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Marlin Killen

Marlin Killen, PhD

Teaching Professor
Faculty Coordinator of Online Education in Psychology
Faculty Fellow
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Office: Stratton 203
Phone: 215.895.1068

Research Interests:

  • Immigrant Psychology
  • Authentic Assessment and Pedagogy
  • Behavioral Impacts of Educational and Institutional Policies
  • Mental Health Issues in the Workplace
  • Psychology of Hope


Marlin Killen, PhD, is a teaching professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. She brings with her a broad range of professional experience in the field. Following early work as a school psychologist for the Multnomah Education Service District in Oregon, she worked in private practice with children and families, worked with terminally ill patients and their families, and worked with patients who had sustained work-related psychosocial impairments. Her later work in the area of industrial psychology focused on human resources and executive development. Working both within corporations and externally as a consultant, Killen’s work concentrated on employee selection and professional development programs with an emphasis on employee training and development, executive and leadership development, succession-planning and strategic planning for human resources.

How We Make a Difference - Education and Research:

Killen joined the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Drexel University as a teaching faculty member in 2006. She brings a dynamic and innovative teaching style that emphasizes a strong foundation in professional, evidence-based content combined with applied methodologies and field experiences. Her research in the areas of authentic pedagogy and authentic assessment methods provide a framework for highly engaged student interactions that promote learning and meaningful connections to course materials and the field. She has been recognized for outstanding teaching and has received several awards including the Walter J. High Jr. Award for Outstanding Instructor of the Year, the Samuel Mercer Jr. Award for Excellence in Teaching, and Outstanding Online Instructor Award.

In addition to teaching many required and elective courses in the undergraduate program, Killen’s commitment to excellence in psychology education is reflected in her service role as Faculty Coordinator of Online Education in Psychology within the department. Within that role, she provides support for technology-enhanced teaching, provides online faculty and student support, and promotes the department’s online degree completion program.