Assistant Professor of Practice Psychology

Chelsea Witt

Assistant Professor of Practice


Burnett Hall 226




Courses Currently Teaching

  • Psych 181: Introduction to Psychology (enrollment: 200)
  • Psych 189H: Psychology of Good and Evil (enrollment: 25)
  • Psych 288 WHT: Psychology of Social Behavior (enrollment: 20)
  • Psych 380: Abnormal Psychology (enrollment: 170)


Courses Taught Previously (from Fall 2015- Spring 2019)

  • Introduction to Social Psychology (4 sections; enrollment: 20-40)
  • Behavioral Science Statistics (2 sections; enrollment: 15)
  • Introduction to Research Methods and Statistics (2 sections of lecture and lab; enrollment: 30)
  • Advanced Research Methods and Statistics (3 lab sections; enrollment: 15-25)


Teaching Awards and Training

  • Napoli Teaching Award (April 2018): Chosen as the outstanding graduate teacher in Saint Louis University’s psychology program based on assignments, teaching philosophy, and evaluations
  • Faculty Excellence Award (April 2017): Recognized as one of the top 10 professors at Saint Louis University in dedication and excellence of teaching inside and outside of the classroom
  • Certificate in University Teaching Skills (Fall 2014-Spring 2019): Obtained a certificate in teaching attesting to my participation in multiple workshops and classes to learn and discuss innovative and evidence-based pedagogical techniques 


Research Interests

My primary research interests concern the scholarship of teaching and learning.  Specifically, I have studied factors related to student engagement and critical thinking (e.g. types of assignments given, hours worked outside school, etc.).  I am also interested in determining protective factors that may increase the success and retention of college students from disadvantaged backgrounds.  Lastly, I have conducted research on social justice issues, specifically issues surrounding prejudice and prosocial behavior.


Ph.D.              Saint Louis University                                          May 2019
Experimental-Social Psychology 
Quantitative Methods- secondary concentration                        

Dissertation: Beyond the innocence of youth: Compassion collapse for children, adults, and convicted felons

M.S.                Saint Louis University                                          May 2016
Experimental-Social Psychology                              

 Thesis: Understanding divisions: Effects of manipulated socioeconomic status and zero-sum beliefs on racial prejudice

B.S.                 University of Nebraska at Kearney                      May 2014
Psychology with a minor in English, summa cum laude