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Welcome to the Department of Psychology

The Department of Psychology at Penn State's University Park campus is part of the College of the Liberal Arts. The Department includes more than 40 full-time faculty members and more than 100 graduate students. Facilities include the Psychological Clinic, the Child Study Center, and numerous research laboratories. We conduct research and offer courses in many areas of psychology. This web site provides an overview of the University Park Department of Psychology, our people, and our programs. Psychology courses and programs are also offered at other Penn State campuses; here is a list of links to Psychology throughout the Penn State system.

Positions Available in Psychology

The Department of Psychology is searching for several full-time faculty:

Neuroscience (Associate or Professor), Director of Human MRI Facility (, Job Number 40695)

Child Maltreatment Cluster Hire, 2 open-rank Psychology positions
(, Job Number 40673)

Psychologist to participate in Psychology-Women's Studies dual-degree grad program (, Job Number 40455)

Full-time lecturers, various specializations
(, Job Number 40878)





Professor reports research on emotion control at work

Alicia Grandey, Associate Professor of Psychology, recently discussed her research at the Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science. Read the story here.

Faculty member interviewed

Pamela Cole, Professor of Psychology and HDFS, recently discussed her research on parents' role in the development of children's ability to regulate emotion in an interview with DugDug.

Professor honored

Karen Bierman, Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Director of the Child Study Center, received the Prevention Science Award at the 2013 Society for Prevention Research Annual Meeting. See the full story here.

Psychology faculty couple only known Guggenheim-Fellow couple in Psychology

Judith Kroll and David Rosenbaum are the only known couple in the field of psychology to each receive a Guggenheim Fellowship. For more detail, read the story here.

Psychology major named Outstanding Adult Student

Neil Meyer, majoring in Psychology with a Neuroscience option, received the 2013 Penn State Outstanding Adult Student Award. For more detail, read the story here.

Psychology Professor named Guggenheim Fellow

Judith Kroll, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Linguistics and Women’s Studies and director of Penn State’s Center for Language Science, has been named a 2013-14 Guggenheim Fellow. For more detail, read the story here.

Psychology Student honored at Undergraduate Research Exhibition

Jordanna Lembo, an Honors student in Psychology, received the Phi Kappa Phi Peter T Luckie Award for Excellence in Research at the Undergraduate Research Conference.

Graduate students honored

John Medaglia was awarded an F31 NRSA Fellowship to support his dissertation research, and Nathan Geiger and Kaitlyn Litcofsky received honorable mentions.

A number of Ph.D. students in Psychology have received honors this spring. Julia Dahl, Indira Turney, Kelsey Quigley, and Giorgia Picci were awarded NSF pre-doctoral fellowships, and Alex Weingard received an honorable mention from NSF.

Brittany Bloodhart received a second-place award and Chase Coelho and Victoria Merrit received third-place awards at the Graduate Research Exhibition.

Recent Ph.D. honored

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) has announced that James F. Boswell, who received his PhD here in 2011, is the recipient of the 2013 Division 29 Early Career AwardDr. Boswell is currently a research assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Boston University, and he will be joining SUNY Albany as an assistant professor of Psychology in the fall.  

Psychology faculty receive College and University Awards

Several Psychology faculty members have been selected for College or University Awards this spring.Karen Bierman will receive the Welch Alumni Relations Award from The College of The Liberal Arts. Alicia Grandey will receive the University's Milton S. Eisenhower Award for Outstanding Teaching, and Judith Kroll will receive the University Faculty Scholar Award in the Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Staff member honored

Amanda Goble, Grants Specialist at the Child Studies Center, received a Rising Star award from the College of the Liberal Arts.

Psychology staff win Teamwork award

A team consisting mostly of departmental staff members has won the Liberal Arts Outstanding Teamwork Award for the monumental set of tasks associated with the Moore Building Move last year.  Although several more staff members helped in various ways, the team being recognized had special responsibilities:  Mona Muzzio, Sue Kolbe, Judy Bowman, Elaine Prestia, Jason Tisdale, Shane Freehauf, Shannon Ranio, and Chris Hort. 

Staff award 2013

Graduate student awards

Mike Roche (clinical) was elected President of the Society for Personality Assessment Graduate Student Association (SPAGS).

Alissa Parr (I/O) won the George C. Thornton Graduate Scholarship awarded by the Society for Industrial/ Organizational Psychology.

Caitlin Bowman (cognitive) and Christian Thoroughgood (I/O) are both recipients of The Superior Teaching and Research (STAR) awards in The College of the Liberal Arts.

Faculty featured at APA Convention

Janet Swim (social) and John Horgan (industrial-organizational) will be featured plenary speakers at the 2013 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association in Hawaii.



Upcoming Child Sudy Center Events


Thursday, March 27, 2014
4:15 p.m., 127 Moore Building


Dr. Michel Boivin

Professor, Psychology

Canada Research Chair on Child Social Development

Laval University

"One Is Good, Two Is Better: How Twins May (and Should) Help Us Redefine Gene-Environment Interplay and Developmental Health"


Thursday, April 17, 2014
4:15 p.m., 127 Moore Building


Dr. Pamela Dalton

Monell Chemical Senses Center
Philadelphia, PA

Details on these events can be found here:



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Department Head

Dr. Melvin Mark

Associate Head

Dr. Richard Carlson

Director of Graduate Training

Dr. Susan Mohammed

Director of Clinical Training

Dr. Peter Arnett