Psychology | Earlham College



A hands-on approach to the life of the mind

Earlham’s Psychology Department combines a hands-on approach with a remarkable diversity of faculty interests, including infant development, human development in Japan, prejudice, counseling and psychotherapy, stress and health, community psychology, biological basis of memory and positive psychology. Students can practice real-life observation, hone counseling skills, assist with faculty research, and conduct research of their own. This rich hands-on approach allows students to be involved in their discipline in ways that are both relevant and demanding.

Our graduates have pursued advanced degrees in psychology at places like Washington University in St. Louis, Bryn Mawr College and Ball State University in cognitive, developmental and clinical areas. Recent graduates also have pursued advanced degrees in social work, education, medicine, law and business at Boston, Cornell and George Washington universities, among others.

Mindset for research
Mindset for research
Boxes of toys, a puppet theater and an assortment of praise phrases are all important elements in Assistant Professor of Psychology Rachael Reavis’ Peer Lab. Lara Khalifeh '18 (pictured left) conducts in the Growth Mindset research.

Earlhamites from the Psychology Program

Jacob Ebbs
Learning from Soccer, Poetry, Sharks and Psychology

Jacob Ebbs '16 uses a variety of lenses to study human nature.

Karli Oxford-Jordan
Research for Good

Babies are pint-sized moral philosophers? It may not be such a silly question. In her senior project, Karli Oxford-Jordan ’17, equipped with puppet shows and parent questionnaires, is determined to explore morality in babies as young as four months.

Vince Punzo
Defining Dignity

What is human dignity? Professor of Psychology Vince Punzo teaches a course pondering that question, thanks in part to a $22,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to foster exploration of enduring questions.

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