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.
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.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
4:15 p.m. Child Study Center, 101M University Support Building I
Dr. Valerie Knopik
Director of the Division of Behavioral Genetics
Associate Professor (Research)
Departments of Psychiatry & Human Behavior and Behavioral & Social Sciences
Title: Maternal Smoking During Pregnancy: Real or Spurious Effect?
21st Annual Symposium on Family Issues
Penn State’s 21st Annual Symposium on Family Issues is titled, “Diverging Destinies: Families in an Era of Increasing Inequality,” Join us on October 7-8, 2013 on the University Park, PA campus as 16 scholars address how children, young adults, parents, and families are faring in an era of increasing social inequality. For a complete program and to register, visit the symposium website.
The Symposium is sponsored by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the following departments and institutes at Penn State: Social Science Research Institute, Population Research Institute, Children, Youth, & Families Consortium, the departments of Sociology, Psychology, Human Development & Family Studies, Anthropology, Biobehavioral Health, Labor Studies & Employment Relations, and the Prevention Research Center.