Timothy J. Servoss, PhD Assistant Professor
I was born and raised locally here in Amherst, NY. After high school I went to the University of Rochester where I majored in Psychology and minored in Japanese. Following graduation from college and promptly forgetting any Japanese I ever knew, I went down to the University of South Carolina for my Master’s degree in School Psychology. Lured by the promise of long winters and professional sports heartbreak, but perhaps more importantly, by family and friends, I returned to the Buffalo area to study Educational Psychology at the University at Buffalo.
The courses that I am most associated with here at Canisius are the required Basic Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences course as well as the Advanced Statistics Seminar that I developed. Realizing that quantitative, math-like courses are generally not the favorite for many Psychology majors, I try to break down the various types of statistical analyses we cover into simple step-by-step processes, provide lots of opportunities for success, maintain a fun and light atmosphere during class, and provide assistance to students who might require it outside of class. In addition to the statistics courses I have also taught both Introduction to Psychology courses which are a lot of fun, School Psychology, and I regularly teach Assessment in the Behavior Sciences. In the Assessment course, we talk about the methods that psychologists use to measure all sorts of human characteristics like intelligence, achievement, and personality. I will soon be developing a course on Motivation and Emotion.
As someone who is relatively well-versed in using statistics to help answer research questions, I have had the privilege of collaborating with a number of people from a number of different fields (i.e. Medicine, Medical Education, Epidemiology, Psychology, Communication, Political Science) on their research. However, some of my personal research interests lie in examining factors related to quality of life and school characteristics that contribute to students’ propensities to engage in various forms of misbehavior.
In my opinion, teaching young, bright, motivated college students here at Canisius is really the best job in the world. Not only do I have great colleagues but I enjoy working with and getting to know the wonderful students here. Outside of Canisius, I am a huge Sabres fan, enjoy playing golf and soccer, and greatly enjoy paying for a membership to a gym/health club that I like to pretend that I will actually go to some day. Moreover, I enjoy spending time with family and friends and am a huge music fan.