Department Chair:
Nancy Darling

Administrative Assistant:
Joan Gleason, Severance Hall Building Rep. Academic Year-Severance Hall room reservations email Summer-Severance Hall room reservations email

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8355
Fax: (440) 775-8356

Severance Hall
120 West Lorain
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Office Hours: Academic Year - Monday through Friday - 8:00 a.m. to Noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Summer Hours June to August - Monday through Friday TBD

Albert (Al) Porterfield

Albert (Al) Porterfield

Associate Professor

Contact Information


Severance Hall 205
(440) 775-8362

Personal Office Hours:
By appointment, email

Al Porterfield

Albert (Al) Porterfield

Educational Background

  • A.B, University Michigan--Dearborn, 1974
  • A.M, University Illinois--Champaign-Urbana, 1979
  • Ph.D., University Illinois--Champaign-Urbana, 1983

I’m a clinical psychologist by training but an experimental psychologist by temperament. I teach Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 214), Advanced Methods in Human Psychophysiology (PSYC 305), and I participate in our team-taught Introduction to Psychological Science (PSYC 100) course. My research interests fall primarily in the realm of social and cognitive neuroscience, particularly psychological and physiological (both central and peripheral) responses associated with human face perception. I manage Oberlin’s Psychophysiology Laboratory.