Cindy J. Lahar, PhDCindy J. Lahar, Ph.D.

Chair of Social Science                                                                                      Professor and Program Coordinator for Psychology
Department of Social Sciences
Library 262
Bluffton campus

Cindy J. Lahar, PhD, joined the USCB faculty in the fall of 2016 as a Professor and Program Coordinator for Psychology and serves as Chair of Social Sciences.  Since receiving her PhD in psychology from Brandeis University she has taught at universities in the U.S.A., Canada, Japan and Cambodia.  Cindy was named a Carnegie Scholar by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2004, and continues to explore her interest in best practices for teaching in online, hybrid and traditional classes.  She has received two Fulbright Scholar awards to do research and teach in Cambodia (2004 and 2006) and continues to work with the only psychology department in Cambodia at the Royal University of Phnom Penh.  Recently she has also taught at Vietnam National University in Hanoi in their first PhD program in Clinical Psychology.  At USCB Cindy teaches a variety of psychology courses, and especially enjoys teaching Introduction to Psychology, Positive Psychology, Biological Psychology and Psychology of Aging while investigating new ways to motivate her students for classroom success.

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Seponski, D.M., Lahar, C.J., Khann, S., Kao, S., & Schunert, T. (2019). Four decades following the Khmer Rouge: Sociodemographic factors impacting depression, anxiety, and PTSD in Cambodia.  Journal of Mental Health, 28 (2), 175-180. DOI: 10.1080/09638237.2018.1466039.

Armes, S.E., Somo, C. M., Khann, S., Seponski, D.M., Lahar, C.J., Kao, S., & Schunert, T. (2018). Mental health indicators of suicide in Cambodian women. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, 30(1),7-18.

Lahar, C.J. (2009). Developing global connections:  Connecting students in cross-cultural on-line teaching activities.  In R.A.R. Gurung & L.R. Prieto (Eds.), Getting Culture: Incorporating diversity across the curriculum (pp. 241-258).  Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

Fallon, D. Lahar, C.J. & Susman, D.  (2009). Taking the high road to transfer: Building bridges between English and Psychology. Teaching English in the Community College, 37(1), 41-55.

Lahar, C.J., Tun, P.A. & Wingfield, A. (2004).  Sentence-final word completion norms for young, middle-aged and older adults. Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 59(1), P7-P10.

Lahar, C.J., McArthur, A.D. & Isaak, M.I. (2001). Age differences in magnitude of the attentional blink. Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition, 8(2), 149-159.