Kathryn Damm

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Psychology Instructor
Social and Behavioral Sciences
SC - BGS 318 - Office
Saddleback College

Kathryn Damm, PhD

Department Chair of Psychology


Links to Professor Damm's Sample Syllabi


I joined Saddleback College as a full time faculty member Fall 2012.  I have been teaching part time for Saddleback since 2008.  Before coming to Mission Viejo, I had been a full time faculty member at Nevada State College for 4 years.  I am a mother to one fabulous teenager and wife of many years to my high school sweetheart.  I would be remiss not to mention my adorable pug who has, on many occasion, fallen asleep during my lectures.  I have since forgiven him.

I am a techno-geek and love to use technology as a resource for showing you the wonderful world that is Psychology.  I have assignments that involve making podcasts, viewing youtube videos, creating your own videos, making wikis, etc.  I don't use technology just to show off, but instead, I find the strength that it lends to our online experiences.  Come explore a class with me and let us have some fun learning why we do the things we do.

While at Nevada State College, I became known as the Prof who could make Statistics funny.  I know it is something many students dread so I do my best to make the topic as exciting to you as it is to me.  If you see a commercial talking about how a product will reduce wrinkles or increase muscle, you might wonder how you REALLY know if you can trust their claims.  In my statistics class, we learn how to apply the concepts to things you want to do in your everyday life.  We will evaluate product claims and learn how to make statistics work for us.  Come join me! I look forward to making this topic fun for you.

Come see me on my Youtube Channel

Kathryn Damm, PhD

For sample syllabi and course information from Professor Damm, please see her faculty website at: http://faculty.saddleback.edu/kdamm

See Professor Damm's Youtube Channel at: http://www.youtube.com/user/DammCourse


Ph.D. Experimental Psychology
University of California
San Diego, CA

M.A. Experimental Psychology
University of California
San Diego, CA

B.S. Social Psychology
University of California
San Diego, CA

B.A. Human Development
University of California
San Diego, CA


Kathryn Damm is originally from San Diego, California, she received her B.A. in Human Development and a B.S. in Psychology at the University of California, San Diego. She received her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology at the University of California, San Diego. She has taught a range of courses including Introduction to Psychology, Statistics, Social Psychology, Cross-Cultural Psychology, and Health Psychology. Dr. Damm spent four years as a full time faculty member of Nevada State College. While at NSC, Dr. Damm won the prized iTeach award for excellence in teaching. Prior to moving to Nevada, Dr. Damm taught as an adjunct instructor at Palomar College, San Diego City College, Grossmont College, the University of California, San Diego, and Saddleback College. She has participated in the 2010 Teaching Fellows Institute, a Blackboard Catalyst award winning program designed to use technology to advance excellence in teaching and student service. In the summer of 2011, Dr. Damm became the facilitator to run the Teaching Fellows Institute, which focused on quality online instruction utilizing the Blackboard Learn system. Again, in the Summer of 2012, Dr. Damm facilitated the Teaching Fellows Institute, which focused on creating outstanding course shells that are complete for part time instructor use.

Kathryn Damm has been active in the communities that explore teaching excellence since 2008, including training and giving multiple presentations about the theory of learning in practice. In more recent years, she has been invited to give talks about advancing teaching skill to a variety of audiences, including Health Educators, K-12 Educators, and faculty at 4-year institutions. She regularly teaches courses with the @one Project, a program designed to provide California Community College faculty with lessons in using technology to enhance learning. In 2010, she assisted with the production of the inaugural Southwest Technology Showcase, a conference to showcase innovation in education using technology.


  • iTeach Award for Teaching Excellence 2011
  • Technology Fellows Institute 2010
  • 2011 Blackboard Exemplary Course Program Reviewer
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Golden Key National Honor Society
  • Psi Chi National Honor Society


Archer, JS, Love-Geffen, T, Herbst-Damm, K and Chang, RJ. (2006). The effect of estradiol versus estradiol and testosterone on brain activation patterns of postmenopausal women". Menopause,13(3), 528-537.

Herbst-Damm, K & Kulik, J. (2005). Volunteer support, marital status, and the survival times of terminally ill patients. Health Psychology, 24(2), 225-229.

Bates, E., Wulfeck, B., Opie, M., Fenson, J., Kriz, S., Reilly, J., Dronkers, N., Miller, L., Herbst, K., & Jeffries, R. (2001). Comparing Free Speech in Children and Adults with Left vs. Right-Hemisphere Injury. Brain and Language, 79, 223-265.

Polich, J., & Herbst, K. L. (2000). P300 as a clinical assay: Rationale, evaluation, and findings. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 38, 3-19.