Natalie Manbeck, Ed.D.


Associate Professor
Applied Behavioral Sciences Program
Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Programs/Classes Taught:

B.A. in Applied Behavioral Sciences

LAS 300 Adult Development & Learning Assessment
LAS 309 Critical Thinking and Writing
LAS 331 Dynamics of Group Behavior
LAP 340 Effective Interpersonal Relationships
LAS 406 Leadership in a Changing World
LAS 407 Applied Communication in Society
LAS 426 Multicultural Dimensions
INT 430 Methods of Inquiry in the Behavioral Sciences
LAS 435 Senior Seminar, Integrating the Applied Behavioral Sciences
LAP 401 Psychology of Learning
LAP 100 General Psychology

Areas of Expertise:

Adult Development, Adult and Brain Based Learning, Personality Types, Gender Differences, Cultural impact on behavior, Communication


Natalie Manbeck, Ed.D., has been a full-time faculty member at National Louis University in the Applied Behavioral Sciences program since 1993. Her research interests have centered around optimizing student learning beginning with her dissertation on student perspectives of non-traditional degree programs for adult students. She regularly presents at national and international professional conferences on a variety of topics. Some of her recent presentations were on adult conceptualization of thinking, the use of metaphors in teaching, transformative learning, brain exercises to improve learning, gender imbalance and differences in the classroom, curiosity and the adult learner, and most recently, student perceptions of on-line and face-to-face learning. Internationally, she has presented her research at conferences in Finland, Scotland and the Netherlands and was invited to lecture at a small liberal arts college in Curitiba, Brazil. Her other academic interests also include: multicultural issues, personality types, student perspectives in education, gender differences, neuro-psychology, and adult education.


Ed. D. - Instructional Leadership, 1996 National Louis University, Evanston, IL M.A. - Speech/Communication, 1976 Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL B.S. in Ed. - Speech/Communication, 1971 Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL

Research and Interests:

Dr. Manbeck is currently conducting research on adult student perceptions of on-line and face-to-face learning. Her other research interests include gender differences in learning, and the neuropsychological aspects of thinking, perception and learning.

Contact Information:

Natalie Manbeck, Ed.D.

Associate Professor, Applied Behavioral Sciences Program

National Louis University

5202 Old Orchard Road, Ste. 300

Skokie, IL  60077

Phone: 1-224-233-2189



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