Office: HAL 225
I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.S., 1983) and finished my Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1990. I then spent most of the next fifteen years as a stay-at-home mom for my three children. I’ve been teaching at GCC since 2003. I have also done some part-time teaching at Slippery Rock University.
I usually teach Child Development, Abnormal Psychology, and Advanced Research Methods. I’ve also taught Research Methods and Foundations of Psychology. I find psychology to be fascinating (and fun!) so I have enjoyed all of these courses.
I am interested in body image issues in college women and older adults. I’m also interested in the role that religion/spirituality can play in maintaining health and positive attitudes about one’s body. My students and I are currently conducting a study that explores some of the predictors of dieting and excessive exercise in college women, as well as factors that can protect women from the effects of socio-cultural pressures to be thin. I have collaborated with another Psychology professor at Bucknell University on research focused on body image, health behavior, and religiosity in older adults.
Recent publications/presentations include the following:
Homan, K. & Boyatzis, C. (in press). The protective role of attachment to God against eating disorder risk factors: Concurrent and prospective evidence. Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention.
Homan, K. & Boyatzis, C. (in press). Body image and aging-appearance anxiety in older adults: Links to gender and religion. Journal of Adult Development.
Homan, K., Duffy, K., & Eberhart, A. (2009). Dieting and compulsive exercise: Shared risk factors. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Pittsburgh, PA.
Homan, K. & Boyatzis, C. (2008, August). Religiosity and health-related behavior and attitudes in older adults. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Boston, MA.
Homan, K. & Boyatzis, C. (2008, March). Body image and aging-appearance anxiety in older adults: Links to gender and religion. Paper presented at the Mid-Year Research Conference on Religion and Spirituality. Baltimore, MD.
Homan, K. & Clark, A. (2008, March). Psychological and spiritual effects of volunteering on the volunteer. Paper presented at the Gulf South Summit on Service Learning in Higher Education, Nashville, TN.
Homan, K. (2007, March). Attachment to God and its relation to perceived parenting, self-esteem, prayer patterns and affective religious experience. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Christian Association of Psychological Science, Philadelphia, PA.
My other interests include teaching fitness classes at the Grove City YMCA, taking piano lessons, attending my kids’ sports events, and going out for coffee with my husband (who happens to be the chair of the Chemistry department at GCC).