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Todd Knealing

Professor of Psychology; Department Chair; Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs

Department: Department of Psychology
Phone: 712-279-5470
Office Location: Heelan Hall 375


  • Ph.D., West Virginia University, 2002;
  • M.S., St. Cloud State University, 1998;
  • B.A., University of Minnesota at Morris, 1995
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship: Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit, Johns Hopkins University, 2003-2006


Dr. Knealing has taught courses at Briar Cliff since 2006, on the subjects of introductory psychology, experimental psychology, learning and memory, psychopharmacology, drugs and society, history and systems and global society. He served as director of the Center for Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT), chaired the school of undergraduate studies, and participated as a member of the strategic leadership team at Briar Cliff. In the Summer of 2016, Dr. Knealing was announced as the University's interim Vice President for Academic Affairs. 

Dr. Knealing's primary research interests are in the areas of behavioral pharmacology and behavior analysis. Much of his published research has focused on drug abusing populations. He has experience in assessing effectiveness of treatment programs, analyzing program costs, assessing risky sexual behavior, designing quasi-experimental and experimental research and in conducting statistical analyses.

Dr. Knealing has published in numerous journals, including Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, and Substance Use and Misuse.

Outside of school, he really enjoys science fiction and horror movies, and admits he has built up a decent-sized collection.