Dr. Kirk Lunnen Earns 2013-2014 Henderson Lectureship Award

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Kirk Lunnen, Westminster College associate professor of psychology, has earned the 2013-2014 Henderson Lectureship Award.

Lunnen will present "No Pain, No Gain: Pain Tolerance as a 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.

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.

The 2013-2014 lecture is scheduled for October 2 at 7 p.m. in McKelvey Campus Center's Witherspoon Maple Room.

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

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 377 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.


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Dr. Kirk Lunnen, associate professor of psychology