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Joel Frederickson

Job Titles

  • Department Chair, Professor of Psychology
    Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Associate Dean of Institutional Assessment and Accreditation
    Human Services (B.A.), College of Adult and Professional Studies

Started at Bethel



  • Bethel College - B.A., 1989
  • University of Minnesota - M.A., 1992
  • University of Minnesota - Ph.D. in Educational Psychology/Social Psychology, 1997

Areas of expertise

Frederickson’s research interests include the psychological impact of apologies and how students change over four years from participating in college. This includes changes in cognition, beliefs, and spirituality.


Frederickson is chair of the undergraduate psychology department at Bethel, as well as associate dean of institutional assessment & accreditation. In his role as associate dean he assesses trends in student engagement, satisfaction, beliefs, attitudes, and cognition.