Linda Behrendt

Linda Behrendt

Linda Behrendt, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Applied Health Sciences 
Director, Leadership ISU
Arena - B73
Phone: 812.237.2171
Email: Linda.Behrendt@indstate.edu


Ph.D.:  Michigan State University; Family and Child Ecology, Family Studies
Dissertation: The Intersection of Religion and Parental Influences in Shaping Female Identity
Non-degree hours:  University of Nebraska, Lincoln
                            California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego, CA;
M.S.       San Diego State University, San Diego, CA; Marriage and Family Therapy

B.A.        Concordia University, River Forest, IL; Education


2003-present Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN:
Assistant Professor (2003-11)
Associate Professor (2011),
Coordinator of Human Development/Family Studies major in the Department of Applied Health Sciences;
Director of Leadership ISU—2012-present.
1993-2003 Concordia University, Ann Arbor, MI:
Assistant Professor of Psychology-
classroom instruction in psychology (1993-1998);
classroom instruction in family life education,
development and supervision of field work,
Director of Family Life Program (1999-2003);
Associate Professor of Family Life-2002
1990-1993 Concordia College, Seward, NE:
Instructor in Education(1990-91),
Assistant Professor of Education (1991-93)
-classroom instruction (1990- 1993),
student teacher supervision (1991-1993),
DCE intern supervision (1992-1996),
Assistant Director-Counseling/Career Office (1990-1992)
1988-1990 St. Paul's Lutheran School, San Diego, CA
junior high teacher
1987-1988 Christ Lutheran School, Little Rock, AR
kindergarten teacher
1984-1987 Christ Lutheran School, La Mesa, CA
fourth grade teacher
1982-1984 St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Orange, CA
Youth and children's educational agencies
1979-1982 Faith Lutheran Church, Vista, CA-
outh, parish education,
director of elementary school 

Undergraduate courses taught

Abnormal Psychology
Adolescent Psychology/Development
Child Psychology/Development
City As Text: New York & Washington D.C
Contemporary/Historic Perspectives of Family and Consumer Sciences
Educational Tests and Measurements
Family Dynamics/Resource Management
Families in Crisis
Family Life Education Methodology
Family Relationships
Freshmen Seminar
Human Development and Family Studies Internship
Human Development and Family Studies Practicum
Introduction to Counseling
Introduction to Education
Introduction to Psychology
Lifespan Development and Nutrition
Parent Education and Guidance
Personal Health Science and Wellness  
Psychology of Women

Research interests

Family life education, parent education, teaching in higher education, child and adolescent development, gender and family, the role of family in faith development


Behrendt, L. S. (In review). The role of practicum in undergraduate family life education. In T. Newman (Ed.), Field-Based Learning in Family Life Education: Facilitating High-Impact Experiences in Undergraduate Family Science Programs.
Terrel, J. A. C., Behrendt, L. S., Melancon, J., Hutchins, M. (Spring 2011). Never the same: The real impact of environmental factors. Indiana AHPERD Journal.
Bennett, K. K., Behrendt, L. S, & Boothby, J. L. (2011). Instructor perceptions of academic dishonesty: Are we finding common ground? Teaching of Psychology, 38(1), 29-35.
Behrendt, L., Bennett, K., & Boothby, J. (2010). Encouraging faculty reporting of plagiarism: Implications for administrators. Journal of Faculty Development, 24(3), 15-20.
Behrendt, L. S. & Weber, P. C. (2007).  Parenting Assessment Tool.  U.S. copyright Fall 2007.
Behrendt, L.S. (2009). It takes a village: Assets for parent education. Family Science Review, 14(2), 46-60.
Book Review: Rethinking Childhood by Peter B. Pufall & Richard P. Unsworth (Eds.),2004. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press. In CFLE Network, Fall 2005, Vol. 17 (3), Minneapolis, MN: National Council On Family Relations.
Book Review: Lost and Found: Adolescence, Parenting, and the Formation of Faith by Amanda Millay Hughes, 2002. Cowley Publications, Cambridge, MA. In CFLE Network, Spring 2004, Vol. 16 (2), Minneapolis, MN: National Council on Family Relations.
Behrendt, L.S. (2003). Parent-Daughter Relationship and the Expression of Faith. In CFLE Report. Minneapolis, MN: National Council on Family Relations.


Parent Education:
15th Annual Conference on Parent Education, Denton, TX: University-Community Partners Assessing Parenting Knowledge with Court Referred Clients; February 2007
National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Phoenix: It Takes a Village: Asset Development as a Foundation for Parent Education; November 2005
National Conference on Parent Education, University of North Texas: Asset Development as a Foundation for Parent Education; February, 2005
Textbook Review: Children by Robert Kail and Brad Caskey, 2004. Prentice Hall Higher Education Group, Upper Saddle River, NJ; modules 1-14.
National Conference on Parent Education, University of North Texas: Religion and Parental Influences in Shaping Female Identity; February, 2003
Family Studies:
National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference: The Intersection of Religion and Parental Influences in Shaping Female Identity (Poster Session), Houston, TX, November 2002
National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Little Rock, AR: Lenses on Academic Dishonesty—Faculty Perceptions of Student Plagiarism. November 6, 2008.
Indiana Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Annual Conference, Terre Haute: Using Search Institute’s Asset Development as a Foundation for FACS Education; November 2005


University Travel Grant:  Family Life Education in Peru; Summer 2012, $2,000
University Research Grant:  Faculty Perceptions of Academic Dishonesty; Spring 2008, $500
Promising Scholars Program: Vigo County Community Engagement in Youth Development: Building Assets, Changing Lives; May 2007--$14,960
The Alliance for Excellence Through Engagement and Experiential Learning-Indiana State University: Developing A Community Parent Assessment Tool for the Wabash Valley; May 2006--$7,940
Thrivent Financial Services: Development of the Family Life Major At Concordia University, Ann Arbor; October, 1998--$10,000


Promising Scholar grant recipient, Indiana State University, May 2007
Outstanding Poster-Religion and Family Life Section, National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Houston, TX, November 2002
Certified Family Life Educator, National Council on Family Relations, April 2001
Faculty Recognition award in teaching and program development, April 1999