Dr. Bjornsen grew up in multicultural central New Jersey. His mother’s ethnic heritage was German from immigrants who settled in Wisconsin. His father’s parents immigrated to the U.S., separately, in the early 1900s from Copenhagen, Denmark. He spent most of his youth playing sports, especially basketball and soccer, and traveling from the Florida Keys to Nova Scotia. Eager to learn more about life outside of New Jersey, he attended Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, where he graduated with a B.S. in psychology in 1982. He attended graduate school at Virginia Commonwealth University and received his Ph.D. in General Psychology in 1992. He taught for two years at a small college in Georgia before coming to Longwood University in 1995. To see all the places Dr. B has traveled to since coming to Longwood, click on Cultural Experience.