Dr. Julie Tietz

julie photo Dr. Julie Tietz received her B.A. in psychology from Rice University, where she was a charter member of Rice's chapter of Psi Chi, the honor society in psychology at 4-year institutions. She received her M.A. (1995) in Experimental Psychology and her Ph.D. (1998) in Developmental Psychology from Texas Tech University. While at Texas Tech, Dr. Tietz conducted research in two developmental psychology laboratories. In one laboratory, she examined frontal lobe function in children with diabetes. In the other, she participated in studies examining conflict resolution and attachment in families and adolescent friendships. Her dissertation topic combined her interests in cognitive and social development by examining play preferences and their role in the development of gender segregation in preschoolers.

Dr. Tietz's first teaching position after graduation was at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg in Pennsylvania, where she continued her research on play preferences. In 2001, Tietz joined the faculty at Cottey College in the Department of Psychology. She is a member of the following professional organizations: the Southwestern Psychological Association, the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, and APA Division 35, Psychology of Women. In addition to teaching and advising, Dr. Tietz serves as sponsor for Pride Alliance.


• Social Sciences Division Chair (2013-2017)
• Technology Committee (2011-2013)
• AP Grader for Psychology (June, 2010-present)
• Rank & Tenure Committee (2010-2013)
• Academic Advising Committee (2009-2010)
• International Travel Advisory Board (2007-2009)
• Academic Committee, Chair (2007-2009)
• Educational Policy Committee (2007-2009)
• Received Missouri Campus Compact Micro-Grant (2008)
• Coordinator of afterschool program, SUCCEED (2008-present)
• Coordinator of afterschool program, STOMP (2007-present)
• Pride Alliance, faculty advisor (2005-present)


Davis, C., & Tietz, J. (2012). Sharing the world: Using study abroad to enhance an on-campus service-learning project. Journal of Applied Learning in Higher Education, 4, 35-43.

Tietz, J., & Byrnes, J. (2010). Creatively moving, dancing, STOMPing, and SUCCEEDing. Poster presented at the 5th Annual Conference on Applied Learning in Higher Education, Feb. 19-20, 2010, St. Joseph, MO.

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Tietz, J. (2009). S.U.C.C.E.E.D.: Creating a service-learning opportunity in developmental psychology. Poster presented at the 4th Annual Conference on Applied Learning in Higher Education, Feb. 20-21, 2009, St. Joseph, MO.

Tietz, J. (2009). The role of mothers in the development of children's body image. Presentation at Mothers of Preschoolers monthly meeting, Jan. 8, 2009, Nevada, MO.

Pivniak, A., Dunn, K., Ohene Asante, G., Cichon, A., Murphy, L., & Tietz, J. (November, 2008). Connectedness at a Two-Year College Campus: A Pilot Study. Paper presented at the annual meeting of Southwest Teachers of Psychology, Fort Worth, TX.

Email: jtietz@cottey.edu


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