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About the Authors: Thomas Heinzen & Wind Goodfriend

Social Psychology

Thomas Heinzen is a full time teacher/researcher at William Paterson University of New Jersey. He conducted evaluation research for the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, consulted on preventing tractor roll-overs at the New York Center of Agricultural Health and Medicine in Cooperstown, New York, and conducted statistical analyses for a temporary commission on homeless veterans in New York State. He has invested in students' lives by mentoring more than 60 student articles and presentations, designing a novel internship program, and creating a lab testing game-based interventions to increase rates of college completion among at-risk students.

Wind Goodfriend has been teaching psychology at a Midwestern liberal arts school of only 800 students for twelve years. In that time, she has won the Faculty of the Year award three times, earned tenure and promotion to Full Professor, and was named Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies. She also serves as the co-director of the trauma advocacy program and volunteers as the chief research officer for the Institute for the Prevention of Relationship Violence. Wind has written 13 book chapters on psychology in pop culture, covering topics including Game of Thrones, Wonder Woman, Doctor Who, Star Trek, and more. She has developed sixteen different courses including special topics classes such as Psychology of Colonialism, Psychology in Popular Film, and Relationship Violence. She received her B.A. from Buena Vista University and both her Master’s and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Purdue University.