Department of Psychology

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Colin Harbke, Ph.D.

106 Waggoner Hall
Work: 309-298-1593
Fax: 309-298-2179

Additional Information


Dr. Harbke earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Alaska Anchorage and his masters and doctorate in Experimental Psychology at Washington State University. His first major research experience was working on an NIH-funded randomized clinical trial of needle exchange in Anchorage, Alaska.

Teaching Areas:

Dr. Harbke specializes in research methods and quantitative analysis and greatly enjoys teaching classes in these areas. He teaches Research in Psychology I: Statistical Methods and Design (Psy 223), Research Methods in Psychology II: Research Methodology (Psy 323), Techniques in Research and Program Evaluation (Psy 500), Advanced Psychological Statistics (Psy 501), Research Methods in Applied Settings (Psy 502), Current Research in Psychology Seminar (CRIPS; Psy 550), and  Structural Equation Modeling for the Behavioral Sciences (Psy 551). Dr. Harbke also enjoys teaching content-based courses, such as Introduction to Psychology (Psy 100) and Perception (Psy 344), whenever possible.

Research Interests:

Dr. Harbke’s broad research interests and background includes a variety of different subjects in psychology, education, substance use, public health, and medicine. Some of the current projects he is working on include how students understand or appreciate “core” values in science (e.g., tentativeness) and how perceptions of other people’s drinking behavior impacts one’s own drinking and drinking-related consequences. Dr. Harbke especially enjoys working with students who are interested in completing their own research project and helps as much as possible to turn the students’ research ideas or questions into testable hypotheses and research projects.

Recent Scholarly Activities:

Lindemann, D. F., & Harbke, C. R. (2011). Use of contract grading to improve grades among college freshmen in introductory psychology. Sage Open, DOI: 10.1177/2158244011434103.

Johnson, M. E., Reynolds, G., Fisher, D. G., & Harbke, C. R. (2011). Vocational interests and needs of unemployed, low-education adults with severe substance abuse problems in Anchorage, Alaska. International Journal of Adult Vocational Education and Technology, 2(2), 1-10.

Hillard, E. E., Harbke, C. R., & Lane, D. J. (2011, May). Motivations behind a successful intervention: Drinking motives moderate the benefits of injunctive norm feedback. Poster presented at the 83rd annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago.

Omura, M., Harbke, C. R., Wright, B. M., Haggard, D. R., DeVries, J. R., & Nelson, J. K., (2011, May). Auditory event related potentials capture the cocktail party effect. Poster presented at the 83rd annual meeting of the Midewestern Psychological Association, Chicago.