Dr. Ken Carter is Charles Howard Candler Professor of Psychology at Oxford College of Emory University, where he teaches introductory courses in psychology as well as advanced courses in clinical psychopharmacology, research methods, and personality.
Before joining the Oxford College faculty in 1994, Carter served as a senior assistant research scientist in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s prestigious Epidemic Intelligence Service, with a research focus on smoking as a risk marker for suicidal behaviors in adolescents.
Carter has published extensively in both academic and lay publications, actively engaging in the translation of research in psychology into everyday language. His articles have been published in magazines such as mental floss and Readers Digest, and he has appeared on news programs such as Connect With Kids and NBC’s Today show
He is the co-author of Learn Psychology (Jones and Bartlett), a textbook now in its second edition, and he is currently at work on a textbook on abnormal psychology for Cambridge University Press. He is the designer and instructor of a course on the psychology of thrill-seeking now offered by Emory University and Coursera as a MOOC (massive online open course).
The psychology of thrill-seeking is the current focus of Carter’s research. After becoming interested in the subject a few years ago, he developed a survey to assess personal levels of sensation- or thrill-seeking and has used his professional website to gather stories and data about it. He has delivered a TedX talk on sensation-seeking and is currently under contract for a book on the subject from Cambridge University Press. Canadian museum Science North will open an exhibit on sensation-seeking in spring 2018 that was informed by Carter’s work.
A graduate of Oxford College and Emory University, Carter received an MA and PhD in psychology from the University of Michigan. After completion of his doctoral work he also earned an MS in psychopharmacology from Fairleigh Dickinson University and gained board certification as a clinical psychologist.
AA| Oxford College, Emory University| 1987
BA| Emory College, Emory University| 1989
MA| University of Michigan in Ann Arbor| 1990
PhD| University of Michigan in Ann Arbor| 1993
MS| Farleigh Dickenson University| 2010
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Clinical Neuroscience
Carter, K., Seifert, C. (forthcoming). Psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.
Carter, K. (forthcoming). Abnormal Psychology. Cambridge (England): Cambridge University Press
Carter, K. (2019). Buzz! Understanding Thrill Seekers and the High Sensation Seeking Personality. Cambridge (England): Cambridge University Press
Carter, K., Seifert, C. (2017). Learn psychology: An introduction Revised First Edition. Boston, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning.
Carter, K., & Seifert, C. (2013). Navigate Scenarios: Learn Psychology GameScape. Boston, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning.
Carter, K.E. & Smith, C. (August, 2013). Synaptic snacks: Using food to teach neuroscience. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Convention, Honolulu, HI.
Hardy, J.A., Friginal, E., Römer, U., & Carter, K.E. (January, 2013). Understanding the 'personality' of psychology student writing. Poster presented at the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, St. Pete Beach, FL.
Carter, K.E. (August, 2012). The revised classroom learning assessment survey (CLAS). Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Convention, Orlando, FL.
Carter, K., Seifert, C. (2012). Instructors guide to Learn psychology: An introduction. Boston, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning.
Carter, K., Seifert, C. (2012). Learn psychology: An introduction. Boston, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning.
Carter, K.E., Pearcy, S, & Hobbs, S (2011, February). Teaching the drugs & behavior/psychopharmacology course: Challenges & solutions. Paper presented at the 23nd Southeastern Conference on the Teaching of Psychology, Atlanta, GA.
Giordano, P., Maxwell, S., Carter, K. (2011, February). Teaching undergraduate courses in clinical or counseling: Challenges & solutions. Paper presented at the 23nd Southeastern Conference on the Teaching of Psychology, Atlanta, GA.
Carter, K. & Howard. E. (November 2010). Customizing and Enhancing Content to Achieve Learning Objectives. Vista Workshop. MBS, St. Louis, MO.Carter, K., (2010, November) Ethics in Clinical Practice when Working with Clients taking Medication. Invited talk at The Psychology Clinic for Assessment, Therapy, and Research, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.
Carter, K., McKibben-Sanders, J, & Nunez, A. (2010). Duloxetine for generalized anxiety disorder (protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2010. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD008339
Carter, K. (2009). Philosophy for psychopharmacologists [Review of the book Philosophy of psychopharmacology, by Dan J. Stein]. PsycCRITIQUES, 54(31). doi: 10.107/a0016349
Carter, K. (2007). The practice guidelines of the fellows of the American Neuropsychiatric Association [Review of the book Guide to neuropsychiatric therapeutics, by C. Edward Coffey, Thomas W. McAllister, & Jonathan M. Silver (Eds.)]. PsycCRITIQUES, 52(48). doi: 10.1037/a0009046
Carter, K., Ojo, R, Sachwana, M. (2007). Bupropion for depression (protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2007. doi: 10.1002/14651858CD006720
Carter, K. (2006, January). The classroom learning assessment scale. Poster presented at the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, St. Petersburg Beach, FL.
McNeill K., Haines, B., & Carter. K. E. (2005). Supporting new models for scholarly publishing: A "blueprint" for launching an open access journal. In H. Thompson (Ed.), Twelfth National Conference of the Association of College and Research Libraries (pp. 196-201). Chicago: American Library Association 2005.
Carter, K. E. (2004, October). Outlets for the scholarship of teaching and learning. Panel presentation presented at the Georgia Governor's Teaching Fellows Reunion and Conference, Athens, GA.
Carter, K. E. (2004, October). Journal of Cognitive Affective Learning. Keynote address at the Georgia Governor's Teaching Fellows Reunion and Conference, Athens, GA.
Carter, K. E. , McNeill K. & Haines, B. (2004, October). Open access and digital preservation. Symposium presented in Atlanta, GA.
Carter, K. E. (2004, August). Famous last words: Professor's casual comments and student anxiety. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.
Haines, B., McNeil K., & Carter, K. (2004, April). The Journal of Cognitive Affective Learning. Poster presented at the 5th Colloquium on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, San Diego, CA.
Lewis, S., Carter, K., & Patrick, H (2004). Assessing impact: Self-assessment. In B.L. Cambridge (Ed.), Campus progress: Supporting the scholarship of teaching and learning (pp. 151-154). Washington, D.C., The American Association for Higher Education.
Carter, K. E. (2004, January). The grim sleeper: Five sleep disorders that make for scary slumbering. mental_floss magazine 3(1).
Lewis, S. A., Carter, K. (2003, August). An analysis of classroom activity assessment. Poster presented at the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, American Psychological Association Meeting, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Lewis, S. L., & Carter, K. (2003, January). Finding the time to study our teaching: Where and how to begin. Participant idea exchange at the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, St. Petersburg Beach, FL.
Carter, K. E. (2003, January). Exam comments and student distress. Poster presented at the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology St. Petersburg Beach, FL.
Carter, K. (1999). Student study guide companion website to Psychology 6/e by Wade and Tavris. Prentice Hall. URL http://www.prenhall.com/wade.html
Carter, K. (1997, August). A contextual approach to the assessment of coping. In J. Cranford & K. Carter (Chairs), Contextual influences on coping: Recent theoretical and empirical advances. Symposium conducted at the 104th annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
Carter, K. (1996, August). The red flag of smoking II: Smoking as a risk marker for sexual behaviors in adolescence. Poster presented at the 104th annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Teaching of Psychology