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. Keith Hutchison

Dept Administrative Associate

Brenda Lewis

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


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

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:

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

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

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

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:

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

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:

Assistant Teaching Professors

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

Adjunct Instructors

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

Manley, Krista (M.S., 2012, Montana State University). Judgment & Decision Making, Abnormal Psychology, others. Phone (406) 994-6921. E-mail:

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

Russell, Elizabeth J. Psychology of Gender, Abnormal Psychology, SocialPpsychology. Phone (406) 994-6921. E-mail:

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

Postdoctoral Researchers

Allen, Jill. (Ph.D. 2013, University of Nebraska- Lincoln). Applied social psychology, subtle prejudice, stereotype threat, diversity, objectification and dehumanization, body image. Email:

Brown, Elizabeth R.  (Ph.D. 2011, Miami University). Social psychology; understanding group differences, goals and motivation, system justification, social change, political psychology. E-mail: External Web site:

Professors Emeritus

Block, Richard A. (Ph.D. 1973, University of Oregon). Emeritus Professor. Cognitive psychology: memory and attention, temporal information processing, psychology of time. E-mail:

Moore, Colleen F. (Ph.D. 1978, University of Illinois). Emeritus Professor. Early life effects on behavior such as prenatal alcohol, prenatal stress, and environmental pollutants. Risk perception and moral reasoning about hazards. E-mail:

Retired Faculty (Recent)

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

Administrative Associate

Brenda Lewis
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