"There's a big difference between what you think is cool and what you think others think is cool..."
Associate Professor of Psychology J. P. Gerber, a graduate of the University of Sydney and Macquarie University, came to Gordon College in 2010. His mentors include well-known figures in social psychology (Ladd Wheeler), psychometrics (Lazar Stankov), and measurement theory (Joel Michell) and he traces his intellectual lineage back to Leon Festinger, Raymond Cattell, and John Maze.
At Gordon he teaches social psychology, personality, psychometrics, research methods and statistics, psychology of music, and introductory psychology.
PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS
Dr Gerber is fascinated by the ways that personality and social situations shape people’s perceptions of the world. He also conducts meta-analyses of social psychological phenomena, such as rejection and social comparison. He speaks regularly at regional, national, and international conferences.
(Photo: JP and Alison Gerber)
Other work includes multi-country collaborations on nostalgia, popular writing for the Salem News, and various chapters dealing with rejection.
Dr. Gerber maintains an active interest in the intersection of faith and art.
For example, a recent paper of his discussed Sufjan Steven's album Illinoise and how to listen to it in an appropriate, minimalistic way. Gerber also serves as the faculty advisor for the College's radio station, Scot Radio. He has helped secure two equipment grants for the station, and has presented a show called The Hidden Tradition, which "explores pop music made by Christians in the 20th century, and looks at how that can inspire us as Christians and also inform as about the nature of redemptive creativity."
Dr. Gerber works closely mentoring and collaborating with students on research. Thus far, his work with these students has led to one paper, and numerous conference and poster presentations. Students interested in working with Dr Gerber on research should send him an email.