DEPARTMENT Of Psychology
Psychology is the study of behavior and mental processes. It crosses many disciplines including biology, sociology, and religion. Students participate in psychology department programs to prepare for working with people. Our majors include:
The psychology minor (16 hours) requires General Psychology and at least six hours from upper-division psychology courses. Students have the opportunity to be a part of Psi Chi, National Honor Society for Psychology.
Students graduating from these majors are prepared for:
- graduate work in psychiatric social work
- professional training in clinical or counseling psychology
- work with families
- personnel work in industry, pre-ministry
- careers in the not-for-profit sector
- working with handicapped individuals
- careers in teaching and research
Your AU Story Begins Now
I majored in psychology and each professor in the department has experience in some aspect of the discipline. This is so important when you are trying to determine where your path is taking you. The faculty brings this “real world” experience into the classroom to prepare you for the future. I actually had the opportunity to work with Dr. Laura Stull on her latest research project during my senior year. This was a new experience for me and I plan on continuing with the project after graduation. This gave me the opportunity to be a part of something bigger than the classroom and something that could help improve our world.
Richard Crossley BA ’17
Facilities & Technology
The Department of Psychology occupies eight lab rooms, a reading room, and four offices in Hartung Hall, which is a state-of-the-art science building. There is also a computer room dedicated for statistical analysis and/or neuropsychological research is available for psychology majors.
All psychology classrooms have computers, projectors, and document cameras. An interactive projector and projection whiteboard is located in the main psychology classroom to allow the instructor to annotate directly on the whiteboard over an image displayed. It also allows the instructor to control the computer from the whiteboard using a digital pen as a mouse. With the pen, instructors can open files, advance PowerPoint slides and annotate on each slide without leaving the board.
The John Roys Reading Room in the psychology department is available for study, seminars, or reference materials.
Opportunities & Careers
Independent-study opportunities are available, including the chance to do original research and/or be involved in leading or facilitating assertiveness skills training programs for a variety of personnel, including Girl Scouts, individuals in an abuse shelter, or college leaders.
AU students involved in the psychology program have had their work published in professional journals and have presented papers at professional meetings. To gain valuable experience, students are encouraged to work part-time in the psychology department, to work for local mental-health facilities, and to pursue relevant summer employment or internships.
Recent graduates have acquired positions in halfway houses for people with mental illnesses, detention centers for juvenile delinquents, homes for people with mental or physical disabilities, ministry organizations, volunteer organizations, and general business. They have also continued their studies in graduate programs across the country.
Let’s connect during your campus visit.
Having always had a passion for learning and teaching, Dr. Blunt’s area of expertise is student learning and memory. Her research focuses on answering questions such as: How do students learn? What study strategies promote lasting, meaningful learning? How can evidence-based strategies, like retrieval practice, be incorporated into classroom activities? Dr. Blunt received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Purdue University.
Dr. Blunt’s research has received funding from the National Science Foundation. Her work is published in several top academic journals including Science and has appeared in the New York Times.
Using her research to inform her teaching, Dr. Blunt’s goal is to engage and challenge her students. She enjoys introducing topics with interesting stories and providing evidence with tangible demonstrations and mini-experiments done in the classroom. Dr. Blunt is particularly passionate about teaching Neuroscience, Cognitive Psychology, and Memory. Dr. Blunt is especially interested in helping students apply psychological principles to everyday life, from understanding the pull of advertisements and wise decision making to creating robust interpersonal relationships.
Dr. Blunt is married to Dr. Andrew Pannabecker. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, mountain biking and spending sunny afternoons in her hammock. Dr. Blunt is an active member of Trinity church in Indianapolis.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
B.A. in Psychology, Purdue University
M.S., Ph.D in Cognitive Psychology, Purdue University
Dr. Griffith prepares students to help people by teaching skills that enable them to practice psychology doing counseling and training and research. He assists students in learning about Abnormal Psychology, Counseling, Statistics, Interpersonal Relationships and Leadership Skills.
In addition to his teaching, Dr. Griffith maintains an active private practice. With his colleagues, he coordinates the Anderson University Interpersonal Trainers. These groups give students the opportunity to work with children, youth and adults teaching a wide variety of skills from anti-bullying to anger management.
Dr. Griffith is particularly interested in helping students cultivate a Christian understanding of psychology. Students in Liberal Arts Seminar, Christian Living in a Postmodern World, and other classes learn to express the connections between their faith and the discipline of psychology.
Dr. Griffith is grateful to be a husband, father, and grandfather. He is committed to healthy living in both mind and body. He is actively involved with a group of other believers.
Dr. Griffith has served at Anderson University since 1977.
Professor of Psychology
B.A. in Psychology Cedarville University
M.A. in Counseling Psychology The University of Texas at Austin
Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology The University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Priest began his professional career working with juveniles who were referred for residential treatment through the juvenile court system. After completing his Master’s degree, he worked as a therapist for a mental health agency for three years, serving older adults and the severely mentally ill in a partial hospitalization program. After completing his Ph.D. in counseling psychology, he worked for another mental health center as an outpatient psychologist and a supervisor of Ph.D. student interns.
This practical experience has been enlightening and growth-producing. It also informs his teaching. He has been teaching General Psychology part-time since he was working on his master’s degree. He has taught full-time for the last couple of decades, and especially loves his classes in Group Dynamics, Social Psychology and General Psychology.
Dr. Priest has a seminary degree and is very interested in how knowledge gained through scripture and knowledge gained through the scientific method cohere. Both try to help us understand who we are and what motivates us. Dr. Priest is a professor and chair of the psychology department. He is married to AU alumnae Sharon Gray Priest and has two girls, Leah & Anna. He enjoys carpentry work and genealogy. He runs and walks to stay fit only because it’s healthy!
Dr. Priest has served at Anderson University since 2009.
B.A. in psychology & religion studies, Anderson University
M.A. in Religion, Anderson University School of Theology
M.A. in Counseling Psychology, Ball State University
Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, Ball State University
Dr. Stull is a graduate of Anderson University. She returned to AU with the hope of impacting student’s lives as her AU professors impacted her. Dr. Stull’s tenure at Anderson University, she has taught a variety of psychology courses, including introductory and advanced research courses.
Her research has focused on the stigma of severe mental illness and the detrimental effects of that stigma, including decreased access to mental health care. She is particularly interested in both explicit and implicit stigmatizing attitudes that are held by mental health professionals, clergy, and clergy-in-training. She also has published in the areas of stigma among veterans, fidelity measure development for evidence-based practices, and recovery-oriented services. Her most recent work involves the stigma of mental illness in faith communities.
In addition to her own research, Dr. Stull has assisted students in completing independent undergraduate research projects. The completed work has been presented at professional psychology research conferences and submitted for publication in peer-reviewed academic journals.
Dr. Stull’s clinical training included a specialization in psychiatric rehabilitation and she has a particular interest in working with individuals with schizophrenia. She did a year-long clinical internship at the Minneapolis Veterans Administration (VA) and then did a postdoctorate Interprofessional Fellowship in Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Oriented Services at the San Diego VA. She is a licensed psychologist in Indiana.
Dr. Stull is married to AU alum Stephen, with whom she has one young son, Simon. In her spare time, she enjoys running (sometimes after her amazingly fast young son), eating ethnic food, and traveling.
Dr. Stull has served at Anderson University since 2012.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
B.A., Anderson University
M.S., Ph.D., Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis