Joan Bryant Woodworth, Ph.D.



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Joan Bryant Woodworth, Ph.D.


Appalachian State University
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Patti Levine-Brown




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Boone (N.C.)

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Professor Emerita

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Professor Emerita of Psychology Joan Woodworth began her educational studies at St. Petersburg Junior College (now St. Petersburg College) in St. Petersburg, FL. After earning her A.A. degree in 1964 she went on to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where, between the years 1966 and 1975, she earned a B.A. degree in psychology, an M.A. degree in experimental psychology and a Ph.D. in the history of psychology. Prior to beginning her career as a lecturer at Appalachian State University, Woodworth worked as an instructor at Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina. Once she arrived at Appalachian in 1975, Woodward spent 32 years in the department of psychology serving as an assistant professor from 1976 to 1983 and then as an associate professor from 1983 to 1987. In 1987 she attained the rank of full professor and remained in that position until 2007. While on full-time status at ASU, Dr. Woodworth also served as the Chair of the Faculty Senate from 1992 to 1994 and spent time in the Student Counseling Center as a staff psychologist. Over the years, Woodworth acquired a vast array of special teaching experience including spending three one-year stints (1982, 1987, and 1994) in the faculty exchange program with Northeast University of Technology in Shenyang, People's Republic of China. She also served as a visiting tutor in the School of Psychology at Keele University in Staffordshire, United Kingdom and as a professor at the Governor's School of South Carolina in Charleston. While at Appalachian, Woodworth participated in several special projects including a National Science Foundation Training Grant for high school psychology teachers, a summer science program for gifted students, the Elderhostel Program, and Upward Bound. Over the years, Dr. Woodworth received a number of honors and awards including the Woman of Influence Faculty Award in 2007 and the University of North Carolina Board Of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award in 1998. She was honored as one of the ASU University Scholars, and inducted into Phi Beta Kappa twice: once at St. Petersburg junior College and again at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Woodworth is affiliated with the following professional organizations: International Association for the Study of Dreams, International Expressive Arts Therapy Association, Association for Integrative Studies, and Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars. Woodworth has published widely under both the names Woodworth and Walls. She also has made numerous presentations both nationally and internationally. Some of her publications include the following articles: • Woodworth, J.B. (2007). Dream Gift. In S. Atkins & L. Williams (Eds.), Sourcebook in expressive arts therapy (pp. 66-68). Boone, N.C.: Parkway Publishers. • Woodworth, J.B. & Atkins, S. (2003). Values in crossdisciplinary, integrative team teaching. Teaching and learning at Appalachian, 6, 40-42. William C. Hubbard Center for Faculty and Staff Support, Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C. • Woodworth, J.B. (2000) Hartley, David. In A.E. Kazdin (Ed.), Encyclopedia of psychology, 4, 64-65. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association and New York: Oxford University Press. • Sherman, A.C. & Walls, J.W. (1995). Gender differences in the relationship of moderator variables to stress and symptoms. Psychology and Health, 10, 321-331. • Walls, J.W. (1981). The psychology of David Hartley and the root metaphor of mechanism. A study in the history of psychology. Journal of Mind and Behavior, 3 (3), 259-274. • Walls, J.W. (1981). Experiment on smiling-Activities Handbook for the Teaching of Psychology. American Psychological Association, Washington, D. C., 162-163. Sources: Appalachian State University files.-Patti Levine-Brown

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