Associate Professor of Psychology
B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Vanderbilt University


Helen Vrailas Bateman has taught at Sewanee since 2003. She earned a postdoctoral research fellowship award from the James S. McDonnell Foundation that enabled her to continue her research on the relationship of psychological sense of community in classroom and school settings to children’s social, emotional, and cognitive development in St. Louis, MO.

Prior to coming to the University of the South, Professor Bateman worked for three years as a Research Fellow at the Learning Technology Center of Peabody College, Vanderbilt University investigating the impact that different and innovative learning environments have on students’ psychological sense of community.

Professor Bateman’s previous research at the University of the South included the creation of innovative learning tools using video technology. In her research project "Students as Teachers and Learners" college students created video resources that served as both teaching and learning tools that helped promote students’ sense of community in the classroom. Professor Bateman’s previous research also examined the relationship between perceived drinking behavior, psychological sense of community, and social acceptance in college settings.

Professor Bateman’s present research focuses on the issue of childhood obesity and its impact on children’s development. Her current project “Healthy Bodies and Healthy Minds” aims at increasing children’s knowledge and understanding of nutrition and children’s involvement in physical activities.

Courses offered
   221  Adolescence
   357  Child Development (lab)
   363  Advanced Research Seminar in Psychology
   402  Community Psychology [not offered 2015-16]