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2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 
2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology Department

Psychology Department

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College of the Sciences
Psychology Bldg., room 421

Fax: 509-963-2307
    See website for how this major may be used for educational and career purposes.

Faculty and Staff

Stephanie Stein, PhD

Assistant Chair
Stephen B. Schepman, PhD

Terry L. DeVietti, PhD, physiological psychology, experimental
Eugene R. Johnson, EdD, school psychology, psychological and educational evaluation, exceptional children
Susan D. Lonborg, PhD, psychotherapy research, psychology of women, clinical and research ethics, career development, health psychology
Stephen B. Schepman, PhD, personality theories, social psychology, statistics
Anthony J. Stahelski, PhD, organization development, social psychology, small group interaction
Stephanie Stein, PhD, school psychology, behavior disorders in children, lifespan development, school-based assessment
Elizabeth M. Street, EdD, educational psychology, learning theory, exceptional children, applied behavior analysis
Philip Tolin, PhD, sensation and perception, human factors, experimental

Associate Professors
Robyn Brammer, PhD, multicultural counseling, counseling supervision, adolescent interventions, psychology of religion
W. Owen Dugmore, PhD, counseling, psychology of adjustment
Marte Fallshore, PhD, human learning and memory, development of expertise, statistics, cognition, environmental decision-making, crime severity
Megan D. Matheson, PhD, general experimental, primate behavior, comparative psychology, evolutionary psychology
Jeffrey M. Penick, PhD, counseling psychology, health psychology, adult development
Terrence J. Schwartz, PhD, educational psychology, counseling psychology, statistical analysis
Wendy A. Williams, PhD, general experimental, single-subject design, experimental analysis of human and nonhuman behavior, animal welfare

Assistant Professors
Kara I. Gabriel, PhD, general experimental, biopsychology, psychopharmacology, behavioral genetics, spatial learning, memory
Ralf Greenwald, PhD, cognitive neuroscience, cognitive psychology, brain dynamics, electro-physiology
Breyan Haizlip, PhD, multicultural counseling, social justice advocacy, counselor education and supervsion, counseling theories, qualitative research
Suzanne Little, PhD, school psychology, psychological/educational assessment, diverse learners, gifted, autism
Heath Marrs, EdD, educational and school psychology, developmental psychology, assessment
Danielle Polage, PhD, cognitive psychology, psychology and law, memory, lying, eyewitness testimony, jury decision making, and repression

Senior Lecturer
Mary Radeke, MS, child language development, experimental psychology
Mark Soelling, PhD, clinical psychology

Elizabeth Haviland, PhD, counseling psychology, counseling supervision, multicultural counseling
Augustus Little, PhD, school counseling, educational psychology


Estelle Mathews, secretary lead
Loretta Ney, secretary lead
Chris Buchanan, engineering technician III

Department Information
The psychology department offers an important behavioral science component of the university’s liberal arts curriculum. As part of the General Education program, courses in psychology broaden the student’s knowledge about the causes of behavior, cognition, and emotion. Through our major and minor programs, students can develop an understanding of the perspectives, content, and methods of the science and practice of psychology and prepare for graduate study.

Admission Requirements
Students wishing to apply for admission to the psychology major or minor are required to register with the department and be advised by a member of the department faculty. The department reserves the right to change requirements as circumstances warrant. Application forms may be obtained from the department office.

Exit Requirements
Students are required to have a 2.25 GPA within the major area to receive the degree.
Senior psychology majors are required to complete the department’s end-of-major assessment examination in the quarter before graduating. Students should register for the examination in the department office. The purpose of this requirement is to enable us to assess whether the department has fulfilled its instructional objectives and to provide us with information that will enable us continuously to improve our programs and courses.

Departmental Honors
The eligibility requirements for admission to the Department of Psychology honors program include the following:

  1. Admission to the program: The student must be a psychology major, at least a junior but not more than a first quarter senior, and have completed all core courses with a GPA of at least 3.25 in those courses and have an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0. The student must apply in writing to the department chair, with a supporting letter of recommendation from a member of the faculty who agrees to supervise the student’s work to completion.
  2. Requirements and Procedures: The student will register for 4-6 credits in PSY 497, Undergraduate Honors Thesis. In consultation with the supervising faculty member, the student chooses a three-person faculty committee. Plans for the honors project, generally an empirical research study, must be approved by the entire committee. The project will culminate in a written research report and a formal defense of the thesis.



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