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Mount Psychology Professor Dr. Tim Lawson Named One of the Nation’s Best

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CINCINNATI, Ohio (April 9, 2019) - Tim Lawson, Ph.D.,, professor and chair of the Department of Psychology at Mount St. Joseph University, has been named one of the top psychology professors in the nation. The American Psychological Association has awarded Dr. Lawson the Robert S. Daniel Teaching Excellence Award, which recognizes excellence in teaching at a four-year college or university.

The award recognizes the recipient as an outstanding teacher who mentors students’ professional development, advances teaching and learning through scholarship and service, and mentors other psychology teachers. Past recipients hail from some of the nation's most prestigious colleges and universities, including Stanford University, Tufts University, Auburn University, James Madison University, UCLA, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

Dr. Lawson is the first award recipient from a college/university in Ohio.

"This award is one of the greatest honors I’ve received in my 28 years of teaching," Dr. Lawson said. "The list of past winners includes some of the best psychology professors and universities in the country, so I am very honored to be included in that company."

Dr. Lawson holds a Ph.D. in social psychology from Miami University. His research interests include social perception, social influence, statistical reasoning, and effective techniques for teaching psychology. He has been recognized with the Outstanding Alumni Award from Adrian College as well as several awards from the Mount, including the Sister Adele Clifford Award for Excellence in Teaching, a Distinguished Scholar Award, and a Cooperative Education Coordinator of the Year Award.

In addition, Ohio Magazine has twice recognized Dr. Lawson with its Excellence in Education Award. He is the author of two books, "Statistical Reasoning in Everyday Life" and "Scientific Perspectives on Pseudoscience and the Paranormal", and has published dozens of research studies in professional journals.

"The Mount is a place that values excellence in teaching and encourages professors to conduct scholarship on the best teaching techniques," he said. "The Mount has some of the best teachers in the country in many different disciplines, and this award is a reflection of that fact."

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