Tom Martin, Ph.D.

Department: Psychology

Professor of Psychology

Co-Director of Neuroscience

  • Education
  • PHD, Univ of Nebraska Lincoln
  • MA, Univ of Nebraska Lincoln
  • BS, Eastern Mennonite University

Growing up on the grounds of a psychiatric hospital gave me a unique perspective on the needs of those among us who struggle with mental disorders.

My dad led Philhaven, a psychiatric hospital in southeastern Pennsylvania, and I spent a year working there as a nurse's aide before attending college. I enjoyed working closely with people who were experiencing difficult challenges in their lives, so it seemed a good fit to study psychology in college and graduate school.

While pursuing graduate study and working as clinical psychologist early in my career, I planned to teach. Teachers and professors had deeply influenced my life, and teaching has been an opportunity to do the same for others. One can never pay back the people who have supported you; you can only pay it forward to others.

Our society needs more people who are willing to do the hard work of serving those among us who are most vulnerable, particularly individuals affected by mental disorders and intellectual disabilities. To the degree that I can inspire my students to take up this work, I believe I'm addressing the need while simultaneously preparing them for important and rewarding careers.

Courses taught:

  • PSYC-240 Developmental Psych: Adulthood and Aging
  • PSYC-320 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC-322 Psychological Testing
  • PSYC-421 Directed Research
  • PSYC-510 Practicum in School Soc. Work
  • PSYC-527 Practicum
  • PSYC-528 Practicum