Dr. Robert Hensley

Title: Lecturer of Pyschology
Dept.: Psychology

Education Background

  • Ph.D., Iowa State University
  • M.A., University of Northern Iowa
  • B.A., University of Northern Iowa
  • A.A., Kirkwood Community College

GV Start Date

  • August 2020

Areas of Expertise

  • Adjusting to ended relationships
  • Gerontology (the study of aging)


Dr. Hensley comes to Grand View University from teaching at a variety of colleges and universities across the country; he joined the faculty at Grand View in August 2020.  A native of Chicago Heights, IL, Dr. Hensley has spent most of his life in Iowa.  Prior to arriving at Grand View, Dr. Hensley taught courses at Kirkwood Community College, Mount Mercy College, Des Moines Area Community College, and Iowa State University.  In 2004, he won a Teaching Excellence Award at Iowa State University.    

At Grand View, he teaches the graduate course, Human Growth and Development (CMGR 535).  Regarding research, Dr. Hensley has two main areas of interest.  One key research interest includes studying how college students adjust to ended dating relationships.  Another area of interest for Dr. Hensley is tied to gerontology, the study of aging. His interest in this area involves studying the role of loneliness in the adaption of centenarians.  He has his research published in the Gerontology, The Journal of Psychology, and The Journal of Divorce and Remarriage.  Dr. Hensley’s teaching philosophy, in essence, is that teaching is a two-way street; both teacher and student can grow together in a supportive learning community.

Dr. Robert Hensley