Tom Pierce

Professor of Psychology, Radford University



  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, Duke University Medical Center
  • PhD, Psychology (Experimental), University of Maine
  • BA, Psychology, McGill University


  • Radford University Foundation Award for Creative Scholarship
  • Radford University Nominee for State Council of Higher Education in Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award
  • College of Arts and Science Distinguished Teaching Award


  • Psychology


  • Tom’s interest in reminiscence and life go back to 2011 when he began compiling photographs and digital audio recordings of reminiscence for older adults in PowerPoint presentations.
  • Tom has served as the Editor of the IIRLR’s newsletter since 2006 and served as the President of the IIRLR’s Advisory Board from 2009 to 2011


  • Tom helps older adults to preserve audio recordings of memories for personal history in PowerPoint presentation


  • Tom is interested in the use of photographs and audio recordings of memories for personal history as memory cues for persons with dementia.
  • Tom is also collaborating with Hans Schroots on analyses of data derived from lifelines obtained using Hans’ Lifeline Interview Method


Complete list of publications


  • Aspelmeier, J.E., Love, M.M., McGill, L.A., Elliott, A.N., & Pierce, T.W. (in press). Self-Esteem, Locus of Control, College Adjustment, and GPA among First- and continuing-generation students: A moderator model of generational status. Journal of Research in Higher Education.
  • Pierce, T. W. (2010). Potential, resistance, and the “power” of teaching. Radford University Foundation.  In Celebration of Teaching: Radford University Faculty Perspectives. Linus Publications, Deer Park, NY.
  • Aspelmeier, J. E. & Pierce. T. W. (2010).  SPSS: A User-Friendly Approach for Versions 17 and 18 (2nd Ed.)This link points to an external webpage and will open in a new browser window or tab.. Worth Publishers, New York, NY.
  • Elliott, A.N., Alexander, A.A., Pierce, T.W., Aspelmeier, J.E., & Richmond, J.M. (2009). Childhood maltreatment, poly-victimization, psychological distress, and adjustment to college in women. Child Maltreatment, 14, 549-566.
  • Pierce, T.W. (2007). The landscape of reminiscence research. Proceedings of the Sixth Biennial Conference of the International Institute on Reminiscence and Life Review. University of Wisconsin-Superior. Pp. 291-297.


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