The Red & White
Dr. Richard RobbinsSaturday, March 12, 2011 By Billie Michael
After graduating in 1980, Dr. Richard Robbins went on to receive a Ph.D in Social Psychology from the University of Nevada in 1993 and has since been appointed to Director of Engineering Advising at Cornell University. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Academic Advising Association. His degree has landed him as a lecturer in Psychology at Ithaca College as well. Dr. Robbins also reviews manuscripts for the Journal of College Student Retention, and regularly acts as a professional critic for textbooks in psychology. His knowledge of student retention has flourished from his involvement with institution-wide committees on various topics including student retention, academic advising and outcome assessments. He is presently the Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Bucknell University. Dr. Robbins specializes in a number of areas of psychology, one of which is parapsychology; the study of the evidence for psychological phenomena, or the paranormal. His interest for this unusual area of study stemmed from his childhood here in Bloomsburg where he lived in a house across from the town cemetery. The house, which was the subject of a dark history, often had Dr. Robbins and his family witnessing unexplained occurrences, such as cupboards opening and closing on their own and seeing ghostly figures.