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

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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



Psychology Department Speakers for 2016-2017

Charles S. Grob, M.D., OC ’72

Friday, April 7, 2016, 12:00 p.m., Severance Hall 108

Topic: The Use of a Hallucinogen Treatment Model for Advanced-Cancer Anxiety

This talk will examine the clinical rationale and prior research record for the judicious use of the hallucinogen treatment model in patients with advanced-stage cancer and anxiety. The ethnobotanical, anthropological and historical context for the use of psilocybin in clinical psychiatric research will be reviewed as will the range of recent research efforts designed to explore the clinical treatment potential of psilocybin. The methodology, results and implications of the first approved research study in several decades designed to explore the clinical utility of hallucinogens in patients with advanced-cancer anxiety will be presented.

Charles S. Grob, M.D. is Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, and Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Grob conducted the first government approved psychobiological research study of MDMA, and was the principal investigator of an international research project in the Brazilian Amazon studying the visionary plant brew, ayahuasca. He has also completed and published the first approved research investigation in several decades on the safety and efficacy of psilocybin treatment in terminal cancer patients with anxiety. And he has recently completed a pilot investigation into the use of an MDMA treatment model for social anxiety in autistic adults. Dr. Grob is the editor of Hallucinogens: A Reader (Tarcher/Putnam, 2002) and co-editor (with Roger Walsh) of Higher Wisdom: Eminent Elders Explore the Continuing Impact of Psychedelics (SUNY Press, 2005). He is also a founding board member of the Heffter Research Institute.

co-sponsored by Alumni Association

Psychology Department Speakers for 2015-2016

Scott M. Hayes, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Neuroimaging Research for Veterans Center, VA Boston Healthcare System

Thursday, May 5, 2016, 12:30 p.m., Severance Hall 108

Topic: Cognitive and neural correlates of cardiorespiratory fitness in aging

A primary objective of the presentation is to outline the latest work regarding the role of physical activity and fitness in the mitigation of age-related cognitive and neural decline. A brief background on age-related cognitive and neural decline will be provided, followed by the presentation of our research examining individual differences in cardiorespiratory fitness and its relation to episodic memory, executive function, and neural white matter microstructure in young and older adults.

Dr. Hayes is the Associate Director of the Neuroimaging Research for Veterans Center at VA Boston Healthcare System, a core faculty member of the BU Memory Disorders Research Center, and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. He graduated from Skidmore College (Biology, Psychology) and completed his doctoral work in Clinical Psychology (Neuropsychology) at the University of Arizona.  He completed an NRSA-funded cognitive neuroscience-clinical neuropsychology postdoctoral fellowship in the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke University and the Bryan Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Duke University Medical Center.  A licensed psychologist, Dr. Hayes clinical interests include neuropsychological assessment of age-related neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, microvascular disease, and frontotemporal dementia, as well as amnesia.


Crystal Hall, Ph.D.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 12:15 p.m., Severance Hall 108

Topic: Applied Behavioral Science: Psychology as a Tool for Policy Design and Implementation
Psychology and behavioral decision research have been increasingly utilized as tools for exploring novel ways to craft and implement more effective and efficient policies. In this talk, Dr. Hall will draw from her own research portfolio and related work to give examples of psychological research that provides both theoretical extensions to the literature and practical implications, specifically in the areas of social policy and economic opportunity. She will also draw on her ongoing work with the White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team.

Crystal Hall joined the University of Washington's Evans School of Public Policy and Governance faculty in 2008. She is also currently serving a year as a Fellow with the White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team. Her research explores decision making in the context of poverty, using the methods of social and cognitive psychology, along with behavioral economics. This work has had a particular focus on financial decision making, and also the impacts of class stereotypes and the stigma of poverty. Her research has attempted to broaden the theoretical understanding of the behavior of this population, and has also explored new ways of incorporating these insights into policy design and implementation.

Damian A. Stanley, OC '97, Ph.D.

Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences

California Institute of Technology Pasadena, California

Topic: Towards a computational neuroscience of how we represent other people

Thinking about other people relies on complex and imprecise representations of individuals and social groups. It also requires that we update those representations in light of new information, integrate multiple sources of information, and efficiently deploy all of this to guide our interactions. Social psychology has long investigated the processes involved, and social neuroscience has begun to identify their neural correlates. Still missing, however, is a comprehensive, theoretically-informed, and mechanistic understanding of the specific neural computations that constitute such social processes. My research starts with theoretical constructs of person representation from psychology (e.g. trait learning, implicit evaluations, theory of mind), and reconstrues them within the model-based framework of computational neuroscience. Its long-term goal is the construction of a comprehensive model of the neural computations underlying person representation, including modulation by complex factors such as emotional or attentional states. In this talk I will present data on the influence of race bias on trust judgments and decisions, as well as the computational processes through which we learn about individuals’ traits and intentions (i.e., theory of mind), and how these processes might be disrupted in individuals with social impairments (e.g. Autism Spectrum Disorder).

Friday, February 5, 2016, Noon, Severance Hall 108

co-sponsored by Alumni Association

Chris Macklin OC '04 Ph.D.

Department of Music, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Topic: Cultures of active listening in science and music

Friday, November 6th, 4:30 p.m., Severance Hall 108

co-sponsored by Alumni Association

Psychology Department Speakers 2014-2015

Stephen Flusberg, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

School of Natural & Social Sciences

Purchase College, State University of New York 

Wednesday, April 1st, 4:30 p.m., Severance Hall 108

Title: The face in space: Novel orientation effects in face perception

Abstract: Cicero said “the face is a picture of the mind,” but contemporary psychologists might argue instead that it is by studying our ability to perceive faces that we gain real insight into how our minds work. The classic “Thatcher Illusion,” for example, reveals that perception is orientation dependent; people are better at perceiving objects, and especially faces, that are upright as compared to inverted. In this talk I will describe some novel orientation effects in face perception that my collaborators and I have been investigating in recent years (as well as what they reveal about how the mind works). Our findings suggest that learning plays an important role in face perception, and that the experiences we learn from are shaped by our embodied actions. 

Stephen Flusberg received his BA in psychology and religion from Northwestern University and his MA and PhD in cognitive psychology from Stanford University. He received the Stanford Centennial Teaching Award in 2010 and was nominated in 2011 for the Gores Award, Stanford’s highest award for excellence in teaching. Dr. Flusberg’s research focuses on the ways in which our perceptual and cognitive abilities are shaped and constrained by experience. He is particularly interested in how our bodies and actions structure the environmental information we have access to, how language, analogy, and metaphor facilitate abstract thinking, and how simple learning mechanisms can give rise to complex emergent functions over the course of development.

Ethan Benore, Ph.D., BCB, ABPP

Wednesday, March 4th, 4:30 p.m., Severance Hall 108 

Clinical Psychology: Real World Application of Foundational Knowledge

Psychological knowledge and theories have many uses in the real world. This is particularly true in clinical interventions. Many areas of psychology, from sensation/perception to cognitive processing to physiology all influence the work of clinical psychology. Dr. Benore will describe his current role as a pediatric/child psychologist and detail how foundational psychological knowledge informs the interventions used to help children and families with a range of difficulties.

Dr. Benore received his Bachelor’s in Psychology from Miami University. He then received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Bowling Green State University. He has worked as a pediatric psychologist for the last 10 years, becoming board certified in Child Clinical Psychology and in Biofeedback. He currently works at the Cleveland Clinic at the Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Program. He also is director of fellowship program in pediatric pain psychology. Dr. Benore’s professional interests are headache disorders, sleep disorders, anxiety disorders and applied psychophysiology and biofeedback.

Scott O. Lilienfeld, Ph.D.

Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor

Department of Psychology

Emory University

Friday, February 27th, Noon, Severance Hall 108

“Beneath the Mask: The Search for the Successful Psychopath.”

His program of research focuses on causes and measurement of personality disorders (especially psychopathic personality); personality assessment; psychiatric classification and diagnosis; pseudoscience and clinical psychology; critical thinking in psychology education.

Psychology Department Speakers for 2013-2014

Dr. Caitlin M. Fausey

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University

Topic: Instances in Time: The Structure in the Learning Environment and Why It Matters

Friday, May 2, Noon, Severance Hall 108

Dr. Owen D. Jones

New York Alumni Chancellor’s Professor of Law & Professor of Biological Sciences, Vanderbilt University

Director, MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience

Friday, April 18, Noon, Dye Lecture Hall, Science Center A162, Reception to follow

Topic: New Issues in Law and Neuroscience

Prof. Jones will discuss new issues, as well as inter-disciplinary research, at the intersection of law and neuroscience.

Matthew Rocklage, PhD Candidate in Psychology. Ohio State University

Topic: The Language of Evaluation: Using individuals’ language from Amazon reviews to understand their attitudes.

Thursday, September 19, 4:30 pm, Severance Hall 108

Dr. Manfred H. M. van Dulmen, PhD 2001, University of Minnesota

Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Psychology at Kent State University

Tuesday, October 29, 4:30 pm, Severance Hall 108

Topic: Studying Romantic Relationships and Experiences during Young Adulthood: Conceptual and Analytic Advancements

His program of research focuses on adolescent and young adult romantic relationships and experiences, developmental psychopathology, and measurement and methodological issues. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. His program of research has been funded by NICHD and CDC. He is the founding editor of Emerging Adulthood (Sage Publications).