Michael Kitchens is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Lebanon Valley College.

He grew up in  Robertsdale, Alabama, where he attended Faith  Presbyterian Christian School from 1st-12th grades and graduated as the valedictorian in a class of five. After high school, he attended Faulkner State Community College for two years, where he took "general studies" courses until he discovered his interests in Psychology.  In January of 1997, he enrolled in the University of Mobile as a Psychology major (and English minor).  He graduated cum laude and received an Area Award as the major’s top graduate in 2000.  After graduating college, he spent a year working full-time in his family’s furniture store before returning to school at the University of Mississippi, where he completed his PhD in 2007. 

He joined the faculty of Lebanon Valley College later that year. He teaches foundational courses, like introductory psychology, research methods, and statistics, area courses in social psychology and emotion, and specialty courses in the college's general education program. 

His research interests are in the self (e.g., identity and self-control) and emotional experiences (e.g., emotional intensity and emotion regulation), but he primarily focuses on the influence of people's beliefs about God on their sense of identity.  He and his wife of 14 years, Jenny, have two children together and live in the Lebanon, PA area. 


Michael B. Kitchens, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Lebanon Valley College101 N. College Avenue, Annville, PA 17003-1400 • 717-867-6197 • Email: kitchens@lvc.edu