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Experimental psychology utilizes scientific methods to study human and nonhuman behavior.   Experimental psychologists work in a wide variety of settings including colleges, universities, research centers, government, and private businesses.

Our faculty and graduate students work on a variety of research topics, including:
  • Cognitive Processes
  • Health Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Human Memory and Learning
  • Gender Issues
  • Animal Behavior, including Primate Behavior
  • Violence and Aggression
  • Cognitive Neuroscience

Graduate Students in the Experimental Psychology MS Program

Graduate students are paired with faculty advisors and, eventually, with their faculty thesis chairs based upon shared interests in specific research areas. 
 
 
Laura Attaway (Entered program Fall 2013)
 
Undergraduate Degree: Central Washington University
Thesis Topic: To be determined
Colleen Falconer (Entered program Fall 2013)
 
Undergraduate Degree: University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Thesis Topic: To be determined
Michael McDonald (Entered program Fall 2013)
 
Undergraduate Degree: University of Arkansas
Thesis Topic: To be determined
Travis Pyle (Entered program Fall 2013)
 
Undergraduate Degree: Washington State University-Vancouver
Thesis Topic:  To be determined
Advisor: Dr. Kara Gabriel
Benjamin Richardson (Entered program Fall 2013)
 
Undergraduate Degree: Western Washington University
Thesis Topic:  To be determined
Advisor:  Dr. Ralf Greenwald
Dania Wiersbinski (Entered program Fall 2013)
 
Undergraduate Degree: Georgia Southern University
Thesis Topic:  To be determined
Advisor:  Dr. Kara Gabriel

Megan McCully (Entered program Winter 2013)
 
Undergraduate Degree: Central Washington University
Thesis Title: Behavioral Skills Training for Teaching Assertiveness in Condom Insistence.
Proposal anticipated in Fall 2013
Thesis Chair: Dr. Sadie Lovett

Anna Chester (Entered program Fall 2012)
 
Undergraduate Degree: Central Washington University
Thesis Title: Factors that Influence the Stigma Associated with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.
Proposed: Spring 2013
Thesis Chair: Dr. Kara Gabriel

Derek Ellis (Entered program Fall 2012)
 
Undergraduate Degree: Eastern Washington University
Thesis Title: Level P300: An ERP and Working Memory Evaluation of Gamers and Non-gamers.
Proposal Anticipated in Fall 2013 
Thesis Chair: Dr. Ralf Greenwald

Carolyn Petersen (Entered program Fall 2012)
 
Undergraduate Degree: Central Washington University 
Thesis Title:  The Effects of Victim Sex and Perpetrator Sex in Crime Severity Assessment.
Proposal Anticipated in Fall 2013
Thesis Chair: Dr. Marte Fallshore

Kyle Williams (Entered program Fall 2012)
 
Undergraduate Degree: Trinity Lutheran
Thesis Title:  Continuity of Measures of Implicit Racism and Behavior in Real World Scenarios
Proposed Spring 2013
Thesis Chair: Dr. Kara Gabriel
Rosalind Chaffee (Entered program Fall 2011)
 
Undergraduate Degree: Central Washington University
Thesis Title: The Effect of Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid in a Mouse Model of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. 
Proposed Winter 2013
Thesis Chair: Dr. Kara Gabriel

Listed below are some of the recent graduates of our program....

Ginnie Hershbarger (In program Fall 2011 to Spring 2013)
 
Thesis Title:  The Efficacy of a Timeout Treatment for Aggressive Dogs.
Thesis Chair: Dr. Wendy Williams
 
In Fall 2013, Ginnie started in the PhD program in Psychology at Arizona State University.

Alexander Kohorst (In program Fall 2011 to Spring 2013)

Thesis Title: Fading and Stimulus Transfer Across Receptive Modalities in Columbia livia.

Thesis Chair: Dr. Terry DeVietti

In Fall 2013, Alex started teaching at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, WA.

Timothy Lyons (In program Fall 2011 to Spring 2012)  
 
Thesis Title:  Perceptions of the Experiences of LGBT Individuals at a Northwest Rural State University.
Thesis Chair: Dr. Susan Lonborg
 
In Fall 2012, Tim became a PhD Student in Counseling Psychology at the University of Memphis.

Katie Weigt Taylor (In program Fall 2011 to Spring 2013)
 
Thesis Title: Human Development and the School Nutrition Environment.
Thesis Chair: Dr. Steve Schepman
 
In Fall 2013, Katie began a job with the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services at Rainier School, a habilitation center for individuals with developmental disabilities.