Jerusha Detweiler-Bedell - Narrative Curriculum Vitae



Contact Information: Lewis & Clark College, Psychology, Box 16, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Road, Portland, OR 97219; Phone: 503.768.7506; Fax: 503.768.7658; E-mail:

Educational Background: Dr. Detweiler-Bedell received her BA (with Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa) and MA degrees in psychology from Stanford University in 1995, taking graduate-level classes alongside her undergraduate requirements. She went on to Yale University for her doctoral work in Clinical Psychology, earning her M.S. in 1997, her M.Phil. in 1998, and her PhD in 2001. As part of her Clinical Psychology degree, Dr. Detweiler-Bedell worked full-time (7/00-6/01) as a Clinical Fellow and Psychology Intern at McLean Hospital, a psychiatric treatment facility and teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, located in Belmont, Massachusetts.

Teaching Experience and Honors: Dr. Detweiler-Bedell joined the Lewis & Clark College faculty in 2001 and holds the rank of Professor of Psychology. She discovered her love of teaching as an undergraduate at Stanford, where she was a teaching fellow in Introduction to Psychology. As a graduate student at Yale, she sought out additional teaching opportunities, including a summer position co-teaching Social Psychology, a guest lectureship in multivariate statistics, and an instructorship in an online alumni course called “The Intelligent Emotions.” She currently teaches Introduction to Psychology, Health Psychology, Psychology of Gender, Clinical Psychology, and Community Psychology and has been selected by Lewis & Clark College students as a Teacher of the Year finalist in 2005, 2006, and 2007. In 2008 she won the Outstanding Baccalaureate Colleges Professor of the Year Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Teaching-Related Grants and Service: Dr. Detweiler-Bedell has been the recipient of faculty-student collaborative summer research grants, including funding in 2005 to bring community college students as well as Lewis & Clark College undergraduates into the Behavioral Health and Social (BHS) psychology research lab, which she runs in collaboration with Associate Professor Brian Detweiler-Bedell. This experience was the foundation for an NSF CCLI grant that currently funds the further development of the Detweiler-Bedells’ laddered team model for conducting research with undergraduates. The Detweiler-Bedells have co-written a book about the collaborative team model (Doing Collaborative Research in Psychology: A Team-Based Guideand are disseminating these methods to faculty at other colleges. In 2006, Dr. Detweiler-Bedell received a curriculum revision grant to enhance civic learning outcomes by incorporating a field work component (aimed at combating hunger and homelessness) to her Community Psychology course. She has attended conferences sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research and the Pacific Northwest Information Literacy Institute and has served on numerous committees, including the Curriculum Committee (as Co-Chair), Admissions and Financial Aid (as Chair), Clerk of the Faculty, Enrollment Management, Residence Halls Workgroup, First Year Advising, Dean of the College Search Committee, Dean of Students Search Committee, Faculty Search and Developmental Review Committees, and a variety of student scholarship/award selection groups.

Representative Publications: Dr. Detweiler-Bedell’s research investigates the role of message framing (i.e., taking objectively equivalent information and describing it in subjectively different ways) in promoting beneficial physical and mental health behaviors. She publishes in peer-reviewed journals such as American Psychologist, Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, Health Psychology, Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and others. Notable publications include Doing Collaborative Research in Psychology: A Team-Based Guide (a book written in collaboration with Brian Detweiler-Bedell); peer-reviewed articles written in collaboration with undergraduates; a co-authored book used in training clinicians in the U.S. and Canada (Treatment Planning in Psychotherapy: Taking the Guesswork Out of Clinical Care); and co-authored papers on her model of organizing undergraduate research (“A classroom of colleagues,” “Establishing the flow of collaborative research,” “Using laddered teams to organize efficient undergraduate research” and “Transforming undergraduates into skilled researchers using laddered teams”).

Research Presentations: Dr. Detweiler-Bedell presents her research each year at professional conferences (including the meetings of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and the Western Psychological Association) and does so in collaboration with numerous Lewis & Clark College undergraduate students. She regularly works with students to secure grant funding so they too can attend these conferences, and she especially enjoys yearly reunion dinners with former undergraduates (now doctoral students and professors) at these meetings.