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.
The Department of Psychology is searching for several full-time faculty:
Neuroscience (Associate or Professor), Director of Human MRI Facility (http://psu.jobs/Search/Opportunities.html, Job Number 40695)
Child Maltreatment Cluster Hire, 2 open-rank Psychology positions
(http://psu.jobs/Search/Opportunities.html, Job Number 40673)
Psychologist to participate in Psychology-Women's Studies dual-degree grad program (http://psu.jobs/Search/Opportunities.html, Job Number 40455)
Full-time lecturers, various specializations
(http://psu.jobs/Search/Opportunities.html, Job Number 40878)
Alicia Grandey, Associate Professor of Psychology, recently discussed her research at the Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science. Read the story here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Award. Dr. 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.
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.
Amanda Goble, Grants Specialist at the Child Studies Center, received a Rising Star award from the College of the Liberal Arts.
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.
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.
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
Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 4:15 p.m.
The Nittany Lion Inn, Alumni Lounge, University Park
Nancy Gonzales, Ph.D.
Women and Philanthropy Dean's Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology (Clinical)
Director, Prevention Research Center
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
“Promoting School Engagement to Reduce Disparities for Mexican American Youth”
Thursday, January 16, 2014
2013-2014 Child Study Center's Lois Bloom Lecture
4:15 p.m., Nittany Lion Inn, Ballroom A&B
Dr. Nathan A. Fox
Distinguished University Professor and Chair
Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology
University of Maryland
"Are There Sensitive Periods for the Effects of Early Experience on Cognitive and Social Competence? Lessons from the Bucharest Early Intervention Project"
Details on these events can be found here: http://csc.psych.psu.edu/speaker-series/2013-14-child-study-center-speaker-series