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Matthew P. Phelps

Matthew P. Phelps

Contact Information:
Founders Hall 67 B

Professor of Psychology


Certificate in theology (24 M.A. credits), University of Notre Dame, 2009
Ph.D. in psychology (cognitive/experimental), The Pennsylvania State University, 1998
M.S. in psychology (cognitive/experimental), The Pennsylvania State University, 1993
B.S. in psychology (summa cum laude), Bowling Green State University, 1990


2010: Professor of Psychology
2003-2010: Associate Professor of Psychology and Chair, Malone University
2007-2009: Co-director of Faculty Development, Malone University
1998-2002: Assistant Professor of Psychology, Malone College
Fall 2002
Interim Chair, Department of Psychology, Malone College
1997-1998: Instructor, The Pennsylvania State University
1996-1997: Researcher (part time), Educational Testing Service (ETS)
1994-1995: Graduate Research Assistant, The Pennsylvania State University
1990-1994: Graduate Teaching Assistant, The Pennsylvania State University
Summer 1990: Researcher I (part time), The Bowling Green State University

Recent Scholarly Work

Phelps, M. P. & Waalkes, S. (2009). Christian friendship as faculty development: A narrative account. Journal of Education & Christian Belief, 13, 125-139. (both authors made an equal contribution to the article)

Moroney, S. K., Phelps, M. P., & Waalkes, S. (2007). Cultivating humility: Teaching practices rooted in Christian anthropology. In D. V. Henry & M. Beaty (Eds.), The Schooled Heart: Moral Formation in American Higher Education. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press. (all authors made an equal contribution to the chapter)

Waalkes, S., & Phelps, M. P. (2007, October). Christian friendship as faculty development: A narrative analysis. Paper presented at the Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture, Friendship: Quests for Character, Community, and Truth, Baylor University, Waco, TX.

Phelps, M.P. (2005, April). Cognitive limitations, loss of intimacy, and natural evil. Poster presented at the International Convention of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, Dallas, TX.
Phelps, M. P. (2004). Imago Dei and limited creature: High and low views of human beings in Christianity and cognitive psychology. Christian Scholar's Review, 33, 345-366.

Teaching Assignments

Introduction to Statistics
Human Memory & Cognition
Sensation & Perception
Senior Seminar (Psychology; topical)
Faith in the World Seminar

I live in Canton, Ohio with my wife, June, and our two daughters. We are members of First Mennonite Church. June and I met in graduate school at The Pennsylvania State University, where she earned a Ph.D. in child-clinical psychology.  She now works in community mental health.
We enjoy service and fellowship in our congregation, being with friends, music, art, cooking, reading, family games, watching films, hiking, and one-day adventures.  Some of my favorite things are deep conversation, Indian and Thai food, coffee, ice cream, and disc golf.