Dorothy R. Charbonnier, PhD is an assistant teaching professor in the Department of Psychology at Drexel University. After completing her doctoral degree in 1995, she was appointed visiting lecturer/researcher at the Universitaet of Konstanz in Germany. Upon returning to the United States, Charbonnier was awarded a NIH postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry, Neuropsychiatry Division University of Pennsylvania Health System (1997-2000). She has most recently lectured at UArts 2005-2012 and UPenn 2007-2012. She also served on the faculty editorial board of 3808, a journal of critical writing, volume 6 (UPenn).
Charbonnier’s earlier research focus included recovery of function after brain injury (Clark University), assessing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease in first degree relatives using electrophysiological and neuropsychological measures (SUNY Stony Brook), cortical reorganization in arm amputees (Konstanz, Germany) and early sensory processing deficits in schizophrenia, in particular visual processing and the idea of sensory gaiting (University of Pennsylvania).
She has taught throughout her career. These experiences have given her a better understanding of diverse student populations and their needs as individual learners. Charbonnier’s familiarity with top level research allows her to contextualize these ideas for her students making them more accessible in the classroom.
At present, Charbonnier’s interests center on the nature of the creative process and writing. She is a current member of the Association for Psychological Sciences and has traveled to South Africa with a delegation of psychologists to exchange ideas on international education, research methodology, AIDS and Alzheimer’s disease.