30 pm and by appointment
Areas of Expertise:

Developmental Psychology


Education & Degrees

Postdoc, Behavior Genetics and Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Madison,

Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, Wayne State University

M.A., Developmental Psychology, Wayne State University

B.A., Psychology, University of Michigan


Dr. Bihun has been teaching in the psychology department since the Spring, 2000 semester. Her past research interests in developmental psychology include infant cognition and temperament, genetics of emotion, physiological markers of infant stress, and psychological factors in the management of asthma in children.

Her current interests include motivating undergraduate students to pursue graduate education, applying research experience to teaching, developing experiential learning components to college courses, and volunteering as a math and reading tutor in the public school system.

She has served as a judge in the research and creative activities symposium at UCAMC, and is an Advanced Placement Test reader for Psychology for the Educational Testing System (a lot more fun than it sounds!). She is also a proud member of the American Psychological Society (APS) and the Society for Teaching of Psychology (STP).

Select Publications

Bihun, JT, Wamboldt, MZ, Gavin, L, & Wamboldt, FS (2002). "Can the Family Assessment Device (FAD) be Used with School-Aged Children?" Family Process, 41(4), 723-731.

Millikan, E., Wamboldt, MZ, & Bihun, JT (2002). "Perceptions of the Family, Personality Characteristics, and Adolescent Internalizing Symptoms." J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 41(12): 1486-94.

Wamboldt, MZ, Bihun, JT, Szefler, S, & Hewitt, J (2000). "Perception of Induced Bronchoconstriction in a Community Sample of Adolescents." The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 106, 1102-1107.

Jacobson, SW, Bihun, JT, & Chiodo, L.M. (1999). "Effects of Prenatal Alcohol and Cocaine Exposure on Infant Cortisol Levels." Development and Psychopathology, 11, 195-208.

Goldsmith, HH & Bihun, JT. (1997). "Conceptualizing Genetic Influences on Early Behavioral Development." Acta Pediatrica, 86, 54-59.

Goldsmith, HH, Aksan, N, Lemery, KS, Bihun, JT, Buss, KA, & Pfeifer, M (1995). "Initial Evidence for Genetic Influences on the Onset of Emotional Expressions in Early Life." Behavior Genetics, 25, 267.

Courses Taught

PY1000: Introduction to Psychology I
PY1005: Introduction to Psychology II
PY2090: Research Methods and Statistics
PY3215: Human Development II: Adolescence and Adulthood
PY3600: Special topics in psychology