Associate Dean, School of Psychology, Family, and Community; Director of Research; Professor of Clinical Psychology
Dr. Lynette Bikos teaches statistics, research methods, and psychometrics courses in the Clinical and Industrial-Organizational Psychology doctoral programs. She is a licensed psychologist in Washington and Kansas, and her expertise is in the area of international psychology.
During a three-and-a-half year stay in Turkey, Dr. Bikos began a series of studies evaluating adaptation to expatriation. What began as a longitudinal investigation of adaptation to expatriation to a foreign country has expanded to include understanding expatriation and repatriation transitions of missionary families, particularly college-age missionary kids (MKs); the re-entry experiences of college students who study abroad (or participate in short-term mission and service projects); and the internationalization of the psychology curricula.
In an effort to close the science-to-service gap, Dr. Bikos and her research team work with nonprofit organizations to assist them in developing plans and systems for collecting and reporting program outcomes. Dr. Bikos has experience both internally (with program and research director positions) and externally (as a consultant) with organizations as they design and maintain program evaluations.
During all kinds of weather, Dr. Bikos enjoys bicycling with her family and volunteering with 4-H.
Education: BA, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1987; MA, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1989; PhD, University of Kansas-Lawrence, 1996. At SPU since 2005.
Theories that Drive Our Work:
➢ Social cognitive career theory (Bandura, 1986; Betz & Hackett, 1986; 2006; Lent et al., 1994)
➢ Acculturation & sociocultural adaptation theory (Berry, 1997; Searle & Ward, 1990)
➢ Life Span/Life Space Career Development Theory (Super, ’80, ’84, ‘90; Super et al., 1996).
➢ Positive psychology (Snyder & Lopez, 2002); Positive youth development
Things I Dream About:
➢ Really longitudinal (20 years?) evaluation of exchange programs for high school youth; particularly the effect of cultural receptivity.
➢ What I’m going to cook for dessert, which route I might take home on my bicycle, what next thing I might sew.
➢ ….it never fails, I’ll go to bed tonight and wake up with a new
and exciting project tomorrow morning.