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Amber Chenoweth, Ph.D.

Associate Professor; Department Chair of Psychology
Director, Eclectic Scholars Honors Program

Dr. Amber M. Chenoweth is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology. She also currently serves as the Director of the Eclectic Scholars Honors Program, and as a Mellon Fellow to develop Hiram’s Connect initiative to engage students in reflective and integrative learning.

Dr. Chenoweth’s teaching interests include the psychobiology of behavior, as well as the introductory and capstone courses in the psychology major. She also regularly teaches interdisciplinary courses, ranging in topics from autism spectrum disorder to study abroad courses in Australia and Zambia.


  • B.A., Albion College
  • M.A., Kent State University
  • Ph.D., Kent State University

Research Interests

Dr. Chenoweth’s research interests include animal learning, behavior and cognition; neurotransmitter systems and psychology, associative learning, including sequential learning paradigms; and strategy development.

More recently Dr. Chenoweth has turned her research focus towards understanding the behavioral aspects of autism spectrum disorder, as well as the scholarship of teaching and learning, focusing on classroom interventions to enhance student understanding of individuals with ASD.

Selected Publications

  • Chenoweth, A. M., & Fountain, S. B. (2016). Strategy breakdown following muscarinic blockade in rats. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 131, 83-86. doi: 10.1016/j.nlm.2016.03.005
  • Chenoweth, A. M., & Jackson, B. L. (2016, October). Effectiveness of Creativity- and Performance-based Classroom Activities on Autism Spectrum Disorder Knowledge. Poster presentation at the Society for the Teaching of Psychology 15th Annual Conference on Teaching, Decatur, GA.
  • Chenoweth, A. M., & Fountain, S. B. (2015). Central muscarinic cholinergic involvement in serial pattern learning: Atropine impairs acquisition and retention in a serial multiple choice (SMC) task in rats. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 123, 18-27. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nlm.2015.04.003
  • Chenoweth, A. M. (2014). Undergraduate research in the liberal arts: Interdisciplinary collaborations provide a multitude of benefits. FUN Newsletter, 2(2), 4-5.
  • Shauver, L. M., & Chenoweth, A. M. (2014, October). Low Cost Learning: Effective Lab Activities That Meet APA Learning Goals. Poster presentation at the Society for the Teaching of Psychology Annual Conference on Teaching, Atlanta, GA.

Fun Facts

  • Volunteer knitter for local philanthropic group, Knitting for Those in Need.
  • Rori, her dog (a Labradane), often comes to campus, and makes “guest appearances” in many classes, such as General Psychology, Learning, and Animal Cognition.

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