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Serena King
sking02@hamline.edu
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Serena King

Professor - Psychology

Contact Info

Serena King
sking02@hamline.edu
(651) 523-2767

Biography

Serena King is Associate Professor of Psychology. She is a clinical psychologist and received her Ph.D. and M.A. in clinical psychology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and her undergraduate degree in psychology with honors from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Serena has a record of published research in the area of addiction (substance use disorders and gambling addiction) and also has scientific and teaching interests in deviant, acting out behaviors (behavioral impulsivity). Serena received a funded grant from the National Center for Responsible Gambling to examine a large scale twin study of gambling behavior. Serena has ongoing research interests in addiction and psychological interventions for gambling addiction and chronic health issues. Serena maintains an active research program looking at populations at risk for and suffering from addiction, physical and psychological health issues. Serena has helped establish an ongoing relationship with Hazelden's Graduate School of Addiction Studies and the Hamline Psychology Department and has been faculty mentor of Psi Chi, Hamline's branch of the National Honor Society in Psychology. Serena has clinical experience working in a variety of hospitals, clinics, and private practices. She has mentored a variety of honors projects, collaborative research proposals. These studies included examination of peer, parents, family history, and mindfulness interventions influences on substance use, gambling, and addiction. She has plans to expand her research work to examine risk factors, patterns and interventions for addiction and other chronic physical health issues. She engages with students in her research group to investigate these lines of inquiry.

Teaching Style

Professor King teaches courses in Addictive Disorders, Abnormal Psychology, Psychopathic and Antisocial Behaviors, General Psychology, First Year Seminar on Emotion and the Brain, Cross-Cultural Psychology, and Applied Health Psychology. Her teaching style is highly interactive, and provides practical experiences that integrate science with clinical approaches. Students in her classes will find the experience intellectually stimulating, engaging, challenging and memorable. 

“My hope for students is that they gain a memorable experience learning about the science and practice of psychology. Creating real world applicable connections to the psychology and bringing students in to the pre-professional realm is a major goal of my teaching philosophy. Practical, memorable connections to the material create a more motivating and interesting learning experience. I want my students to share my deep love of the field. Establishing worthwhile and meaningful learning relationships with students in the classroom allows me to challenge them to a higher level of knowledge and analysis. Mentoring my students inside and outside the classroom to establish and reach their goals is one of the most important roles I have as a professor.” -Serena King