Associate Professor of Psychology & Director of the Honors Program
Ph.D., Psychology, University of Georgia
M.S., Psychology, University of Georgia
B.A., Psychology, University of Georgia
Campus Phone: Ext. 5284
Came to Tusculum: 2006
Dr. Tom Harlow, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Honors Program, earned an M.S. in Psychology (1989) and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology (1993) from the University of Georgia, specializing in social cognition. He has taught at a variety of colleges and universities ranging in places as far north as New York (SUNY Potsdam), as far south as Florida (University of North Florida and Brevard Community College), and as far west as Missouri (Missouri Valley College), before eventually coming to Tusculum College in 2006.
Since graduate school Dr. Harlow has remained interested in the interaction between affect and cognition and has collaborated with students and fellow Tusculum faculty colleagues on projects presented at the Southeastern Psychological Association convention. Some of his current research interests include: the relation between Mindfulness and Stress on Well-Being; the influence of mood states on judgments; and whether Self-Compassion and Forgiveness can attenuate Cognitive Dissonance.
Outside the realm of Psychology, Dr. Harlow is active both on and off campus. He has served as Chair of Programs and Policies Committee, on the Admissions and Standards Committee, the Community Standards Committee, and is currently serving on the Faculty Affairs Committee. He has served on the Cinema at Tusculum (film series) committee since its inception and serves as advisor to the Pioneer Anime Club. Off campus, Dr. Harlow is an avid bamboo hobbyist. He is interested in the diverse cultural, botanical, and physical properties of this plant and is the Vice President of the American Bamboo Society.
According to Dr. Tom Harlow, Director of the Honors Program and Associate Professor of Psychology, participants in the Honors Program focus on more than rigorous academics.
“Members of the Honors Program are expected to become leaders in their community, raising the level of intellectual debate and civic engagement,” he said.
The students were recognized in front of fellow Honors Program students, faculty, family and friends at a dinner held on the Greeneville campus on April 1. They were presented with their graduation sashes and congratulated by their mentoring professors in their major.
The Tusculum College Honors Program currently has 20 student members. For more information on the program, contact Harlow at 423-636-7300.