BETHANY W.Va. – Bethany College has announced Katrina Cooper as the new Assistant Professor of Psychology.

Cooper comes to Bethany after spending the past year finishing her dissertation in order to complete the Doctorate Program at the University of Pittsburgh, as well as serving as an adjunct professor at nearby Washington & Jefferson College. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Siena College in 2000 and went on to earn a M.S. from Pitt's Department of Psychology in 2003.

"The small liberal arts education is what initially attracted me to Bethany," stated Cooper. "The rigorous psychology program, with the comprehensive exams and senior project requirements kept me interested. Bethany prepares students for the workforce or graduate school; whatever they might choose to do after college."

Cooper has participated in over 15 presentations and five research studies during her time at Pitt, most of which focused on relationships and support within the relationship.

"I am really looking forward to branching out into other areas of research, as well as beginning student based research. It doesn't have to be a grandiose project. The reward is working with the students and teaching them the correct ways to conduct research," said Cooper.

"Katrina brings a lot to the department," said Dr. Gale Thompson, Chair of the Psychology Department for Bethany. "Not only does she have extensive teaching experience but she's receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, which has an excellent reputation in psychology."

She will be teaching multiple courses and serving as an academic advisor to students majoring in psychology.

"I look forward to the beginning of the school year and the students returning," exclaimed Cooper. "My time at Bethany has already been a good experience. The administration and other faculty members that I have come in contact with have been very helpful and welcoming."

Cooper currently resides in New Stanton, Pa., with her daughter Erika.