Professor Christina Scott is an associate professor in the psychology department at Whittier College and joined the psychology faculty in 2010. She earned her B.S. at Occidental College in 1996 as a double major in psychology and theater and has continued her interdisciplinary love of learning ever since. Scott attended Kansas State University for graduate school and received her M.S. in 1998 and her Ph.D. in 2000. Developing her teaching practice through her appointments with several colleges and universities across the nation including Pepperdine University, Loyola University of Chicago, Chico State, Tennessee State University and St. Mary’s College of California, has allowed her to bring the very best of her dynamic teaching style to Whittier College.
Scott’s program of research focuses primarily on women’s sexual arousal and behavior. Each year she interviews and selects 3-4 undergraduate students to serve as research assistants for the academic year. Starting with “Research Boot Camp” in the summer, students are involved in all aspects of academic research from the very earliest planning sessions and IRB submission, to data collection and analysis. Each year her students strive to present the current research project at a regional or national psychological conference marking the completion of full year of intensive research experience. Scott has published in a wide range of books and journals and she continues to speak nationally and internationally about her research.
Beyond the Whittier College community, Scott is passionate about sex education and volunteers to speak with local high schools and LGBTQ youth groups about healthy relationships and safe sexual practices.