Alan Childs is a Professor in Lafayette's Department of Psychology. Childs came to College Hill in 1980 and immediately began to build relationships with the community. Childs was the founding director of the Center for the Integration of Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship, an office that provides extensive support to faculty in the form of programs and resources to help them fully develop their teaching careers. But he recently returned to his teaching and advising duties within the Psychology Department.
Childs teaches psychology and health care courses along with related seminars. He also teaches Social, Ethical, and Economic Issues in Health Care in the US and UK, an regular eight-week summer course in London that he teaches with Chris Ruebeck of the Department of Economics. Childs has served as a faculty mentor with the athletics department since the inception of the program, initiated by the Faculty Committee in Athletics in 1990. Since that time, he has worked primarily with the men's basketball team, but has interacted with many Lafayette student-athletes. His primary responsibility is to provide support and advice to student-athletes and coaches. He assists student-athletes in their approach toward their academic and athletic goals. Childs also meets with prospective recruits and their families, helping to answers questions about the college's curriculum and culture. Childs travels with the team whenever possible, illustrating his dedication and commitment to the student-athletes at Lafayette College.
During his time at Lafayette, Childs has served as Dean of Academic Services (1987-1991) and Department Chair for Psychology (2002-2004). In addition, he was also the former Executive Director of the Colonial League (1986-1989), which was the original athletic conference that later expanded to become the Patriot League. He is a three-time recipient of the colleges' Student Government Superior Teaching award, as well as receiving the Marquis Distinguished Teaching Award in 2003. A 1971 graduate of Maryville College with a degree in Psychology, Childs went on to earn his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Tennessee in 1975.
Before coming to Lafayette, Childs served as a graduate teaching assistant at his college alma mater before joining the academic staff at Morehead State University (1975-1980). He has held licensure as a psychologist in Kentucky and Pennsylvania. He is the former president of the Northeastern Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (2002-2003), and has served on the board of directors for the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (2002-2005).
Childs resides in Easton with his wife, Diane. His two sons Ben'00 and Jeff '04, were part of the baseball and basketball teams, respectively, during their time on College Hill.
Ben is the Head Boys Basketball Coach at Easton Area High School and teaches social Studies at the High School. He and his wife, Jennifer, have a son, five-year old Landon, and a daughter, two-year old Tenleigh.
Jeff is married to Liz Taylor (Class of 2006), and is a guidance counselor at Framingham High School in Massachusetts and remains an active basketball player in senior leagues. He and Liz are expecting their first child in October.