Debra Borden



Phone: 607.962.9424
Office: Steuben 313

Debra Borden


University of LaVerne, CA: Master of Science Organizational Behavioral Management
Wayland Baptist University, TX: Business Administration
University of Maryland, MD: Associate Degree Business Administration


My courses, while based on research, have a very strong “real world” application approach. My teaching philosophy is that “Psychology should be used every day.” In my classroom we engage in daily activities to allow students to better understand the practical application of psychology. By using this process my students leave the class with a better understanding of themselves and others.

I love teaching because I believe education is the most important thing a person can own. It is something that can never be taken away, and I believe it is the one thing that can change this world for the better.

My favorite class to teach is Organizational Behavior because it is a class that provides an individual a large number of skills they can use in their personal and professional life. In this course, students learn a great deal about why they and others behave the way they do. It is important we first understand ourselves before we can understand others. Student evaluations are extremely positive about this course. In fact, multiple students have stated they wished their supervisor had taken this class! Another class I love to teach is Child Psychology. It is so important that parents understand the developmental milestones of a child, age limitations, and how to appropriately intervene when an issue arises.

I teach both face-to-face and online classes.


Introduction to Psychological Science
Organizational Behavior
Child Psychology
Social Psychology
Behavior Modification
Educational Psychology

Professional Projects

Research focus has been on learning and memory and how to transfer that scientific knowledge to the classroom. One large research project involved determining the effect of four different teaching methodologies on student learning and retention. Another research project was a massive evaluation of the efficacy of the First Year Experience improving student retention.


National and Regional conference presentations include:
360 Degree Feedback in the Classroom
Mission Not Impossible: How to Instill Long Term Memory in Students
Motivating Students in the Classroom
Student Learning: Not All "One Size Fits All" Approach
Preferred Ways of Learning: Creating an Eclectic Classroom for Students


American Psychological Association
American Society for the Teaching of Psychology


SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service
National First Year Student Advocate - Awarded by the National Center for Students in Transition and the First Year Experience