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Dr. Scott VanderStoep
Professor of Psychology

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Developmental Psychology


  • PSY 230: Developmental Psychology
  • IDS 100: First Year Seminar


  • B.A. from Hope College, 1987
  • M.A. in Social Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1989
  • Ph.D. in Education and Psychology from the University of Michigan, 1992

Research and Other Professional Interests

  • Youth Sports
  • College students' beliefs about learning and knowing
  • Problem solving, critical thinking, and educational implications of cognitive psychology
  • Christian perspectives on psychological science
  • Selected Publications and Presentations (pdf)

Brief Biography

Scott VanderStoep returned to Hope in 1999. For five years he directed the Frost Research Center. He was department chair from 2006-2012. The last few years has brought a publication of a book entitled "Learning to Learn: The Skill and Will of College Success" (with Paul Pintrich of the University of Michigan and Dede Johnston of Hope's Communications Department). In addition, he edited a book entitled "Science and the Soul: Christian Faith and Psychological Research." Most recently, he co-authored Research methods for Real Life. He currently serves as Hope's Dean for Social Sciences.

Contact Information

Dr. Scott VanderStoep
Dean for Social Science
41 Graves Place
Holland, MI 49422-9000

phone: 616-395-7903
fax: 616-395-7506