May 19, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog


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Chair: Amanda M. Durik

Graduate Faculty

Danielle Baran, director, Psychological Services Center, Ph.D., Northern Illinois University
David J. Bridgett, professor, Ph.D., Washington State University
M. Anne Britt, Distinguished Teaching Professor; Presidential Research Professor; Board of Trustees Professor; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Michelle K. Demaray, Presidential Research, Scholarship and Artistry Professor, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
Amanda M. Durik, professor, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison
Lisa M. Finkelstein, Presidential Teaching Professor, Ph.D., Tulane University
Angela Grippo, professor, Ph.D., University of Iowa
Michelle M. Lilly, professor, Ph.D., University of Michigan
Christine K. Malecki, Presidential Engagement Professor, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
Leslie Matuszewich, associate professor, Ph.D., University of Buffalo
Randy J. McCarthy, assistant professor, Ph.D., Northern Illinois University
Keith K. Millis, professor, Ph.D., Memphis State University
Nina S. Mounts, professor, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
Julia A. Ogg, associate professor, Ph.D., Michigan State University
Holly K. Orcutt, professor, Ph.D., State University of New York, Buffalo
Bradford H. Pillow, professor, Ph.D., Stanford University
Laura D. Pittman, associate professor, Ph.D., University of Connecticut
Rachel Saef, assistant professor, Ph.D., Purdue University
Brad J. Sagarin, professor, Ph.D., Arizona State University
Alecia M. Santuzzi, professor, Ph.D., Tulane University
Elizabeth C. Shelleby, assistant professor, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Kara M. Styck, assistant professor, Ph.D., Arizona State University
David P. Valentiner, professor, Ph.D., University of Texas
Douglas Wallace, professor, Ph.D., Kent State University
Katja Wiemer, associate professor, Ph.D., University of Memphis
Kevin D. Wu, associate professor, Ph.D., University of Iowa

The Department of Psychology offers programs leading to the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, as well as the Specialist in School Psychology (S.S.P.). All students apply directly to the Ph.D. or S.S.P. programs, even if they have not completed a master’s degree. The requirements for the M.A. are part of students’ training. Students who have completed a master’s degree when they begin either program may request to have relevant work evaluated for whether it meets some M.A. requirements. There is no separate application stage for admission to the Ph.D. or S.S.P. programs after having completed the M.A. requirements. However, elevation to candidacy status for the Ph.D. and S.S.P. is based on completion of program requirements and the positive recommendation of curricular area faculty.


In considering applicants for admission to its graduate programs, the department evaluates the general undergraduate GPA as well as the GPA for any relevant graduate work, preparation in undergraduate psychology courses, previous research training and productivity, background in science and mathematics, a personal statement, and letters of recommendation. Interview performance is also considered for programs requiring an interview. An attempt is made to select the best applicants on a combination of indices, recognizing that no index is absolute. While there are no minimum requirements, applicants should have a GPA of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) during the last two years of undergraduate work and/or any relevant graduate course work. Exceptions may be made under special conditions. Applicants do not need to hold a master’s degree to be eligible to apply to the graduate training programs in this department.

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