Karen Griffee has been a Professor of Psychology at Concord since 2000. Prior to that, she was an adjunct professor for the University of New Mexico, Adams State College, and then Concord. She also has done therapy, psychological evaluations, and forensic work as a licensed clinical psychologist from 1994 until 2010, when she put her license to practice on “snooze” to focus on her Concord work and her family. During her years as a clinical psychologist, she worked for the Albuquerque Indian Hospital, for the family psychology, behavioral medicine, and trauma units of the Albuquerque VA hospital, for the UNM Center for Alcohol, Substance Abuse, and Addiction as a Child Development and Family specialist, and finally as a travelling nursing home psychologist for rural communities in southern Colorado before moving to Athens, WV. During her first 11 years teaching for Concord, she also maintained a part-time private practice with Laurel Ridge Psychological Associates in Princeton, WV.
Dr. Griffee regularly teaches the following courses for Concord: Abnormal Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology, Basic Learning, Introduction to Psychology, Cultural Psychology, Life Span Development, Human Sexuality, & History & Systems of Psychology. She has also taught Forensic Psychology, Counseling Techniques, Professional Issues, Family Psychology, Adult Development, Child & Adolescent Development, and Psychological Research.
Every other Spring semester, Dr. Griffee leads a domestic study travel course through her native New Mexico and southern Colorado, as a special version of the Cultural Psychology course. She has occasionally had the opportunity to take that course to the United Kingdom. She has found that a travel course is one of the most impactful experiences undergraduate students can have, in that they not only remember the academic material but often report that the experience changed their mindsets and their lives in the most positive ways.
Dr. Griffee’s diverse research interests and theoretical paper contributions have primarily been in the area of behavior analysis and its relevance to issues in clinical psychology. However, her publications have primarily been in the area of human sexuality, as a member of a large research team project that spanned several years.