Dr. Brian P. Tilley

College of Letters and Sciences

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College of Letters and Sciences
(760) 268-1550

Brian Tilley, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychology. He received his B.A. in Psychology at the University of Notre Dame. He earned his Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Iowa State University. He completed his clinical internship at the University Counseling Center at the University of Utah. He began working at National University in 2005.

Since starting with National University, Dr. Tilley has worked in the Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) program as the Regional Lead Faculty and Faculty Advisor for MAC students enrolled at the Carlsbad campus. Dr. Tilley is also active in teaching online courses in the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (BAP) program. He frequently teaches Counseling Paradigms I (PSY 611A) and Group Therapy (PSY 628) in the MAC program and Introduction to Psychology (PSY 100) and History of Psychology (PSY 426) in the BAP program.

Dr. Tilley's current research includes two main tracks. One track is within political psychology, particularly the influence of morality on voting behavior, issue viewpoints, and party identity. Dr. Tilley has completed research on the structure of morality and how it aligns with perception of relevant political events. Within political psychology he also is interested in multiculturalism/pluralism/assimilation and popular views on minorities, including sexual minorities, and issues valued by those minority communities. Dr. Tilley’s other research track is the teaching of psychology, particularly on the nature of “non-traditional” students and modes of education most effective for working with these students.

Dr. Tilley is currently serving as the Lead Program Faculty for the MAC Program.