David Rusbasan, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean, School of Behavioral and Applied Social Sciences
Professor of Psychology

(317) 955-6067
Oldenburg Hall, Room108



Dr. David Rusbasan is a Professor within the Department of Psychological Science & Counseling, the Director of the General Education Program at Marian University, and an alumnus of Marian. Dr. Rusbasan earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Marian and a master’s and doctorate in Industrial/Organizational psychology from the University of Connecticut. Following graduate school, Dr. Rusbasan worked for Starbucks as an employee research analyst. Dr. Rusbasan began teaching at Marian in 2007. 

Dr. Rusbasan enjoys every opportunity to teach psychology. His teaching focuses mostly on the application of psychological science. Dr. Rusbasan’s academic background includes a focus in areas such as assessment, curriculum development, statistics, survey design, sexual harassment, and psychological workplace issues. Dr. Rusbasan also assists local organizations with I/O consulting needs. 

Dr. Rusbasan’s research interests are varied and typically include significant participation from students. Previous research has investigated topics including: toxic coaching, sexual harassment in the workplace, supervisor support, workplace stress, scale development, weight stigma, scientific perceptions of psychology, and work/school/sport conflict. 

In his spare time, Dr. Rusbasan enjoys cooking, spending time with his family, exploring Indianapolis, and sharing time with friends.

Courses Typically Taught

  • PSY 205: Statistical Methods
  • PSY 300: Psychological Tests & Measurements
  • PSY 310: Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • COU 530: Career & Lifestyle Counseling 
  • LDR 715: Leadership Theory

Featured Publications/Presentations

Collisson, B. & Rusbasan, D. (2018). Psychology or psychological science? A survey of graduate psychology faculty regarding program names. Teaching of Psychology, 45(2), 164-171. doi: 10.1177/0098628318762903 

Collisson, B. & Rusbasan, D. (2016). Perceived and actual weight stigma among romantic couples. Interpersona: An International Journal on Personal Relationships, 10(2), 125-135. doi:10.5964/ijpr.v10i2.206 

Collisson, B., Howell, J., Rusbasan, D., & Rosenfeld, E. (2016). “Date Someone Your Own Size”: Prejudice and Discrimination towards Mixed-Weight Relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. doi: 10.1177/0265407516644067 

Laughman C., Boyd, L., & Rusbasan, D. (2016). Burnout as a mediator between work-school conflict and work outcomes. Journal of Career Development, 43(5), 413-425. doi: 10.1177/0894845316633523 

Collisson, B., Kellogg, J., & Rusbasan, D. (2015). Reading into psychology's envy of the natural sciences: The effect of citations within introductory textbooks. North American Journal of Psychology, 17(1), 77-88. 

Rusbasan, D., & Magley, V. J. (2007, August). Help boss, I’m stressed!: Measuring types of perceived supervisor support and how they relate to subordinates’ workplace stress. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, New York, NY. 

Rusbasan, D., & Magley, V. J. (2004, August). The role of perceived supervisory support on negative outcomes and coping with sexual harassment. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management, New Orleans, LA.

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