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Susanne N. Biehle

Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

 

Why Psychology?

My interest in Psychology was sparked in the classroom and fostered through opportunities to pursue my own research as an undergraduate student. I have always been intrigued by close relationships and how individuals experience similar situations in unique ways. I am interested in answering questions such as: Why do some people cope with stressful situations better than others? Do men and women have different expectations about friendship and marriage? How do we influence each other when adjusting to new situations? My own experiences as an undergraduate student are what led me to pursue a career as a Social Psychologist and I love having the opportunity to work with students at DePauw University to answer questions they have about human attitudes, behaviors and emotions.


My Research Interests

I’m a Social-Health Psychologist, which means I’m am interested in how social situations and interactions influence health outcomes. I am currently studying transitional life stressors and relationships across emerging and middle adulthood. DePauw research assistants assist with all aspects of my research projects including brainstorming study ideas, examining primary literature, creating study questionnaires, recruiting participants, collecting data, preparing datasets and analyzing data, as well as summarizing findings for conference presentations at conferences and for scholarly publications.  I most recently traveled to Chicago to the Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA) conference with 5 DePauw students to present posters on findings regarding coping and mental health during the transition to parenthood. Thanks to the generous support from the J. William and Katherine C. Asher Endowed Research Fund, we were able to obtain funding for their travel to present their work at the conference. 

One of the main goals in my research lab is creating opportunities for DePauw students to obtain research experience prior to applying to graduate programs or medical school. The opportunity to pursue research as an undergraduate student allows DePauw students to have an edge in applying to programs after DePauw, as well as increasing the likelihood of obtaining funding in MA, MSW, and PhD programs. If you are interested in obtaining research experience, just stop by my office (118 Harrison Hall) or email me (susannebiehle@depauw.edu) for more information about opportunities in my research lab."

i. Transitional Stressors

One of my areas of research involves the implications of coping with stressful life transitions. I am currently working on manuscripts with data collected from two longitudinal studies involving first-time parents. I am working on manuscripts with my collaborators at Kent State University on papers examining different aspects of the adjustment to parenthood including worries, marital conflict, parenting efficacy, coping mechanisms, and mental health outcomes. I am also currently working on projects with my undergraduate research assistants here at DePauw University examining how students cope with the transitions in and out of college.

ii. Achievement Situations & Stress

In addition to transitional stressors, my research lab is also working on projects examining how students prepare and cope with the stress of taking entrance exams for graduate school and how these events impact their relationships with their family and friends as well as their mental health. I am also interested in proactive strategies utilized by college students in their daily lives when preparing for potentially stressful achievement or social situations.

iii. Close Relationships

Another area of my interest involves examining different types of close relationships. I am pursuing lines of research with my lab examining romantic relationships including topics such as the transition from casual to committed relationships and maintaining long-distance relationships. I am also interested in studying friendship to better understand issues such as men and women's expectations of friendship and the methods by which friends seek and provide support in times of distress.


SELECT PUBLICATIONS

(*DePauw student)

Biehle, S.N., Schumacher, S.*, Hellmann, E.* (2015). The role of proactive coping in first-time mothers’ mental well-being.Subjective Well-Being: Psychological Predictors, Social Influences and Economical Aspects. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

 

Don, B.D., Chong-Kiskowski, A., Biehle, S.N., Gordon, A. & Mickelson, K.D. (2014). Anxiety across the transition to parenthood: Change trajectories among low risk parents. Anxiety, Stress, & Coping. 27, 633-49.  
Don, B.P., Biehle, S.N. & Mickelson, K.D. (2013).  Feeling like part of a team: Perceived parenting overlap among first-time parents. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 30, 1121-1137.

 

Biehle, S.N. (2013). Influences on the utilization of proactive coping during pregnancy and early parenthood. Parenting: Challenges, Practices and Cultural Influences. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

 

Biehle, S.N. & Mickelson, K. D. (2012). Provision and receipt of emotional spousal support: The impact of visibility on well-being. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, 1, 244-251.

 

Biehle, S. N., & Mickelson, K. D. (2012). First-time parents’ expectations about the division of childcare and play. Journal of Family Psychology, 26, 36-45.

 

SELECT PRESENTATIONS

(*DePauw student)

Bright, A.*, Zadina, C.* & Biehle, S.N. (2015, May). Worries and mental health in college: Who worries about what? Poster presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference, Chicago, IL.
Farnsworth, L.*, Jacob, C.E.*, Biehle, S.N. (2015, May). Influence of support sources on pregnancy stressors and uplifts. Poster presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference, Chicago, IL.
Hellmann, E.L.*, Don, B.P., & Biehle, S.N. (2015, May). Sex differences in first-time parents’ postpartum worries. Poster presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference, Chicago, IL.
Schumacher, C.*, Bishop, G.*, & Biehle, S.N. (2015, May). Social allergies in first-time mothers and fathers. Poster presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference, Chicago, IL.
Kooiman, L.Y.*, Chong, A., Biehle, S.N., & Mickelson, K.D. (2014, May). Investigating breastfeeding expectations and efficacy in first-time mothers. Poster presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference, Chicago, IL.
Klee, K.W.*, Stephens, J.E.*, & Biehle, S.N. (2014, May). Unexpected life and relationship changes in first-time mothers. Poster presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference, Chicago, IL.
Schumacher, C.*, Biehle, S.N., Don, B.P., Mickelson, K.D. (2014, May). Argument topics and frequency in first-time mothers and fathers. Poster presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference, Chicago, IL.
Stephens, J.E.*, Klee, K.W.*, & Biehle, S.N. (2014, May). Frequency and topics of worries during pregnancy and early postpartum. Poster presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference, Chicago, IL.