Hello! My name is Troy Dvorak. I was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota but I grew up and lived in Canada for 26 years. I completed all of my schooling in Canada and graduated from Lakehead University with a Master's degree in psychology in 1996. After graduation, it was my privilege to work as a psychometrist, providing psychological assessment and treatment services to kids, teens, and families at a wonderful mental health clinic for 7.5 years. In 2003, I moved back to the Minneapolis area. Since 2005, I have been a proud member of the dedicated faculty at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC), and on May 12, 2017, I was hired full time.
In 2009, I began reviewing research on cognitive and non-cognitive factors related to student success. Ultimately, I decided to put my classroom experience, previous clinical experience,
In addition to the awesome hard-rockin' bands from the 80s (to whom I send my thanks), there are a lot of bands, many in Europe, still cranking out amazing 80s style rock right now. Please join me in supporting them!
Crazy Lixx (Sweden)
Jorn Lande (Norway)
Jaded Heart (Germany)
Lesser-known bands you should definitely check out:
House of Lords
and review of the research together into the Psychological Keys to Student Success. My second book, Studying vs. Learning: The Psychology of Student Success, revises the Keys and adds sections on learning and psychological skills.
As cliche and "geeky" as it may sound, I genuinely believe that a day spent helping others is a day well spent. It is a pleasure teaching students as they complete their education and supporting them as they pursue their goals.
Please check out these links:
Second MCTC Story
Troy is a "must-take" psychology prof in Minneapolis/St. Paul
Student Ratings & Opinions on Rate My Professor
Since I was a teenager, I recognized the importance of music as part of my own psychology. It adds a joy to my life that is hard to explain. Thanks to a copy of Def Leppard's Pyromania (on vinyl) and a buddy's appreciation of AC/DC, I quickly found myself captivated by the pounding beats, rockin' guitar riffs, and vocal hooks in hard rock music. I am a huge fan of 80s hard rock and "hair" metal and am totally monogamous to the genre. Whether at home, in the car, at the gym, or in my office at work, hard rock music is almost always cranking! I will even have it playing before my classes start. For me, psychology literally ROCKS!
I am a self-taught drummer and I occasionally embarrass myself trying to play three or four chords on the guitar.
So, let your hair down, turn up the volume, bang your head a little, and join me in learning about the many ways education and psychology totally rock!
Troy's favorite artists:
(anything with) Jeff Scott Soto
Guns N' Roses