Pas­sion and per­son­al­ity de­fine RBC pro­fes­sor

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She is en­er­getic. She is ex­cited. She is mo­ti­vated. Richard Bland Col­lege of Wil­liam & Mary (RBC) psy­chol­ogy pro­fes­sor Dr. Tif­fany Bird­song al­ways walks into her class with a smile on her face, ea­ger to teach and pre­pare stu­dents for their ca­reers.

“Teach­ing is a dif­fi­cult pro­fes­sion that is of­ten over­looked,” ex­plains Bird­song. “It re­quires pa­tience and perserver­ence.”

To pro­vide a blend of aca­demic stim­u­la­tion and stu­dent en­gage­ment with the course ma­te­ri­als, Bird­song’s lec­tures in­clude a mix of videos, dis­cus­sions, and Pow­erPoints. This teach­ing style, cou­pled with her out­go­ing per­son­al­ity, makes her a pop­u­lar pro­fes­sor among RBC stu­dents.

A Long Is­land, New York na­tive, Bird­song was a first­gen­er­a­tion col­lege stu­dent at Man­hat­tan Col­lege. She then earned her master’s de­gree and doc­toral de­gree in clin­i­cal psy­chol­ogy from La Salle Univer­sity in Philadel­phia. After­ward, she worked in Prince­ton, New Jersey be­fore ac­cept­ing the Richard Bland Col­lege po­si­tion, for which she had been rec­om­mended by her post-doc­toral su­per­vi­sor at La Salle.

“Orig­i­nally, I was in­ter­ested in in­dus­trial-or­ga­ni­za­tional psy­chol­ogy, which is psy­chol­ogy for the busi­ness sec­tor,” she says. “But my fa­ther was a New York City fire­fighter when the tragic events of 9/11 hap­pened. It be­came a per­sonal mat­ter for me and hit home. After 9/11, I be­came re­ally in­ter­ested in clin­i­cal psy­chol­ogy and trauma.”

At Richard Bland, she cre­ates a class­room en­vi­ron­ment that is de­mand­ing and com­fort­ing. The strong rap­port she builds with stu­dents al­lows her to know each of them aca­dem­i­cally and per­son­ally.

“I feel like I have more of an im­pact at RBC as a teacher than I do as a ther­a­pist,” Bird­song says.

With her pas­sion for teach­ing and dy­namic per­son­al­ity, Bird­song strives to of­fer RBC stu­dents the tools they need for a bright fu­ture, one class at a time.


Dr. Tif­fany Bird­song, a na­tive of Long Is­land, New York, is a psy­chol­ogy pro­fes­sor at Richard Bland Col­lege of Wil­liam & Mary. Her teach­ing style, cou­pled with her out­go­ing per­son­al­ity, makes her a pop­u­lar pro­fes­sor among RBC stu­dents.

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