Vivian Hsu, Ph.D.

Vivian Hsu
Associate Teaching Professor, Psychological & Social Sciences
Office Phone
Office Location
Woodland, 213

    Teaching Philosophy/Research Interests

    My teaching philosophy involves incorporating effective strategies of relevancy so that students go from understanding the material to “living” it. To meet this experience, I am committed to encouraging students to engage in learning and build confidence in their abilities both in and out of the classroom environment. I am also passionate about collaboration and community involvement.
    My specific research interests include infant and child development with an emphasis on learning and memory, understanding early emotional learning and its links to cognitive development, comparative biopsychology/neuroscience and Autism and ABA therapy.

    Teaching Interests/Courses Taught

    PSYCH 100 Introduction to Psychology
    PSYCH 244 Introduction to the Psychology of Human Factors Engineering
    PSYCH 256 Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
    PSYCH 301W Basic Research Methods in Psychology
    PSYCH 452 Learning and Memory
    PSYCH 473 Behavior Modification
    HDFS 229 Child Development
    HDFS 239 Adolescence
    HDFS 429 Advanced Child Development
    PSU 1 First-Year Seminar

    Selected Involvement in Campus Organizations

    Abington Faculty Senate Chair-Elect (2021-2022)
    Instructional Advisory Board, OAER Working Group of the University Strategic Plan Transforming Education Steering Committee, Board Member
    Academic Environment Committee Co-Chair
    Academic Environment Committee, Proposal and Awards Subcommittee Chair
    Faculty Senator, Social Sciences
    Faculty Advisor, Psychology Club
    Faculty Advisor, Asian Student Association
    Abington Common Theme Co-Chair

    Grants, Awards, Honors

    2022 Affordable Course Content Faculty Fellowship (PSYCH 244), Abington College
    2020, Faculty Grant (2 separate awards, HDFS 429 and PSYCH 473), Academic Environment Committee, Abington Faculty Senate
    2020, Teaching Enhancement Microgrant, Institutional Effectiveness & Faculty Development, Abington College
    2020, Microgrant for General Education (Common Theme Guest Speaker), Office of General Education, Penn State University
    2019, Affordable Course Content Faculty Fellowship (PSYCH 100), Abington College
    2019, Microgrant for General Education (PSYCH 100 course development), Office of General Education, Penn State University

    Professional Affiliations

    American Psychological Association
    Christian Association of Psychological Studies
    International Society for Developmental Psychobiology
    International Society of Infant Studies
    Sigma Xi, Scientific Research Society
    Society for Research in Child Development


    Rovee-Collier, C., Mitchell. K., & Hsu-Yang, V. (2013). Effortlessly strengthening infant memory: Associative potentiation of new learning. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology of Psychology. [Special issue, Recent advances in early memory development: Input from typical and atypical children]. M. Heimann, J. Herbert, & T. Tjus, Eds.], 54, 4-9.

    Hsu, V.C. (2010). Time windows in retention over the first year-and-a-half of life: Spacing effects. Developmental Psychobiology. doi: 10.1002/dev. 20472

    Hsu, V.C. & Rovee-Collier, C. (2009). The time window construct in early memory development. In F. Columbo (Ed.), New Directions in Developmental Psychobiology, pp.1-22, New York: Nova Science Publishers.

    Hsu, V.C. & Rovee-Collier, C. (2006). Memory reactivation in the second year of life. Infant Behavior and Development, 29, 91-107.

    Hsu, V. C., Rovee-Collier, C., Hill, D., Grodkiewicz, J., & Joh, A. (2005). Effects of priming duration on retention over the first year-and-a-half of life. Developmental Psychobiology, 47, 43-54.


    PhD, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Psychology - Behavioral Neuroscience, 2007
    M.S. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Psychology - Behavioral Neuroscience, 2004
    B.S. Northeastern University, Psychology, 2001


    Foundations for Online Teaching Certificate, Penn State University World Campus
    Got Your Back Live Webinar Facilitator Certification, PREP, Inc.
    QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Certification, Penn State University