Assistant Teaching Professor of Psychology, Pennsylvania State University

Kevin Bennett, Ph.D., is a social-personality psychologist, Assistant Teaching Professor, and Director of the Personality and Human Performance Lab (PHPL) at The Pennsylvania State University, Beaver Campus. Bennett studies personality, emotion, and decision-making issues in the context of person-by-environment interactions. His work has been published in leading journals in psychology, education, and mental health in urban design. His research addresses three main questions: What are the meaningful ways in which people differ in terms of personality, emotion, decision making, and engagement with physical spaces, what are the root causes of these individual differences, and what are the important outcomes of all this? Dr. Bennett earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from City, University of London in the UK and degrees from University of Michigan (B.A., Psychology) and the University of New Mexico (M.S., Experimental Psychology). In addition to research and teaching, he is the program coordinator for the psychology degree at Penn State Beaver.


  • 2017–present
    Assistant Teaching Professor, Pennsylvania State University
  • 2012–2017
    Senior Instructor in Psychology, Pennsylvania State University


    City, University of London, UK, PhD / Psychology
    University of New Mexico, MS / Experimental Psychology
    University of Michigan, BA / Psychology


Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award at Penn State Beaver