David Landers, Ph.D., retired from his position as a Visiting Associate Professor of Psychology at Saint Michael's College following the 2016-17 school year, but returns for another year as the College's Faculty Athletics Representative in 2017-18.
Landers received his Ph.D. from Wayne State University in Michigan, following a master's degree from Michigan State University, and a bachelor of arts degree from Alma College. His areas of expertise are in sports psychology, abnormal psychology, and theories of counseling, and he has been instrumental in mentoring hundreds of Saint Michael's students in his nearly three decades at the institution.
Landers has been a strong advocate of Saint Michael's Athletics among the College's faculty, and has done much research on collegiate athletics. For example, he received a grant from the Northeast-10 Conference to attend the 2009 NCAA National Convention in Washington, D.C., the week prior to the Presidential Inauguration, and the Scholarly Colloquium's theme that year was "Paying the Price: Is Excellence in Sport Compatible with Good Health?"
Thanks greatly to his work with Saint Michael's student-athletes, Landers earned the 2014 Dr. Dave Pariser Faculty Mentor Award, as selected by the NCAA Division II National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). He received his honor at the Division II FARs reception during the 2015 NCAA Convention in Washington, D.C.