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Dana S. Dunn

Dr. Dunn

Dana S. Dunn

Professor of Psychology (1987)


  • B.A., Carnegie Mellon University
  • M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia


Phone: 610-861-1562 
Office: PPHAC, Room 231
Personal website:

Areas of Research / Expertise

Social psychology, especially social cognition,  attribution, and finding meaning; rehabilitation psychology, especially the social psychology and positive psychology of disability; the teaching of psychology, particularly writing, research methods, and the psychology of adjustment; assessment issues, learning outcomes, and quality benchmarks for undergraduate education.


Dana S. Dunn is Professor of Psychology at Moravian University in Bethlehem, PA. He earned his PhD in experimental social psychology from the University of Virginia and his BA in psychology from Carnegie Mellon University. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA Divisions 1, 2, 8, and 22) and the Association for Psychological Science, Dunn is active in the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP - APA Division 2) where he served as President in 2010. In 2013, Dunn received the Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award from the American Psychological Foundation and in 2015 he was the APA’s Harry Kirke Wolfe lecturer.

He is a member of the editorial boards of several journals and is a frequent speaker at national and regional psychology conferences. Dunn will serve as President of the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA) in 2018-2019 and is a former member of the Program Committee for the National Institute for the Teaching of Psychology (NIToP). He is a member of the Board of the Foundation for Rehabilitation Psychology (FRP) and a former member of APA’s Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology (CDIP). He was recently elected to the APA’s Board of Educational Affairs (BEA; 2017-2019). The author of over 160 articles, chapters, and book reviews, Dunn writes about the teaching of psychology, the social psychology of disability, and liberal education.

He is the author or editor of over 30 books and writes a blog on the teaching psychology called “Head of the Class” for Psychology Today. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford Bibliographies (OB): Psychology. His recent books include The Social Psychology of Disability (Oxford, 2015), The Oxford Handbook of Undergraduate Psychology Education (Oxford, 2015), Pursuing Human Strengths: A Positive Psychology Guide (Worth/Macmillan, 2016), with Jane S. Halonen, The Psychology Major Companion: Everything You Need to Know to Get Where You Want to Go (Worth, 2017), and, with Bridgette Martin Hard, the editor of Thematic Approaches for Teaching Introductory Psychology (Cengage, 2018).


Dunn resides in Bethlehem, PA with his family.

Selected Publications

Bolt, M. A., & Dunn, D. S. (2016). Pursuing human strengths: A positive psychology guide (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Worth.

Dunn, D. S. (2016). Teaching about psychosocial aspects of disability: Emphasizing the person-environment relation. Teaching of Psychology, 43, 255-262.

Dunn, D. S. (Ed.). (2018). Positive Psychology: Established and Emerging Issues. Philadelphia, PA: Taylor & Francis.

Dunn, D. S., & Andrews, E. (2015). Person-first and identity-first language: Developing psychologists’ cultural competence using disability language. American Psychologist, 70, 255-264.

Dunn, D. S., Ehde, D., & Wegener, S. T (2016). The Foundational Principles as psychological lodestars: Theoretical inspiration and empirical direction in rehabilitation psychology. Rehabilitation Psychology, 61(1), 1-6.

Dunn, D. S., & Halonen, J. S. (2017). The psychology major companion: Everything you need to know to get where you want to go. New York, NY: Worth.