J. Dale Alden, III, Ph.D., HSPP
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Phone: (615) 966-5823
Office: Ward 163
I have always enjoyed my opportunities to teach while a graduate student, and have been a Bible school teacher in several congregations over the years. After doing some adjunct work at
I endeavor to have my students understand simple logic and critical thinking, and apply these principles to the study and evaluation of topics within the science of Psychology. The first two to three classes of any of the didactic courses that I teach are spent teaching simple logical analysis and critical thinking skills. After these skills are intact, the remaining classes are dedicated to learning the information already garnered within the science itself. I try to use the most up to date textbooks available for each subject, and provide more recent information as it becomes available. I encourage students to carefully use various computer information systems as well as more traditional methods to find new information.
I feel that Psychology as a science studied and practiced by Christians in direct service to mankind should not be handled in a strictly speculative or simply prospective manner. It behooves Christians to handle information that has such a significant impact on others' lives as equally carefully and reasonably as we are expected to handle the Word of God. Finally, it is no surprise to me that as Psychology is becoming more scientific, it is "catching up" with what we know of human nature, belief and behavior through scripture.
I am married, have two children in the
Introduction to Clinical Psychology
Theories of Personality, Behavior, and Learning
Psychological Tests and Measurement
Intro to Psychopathology and Adapative Behavior (graduate course)
American Psychological Association (Div. 12: Clinical, Div. 40: Neuropsychology)
Sigma Xi, Scientific Research Society
My current research interests include measurement of lateralized cortical activation using the Stroop paradigm, neuropsychological evaluation of depression and dementia in the elderly, medical treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease and other causes of dementia, aging of the human cerebral cortex, environmental and contextual treatment of psychopathology and neurospsychological factors of pain experience and medical prevention of de-afferentation pain. I have been Study Coordinator and Co-Investigator on several experimental medical compounds and procedures including the use of labazemide, tacrine, sertraline and fluoxetine in elderly patients, and have worked with pharmaceutical companies on the development of new compounds for treatment of depression and dementia (Hoffman-LaRoche, Parke-Davis, Pfizer, Hoechst-Roussel, Du Pont Merck)
Alden, J. D., Crews, W. D. & Harrison, D.W. (1991). Cerebral asymmetry in dementia: Effect of context on hemi-attention. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 72, 802.
Alden, J. D.,
Harrison, D. W., Lanter, J. J., Alden, J. D. & Zicafoose, B. F. (1990). Sensory modification of nonpropositional speech: Excessive emotional vocalization disorder with dementia. Neuropsychology, 4, 215-221.
Hagopian, L. P., Harrison, D. W. & Alden, J. D. (1989). Reading disabilities with and without attentional deficits: A comparison of laterality and hemi-inattention. The Clinical Neuropsychologist.
Harrison, D. W. & Alden, J. D. (1989). Concurrent verbal interference of right and left proximal and distal upper extremity tapping. The Clinical Neuropsychologist.
Alden, J. D. & Harrison, D. W. (1993). An initial investigation of bright light and depression: A Neuropsychological perspective. Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society.