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Fall 2018

Welcome to the Department of Psychological Sciences!

As Purdue begins its anniversary celebration of 150 Years of Great Leaps, let it be remembered that
the first formal courses in psychology were offered on this campus in 1908, 110 years ago this
year! Psychological Sciences, through many people and through many forms, has been a part of the
history of the institution over generations. We look forward to the new academic year that will
continue to showcase our growing contributions in discovery, learning, and engagement.

Guiding us as the new Dean of our College of Health and Human Sciences is Marion K. Underwood (most
recently Dean of Graduate Studies and Associate Provost at the University of Texas at Dallas). In
addition to her administrative position, Dean Underwood also brings to our campus her multi-year
research program on social aggression through digital communication among adolescents—and will be a
member of our own Clinical Psychology Area!

Change and growth will be evident most notably in the addition of three new Assistant Professors:
Yu-Chin Chiu (Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University, with post-doctoral work at Duke University, who
will contribute to both our Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience Areas), Franki Kung (Ph.D. from
University of Waterloo, who will be part of our Industrial-Organizational Psychology Area), and Q.
Chelsea Song (Ph.D from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who also will join our
colleagues in Industrial-Organizational Psychology).  Look up their pages on the Psychological
Sciences website.

Look for more news on our website about
• Influential faculty publications, including the edited volume Neurobiology of Abnormal Emotion
and Motivated Behaviors: Integrating Animal and Human Research, by Professors Susan Sangha and
Daniel Foti, which grew out of our 5th Biennial Purdue Symposium on Psychological Sciences in 2016
• Contributions to the “big ideas” of our era, including from our recently-concluded 6th Biennial
symposium, Big Data for Psychological Sciences, organized by Professors Sang Woo, Robert Proctor,
and Louis Tay
• Innovative work flowing from our existing areas of graduate training and scholarship—Clinical,
Cognitive, Industrial-Organizational, Mathematical & Computational Cognitive Science, Social, and a
reorganized and broadened Neuroscience Area.

For undergraduate majors and minors, Psychological Sciences continues to offer a range of
opportunities for learning and growth, and we look to further developments through our
•     Co-op program
•     Research-Focused Honors Program
•     Learning Community
•     Study Abroad opportunities (with the University of Dublin)
The Department also continues to be a “home” for students looking for other intensive experiences
in research through our participation in University-based programs, including those that will
encourage breadth and depth in our research and training “pipelines,” including:
•     Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)
•     Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP)

Graduate students should look out for
• more opportunities through our professional development series to explore the value of the
research focus and skills they are acquiring,
•     adding to their skill sets by pursuing our Graduate Certificate in Psychological Statistics,
• our ongoing commitment to providing financial assistance for graduate student research-related
travel, and competitive support for non-thesis research
Through our cooperation with a variety of University-based programs, the Department also encourages
graduate students to build their professional portfolios though
• the reorganized College Teaching Development Program (offering certifications in college teaching
to graduate students, post-docs, faculty and staff, sponsored by the Center for Instructional
•     Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP)

We especially invite our alumni to stay in touch with us, particularly during this anniversary year
for the University—and
• as the Department nears the close of our 80th anniversary celebration of I-O psychology at Purdue
•  Stay tuned: our Teaching Excellence Committee also is planning to reach out to help us identify
some of your most influential instructors and professors over the years.

We are very fortunate to have these and other initiatives and opportunities overseen by excellent
faculty and staff, with particular appreciation for the efforts of our
•     Director of Undergraduate Studies Susan Swithers
•     Director of Graduate Studies Margo Monteith
•     Graduate Training Area Coordinators, including
o Chris Eckhardt  (Clinical)
o Greg Francis (Cognitive,  MCCS)
o Carolyn Jagacinski  (Industrial-Organizational)
o Anne Sereno  (Neuroscience)
o James Tyler  (Social)
•     Lead Psychological Sciences Advisor Janet Proctor
•     Learning Community organizer Jill Gulker

I encourage everyone to keep up with basic information and announcements on our Departmental
…and follow us on our social media:
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Have a great year!

David Rollock, Ph.D.
150th Anniversary Professor and Professor of Psychological Sciences Department Head

Psychological Sciences, 703 Third Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-6061 FAX: (765) 496-1264

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