Dr. Jeremy Ashton Houska

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Phone: ext. 2052
Email: houskaj@centenarycollege.edu

Academic Accomplishments

  • Ph.D., Experimental Psychology, University of Nevada Las Vegas, 2010
  • M.A., General – Experimental Psychology, California State University San Bernardino, 2005
  • B.S., Psychology, University of La Verne, 2002


Jeremy Ashton Houska earned his Ph.D. in experimental psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, after which he joined the faculty at Concordia University - Chicago. Dr. Houska has been at Centenary College since Fall 2013. He particularly enjoys teaching courses such as Statistics, Research Methods, Social Psychology, Personality Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, and History & Systems. Dr. Houska serves as a Consulting Editor for the journal, Teaching of Psychology, Editor of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology’s Teaching of Psychology Idea Exchange, and on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities. Dr. Houska is active in various professional organizations and frequently presents research with student co-authors at regional conferences, and at the Association for Psychological Science (APS) convention.


Dr. Houska has conducted research on various aspects of text processing and health message construction, and has been the recipient of several research awards and grants for this work. As an experimental psychologist, he often branches out to mentor student research on a variety of topics. A recent project he advised on Facebook usage and personality inferences received the 2013 Council on Undergraduate Research – Rocky Mountain Psychological Association Outstanding Paper Award.

Students on past research teams have investigated topics spanning the areas of social/personality psychology, cognitive science, psychology of religion, political psychology, and sports psychology. Many of these projects were presented, with student co-authors, at regional or national psychology conferences. Dr. Houska’s laboratory research utilizes specialized stimulus presentation and reaction time software. He also takes advantage of online methods. No matter their area of interest in psychology, members of SPURS (Social/ Personality Undergraduate Research Squad) gain research experience that will help make them more competitive candidates for graduate study or industry.

Published Works

Houska, J. A., & Richmond, A. S. (2014). ‘#@FBTweet’ Using
     Social Media in Your Classroom: A Practical Guide for “Newbs”.
     The Researcher, 26(2), 1-5. 

Weiten, W., & Houska, J.A. (2014). Teaching introductory
     psychology: Unique challenges and opportunities.
     In D.S. Dunn (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of Undergraduate
     Psychology Education. Oxford University Press.  
     Link to chapter: http://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/

Houska, J.A. (20 Feb. 2014) "How I Teach."  TeachPsych.org 
     blog posting http://teachpsych.org/Default.aspx?

Houska, J.A. (2013, May). Pedagogically sound use of Prezi.
     Psychology Teacher Network, 23(1).

Copeland, D.E., Scott, J.R., & Houska, J.A. (2010). Computer-based
     demonstrations in cognitive psychology: Benefits and costs.
     Teaching of Psychology, 37(2), 141-145.

Houska, J.A. (2010). What a world, what a life, I’m in love.
     In J. Keeley, J. Stowell, B. Beins, & W. Buskist, (Eds.), 
     The teaching of psychology in autobiography: Perspectives from 
     psychology’s exemplary teachers (Volume 3). 

Cramer, R. E., Lipinski, R. E., Meteer, J. D., & Houska, J. A. (2008).
     Sex differences in subjective distress to unfaithfulness: Testing
     competing evolutionary and violation of infidelity expectations
     hypotheses. Journal of Social Psychology, 148(4), 389-406.

Millar, M.G., & Houska, J.A. (2007). Masculinity and intentions to
     perform health  behaviors: The effectiveness of fear control
     arguments. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 30(5), 403-409.

Dr. Jeremy Houska
Dr. Jeremy Houska