Joined the faculty in 2011
B.A. Psychology, Weber State University, 2003
B.A. Spanish, Weber State University, 2003
M.S.(R) Psychology, Saint Louis University, 2006
Ph.D., Psychology, Saint Louis University, 2009
Current scholarly interests:
I study the cultural influences on adolescent and emerging adulthood social development (specifically, development of group identity and attitudes, prejudice, religious development, sexual behaviors and attitudes, and parental acceptance/rejection). I'm also interested in research on the teaching of psychology and on advocating for and supporting early career professionals. As a cross-cultural psychologist, a lot of my research focuses on Latin America, and in particular on Guatemala.
Previous teaching experience:
Saint Louis University, 2006-2009
University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2009-2011
Courses Routinely Taught:
PSY 100 (Introduction to Psychology)
PSY 245 (Introduction to Cross-Cultural Psychology)
PSY 346 (Topics in Cross-Cultural Psychology)
PSY 347 (Research in Cross-Cultural Psychology)
Recent Publications and Presentations:
(*indicates an HWS student author)
Towery, Y.C., Geddy, L., Ashdown, B. K., Feder, H., & Lower, T. (2012). Prelude to a coitus: Sexual initiation cues among heterosexual married couples. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 24, 322-334. doi: 10.1080/14681994.2012.734604
Ashdown, B. K. & Brown, C. M. (2013). Casting a wider net: Networking in the broader field. In J. Keely, S. Afful, J. Stieler-Balfour, J. Good, & S. Leder (Eds.), So you landed a job – What’s next? Advice for Early Career Psychologists from Early Career Psychologists (Ch. 8). Retrievable from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology website.
Gómez, R. & Ashdown, B. K. (2013, July). EMDR como un tratamiento efectivo para el trauma: Un ejemplo de Guatemala [EMDR as an effective treatment for trauma: A Guatemalan example]. Paper presented at the biannual Interamerican Congress of Psychology, Brasilia, Brazil.
Gibbons, J.L., Ashdown, B. K., & de Baessa, Y. (2013, March). Interculturality among ethnic groups in Guatemala. Paper presented at the conference for Intercultural Studies: Discipline of the Future, St. Louis, MO.
Ashdown, B. K., Gibbons, J. L., de Baessa, Y., & Brown, C. M. (2013, February). The importance of utilizing mixed methods: An example from Guatemala. Paper presented at the annual conference for the Society for Cross-Cultural Research, Mobile, AL.
*Hadley, R., Ashdown, B. K., & *Campbell, B. (2013, February). Perceptions of intersecting group identities: Gender and ethnicity among college-aged women. Paper presented at the annual conference for the Society for Cross-Cultural Research, Mobile, AL.
*Kuhn, J., Ashdown, B. K., Gomez, R., & *Amico, T. (2013, February). EMDR as a successful therapeutic intervention for Guatemalans experiencing symptoms of trauma. Paper presented at the annual conference for the Society for Cross-Cultural Research, Mobile, AL.
Gibbons, J. L., Garcia Egan, P., Batz, R., Pauley, D., & Ashdown, B. K. (2013, February). Obedient and respectful: A “good child” from the perspective of low-income Guatemalan mothers. Paper presented at the annual conference for the Society for Cross-Cultural Research, Mobile, AL.
Ashdown, B. K. & Gibbons, J. L. (2012). Faith development andcollectivism among emerging adults in Guatemala and the United States. Advances in Psychology Study, 1, 22-28
Ashdown, B. K., Hackathorn, J., & Clark, E. M. (2011). In and out of the bedroom: Sexual satisfaction in the marital relationship. Journal of Integrated Social Sciences, 2, 40-57.
Ashdown, B. K., Gibbons, J. L., Hackathorn, J., & Harvey, R. D. (2011) The influence of social and individual variables on ethnic attitudes in Guatemala. Psychology, 2, 78-84. doi:10.4236/psych.2011.22013
Member, Early Career Psychologists committee of Division 52 (International Psychology), American Psychological Association (2013-current)
Psychology Representative on the Executive Committee, Society for Cross Cultural Research (2012 – 2015)