Welcome Back!

August 24th, 2020

We’ve missed all of our fabulous students. Even though things are different this Fall, we’re looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones. Please do eveything you can to keep yourself and others safe.

Department news: 

We welcome two new faculty members this fall:


  • Ryan Sellworth joins us from Lake Forest College, where he worked as a lecturer after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completing a post-doc at Rosalind Franklin University. Dr. Sellworth’s area is neuroscience, with special interest in the intersection between social and reward behavior.
  • Shanti Madhavan-Brown received her M.A. in School Psychology from Central Michigan University and recently completed her pre-doctoral internship in Knoxville, TN. Professor Brown’s research examines the role of developmental disorders, most recently CHARGE syndrome, on individuals behavior and anxiety. 

Dr. Jeff Wilson opted to retire a year earlier than he expected as a result of the Plague™. He will maintain a lab in the department, so you might see him on campus occasionally.

We wish you the best for the coming academic year. Please reach out to your friendly faculty if we can help you with anything.

2020 Awards

April 18th, 2020

Despite being away from campus, the department honored some outstanding students in an online recognition ceremony on Thursday, April 16.

Caroline Manning

  • Caroline Manning received the Joseph Heston Award for Outstanding Senior Psychology Major
  • Gabby Henriksen got the David K. & Patricia B. Hogberg Award for Research Excellence in Psychology
  • Aura Ware will be the Kirsten D. Metalonis Summer Research Fellow
  • El’Verson Mitchell received the Excellence in Human Services Award 
  • Both Manning and Henriksen also received two of four Prentiss M. Brown Outstanding Honors Thesis Awards from the College.

    Gabby Henriksen

    • Henkiksen’s thesis was titled “Got Grit? Passion and College Student’s Endorsement of Alcohol and Marijuana as a Coping Mechanism for Stress,” and was completed under the guidance of Drs. Andrea Francis and Mareike Wieth.
    • Manning’s thesis entitled “Behind the Veil of Confidence: Gender Differences in Narcissism and Overconfidence in the Prediction of Exam Scores” was overseen by Dr. Drew Christopher.

Aura Ware

El’Verson Mitchell

   We are proud of all of our students, and are pleased to congratulate these outstanding people!

Welcome Back!

August 26th, 2019

Fall, 2019! We hope you had a great summer and are ready for school! Here are a few pointers:

  • Go to class. Woody Allen once said that “80% of success is showing up.” He was right.
  • Use your professors. Visit us in our offices; talk to us in the hallways. We are here to help you.
  • If you’re a Psych major and don’t yet have an adviser in the department, see Schara to get one.
  • If you don’t yet know Schara, go to Olin 308 and introduce yourself.
  • Watch for announcements about meetings that target new majors, juniors, and seniors.

Hope you all have a great semester!

Celebrating the Next Step

April 26th, 2019

Psychological Science says “Good-bye” to some great students. We’ve been glad to get to know you over the past four years.  We also thank Holger Elischberger for his six years of service to the Department as Chair (and to Drew Christopher for serving as co-Chair for the past year). Mareike Wieth will take the helm in the Fall.

The following students received departmental recognition at the Honors Convocation:

  • Rachel Appel & Marianne Krause shared the David K. & Patricia B. Hogberg Award for Research Excellence in Psychology
  • Ian Stewart & Rachel Appel received the Joseph Heston Award for Outstanding Senior Psychology Major
  • Caroline Manning will be the Kirsten D. Metalonis Summer Research Fellow
  • Emily Budlong & Morgan Reeve shared the Excellence in Human Services Award 
  • Griselda Iñiguez won the Ned Garvin Award in Neuroscience
  • El’Verson Mitchell received the Metalonis Endowed Memorial Scholarship

    Dr. Drew Christopher with El’Verson Mitchell.

The department entertained its graduating seniors with an evening of fun and comradery at La Casa Mexicana. Our graduates are headed for the work force, and for graduate programs around the country in Cognitive Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Counseling, Social Psychology, and Social Work.

Psych Prof & Students Honored

May 4th, 2018

The 2018 Honors Convocation saw several members of the Psychological Science community honored for their achievements.

Professor Barbara Keyes received the Putnam Faculty Mentoring Award.


Victoria Stewart and Grace Boudjalis shared the Joseph C. Heston Award for Outstanding Senior Psychology Major.

Samantha Ely was honored with the David K. and Patricia B. Hogberg Award for Research Excellence in Psychology, and the Ned Garvin Award for Excellence in Neuroscience.

The Kirsten D. Metalonis Summer Research Fellowship was awarded to Rachael Appel.

The Excellence in Human Services Award was shared by Chaz Hopkins and Madison Vaive.


Cindy Fast ’08 Receives National Recognition

October 18th, 2017

Cindy Fast ’08 presents her research at the 2017 meeting of the Pavlovian Society. (photo: Jeff Wilson)

Psychology and Neuroscience Alum Cindy (Cardwell) Fast ’08 received the prestigious James McKeen Cattell Award from the New York Academy of Sciences.  The Cattell award recognizes the best U.S. dissertation in the field of Psychology for the period 2014-17. 

Fast completed her undergraduate degree at Albion College after transferring from Jackson Community College. At Albion she conducted research in the lab of Jeff Wilson, examining learning and memory in rats. Her PhD dissertation was completed at UCLA under the guidance of Aaron Blaisdell, and examined the role of a particular brain area, the hippocampus, in imagination and decision-making in rats.

Fast is currently Head of Training and Behavioural Research with APOPO.org in Tanzania, an organization that trains African pouched rats to detect land mines and tuberculosis.

Neuroscience to be offered in Spring 2018.

October 16th, 2017

Schedule change:

PSYC/NEUR 241 Fundamentals of Behavioral Neuroscience, TR 10:30-12:20

The course formerly known as Neuroscience 1 will be offered in the spring – it counts toward the Psychological Science List 2 requirement and is a requirement for the Neuroscience Concentration.

Fall 2017 ~ Welcome!

August 21st, 2017

We’re glad to see familiar faces returning to campus, and happy to welcome new students to the department.  Here are a few guidelines to help make the year a success:

  • Attend class regularly. You can’t learn if you’re not there.
  • Ask questions.
  • Recognize that you can learn from your professors, and also by listening to the questions posed by your fellow students.
  • Treat people with respect. 
  • Seek assistance outside of class when you need it. Your profs can guide you to the appropriate resources if they don’t have an answer.
  • And if (as is likely if you are reading this) you have an interest in majoring or minoring in Psychology, get to know Schara.

Have a great year!

Information for Majors & Minors

March 21st, 2017

In order to give you the most current information about the requirements for the Psychological Science major and minor, we provide this link to the College catalog where this information resides.  Please consult this information as you plan your courses, and see your adviser with any questions.



Welcome Back for the Spring!

January 17th, 2017

Yes, winter is in full swing, but we still call it the “spring” semester.  The Dept. of Psychological Science welcomes you back after what we hope was a restful break.

Here are a few reminders:

  • Feel free to talk with professors about your future. We can help!
  • If you’re considering a PhD program, get involved in research. The experience will open doors for you.
  • Aiming for a degree in counseling or clinical psych? Consider doing a practicum.
  • Seniors: expect to take our assessment exam. It’s a graduation requirement and it helps us to make the department stronger.
  • Graduation: May 6!

Have a great semester!