Joseph Horton

Professor of Psychology
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Contact Information
Phone: 724-458-2004

Joseph Horton


  • Ph.D., M.S., Pennsylvania State University
  • B.S., Kutztown University

Selected Works

  • Horton, J. J., Seybold, K. S., & Welton, G. L. (2008). Social organizations as a path to self-control: Does religious participation promote character development? (White Paper). Retrieved from the Center for Vision and Values at Grove City College website:
  • Horton, J. J. (2007). Honestly considering abstinence education. (White Paper). Retrieved from the Center for Vision and Values at Grove City College website:
  • Thomas, H, & Horton, J. J. (1997). Competency criteria and the class inclusion task: Modeling judgments and justifications. Developmental Psychology, 33, 1060-1073.
  • Dr. Horton is a frequent contributor for the Center for Vision and Values. His columns may be read here:
  • Dr. Horton has mentored many student research projects including:
  • Croft, B. N. , DeMers, M., Haas, K., Terrana, K., & Horton, J. J. (2010). Children’s attention to rules in sorting cards. Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research, 15, 8-12.
  • Benedetti, A. A., Dawson, C. L., Staranko, S. L. Swanson, E. A., & Horton, J. J. (2009). The effect of display rules on the illusion of transparency in children. Modern Psychological Studies, 15, 22-30.
  • Stites, E. L., Kennison, S. M., & Horton, J. J. (2004). Are boys really better at math: The influence of gender stereotyped scenarios on word problem performance. Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research, 9, 119-125.

Academic Interests

  • Positive youth development
  • Marriage education

Courses Taught

  • PSYC 101 Foundations of Psychological Science
  • PSYC 209 Child Development
  • PSYC 322 Marriage and Family Assessment and Intervention
  • PSYC 404 Advanced Research Methods

Other Interests

  • Dr. Horton is active in the pro-life movement. He served for seven years on the board of Pregnancy Services of Western Pennsylvania.
  • One of Dr. Horton’s passions is spreading the word about the importance of good marital and premarital education. He is certified in the Prepare/Enrich program.
  • In his spare time, Dr. Horton enjoys watching football with his wife and daughter who also enjoy football.

Read Dr. Horton's posts with The Institute for Faith & Freedom.


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