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My Biography and CV:
I invested 9 years of
my academic life
at UCLA, earning a B.A., M.A., and
finally a Ph.D.
I had the very
real privilege to study psychology with some of the most gifted faculty in
the United States. During the 1970s, the psychology faculty at UCLA read
like a who’s who. My thinking about psychology was shaped by
John Garcia, Ivar Lovaas, Jackson Beatty, John Libeskind, Donald Novin,
Frank Krasne, and F. Nowell Jones, just to name a few. As a graduate
student, I sat in awe as Arnold Scheibel lectured in neuroanatomy for
three hours straight without pause, and without ever referring to any
notes. Many happy hours were spent in Murray Jarvik’s and Ron Siegel’s
lab, where we watched monkeys apparently hallucinating and discovered that
it’s virtually impossible to make elephants drunk. Larry Butcher also
contributed to my greater understanding of the human brain.
In 1979, two wonderful things
happened. First, I was awarded my Ph.D. and within a few months Roger and
I were blessed with our first of three daughters,
Here's what they are doing now: Kristin, a West Point graduate and Bronze Star recipient who currently serves as a Captain in the U.S. Army Engineers, Karen, a on the Trojan Track Team and a grad student in USC's Annenberg School of Communication (and a 9th place finisher in the 2004 Olympic Trials women's shot put), and Karla, our resident artist and computer whiz. As you can tell, we raise "traditional" children.... :)
Not counting Research Assistant and Associate positions, I first found myself teaching at Pasadena City College at the ripe old age of 23. As most instructors know, teaching at the community college level requires a few different skills than at the university. However, I have taught in both venues and I have found both stimulating and challenging in their own ways. A lot has changed in the last 30 years, but some things always remain the same. Keeping a subject fresh and relevant to a student's interest is no different today than it was 30 years ago. I still love to teach and I will never give up the fun of exploring the world of Psychology with my students.
Throughout my time at the head of a classroom, I began to think about how I might approach writing a textbook. I was beginning to realize that plenty of opportunities for improvement in currency, accuracy, function and format existed. I knew there was a way to make the subject come alive for both students and faculty. I began to write my book.
If you have not had the
opportunity to write a text yourself, you may find it baffling that others
of us engage in such behavior. My route to this project was neither
short nor direct.
So, what am I doing now? When I am not riding around our beautiful rural county, teaching or traveling, I have started gathering materials for the 2nd edition!
Thanks for letting me share my story with you,
Student evaluations average 3.8 out of a possible 4.0.
Freberg, L. (2005). Teaching Biological Psychology: A Spoonful of Sugar. 12th Annual APS- STP Teaching Institute, Los Angeles, CA.
Freberg, L. (2005). But I Read It On the Internet...Promoting Information Competency in Biological Psychology. NITOP, Tampa, FL.
Freberg, L. (2001). Using Internet Resources in the Higher Education Classroom.” NITOP, St. Petersburg, FLA.
Freberg, L. (2000). Testbank to accompany Jackson Beatty's The Human Brain, published by Sage, Thousand Oaks, CA.
Freberg, L. (2000). Instructor's manual for Stephen Klein's Biological Psychology, published by Prentice-Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ.
Wulff, D., Zechmeister, E., Zechmeister,
J., Freberg, L., and Huff, C. (1999). Teaching
Freberg, L. (1999). Taking Advantage of
the Internet with CourseLinks." The 1999 Syllabus
Freberg, L. (1999). How to Integrate Internet Resources in the Higher Education Classroom (and still have time for a life). Technology in Education International Conference & Exposition, Ontario, CA.
Freberg, L. (Ed., 1999). Stand! Introductory Psychology. Boulder, CO: CourseWise Publishers, Inc.
Freberg, L. (1999). Instructor’s manual and testbank to accompany Stand! Introductory Psychology. Boulder, CO: CourseWise Publishers, Inc.
Freberg, L. (Ed., 1998). Perspectives in Introductory Psychology. Boulder, CO: CourseWise Publishers, Inc.
Freberg, L. (1999). Instructor’s manual and testbank to accompany Perspectives in Introductory Psychology. Boulder, CO: CourseWise Publishers, Inc.
CourseLinks Editor for Introductory Psychology (1999-2000), Boulder, CO: CourseWise Publishers, Inc.
CourseLinks Editor for Lifespan Development (1999-2000). Boulder, CO: CourseWise Publishers, Inc.
Contributor to Ben Lahey's Psychology: An Introduction (6th Ed). Dubuque, IA: Wm. C. Brown & Benchmark, Publishers. (Biological Foundations of Behavior, Basic Principles of Learning, Memory, Cognition, Language, and Intelligence, Social Psychology, and Psychology Applied to Business and Other Professions)
Contributor to Ben Lahey's Psychology: An Introduction (5th Ed.). Dubuque, IA: Wm. C.Brown & Benchmark, Publishers. (Basic Principles of Learning, Memory, Cognition, Language, and Intelligence).
Ray, R.D., Podell, D., & Freberg, L. (1995). Multimedia CD-ROM Screening with Critical Discussion. Presentation to the annual meeting of the American Psychological Society in New York City, NY.
Freberg, L. (1994). Student Study Guide to Accompany J. Beatty’s Principles of Behavioral Neuroscience. Dubuque, IA: Wm. C. Brown & Benchmark, Publishers.
Freberg, L. (1994). Instructor’s Course Planner to Accompany J. Beatty’s Principles of Behavioral Neuroscience. Dubuque, IA: Wm. C. Brown & Benchmark, Publishers.
Freberg, L. (1994). Test Item File to Accompany J. Beatty’s Principles of Behavioral Neuroscience. Dubuque, IA: Wm. C. Brown & Benchmark, Publishers.
Here is some other fun stuff I did when I wasn't working on textbooks:
Freberg, L. (2000). Keynote presentation: The Neuroscience of Learning Disabilities. The 12th Annual Central Coast Learning Disabilities Conference, San Luis Obispo, CA.
Freberg, L. Automatic and strategic priming effects in adults with verbal learning disabilities. Presented at the I Congreso Regional de Psicologia para Profesionales en America, held in Mexico City from July 27-August 2, 1997.
Freberg, L., Floyd, B., and Marr, K. (1996). Faculty attitudes towards distance learning. Issues & Inquiry in College Learning and Teaching, 19(1), 9-17.
Freberg, L. Evidence for atypical semantic memory in adults with word-finding problem. Presented at the 26th International Congress of Psychology, held in Montreal, Canada in August 1996.
Freberg, L., Floyd, B., and Marr, K. (1995). Faculty attitudes towards distance learning. Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 6(2), 145-159.
Honors and Awards
Member, Phi Beta Kappa
Magna cum Laude, UCLA 1974
Regents Scholar, UCLA 1972-1974
Regents Fellow, UCLA 1974-1978
Department Honors at Graduation, UCLA 1974
Disabilities Resource Center Faculty Member of the Year, 1991 and 1994
Member, Disabilities Resource Center Advisory Board
Member, Cal Poly Human Participants IRB
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