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 is in his fourth year as the director of the College's 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. He holds this office while continuing his teaching and advising within the Psychology Department.
Childs teaches psychology and health care courses along with related seminars. He also teaches Social and Ethical Issues in Health Care in the US and UK, an annual seven-week summer course in London that he teaches with Steve Lammers, Religious Studies Professor Emeritus.
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 currently is the first assistant basketball coach and an assistant baseball coach at Northampton High School in addition to teaching eighth grade history at Easton Junior High. He and his wife, welcomed their first child, Landon, in 2010.
Jeff is a guidance counselor and an assistant basketball coach at Waltham High School in Massachusetts.
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