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Dr. Jane Dickie
Professor of Psychology

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Developmental Research Laboratory
  • Introduction to Women's Studies
  • Psychology of Women
  • Feminist Visions of Justice
  • Psychology of Peace and Gender
  • Women's Studies Keystone Seminar

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  • B.A. in Psychology from Alma College, 1968
  • M.A. in Experimental Psychology with an emphasis in learning from Michigan State University, 1970
  • Ph.D. in Psychology with an emphasis on Child Development and Child Clinical Psychology from Michigan State University, 1973

Research and Other Professional Interests

  • Women's Studies
  • Mother-Father-Child Interactions
  • Domestic Violence and Gender
  • Gender and Peace
  • Multicultural Education
  • Anti-racism work
  • Children's Spiritual Development
  • Enhancing Faculty Teaching
  • Selected Publications and Presentations

Brief Biography

Jane Dickie arrived at Hope College in 1972 (a new Ph.D., young mother of a three year old) to teach Developmental Psychology. Thirty-five plus years, one more child and two grandchildren later, Jane REALLY understands development, for it is in practical applications and real life that the theories and research come alive. For this reason, all of her classes (Developmental Psychology, Psychology of Women, Research Lab, Introduction to Women’s Studies, Women’s Studies Internships) have practical and applied components. She thoroughly believes that the combined life experiences in the classroom are fertile soil for creating learning communities, so her classes tend to involve students in interaction. Her research has grown out of lived experiences, student questions, psychological research and theory. Key areas include, the relationship between parent-child relationships and children’s concepts of God, women’s communities and their impact on adult development, relationships between generations of women, and children’s gendered sense of self. Besides her psychology department connection, she teaches women's studies courses. Her great joy is living on her 20-acre farm with horses, goats, and chickens and traveling and living internationally with her life partner, Larry.

Contact Information

Dr. Jane R. Dickie
Hope College Psychology Department
35 E. 12th Street
Holland, MI 49422-9000

phone: 616-395-7724
fax: 616-395-7163