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Distinguished Alumni

The Department of Psychological Sciences at Purdue has hundreds of successful graduates.  Meet some of them!


Leona AikenLeona S. Aiken

Dr. Leona Aiken, ASU President's Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University, is internationally known for her research in applied statistics and health psychology.Having received her Ph.D. from Purdue in Quantitative Psychology, she isco-author of one of the most cited statistics textbooks, Multiple Regression: Testing and Interpreting Interactions. Besides being a distinguished scholar and prolific writer, Dr. Aiken is a highly treasured professor as her awards attest: ASU Professor of the Year (2010); Outstanding Graduate Mentor award (2009); the Distinguished Teaching/Mentoring award (Division 5, Evaluation, Measurement, Statistics, of the American Psychological Association, Inaugural Award, 2001); College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Distinguished Teaching award (2000); and ASU Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching award (1997).


Kelly BrownellKelly D. Brownell

Dr. Kelly D. Brownell is internationally recognized for his expertise on eating disorders, obesity and body weight regulation and is credited with coining the phrase "yo-yo dieting." Dr. Brownell earned a BS degree in psychology from Purdue in 1973. He is currently Dean and Professor of Public Policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.



William Byham

William C. Byham

Dr. William C. Byham, cofounder, chairman, and CEO of Development Dimensions International, received his Ph.D. from Purdue University. He pioneered human resource technologies including the assessment center method, behavior-based interviewing and behavioral job analysis methodology. He is the co-author of the best-selling book, Zapp!, which was named the number one business book of the decade for 1990-2000.




Antonio Cepeda-Benito

Antonio Cepeda-Benito

Dr. Antonio Cepeda-Benito was recently appointed dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Vermont. Dr. Cepeda-Benito earned his MS and Ph.D. degrees in psychology at Purdue. He received numerous awards while at Texas A&M including Psychology Teacher of the Year and was named as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Hispanics.





Patrick DeLeon

Patrick H. DeLeon

Dr. Patrick H. DeLeon, who received his MS in 1966 and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1969 from Purdue, recently retired after 38 years serving as Senator Daniel Inouye's chief of staff. During his tenure, he worked extensively for public policy advocacy in the healthcare field, specifically in psychology and nursing. He is a past president of APA (pdf).




Annette LaGrecaAnnette M. La Greca

Dr. Annette M. La Greca was recently named 2013 Distinguished Women Scholars. She received her Ph.D in Clinical Psychology from Purdue in 1978 and is now Director of Clinical Training at the University of Miami.





Brenda MajorBrenda N. Major

Dr. Brenda N. Major is the author of more than 100 articles and book chapters on coping, stigma, self-esteem and intergroup relations. Dr. Major received an MA degree from Miami University in 1975 and a Ph.D. in social psychology from Purdue in 1978. She is a distinguished professor in the Department of Psychology, University of California-Santa Barbara.





Michael RobertsMichael C. Roberts

Dr. Michael C. Roberts has made major contributions to research and practice on children’s physical and mental health, psychotherapeutic outcomes and program evaluation, and the professional training of psychologists. The author or co-author of over 200 scientific journal articles and book chapters, and the author or co-editor of 19 books, Dr. Roberts has served as the editor-in-chief of scholarly journals in pediatric psychology, in children’s healthcare, and in professional psychology, and has won numerous awards for his national service to the field. Dr. Roberts earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Purdue in 1978, and is Professor of Clinical Child Psychology at the University of Kansas.



Chesley B. Sullenberger IIIWilliam Shadish

Dr. William Shadish is Professor and Founding Faculty member at the University of California, Merced. His research and expertise cover a wide range of topics in the field of psychological experimentation, analysis and evaluation. Shadish is the author of several leading psychology books and more than 100 articles, book chapters, scientific papers and other published materials. He is a widely recognized authority on experimentation and social-science methodology devising testing techniques that yield reliable results. He is editor, associate editor or past editor of numerous psychology publications and the recipient of more than half a dozen distinguished awards and honors in his field. Dr. Shadish received his M.S. and Ph. D. degrees in clinical psychology from Purdue.


Chesley SullenbergerChesley B. Sullenberger III

Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger is an American airline transport pilot, safety expert, and accident investigator. Sullenberger gained fame in January of 2009 when he safely landed a commercial airliner on the Hudson River in New York and saved the lives of 155 passengers and crew. He earned a BS degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1973. Sullenberger also earned his MS degree in industrial psychology from Purdue in 1975 and received an MS degree in public administration from the University of Northern Colorado in 1979. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate degree from Purdue in 2011.



George C. Thornton IIIGeorge C. Thornton III

George C. Thornton III, who is a Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO, received his Ph.D. in Industrial Psychology in 1966 from Purdue University.