Robert James Bowen, PhD | Lecturer | Rochester Institute of Technology

An expert in developmental, social and abnormal psychology, Robert James Bowen, PhD has excelled as a lecturer in the Psychology Department at the Rochester Institute of Technology since the 1980s. He has also served the institute as a researcher and adjunct instructor. Throughout the course of his career, Dr. Bowen had also offered his expertise as an adjunct faculty member at the State University of New York, Brockport from 1988 to 2009, having also been an adjunct instructor at Nazareth College and Monroe Community College. At the start of his endeavors, he had worked in educational support and marketing at the National Technical School for the Deaf.

Dr. Bowen earned a master’s degree in psychology from the State University of New York, Brockport, followed by a Doctor of Philosophy in developmental and child psychology from the University of Rochester in 1987. To accompany his research, he is the co-author of “Imaginary Audience Behavior in Children and Adolescents” in the American Psychological Association Journal, published in 1979. In an effort to remain abreast of changes and advancements to his field, Dr. Bowen maintains membership with the American Psychological Association.

Outside of his primary work, Dr. Bowen has taken up genealogy research and discovered he is a descendant of four Mayflower families who immigrated to the United States in the late 1600s. Through his findings, he has published various works on his family genealogy for his grandchildren, which can be found in the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, the National Geological Society Library in Saint Louis, Missouri, the Mayflower Society Library in Plymouth, Massachusetts and in the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. Looking ahead, he hopes to continue teaching at the Rochester Institute of Technology and uncover more generational tales through genealogy.

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