Cognitive Psychology

The graduate major in cognitive psychology is primarily oriented toward doctoral training. All students are required to complete a master's thesis leading to an M.S. degree before continuing the doctoral program. The normal time course for a master's degree is two years, with two additional years for the doctorate. The term "cognitive psychology" encompasses most topics in human experimental psychology. The interests of the faculty in this area include sensory processes, perception, information processing, memory, attention, judgment, thinking, problem solving, and human factors. Faculty specializing in mathematical psychology, behavioral neuroscience, and animal learning also participate in the cognitive graduate program.  Human factors is an interdisciplinary area of interest that focuses on the systematic application of knowledge about human sensory, perceptual, mental, psychomotor, and other characteristics to the design of the many human-made facilities of our current civilization. The human factors program at Purdue University is interdisciplinary, operated jointly by the Department of Psychological Sciences (Cognitive Psychology) and the School of Industrial Engineering. More information on human factors can be found here.

Graduate Faculty

See also faculty in Mathematical and Computational Psychology

Affiliated Faculty

Joint Appointment:

Courtesy Appointments:

Adjunct Appointment:

  • Josefa Pandeirada, Ph.D.
  • Evelina Thunell, Ph.D.

Departmental Bridge Topics

Recent Cognitive Psychology Graduates

Below is a list of our most recent graduates and their current positions.


Isis Chong (PhD): Senior Human Factors Engineer, Amgen
Elizabeth Wiemers (PhD): Post-doc, University of Texas Arlington


Eddie Christopher (PhD): Lead People Analytics Data Scientist, Discover Financial Services


Joey Bedwell (MS): User Experience Researcher, Amazon
Courtney Griffin-Oliver (PhD): Research scientist, Exponent


Aiping Xiong (PhD): Assistant Professor, Penn State University


Josh VanArsdall (PhD): Assistant Professor, Elmhurst College
Nicole Murchison (PhD): Senior Member of Technical Staff: Human Factors, Sandia National Laboratories


Janell Blunt (PhD): Assistant Professor, Anderson University
Jing Chen (PhD): Assistant Professor, Old Dominion University
Mindi Cogdill (MS): Safety Coordinator, FCA Packaging
Josh Whiffen (MS): Research Associate/Data Analyst, Horizon Research Inc.


Megan (Smith) Sumeracki (PhD): Assistant Professor, Rhode Island College
Phil Grimaldi (PhD): Director Research, OpenStax
Xiao 'Cosmo' Zhang (MS): PhD Student, Purdue University Computer Science


Jihyun Yeonan-Kim (PhD): Post-doc, National Eye Institute (NIH)
Mila Sugovic (PhD): Director of Cognitive Research, EurekaFacts
J. Eric Taylor (PhD): Post-doc, Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence
Althea (Bauernschmidt) Kaminske (PhD): Associate Professor, St. Bonaventure University


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