Dr. Daniel 'Dan' G. Mossler


Dr. Dan MosslerProfessor of Psychology
Bagby Hall, 224
(434) 223-6330
dmossler@hsc.edu

Education

Ph.D. (1978) in Psychology from the University of Virginia; M.A. (1975) in Psychology from the University of Virginia; B.A. (1973) in Psychology from the University of Texas.

Teaching Interests

Developmental Psychology
Adolescence
Sex, Drugs, and Rock N' Roll
Developmental Psychopathology
The Causes and Consequences of Child Abuse
Learning Disabilities
Cognitive Psychology
Behavioral Statistics

Committee Assignments & Service to the College

Chairman of the Psychology department (1999-2002, 2007-2010)
Faculty Athletic Representative to the NCAA
Faculty Representative on the Web Oversight Committee
Member Honors Council
Faculty Advisor to Psi Chi Honor Society
Faculty Advisor to Theta Chi Fraternity
Past member of the Academic Affairs Committee
Past member of the Admissions Committee (1996-2002)
Past chairman of the Committee on International Studies (1996-1999)
Past chairman of the Committee for the Review of Human Research (1995-2000)
Creator of the Family Symposium (1997)

Selected Presentations and Publications

Mossler, D. G., Fitzgerald, J., Warnement, C., Sedlar, C., & Mossler, L. M. (2009, February). Differences in children's motivation to participate in sports. Research report under review for presentation at the February 18-22 annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association: New Orleans, LA.

Mossler, D. G., Eigsti, I. M., Britner, P. A., Tuhina, J.,  Weitzman, C. C. (2008, May). Severity of deprivation predicts developmental outcomes in internationally adopted children. Research presentation at the national meeting of the Association for Psychological Science: Chicago, IL.

Britner, P. A., Mossler, D. G., & Eigsti, I. M. (2008). International Adoption: Risk and Resilience.  National Council on Family Relations Quarterly Reports. 53(3), 8-9.    

Mossler, D. G., Whelan, W., & Marvin, R. S. (2007, May). The relationships between child abuse, foster care home placements, and child psychopathology. Research report presented at the national meeting of the Association for Psychological Science. Washington, DC.

Danahy, G., Mossler, L. M., Efremidis, T. & Mossler, D. G. (2007, March). The use of emotional intelligence and academic motivation to identify and predict which students will and will not graduate from college. Research report presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association. Philadelphia, PA.

Lee, B., Cadogan, C., Mossler, D. G., Marvin, R. S., & Whelan, W. (2006, March). Relationships between multiple foster home placements, parental stress, and child psychopathology. Research report presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association. Baltimore, MD.

Mossler, D. G., Lee, B., Black, J., Phillips, N., Berry, C. B., Elliott, R. N., & Abbitt, S. (2005, March). Predicting academic success for students entering college with below average standardized test scores. Research report presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association: Boston, MA.

Mossler, D. G. (2004, October). The nature and consequences of child abuse. Invited address delivered at the annual meeting of the Virginia Association of Independent Schools: Richmond.

Mossler, D. G., Elliott, R. N., Richardson, B., Hardy, W. H., Abbitt, S., & Black, J. (2004, June). Predictors of academic success in the first, second, and third years of college. Research report presented at the national meeting of the American Psychological Society: Chicago, IL.

Mossler, D. G. & Mossler, L. M. (2004, April). A comparison of eating disordered behavior in middle school male and female students and athletes. Research report presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association: Washington, D.C.

Mossler, D. G., Elliott, R. N., Richardson, B., Hardy, W. H., & Pearce, G. (2004, April).  Predicting academic success in first and second year college students: Empirical support for the concept of a unique freshman experience. Research report presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association: Washington, D.C

Mossler, D. G. & Goff, D. (2003, October). Lessons we have learned about how to create and manage electronic forums. Presentation in the Teachers Talking About Technology Series at Hampden-Sydney College.

Mossler, D. G. (2003, June). How stress management, critical thinking, and watching television affect performance in college. Research report presented at the national meeting of the American Psychological Society: Atlanta, GA.

Olsen, K. D., Whelan, W, Marvin, R. S., & Mossler, D. G. (2003, May). Care-giving and attachment between maltreating caregivers and preschool-age children. Research report presented at the international meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development: Tampa, FL. 

Mossler, D.G., Brown, R. W., Hardy, W. H., Pearce, G., & Crosby, J. H. (2003, March). The use of high school grades, SAT scores, academic abilities and social behaviors to predict grades in college. Research report presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association: Baltimore, MD.

Dozier, J. C., Mossler, D. G., & Marvin, R. S. (2002, March). A comparison of nurturing behavior and attitudes about punishment in a clinical and a control sample. Research report presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association: Boston, MA.

Britner, P.A. and Mossler D.G. (2002). Professionals' decision making about out-of-home placements following instances of child abuse. Child Abuse and Neglect: The International Journal, 26 (4), 317-332.

Mossler, D.G., Lukhard, C.B., Gill, R.D., and Britner, P.A. (2002). The use of emotional intelligence (EQ-i) to predict success in college. Research report presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association: Boston, MA.

Mossler, D.G., Vonetes, A.D., Marable, M.K., and Herdegen, R.T. (2001). How life experiences, specific beliefs, age, and ethnicity affect the decision making processes of mock jurors. Research report presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Society: Toronto, Canada.

Mossler, D.G. (2001). How to design and manage an electronic forum in order to create more engaging interactions in large classes. Paper presented at the 23rd annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology: St. Petersburg, FL.

Mossler, D.G. and Herdegen, R.T. (2000). Predicting success in college for students with learning disabilities: Do we need a separate admissions policy? Paper presented at the 21st International Conference on Learning Disabilities: Minneapolis, MN.

Mossler, D.G., Mackey, B.P., Mercer, C.M., and Lissner, L.S. (1999). The effectiveness of test taking accommodations for college students with a Learning Disability and/or an Attention Deficit Disorder diagnosis. Research report presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Society: Denver, CO.

Davis, T.E. and Mossler, D.G. (1998). The development of racial, gender, and age prejudice in 6-9 year old children. Virginia Journal of Science, 49 (3), 204-205.

Wright, C.B and Mossler, D.G. (1998). The effects of parental conflict and explanatory style on academic performance. Virginia Journal of Science, 49 (3), 206.

Honors & Awards

Cabell award for distinguished teaching (2007)
Regional Research Award from Psi Chi Honor Society (2007)
Bortz award for teaching with technology (2002)
Who's Who Among American Teachers (2002 and 1996)
John Brooks Fuqua award for excellence in teaching (2001 and 1998)
John Peter Mettauer award for distinguished research (2000)
Omicron Delta Kappa (1999)
"Professor of the Year" (1993) from Longwood College chapter of Psi Chi
B.A. with High Honors (1973) University of Texas
Phi Beta Kappa (1973)
Psi Chi Honor Society in Psychology (1971)

Other Interests

Racquetball
Youth Soccer
Gourmet Cooking
Historical Preservation
Victorian Furniture
Square Foot Gardening
Personal Webpage

Family

Spouse: Kerry

Children

Alex
Lara
Chris