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Midwest Regional Vice-President Bio

Lindsey Root Luna, PhD
Hope College (MI)

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Lindsey Root Luna, PhD, became a faculty member at Hope College (MI) in 2012. Since she became the advisor of her local Psi Chi Chapter, the Chapter has received two Model Chapter Awards and the Kay Wilson Officer Team Leadership Award. Dr. Root Luna received her MS and PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Miami. She maintains a part-time private practice in Grand Rapids. Her research interests include emotion, emotion regulation, and virtues (e.g., forgiveness, gratitude, hope) as well as their psychological, relational, and physiological correlates. Collaborating with students on their independent research projects, along with the research assistants in her lab, is one of the most rewarding components of her work. In 2017, she received the Hope Outstanding Professor Educator (H.O.P.E.) Award, along with the Psi Chi Faculty Advisor Award for the Midwest Region. Dr. Root Luna actively reviews Psi Chi submissions and participates in regional programming.

Fun Facts About Dr. Root Luna

What are your hobbies?
My favorite thing to do is to spend time with my son and husband. I enjoy cooking, in part because I love to eat, and it’s fun to create something in a relatively short period of time. I also love to sing and play just enough piano to accompany myself.

What is the best trip you’ve ever taken?
Touring Italy with my college choir was a highlight for me! It was a whirlwind of culture, amazing food, and phenomenal cathedrals with amazing acoustics. Even though it was over 10 years ago and I’ve visited some wonderful places since, I think it will always be one of my favorites.

What is your favorite food?
It’s a tie between cheese and ice cream – so, dairy?

What sort of student were you?
I was eager and diligent as a student. On the flip side, I was afraid to admit the limits of my knowledge and competence, so I really appreciate students (and all people!) who are able to see and acknowledge what they don’t yet know or areas for growth.

What are three words that best describe you?
Relational, joyful, and persistent.

What is your favorite class to teach?
I love teaching all my classes! Two of my favorites right now are Research Methods (I know, I know – I think learning how to do things is so fun!) and Theory and Practice of Helping, which is a course that teaches basic helping skills to undergraduates. I think both classes, though so very different, have the potential to help students discern their gifts and future directions.

What are some of your favorite books?
In the last few years I really enjoyed listening to the Harry Potter series on audiobook. If you’ve never experienced them that way, I highly recommend it!

Are you an early bird or a night owl?
With a young child (18 months) I feel like “an afternoon person” – but I lean much more toward night owl than early bird.






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