Dr. O’Quin earned her B.S. from The Ohio State University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Michigan State University. She spent two years on a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. She recently returned to the faculty after serving as Associate Dean of the School of Natural and Social Sciences at Buffalo State. Dr. O’Quin has eclectic research interests, including creativity, social psychology, research methodology, and the psychology of humor. She has published 34 articles in diverse journals including the Journal of College Student Retention, Reading Research Quarterly, and Creativity Research Journal. Dr. O’Quin’s scholarly record includes more than 50 conference presentations and technical reports, as well as several funded grant proposals. She was honored to receive the Albert J. Harris Award (with co-authors) for outstanding published work from the International Reading Association in 2004. She is a Lifetime member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
Representative Publications and Presentations
O’Quin, K., & Besemer, S.P. (2011). Creative products. Encyclopedia of Creativity. Ed. Mark A. Runco and Steven R. Pritzker. 2nd ed. Vol. 1. London: Academic Press, 273-281.
O’Quin, K., & Derks, P. (2011). Humor and creativity. Encyclopedia of Creativity. Ed. Mark A. Runco and Steven R. Pritzker. 2nd ed. Vol. 1. London: Academic Press, 628-635.
Reid, H. M., Kline, B., & O’Quin, K. (2014). The revised Appreciation of the Liberal Arts Scale (ALAS-R): Development, reliability and validity. International Journal of Research Studies in Education, 3, 63-78.
O'Quin, K., & Derks, P. (2017). Humor and creativity. In Reference Module in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology, Elsevier. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9780128093245062088
O'Quin, K., & Besemer, S.P. (2017). Creative products. In Reference Module in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology, Elsevier. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9780128093245061526
Reid, H. M., & O’Quin, K. (2014, March). Predictors of success in an undergraduate statistics course. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.
O’Quin, K. (2014, April). Is my department doing a good job of assessment? A self-evaluation template. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Assessment Network of New York, RIT, Rochester, NY.
Reid, H. M. & O’Quin, K. (2014, May). Appreciating a liberal arts education: Development of a scale and identification of student characteristics. Paper presented at the Sino-American International Research Forum, Guangxi Normal University, Guilin, P.R. China.
Reid, H. M., & O’Quin, K. (2015, March). Student characteristics associated with statistics course success. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association annual meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
O’Quin, K., & Budin, S. (2015, April). Collaborating and improving campus-wide assessment with just-in-time video training. Presentation at the annual conference of the Assessment Network of New York, Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY.
Reid, H. M., & O’Quin, K. (2016, May-June). Predictors of anticipated and obtained grades in college courses. Paper presented at the National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies 2016 Cameroon Research Forum, Santa Monica University, Buea, Cameroon. https://www.naaas.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/2016-spi-cameroon-monog...
O’Quin, K., Reid, H. M., & Norvilitis, J. M. (2019, February-March). Appreciation of the Liberal Arts Scale (Faculty): Development and correlates. Poster presented at Eastern Psychological Association conference, New York, NY.
Norvilitis, J. M., O’Quin, K., & Reid, H. M. (2019, May). Amotivation: A risk factor for student academic success and adjustment to college. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, D.C.
- Introduction to Psychology (PSY 101)
- Positive Psychology: Happiness, Hope, and Humor (PSY 120)
- Social Behavior (PSY 325)