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Amy Bechtol

Amy Bechtol


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Education History

  • M.S. Social Psychology (05/2002)
    University of Florida
  • M.A. Clinical Psychology (05/1998)
    East Tennessee State University
  • B.S. Psychology (12/1994)
    University of Tennessee Martin


  • Durantini, M. R., Albarracín, D., Earl, A., & Mitchell, A. L.. (2006). Conceptualizing the influence of social agents of behavior change: A meta-analysis of the effectiveness of HIV-prevention interventionists for different groups in Psychological Bulletin. (132, 212-248).
  • Albarracin, D. & Mitchell, A. L.. (2004). The role of defensive confidence in preference for proattitudinal information: How believing that one is strong can sometimes be a defensive weakness in Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin. (30, 12, 1565-1584).
  • Albarracín, D., McNatt, P. S., Klein, C., Ho, R., Mitchell, A. L., & Kumkale, G. T.. (2003). Persuasive communications to change actions: An analysis of behavioral and cognitive impact in HIV prevention in Health Psychology. (22, 166-171).

Teaching Experience

  • Abnormal Psychology (Current)
    • Catawba Valley Community College – Psychology
    • Introduction to research and concepts related to psychopathology
  • Developmental Psychology (Current)
    • Catawba Valley Community College – Psychology
    • Psychological development from conception to death
  • General Psychology (Current)
    • Catawba Valley Community College – Psychology
    • Introduction to psychology survey course


  • English
    • Speaking level: Superior
    • Reading level: Superior

Honors & Awards

  • Hickory Daily Record “Top 20 Under 40” Community Leaders Award (01/2009)
    Leadership award given to top 20 leaders in Hickory, NC area under 40 years of age
  • Excellence in Teaching Award (Teacher of the Year) (04/2004)
    Peer-nominated teacher of the year for Catawba Valley Community College; includes state-level nomination for teacher of the year for the North Carolina Community College System


  • Psychology Faculty (08/2002 – Current) Catawba Valley Community College
  • Executive Director, Center for Teaching Excellence & Research (08/2009 – 08/2014) Catawba Valley Community College
  • Quality Enhancement Plan Director (08/2004 – 08/2011) Catawba Valley Community College