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Westminster College Psychology Professor to Present Henderson Lecture Oct. 2

Posted on Tuesday, September 17, 2013

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Kirk Lunnen, Westminster College associate professor of psychology, will present the 2013-2014 Henderson Lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2 in the Witherspoon Maple Room of the McKelvey Campus Center.  The event is free and open to the public.

Lunnen will present "No Pain, No Gain: Pain Tolerance as Predictor of Athletic Success." He will discuss his research on the effects of pain on athletic performance, including the relationship between pain sensitivity, injury anxiety, and athletic performance; sensitivity and anxiety predictors of performance; and ischemic pain as a predictor of performance. He will also discuss current research addressing whether the relationship between pain tolerance and performance is also evident for professional athletes, and whether hormones play a role in the relationship between pain and performance.

Lunnen, who joined the Westminster faculty in 2002, earned an undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University and master's and Ph.D. from Ohio University. He teaches Introduction to Psychology, Behavior Modification, Psychological Assessment, Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Psychology, and Applied Psychology Research Seminars I and II. He has published numerous articles in such publications as the Journal of Child and Family Studies, Clinical Psychology Review, the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, and the Journal of Mental Health.

Lunnen, who is a licensed clinical psychologist, has written manuals for the Ohio Department of Mental Health, the American Professional Credentialing Services, and Human Affairs International. Lunnen is also a lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force Reserves and has held clinical and consulting positions at Fairchild Air Force Base in Washington and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.

The Henderson Lecture was founded by the late Dr. Joseph R. Henderson and his wife, Elizabeth, to encourage and recognize original and continuing research and scholarship among Westminster College faculty, and to afford the opportunity for faculty to share their learning with the academic community.  Dr. Henderson was a professor of education emeritus at Westminster, having served as chair of the Department of Education and as director of the Graduate Program.

Each year, Westminster faculty members may nominate themselves or others to receive the lectureship, which includes a stipend to support a specific research project.  A faculty committee chooses the winner.

Contact Lunnen at (724) 946-7203 or email for more information.


Dr. Kirk Lunnen, associate professor of psychology