Montana State University

Department of Psychology

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173440
Bozeman, MT 59717-3440

Tel: (406) 994-3801
Fax: (406) 994-3804
Location: 319 Traphagen Hall

Department Chair

Dr. Colleen Moore

Dept Administrative Associate

Brenda Lewis

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Adjunct Instructors & Affiliates
Administrative Associate


Moore, Colleen F. (Ph.D. 1978, University of Illinois). Professor and Department Chair. Early life effects on behavior such as prenatal alcohol, prenatal stress, and environmental pollutants. Risk perception and moral reasoning about hazards. Phone (406) 994-5174. E-mail: colleen.moore1@montana.edu

Babcock, A. Michael (Ph.D. 1985, Colorado State University). Professor.  Cerebral ischemia, neurobiology of learning & memory, sensation and perception. Phone (406) 994-5175. E-mail: mbabcock@montana.edu

Block, Richard A. (Ph.D. 1973, University of Oregon). Professor.  Cognitive psychology: memory and attention, temporal information processing. Phone (406) 994-5173. E-mail: block@montana.edu

Brooker, Rebecca J. (Ph.D. 2011, The Pennsylvania State University). Assistant Professor. Developmental psychology, psychopathology and neuroscience; Early markers of risk for anxiety problems, developmental trajectories of putative markers of early risk. E-mail: rebecca.brooker@montana.edu

Handley, Ian M (Ph.D. 2003, Ohio University). Assistant Professor. Social psychology; social cognition, attitudes and persuasion, affect and decision-making. Phone (406) 994-6508. E-mail: ihandley@montana.edu

Hutchison, Keith A. (Ph.D. 2001, University at Albany-SUNY). Associate Professor. Cognitive psychology; attention, implicit and explicit memory, language, cognitive effects of aging and Alzheimer's Disease. Phone (406) 994-5528. E-mail: khutch@montana.edu

Lynch, Wesley C. (Ph.D. 1971, University of New Mexico). Professor. Physiological psychology; learning & motivation, behavior modification, eating disorders. Phone (406) 994-3803. E-mail: wlynch@montana.edu

Meade, Michelle L. (Ph.D. 2003, Washington University). Assistant Professor. Cognitive psychology; memory, cognitive aging, collaborative memory, individual difference in performance. Phone (406) 994-5946. E-mail: mlmeade@montana.edu

Skewes, Monica. (Ph.D., 2006, University of Texas at El Paso). Assistant Professor. Health psychology, addictive behaviors, minority health disparities, substance abuse treatment, harm reduction. E-mail: monica.skewes@montana.edu

Smith, Jessi L. (Ph.D. 2002, University of Utah). Associate Professor. Social psychology; self-regulation of motivation, gender studies, interpersonal and achievement goals, stereotype threat. Phone (406) 994-5228. E-mail: jsismith@montana.edu

Matthew Vess (Ph.D. 2010, University of Missouri). Assistant Professor. Social psychology; regulation of existential concerns, authenticity, self-esteem, health decisions. Phone (406) 994-5218. E-mail: matthew.vess@montana.edu

Assistant Teaching Professors

Barnes, Ralph (Ph.D.) Assistant Teaching Professor.  Introductory Psychology, Senior Thesis Capstone. Phone (406) 994-5172. E-mail:  ralph.barnes@montana.edu

Adjunct Instructors & Affiliates

Heiser, Shawna (M.S. 1997, Montana State University; Board Certified Behavior Analyst, BCBA 2009). Adjunct Instructor.  Behavior Modification, Psychology of Learning, Field Practicum). Phone (406) 994-4931. E-mail: sheiser@montana.edu. External Web site: www.speciallearning1on1.com

Manley, Krista (M.S., 2012, Montana State University). Adjunct Instructor. Judgment & Decision Making, Abnormal Psychology, others. Phone (406) 994-6921. E-mail: krista.manley@montana.edu

Marchak, Frank M. (Ph.D. 1988, Dartmouth College). Adjunct Instructor. Judgment & Decision Making, Senior Thesis Capston, Research Design & Analysis II. Research interests: Cognitive psychophysiology, memory, vision, credibility assessment. E-mail:frank.marchak@ecat.montana.edu

Russell, Elizabeth J. Adjunct Instructor. Psychology of gender, abnormal psychology, social psychology. Phone (406) 994-6921. E-mail: elizabeth.russell2@montana.edu@montana.edu

Wieseler, Julie (Ph.D. 2001, University of Nebraska). Adjunct Instructor. Development Psychology, Contemporary Issues in Human Sexuality, Research Design & Analysis I and II. E-mail: julie.wieseler@montana.edu

Postdoctoral Researchers

Brown, Elizabeth R.  (Ph.D. 2011, Miami University). Postdoctoral Researcher. Social psychology; understanding group differences, goals and motivation, system justification, social change, political psychology. E-mail: elizabeth.brown13@montana.edu. External Web site: http://elizabethrbrown.weebly.com/

Retired Faculty (Recent)

Whitford, Fred (Bill) W.  Adjunct Assistant Professor. Introductory Psychology; Abnormal Psychology. E-mail: fred.whitford@msu.montana.edu. Snail-mail, FedEx, and UPS: 1765 Moffit Gulch, Bozeman MT 59715. Home: 406-587-2851; Cell: 406-539-2280

Administrative Associate

Brenda Lewis
E-mail: psydept@montana.edu
Department phone 1-406-994-3801
Department fax 1-406-994-3804

Mailing Address:
Department of Psychology
304 Traphagen Hall
P O Box 173440
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717-3440