Dr. Kezia Shirkey
Assistant Professor of Psychology
At North Park since: 2012
As an undergraduate, Dr. Kezia Shirkey changed her academic focus from medicine to psychology after a meaningful experience of volunteering at a children’s hospital developed her interest in the social and psychological impact of illness and how children and families cope. Her double major in religion and work with a pediatric psychologist led to research and teaching interests in health psychology, religion, and spirituality.
Now as a faculty member in the psychology department, she places a high value on the undergraduate learning experience. “I was privileged to have professors who interacted with me personally and were invested in my learning,” she says. “I desire to give back in the same way to my students by helping to inspire passion about learning, serving others, and understanding more about human behavior and thought.” Her teaching interests include abnormal psychology, behavioral neuroscience, counseling psychology, health and stress, health psychology, and introduction to psychology.
Dr. Shirkey was drawn to teach at North Park because of its small size, community engagement, access to Chicago, interest in issues of justice, and the integration of faith. She is active in the Psychology Club and looks forward to engaging in research that will include the participation of interested and motivated psychology majors.
- PhD, Clinical Psychology, Vanderbilt University
- MS, Psychology, Vanderbilt University
- AB, Psychology and Religion, University of Michigan
- K.C. Shirkey, C.A. Smith, L.S. Walker. "Dispositional Versus Episode-Specific Assessment of Children’s Coping with Pain," Journal of Pediatric Psychology vol 36, #1 (January 2011): 74-83.