Chris Kacir PhD


Chris Kacir is a professor of psychology at Shawnee State University.

Chris's areas of expertise are child and adolescent abnormal behavior, juvenile delinquency and the evolution of human behavior. His current research and writing focuses on evolutionary pressures on children and adolescents, and human mate selection. Dr. Kacir has been honored for his skill in the classroom, having been nominated twice for the college of arts and sciences teaching award; he earned the award in 2009.

Outside of the classroom, Chris is an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing, camping, hiking, mountain biking and running. He plays Ultimate Frisbee with the Ohio University Alumni Club Ultimate Team.


  • Ohio University

    Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Child and Family Specialization, 2002

    Athens, Ohio

  • Ohio University

    M.S. in Clinical Psychology, 1998

    Athens, Ohio

  • Ohio University

    B.A. in Psychology, 1995

    Athens, Ohio

Primary Courses

  • PSYC 2130 - Child and Adolescent Psychology
  • PSYC 3142 - Gender Psychology
  • PSYC 3144 - Juvenile Delinquency
  • PSYC 3160 - Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 4151 - Evolutionary Psychology
  • PSYC 4160 - Behavior Problems in Children
  • PSYC 4161 - Counseling Psychology
  • PSYC 4179 - Psychological Study of Contemporary Problems

Activities and Research

Select Service Activities

  • Chairperson, Department of Social Sciences, 2010 – present
  • Chairperson, Educational Policy and Curriculum Committee, 2007 – 2010
  • Chairperson, University Technology Advisory Committee, 2002 – 2007
  • Coordinator, Psychology Major, 2003 – 2010
  • Vice President, University Faculty Senate, 2007 – 2010
  • Shawnee Educational Association Executive Committee, 2006 – 2009


  • Kacir, C. D. & Gordon, D. A. (1999). Parenting Adolescents Wisely: The effectiveness of an interactive laserdisk parent training program in Appalachia. Child and Family Behavioral Therapy, 21 (4).
  • Segal, D., Chen, P. W., Gordon, D. A., Kacir, C. D., & Gylys, J. (2002). Development and evaluation of a parenting intervention program: Integration of scientific and practical approaches. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, 15(3), 453-467
  • Kacir, C. D. (2010). The evolutionary bases of substance abuse. Forum on Public Policy.View full article.


  • Gordon, D. A., Howell, C., Kacir, C. D., & Lagges, A. M. (1996). The Parenting Adolescents Wisely Interactive Video. Presentation at the Ohio Department of Youth Services Conference, Columbus, Ohio.
  • Gordon, D. A., Kacir, C. D., & Lagges, A. M. (1998). Effective parent education: The Parenting Wisely CD-ROM. Presentation at the Governor's Juvenile Crime Summit, Columbus, Ohio.
  • Kacir, C. D. (1998) Parenting Adolescents Wisely: Parent training in Appalachia. Presentation at the Midwestern Psychological Association's Annual Convention. Chicago, Illinois.
  • Kacir, C. D. (2004). Parent Training and Juvenile Recidivism. Presentation at the American Psychological Association's 112th Annual Convention. Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Kacir, C. D. (2005). Psychology Research at Small Colleges: Constructive Responses to Significant Obstacles. Presentation at the Ohio Psychological Association Science Committee Small College Psychology Roundtable. Columbus, OH
  • Kacir, C. D., Karlsdottir, M., & Welch, M. (2006). The Relationship Between Discrepancy-Strain, Masculinity Threats and Aggression. Presentation at the American Psychological Association's 114th Annual Convention. New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Kacir, C. D. (2009). Accidents, Homicide and Suicide: The Three Most Common Killers of Adolescents from an Evolutionary Perspective. Invited Presentation to the 20th Anniversary of the Oxford Roundtable. Oxford, UK.

Additional Information

  • College of Arts and Sciences Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2009
  • Ohio Academic Leadership Academy, 2007

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