PhD, MS, Pennsylvania State University; BA, Lebanon Valley College

Research Interests 

Peer and individual factors related to academic achievement outcomes during adolescence and emerging adulthood


Dr. Bissell-Havran’s research focuses on factors related to the academic achievement of adolescents and emerging adults. This includes how parents’ differential treatment of siblings is associated with their odds of starting college and how friends’ achievement, motivation, and support may have implications for students’ own academic outcomes. Dr. Bissell-Havran is a contributing faculty member in the School of Psychology at Walden where she teaches graduate-level statistics. She also teaches at the Pennsylvania State University World Campus. She previously taught psychology and human development courses for Peace College, North Carolina State University, and Pennsylvania State University.