Assistant Professor – Instructional

alison.baren@temple.eduphoto of Alison Baren
651 Weiss Hall
1701 North 13th St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122


Instructional Faculty, Pedagogy, Research Methods, Relationships, Social Psychology


Dr. Baren earned a Ph.D. in Psychology at The Graduate Center in New York City after receiving an M.A. from Queens College and B.A. from Binghamton University. Before joining Temple, Dr. Baren held teaching positions at Queens College, Brooklyn College, and Yeshiva University. Dr. Baren is a member of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology and specializes in teaching the science of psychology, social psychology, and courses focused on human relationships.

Selected Publications

  • Brumbaugh, C.C., & Baren, A. (2016). Luring hypothesis. In Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. New York, NY: Springer.
  • Brumbaugh, C. C., Baren, A., & Agishtein, P. (2014). Attraction to attachment insecurity: Flattery, appearance, and status’ role in mate preferences. Personal Relationships, 21, 288-308.

Selected Presentations: 

  • Baren, A. (2017, January). Teaching resourcefulness: Learning to find the answers in psychology class. Participant Idea Exchange, 39th Annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, St. Pete Beach, FL.
  • Baren, A. (2016, May). Engaging in the research process through experimental psychology group projects. Breaking Boundaries, CUNY Experiential Learning Symposium, New York, NY.

Courses Taught

  • Critical Thinking in Psychology
  • Human Sexuality
  • Statistics for Psychology