David Rusbasan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology

(317) 955-6067
Oldenburg Hall, room 007


Dr. David Rusbasan is an Associate 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 for 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. Real-world experience applying psychology outside of academia is highlighted in class and remains an underlying concept throughout his courses.

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

Dr. Rusbasan is a member of the Society of Industrial/Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and a member of the Midwest Psychological Association (MPA).

Courses typically taught:

  • PSY 101: General Psychology
  • PSY 205: Statistical Methods
  • PSY 300: Psychological Tests & Measurements
  • PSY 310: Industrial/Organizational Psychology

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., 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

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.

Rusbasan, D. (January, 2017) Methodological Decision-Making during Survey Research: Identifying the Who, What, Where, When, and How Before You Collect Data. Invited presentation given at the Marian University Faculty Research Convocation.

Steele, C. C. & Rusbasan, D. (March, 2014). An analysis of the impact of perceived support, psychological contract breach and workplace fit on the relationship between organizational cynicism and workplace behaviors. Presentation given at the Marian University Undergraduate Conference of Academic Research & Excellence in Scholarship (M.U.C.A.R.E.S.) and at the Butler Undergraduate conference.