Dr. Crystal Steltenpohl

Assistant Professor,
University of Southern Indiana

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University of Southern Indiana
Evansville, IN

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Dr. Crystal Steltenpohl

Assistant Professor,
University of Southern Indiana


I am a doctoral candidate in the community psychology program at DePaul University. I received my BA in English and psychology from the University of Southern Indiana in 2011 and an MA in applied psychology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2013.

As a scholar, gamer, and participant in online worlds, my major research interests revolve around how we interact with various technologies, especially those that house online communities. There is a burgeoning interest in technology as a dramatically growing area of human activity over the last decade for people across demographic groups. In particular, I am interested in understanding how technologies influence communities, the self, and health behaviors. When I’m not doing research, I like to write for DieHard GameFAN.

With regards to aging specifically, I work with Dr. Joseph Mikels of DePaul’s Emotion and Cognition Lab, who researches emotion-cognition across the lifespan, with a particular interest in older adults. Together, his lab and I have conducted focus groups with older and younger adults on their exercise habits and preferences. We are interested in studying where older and younger adults are alike and dissimilar in their habits and preferences.


Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Carbondale, Illinois, United States
Masters, 2013
Applied psychology
2011 To 2013
Dissertation: The effect of status framing on student interest and recall regarding minority figures
Advisor: Dr. Meera Komarraju

DePaul University
Chicago, Illinois, United States
PhD, 2017
Community psychology
2013 To
Dissertation: Exploring the potential for the study of online and gaming communities in community psychology
Advisor: Dr. Christopher Keys

University of Southern Indiana
Evansville, Indiana, United States
Bachelor's, 2011
English, psychology
2007 To 2011

Job History

University of Southern Indiana
Assistant Professor
Evansville, IN, United States
August 2017 - present

DieHard GameFAN
February 2012 - present

Irwin W. Steans Center
Research and Evaluation Coordinator
June 2016 - June 2017

Areas Of Expertise

  • Exercise: Programs
  • Research
  • Research: Other
  • Research: Research Methods
  • Technology


  • Psychology