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Professor Emeritus of Psychology

Joseph J. Palladino, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology at the University of Southern Indiana (Evansville, IN).  Dr. Palladino was born and raised in the Bronx, New York.

For the first 26 years of his life, he lived within 10 minutes of the campus of Fordham University, entered Fordham Prep in 1964, and would not leave the campus until he earned his PhD in General-Theoretical Psychology. Since 1981, he has been on the faculty of the University of Southern Indiana where he has served as Chair of the Psychology Department, Coordinator of University Assessment, and Coordinator of Programs for the University's Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence. His primary teaching responsibilities have been Introduction to Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Psychometrics, and a cross-disciplinary course, Perspectives on Humor. Dr. Palladino and his wife, Marie, have two daughters. Karin is an attorney; Sharin, is a school psychologist. Their first granddaughter, Victoria Marie, was born in September 2004; their second granddaughter, Jillian Caitlyn, was born in December 2006; their first grandson, Alexander James (AJ), was born in April 2008, and Elizabeth Lauryn was born in September 2008.

In 1989, Dr. Palladino was elected to the status of Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and its Division (Two) on Teaching. Fellow status recognizes "unusual and outstanding contributions to the science and profession of Psychology." He has served Division Two of APA as President (1991-1992), editor of the Methods and Techniques section of Teaching of Psychology, and Chairperson of the Program Committee. In 2000, he was elected Midwestern Vice-President of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology.

In 1982 he founded the Mid-America Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference, which is now run by a consortium of faculty representing colleges and universities in Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky. The conference celebrated its 25th anniversary in April, 2006. In 1984 he founded the Mid-America Conference for Teachers of Psychology. In his 2004 Presidential address to the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, Dr. Barney Beins wrote, “The 1980s was right for the development of initiatives related to teaching. Fortunately, we had one person in particular who served as the catalyst for significant movement – Joe Palladino”  In recognition of the success of this conference and the fact that it has served as a model for other conferences, Dr. Palladino was awarded a Faculty Service Award by the National Continuing Education Association.

In 1990 he received the Division Two Teaching Excellence Award in recognition of "his commitment to teaching, his development of regional conferences for teachers of psychology, his contributions to the literature on teaching, and his encouragement of colleagues to develop and disseminate teaching methods and techniques." He received the University of Southern Indiana Alumni Association's Faculty Recognition Award in 2000.  His autobiography, “From the streets of the Bronx to academia” was selected to appear in the volume, The Teaching of Psychology in Autobiography: Perspectives from Exemplary Psychology Teachers, which was published in 2005 by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology.

Dr Palladino is the author or co-author of numerous publications and presentations on a range of topics, especially related to teaching, encouraging undergraduate research, and faculty development. He has a special interest in grading issues, writing test items, and humor in teaching. His invited addresses are typically on one of these three topics, using titles such as "Myths and mysteries of the humor impaired" and "The teaching of humor, the humor of teaching." Along with his students, he developed a humorous presentation called "Psych Follies" that has been presented at psychology conferences across the country. For nine years, he was co-author (with Dr. Mitch Handelsman of the University of Colorado at Denver) of the Eye on Psi Chi (newsletter of the National Honor Society in Psychology) column, "On the Light Side."

Dr. Palladino is the co-author (with Steve Davis) of an introductory psychology text, Psychology (sixth edition), published by Prentice Hall (Pearson Education), which  happens to contain four photographs of his granddaughter, Victoria Marie! The seventh edition of the text will be published in 2011 and is guaranteed to contain photographs of all four of his grandchildren. A Spanish version of the text was published in 2007.

Dr. Palladino is teaching in his 30th and final year at USI. He will retire as of July 1, 2011 as Professor of Psychology Emeritus. He and his wife will move to Ohio where they own a condo (which he says is Latin for “does not cut grass any more”).

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