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Dr. Lorna Hernandez-Jarvis
Professor of Psychology

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Multicultural Psychology
  • Psychology of Latino Children
  • Advanced Research Laboratory - Cognition


  • B.A. The University of Akron, 1988
  • M.A. Kent State University, 1990
  • Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Kent State University, 1993
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Selected Publications and Presentations
  • Research and Other Professional Interests

    • Cognitive Psychology
    • Language Acquisition
    • Bilingual Processing
    • Acculturation and psychological Well-being
    • Cognition and Neuro-cognition of Dance

    Brief Biography

    Lorna is currently working on the cognitive processes involved in cognitive representation of dance movements. She is interested in how the way a sequence of dance movements is learned impacts the memory for the sequence and the quality of the execution of the dance movements. She is also engaged in bilingualism research and interested in identifying factors related to acculturation processes that impact the psychological well-being of adolescents, their resilience, and their success in mainstream American society. She has served as director of cultural diversity courses in the general education curriculum, and was the Director of the General Education Program at Hope College. She has also been a leader and facilitator on several faculty development programs, running many workshops, particularly addressing cultural diversity in Higher education. Lorna was a professional ballet dancer before becoming a psychologist and continues to be involved in the world of dance.

    Contact Information

    Dr. Lorna Hernandez-Jarvis
    Hope College Psychology Department
    35 E. 12th Street
    Holland, MI 49422-9000

    phone: 616-395-7731
    fax: 616-395-7163