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Laurie   Helgoe

Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences


Laurie Helgoe, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, educator and author. She has a special interest in the relationship between personality and culture, and is currently authoring a book on the relationship between narcissism and American political and interpersonal discourse (Diversion Books, Fall 2018). She is the author of the critically acclaimed book, Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life Is Your Hidden Strength (Sourcebooks, 2013, 2008), which is published in six languages. Dr. Helgoe advocates for the widespread recognition that introversion is a natural disposition that, when respected, permits individuals to flourish creatively, work productively, and form enduring and meaningful relationships. Dr. Helgoe also authored the Psychology Today cover story, “Revenge of the Introvert,” wrote an expert contribution for the textbook, Contemporary Organizational Behavior in Action (Pearson-Prentice Hall, 2016), and has been quoted in several national and international publications including the Wall Street Journal.

Dr. Helgoe served as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the West Virginia University School of Medicine, Charleston Division, where she supervised psychiatry residents in psychotherapy techniques, and continues to serve as a consultant to that program. She also served as an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Social Sciences Division Chair at Davis & Elkins College in West Virginia. Dr. Helgoe authors a blog for PsychologyToday.com entitled Introvert Power: Food for the Inner Life. She is also a professional oil painter.