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2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology Department

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College of the Sciences
Psychology Bldg., room 421

Fax: 509-963-2307
    See the department website for how this major may be used for educational and career purposes (see the Career Guide under Prospective Students tab).

Faculty and Staff

Stephanie Stein, PhD

Assistant Chair
Stephen B. Schepman, PhD

Terry L. DeVietti, PhD, physiological and experimental psychology
Susan D. Lonborg, PhD, health psychology, substance abuse, clinical and research ethics, career development, gender, psychotherapy research
Megan D. Matheson, PhD, general experimental and comparative psychology, nonhuman primate social behavior, stress and coping, post-conflict behavior
Stephen B. Schepman, PhD, organization development, work motivation, personality theories, social psychology, statistics
Anthony J. Stahelski, PhD, industrial/organizational psychology, social psychology, small group interaction, leadership, cults and extremist groups, aggression and violence, terrorism
Stephanie Stein, PhD, school psychology, curriculum-based measurement, behavior disorders in children, lifespan development, psychopathology 

Associate Professors
Robyn Brammer, PhD, multicultural issues, psychology of gender, counseling supervision, LGBT issues, adolescent interventions, psychology of religion
W. Owen Dugmore, PhD, counseling, psychology of adjustment
Marte Fallshore, PhD, environmental decision-making, psychology of law, learning, memory, statistics, cognition
Kara I. Gabriel, PhD, general experimental psychology, spatial skills, risk-taking, biopsychology
Heath Marrs, EdD, school psychology, educational psychology, response to intervention, gender issues in education
Jeffrey M. Penick, PhD, mental health counseling, group counseling, counseling supervision, adult aging and development, health psychology
Danielle Polage, PhD, cognitive psychology, psychology and law, memory, eyewitness testimony, lying and jury deliberation
Terrence J. Schwartz, PhD, educational psychology, counseling psychology, statistical analysis
Wendy A. Williams, PhD, applied behavior analysis, animal behavior, general experimental psychology, human cognition and decision-making

Assistant Professors
Sara Bender, MS, psychotic disorders, clinical expectations related to recovery, efficacy of online learning, cyber-supervision
Heidi Bogue, PhD, school psychology, efficacy of school-based interventions, graduate student success, social-emotional functioning and behavior in children
Ralf Greenwald, PhD, cognitive brain dynamics, event-related potentials, critical thinking, psychology of video gaming, general cognitive psychology
Suzanne Little, PhD, school psychology, psychological assessment, response to intervention, children with disabilities, giftedness, autism
Sadie Lovett, PhD, applied behavior analysis, derived stimulus relations, verbal behavior, instructional design, rehabilitation
Liane Pereira, MS, youth mental health, human development, social determinants of health, educational psychology 

Senior Lecturers
Mary Radeke, PhD, child language development, neuropsychology, experimental psychology
Mark Soelling, PhD, counseling psychology, psychology and the law, psychopharmacology 


Elizabeth Haviland, PhD, counseling psychology, counseling supervision, multicultural counseling 


Debbie Thomas, secretary supervisor
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 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
Prior to admission to the psychology major, students must complete the following classes with a grade of C or higher:

PSY 101
MATH 130 or higher
ONE of the following: BIOL 101, 182, or 201

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 or on the department website.

Exit Requirements
Students are required to have a 2.5 GPA within the major area to receive the degree.
Senior psychology majors are required to complete the department’s end-of-major 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. In PSY 200 Introduction to the Major (taken after applying to the psychology major), students will learn about the portfolio requirements that will be due in PSY 489 Senior Assessment. One of the PSY 489 portfolio requirements is a minimum of ten hours of service learning and/or research assistant experience. This requirement can be met anytime prior to the end of PSY 489.

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 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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