Psychology professor speaks in front of white board

Jonathan Stadler


  • Ph.D., Psychology (neuroscience), Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN, 2002)
  • M.A., Psychology (neuroscience), Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN, 1996)
  • B.A., Psychology & Biology, Cornell College (Mt. Vernon, IA, 1993)

Academic Interests

  • Psychopharmacology (addiction processes)
  • Neuroscience/Biological Psychology
  • Psychology & Popular Culture
  • Scholarship of Teaching & Learning
  • Psychology of Religion


After living in Nashville, Tennessee, for the first four years of my life, my family moved to West St. Paul, Minnesota, where I grew up, attending Emanuel Lutheran School and St. Croix Lutheran High School. After college, I moved (back) to Nashville, where I attended graduate school in psychology (neuroscience). Upon completing my degree, I taught at Fisk University, a historically black college, for ten years before moving back to Minnesota to teach at Bethany. I am married to a wonderful woman from Mississippi whom I met in Nashville, and we have one son.


  • Society for the Teaching of Psychology (APA Division 2)
  • Popular Culture Association of the South


Simmons, J.A., Stadler, J.R.  A Lived Theology of the Encounter: Deconstructive Selfhood and the Religion of DMX.  Journal of Religion and Popular Culture (in press)

Wilson, J.H., Stadler, J.R., Schwartz, B.M., Goff, D.M. (2009).  Touching your students: The impact of a handshake on the first day of class. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 9(1),108-117

Stadler, J.R. (2009) Hyperactivity. In K. Lomotey (Ed.) Encyclopedia of African American Education. Sage Publication.

Stadler, J.R. (2008). Teaching Statistics Concepts.  In C. Hakala (Ed.) AP Psychology Curriculum Module: Teaching Statistics and Research Methodology.New York: College Board.

Stadler, J.R., Caul, W.F., Barrett, R.J. (2001)  Effects of training dose on amphetamine drug discrimination: dose-response functions and generalization to cocaine.  Pharmacol Biochem Behav, 70, 381-386.


Stadler, J.R. (2011).  Legos and Playlists: Teaching Students in Introductory Psychology about Empathy.  Workshop at the 10th Annual Best Practices in Teaching Psychology Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Stadler, J.R. (2011) The Sins of the Fathers: Character Development in Reaction to Bad Fathering in Burn Notice and Brothers & Sisters.  Paper Presentation for Popular Culture Association of the South Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Stadler, J.R. (2010) Love in the Ruins: The Father-Son Dynamic in the film “The Road”.  Paper Presentation for Popular Culture Association of the South Conference, Charleston, SC.

Stadler, J.R. (2009) “I Guess I Lost My Faith”: The Process of Deconversion in the Music of King’s X.  Paper Presentation for Popular Culture Association of the South Conference, Wilmington, NC.

Stadler, J.R. (2009).  Building Skills Through the Curriculum to Improve Student Competencies in Upper-Level Courses.  21st Southeastern Conference on the Teaching of Psychology, Atlanta, GA.

Stadler, J.R. & Simmons, J.A. (2008). Simul Justus et Peccator: Dissociative Identity in the Theological Aesthetics of DMX.  Popular Culture Association of the South Conference, Louisville, KY.

Stadler, J.R., Curry, J., Creque, L., Livingston, S., Montgomery, A., & Davis, M. (2008).  Leveraging Grants to Do SoTL Work (A roundtable discussion).  3rd Annual National Teaching and Learning for Empowerment Conference, Atlanta, GA.


  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Psi Chi (International Psychology Honors Society)

Teaching Philosophy

I believe that the educational environment should be one where the teacher not only imparts wisdom and knowledge to students as part of his or her God-given vocation, but also equips students with the tools to gather knowledge and wisdom themselves in service to their discipleship in Christ and God-given vocation throughout their lives.