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Getting to Know Dean Haussmann

Dr  Robert Haussmann edit (2)In an effort to acquaint our students and alumni with the Dean of the School of Psychology, we caught up with Dr. Robert “Bob” Haussmann and asked him a few getting-to-know-you questions:

How would you describe yourself in 140 characters?
I wouldn’t. I come from a pre-Twitter/text universe. I’m just not built to process information in 140 character chunks.

What is your favorite weekend activity?
Reading …anything NOT related to psychology.

What is your favorite comedy movie of all time?
Tough question – either Army of Darkness or Airplane!

What is your favorite place you have ever visited?
So far this would have to be the Calgary, Alberta (especially nearby Banff National Park). But if I have my way, one day I’ll convince my family to take an Alaskan Cruise.

How do you keep a healthy work-life balance?
This is still a work in progress. The recent promotion has brought with it more responsibility (read: more work). Thankfully, my wife and daughter help keep me grounded.

What advice would you give to students or those already working in the field of psychology or marriage and
family therapy?

You’ve picked a wonderful field to be in. It’s one of the few areas projected to see significant growth in the coming years. The careers are as varied as they are exciting – difficult yet extremely rewarding.

What do you think will change about the psychology curriculum over the next five years?
It will definitely grow more rigorous and will have a research component that is integrated earlier in the program, [which aims] to provide students with a stronger background in their dissertation work. Of course, the specifics will be influenced by student demand.

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