Biography

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. in the early 1900s from Copenhagen, Denmark. He spent most of his youth playing sports and traveling from the Florida Keys and the Bahamas to Nova Scotia. All of the above strongly affected his interest in cultural differences in people’s attitudes and behaviors and how they live their lives. He¬†graduated from¬†Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia with a B.S. in psychology in 1982, and received his Ph.D. in General Psychology in 1992 from Virginia Commonwealth University. He taught for two years at a small college in Georgia before coming to Longwood University in 1995. Beyond his regular teaching schedule (Introduction to Psychology, Infant and Child Development, Adolescent and Adult Development, Cross-Cultural Psychology, Sex and Gender), his ongoing research programs are focused on the following areas; (a) the maturation process of late adolescence/young adulthood, (b) cell phone and social media use and addiction, and (c) the overdiagnosis of mental disorders and the social stigma of disorders.

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