Doris Bergen, PhD, is a retired Distinguished Professor and current Professor Emerita in the Department of Educational Psychology at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She has been in the educational psychology field for over four decades.
Bergen received her PhD from Michigan State University in 1974, concentrating on the developmental emphasis of educational psychology. Bergen held professor positions at Oakland University (Rochester, Michigan), Wheelock College (Boston, Massachusetts), and Pittsburg State University (Pittsburg, Kansas) prior to her appointment at Miami University. Between 1988 and 2013, Bergen taught a range of courses related to learning, human development, assessment, and educational psychology at Miami University, while also serving as the department chair for a decade. She authored numerous books, book chapters, and journal articles on play, technology-enhanced toys, humor, and early childhood development. Bergen presented her research findings at dozens of scholarly conferences and meetings. She served on national, state, and local committees on education, as well as on editorial review boards for scholarly publications.
Upon Bergen’s retirement from Miami University in May 2013, the institution renamed its interdisciplinary research center to the Doris Bergen Center for Human Development, Learning, and Technology. Dr. Bergen has received multiple fellowships, awards, and honors for her significant contributions to the fields of early childhood education, educational psychology, and human development. She continues to be involved in academia and in various professional organizations.