April, 2015. Congratulations to Max BurnsKatie Garrison, and Travis Whitaker on successfully defending their Master's Thesis!!!!

March, 2015. Congratulations to Lindsey Whitcomb, MSU Psychology Undergraduate, for receiving a Presidential Emerging Scholar Grant from MSU!!

March, 2015. Congratulations to Summer Whillock, recipient of this year's Outstanding Psychology Undergraduate Award!!! 

Fall 2015

  • Please welcome our new administrative assistant Amanda Thompson! Amanda previous worked in MSU's financial aid office and will work along Brenda in the main office (Trap 325).
  • Dr. Jessi Smith and MSU's ADVANCE project were featured on Amy Poehler's "smart girls" website. Click here.
  • The Psychology Department is hiring an assistant professor to start Fall 2016
  • Dr. Handley and Dr. Smith's new article demonstrating that male STEM faculty are more skeptical of research demonstrating gender bias was featured on MSU's website [click here] and this story has since been picked up by  The Sidney Herald, Inside Higher Ed, The Autrailian, The Conversation, IFL Science, Phys.org, News Fisher, Think Progress, Feminist Philosophers, and Science News!
  • Keith Hutchison presented a talk on 'Controlling Attention' for the Wonderlust lecture series at the Museum of the Rockies' Hagar Auditorium.
  • Jessi Smith and Ian Handley's BioScience article entitled "Empirically Testing a 3-Step Intervention to Increase Faculty Gender Diversity in  STEM" has received press in MSU news (here), Pacific Standard (here), and Science daily (here).
  • Michelle Meade presented a talk on 'False Memories' for the Wonderlust lecture series at the Museum of the Rockies' Hagar Auditorium.
  • The Board of Regents approved our Ph.D. program in Psychological Science!!! We are accepting applicants January 1st, 2016.
  • The Psychology department welcomes newly-hired Assistant Professor Dr. Brandon Scott! Dr. Scott was a postdoctoral fellow at the Reach Institute at Arizona State University, and his research focuses on anxiety and emotion regulation in children.
  • Congratulations to our Chair, Keith Hutchison, for running and finishing the Bridger Ridge Run!

Spring 2015

  • Dr. Richard Block is Professor Emeritus of Psychology as of May 21, 2015. He plans to continue research, but is no longer webmaster. See his webpage for details.
  • Dr. Tom Heyman, a visiting postdoctoral researcher from Belgium, who is working with Dr. Keith Hutchison, is featured in the APA PeePs (Particularly Exciting Experiments in Psychology) and has an article in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. (View here).

Psychology has two 2012 awardees of Women's Center Students of Achievement, for outstandingly promoting diversity and equality, demonstrating leadership abilities, excelling in school work, and serving as strong roles models for peers. Conrad Burbank, a starting offensive lineman for the Bobcats for four years worked as an advocate and educator for MSU's Victim Options in the Campus Environment (VOICE) Center. He plans to obtain a degree in Clinical Psychology. He is the first MSU football player to winthis award. The other awardee is Jenny Lawson. Jenny is serving as ASMSU President and has been working at the VOICE Center. She will begin working as a volunteer in the House of Hope orphanage home in Gulu, Uganda. After Jenny finishes serving in Uganda, she will begin to pursue a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. Congratulations and best wishes to both of our students!

Sasha Dingle (whose photo appears on our homepage) received a Fulbright Fellowship for one year of international research or teaching in Vietnam. Ms. Dingle, who is from Jerico, Vermont, graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Psychology in December, 2010, and she is a competitive freeskier. For earlier information about her, please see below.

Ivie English, who graduated from MSU in 2009 with degrees in Spanish and Psychology, received a Fulbright at-large award to teach in Mexico. She is originally from Great Falls, Montana.

Three of our undergraduate students, Francisco VelascoErin Miller, and Sahsa Dingle, were named McNair Scholars. The first two presened posters at the 1st Annual McNair Scholars’ Poster Showcase, at MSU, on November 30, 2010.

Benjamin Burns, a senior in the psychology department in Bozeman, recently volunteered to work in South Africa in a school for mentally and physically handicapped children who are HIV positive. Some of his responsibilities included developing schedules and lesson plans for teachers, as well as working directly with the children. He was commended in a recent newsletter from the new MSU President, Waded Cruzado, "for his important efforts." To read his full account, click here.

Heather Parsons was MSU's first Native American ROTC grad. Click here for a complete story.

Alumni News



Jill Allen (M.S. 2009; Ph.D. University of Nebraska, 2013). Assistant Professor at Drake Univeristy.

Jesse Bengson (M.S. 2005; Ph.D. UC Davis, 2011). Visiting professor at Bates College.

Frank Bosco (M.S. 2005; Ph.D. University of Memphis, 2011). Assistant Professor at Virginia Commenwealth University.

Scott Brown (M.S. 1980; Ph.D. Syracuse University). Professor at University of Conneticutt..

Justin Goss (M.S. 2006; Ph.D. Univ. of Texas, El Paso, 2013). Assistant Professor at University of Colorado, Pueblo.

Katie Hutchinson (M.S. 2007; Ph.D. Arizona State University, 2013). Associate Consultant, GLobal Scientific Communications.

Ann Lambert (M.S. 2006; Ph.D. University of Utah, 2011). Post-doc at University of Virginia.

Keith Leavitt (M.S. 2001; Ph.D. U. Washington, 2009). Assistant Professor at Oregon State University.

Julie Maertens (M.S. 2006; Ph.D. Colorado State, 2011). Research and Evaluation Program Mananger, Colorado State University.

Mark Huff (M.S. 2009; Ph.D. University of Calgary, 2013). Post Doc at Washington University in St. Louis.

Kristina Rand (M.S. 2009; Ph.D. University of Utah, 2014).

Aaron Richmond (M.S. 2002; Ph.D. U. of Nevada, 2006). Associate Professor at Metropolitan State College of Denver.

Zack Shipstead (M.S. 2006; Ph.D. Georgia Tech, 2011). Assistant Professor at Arizona State University, West Campus.

Christy Weeden (M.S. 2007; Ph.D. University of Utah, 2013). Post-doc at National Institute of Health..


Katie Garrison (M.S. 2015) Ph.D. candidate, Texas A&M University

Mariana Olsen (M.S. 2014) Ph.D. candidate, Arizona State University

Suzanna Powell (M.S. 2014) Ph.D. candidate, Washington University in St. Louis.

Jaime McNabb (M.S. 2013) Ph.D. candidate. Arizona State University Polytechnic

Chad Moffitt (M.S. 2013). Ph.D. candidate, University of Utah.

Meg Huntoon (M.S. 2013). Ph.D. candidate, University of Northern Illinios.

Andrew Rivers (M.S. 2013). Ph.D. candidate, U.C. Davis.

Lauren Hawthorne (M.S. 2011). Ph.D. candidate, University of Maine

Katya Numbers (M.S. 2011). Ph.D. candidate. Maquarie University

Nic Williams (M.S. 2011). Ph.D. candidate. Maquarie University

Bridget Clement (M.S. 2010). Ph.D. candidate, Victoria University, Wellington NZ.

Sara Davis (M.S. 2010). Ph.D. candidate.Iowa State University

Courtney Chapman (M.S. 2009). MD student. Eastern Virginia Medical School

Barbara Cooper (M.S. 2008). Ph.D. candidate, Gallaudet University