Category Archives: Faculty

The psychology major is comprised of more than just courses; faculty, students, alumni, clubs, and events all contribute to the academic experience. So, what experiences did the year 2015 provide our psychology team? Here’s the year 2015 in hindsight.

  1. Dr. Carolyn West Carolyn West

Dr. West, a psychology professor who specializes in intimate partner violence and sexual assault in the SBHS Division in SIAS, performs on-going work pertaining to human and sexual trafficking.

In 2015, she worked with the organization Washington Engage about trafficking issues. Dr. West completed a research project with eight domestic violence and sexual coalitions around the country.  She was busy, in 2015, teaching her courses on Family Violence, Sex Crimes, and Sexual Violence. Dr. West won the Outstanding Woman of the Year Award in 2011 and the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2013

2. Exploring Psychology: Austria, Summer 2015 Vienna

In the summer of 2015, students enrolled in 12 credits; five credits, Psychology of Food and Culture, five credits, Psychology of Superheroes, and an additional two credits in Directed Readings–all to be taken in Austria (with a visit to Prague).

Leighann Chaffee, one of two professors leading the group of students, said, “Austria is where Freud worked and studied as he was developing his perspective on the humankind. Also, immersion is especially useful in considering these concepts from a perspective other than your own, which is a lot easier in another country.”

The group went to the Natural History Museum, the open food market, participated in a food tour of Prague, toured Freud’s apartment, toured Munich, including a trip to the Dachau concentration camp. Did I mention they did a food tour of Prague?

IMG_00013. The Psychology Club

The main purpose of the Psychology Club is to help students understand the field of psychology, and assist those who are hoping to be employed in a related field after graduation. Meetings are the first Wednesday and last Monday of each month during the lunch hour.

“We do con­fer­ences so that atten­dees of the meet­ings can get first hand expo­sure into see­ing what pro­fes­sion­als in the field do and see if that is the right path for them,” adds Sum­mer Doll, Club Vice Pres­i­dent (Spring, 2015), on the pur­pose of Psy­chol­ogy Club.

4. Featured Alumni: Christina Shott Christina Shott

Christina Shott ’13 graduated with a BA in psychology and a minor in education. She is currently employed as a behavior therapist in Applied Behavior Analysis, helping clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder learn the skills necessary to become independent at school and in life.

Her advice to students interested in psychology and education is to take all of the classes you can within the program, as well as outside.

Shott says, “This will give you the opportunity to apply the knowledge you are learned in some classes to other classes, and will widen your understanding overall.”

5. Psychology Research Seminar Series

Mark Reinitz 2.0

Autumn quarter of 2015, the psychology faculty sponsored the “Psychology Research Seminar Series” to inform students of their own research areas. Student attendance, though mostly for extra credit purposes, filled the house to standing-room only.

Topics included “Values and Death: Probing the Depths of Prejudice toward Atheists” by Corey Cook (SIAS, UWT); “Memory Illusions in the Laboratory and in the Real World” by Mark Reinitz (University of Puget Sound, pictured); and “Color Vision during Twilight: The Influence of Rod-mediated Vision on Hue” by Roger Knight (SIAS, UWT).

Monique Larsen ’17, a psychology major, commented on Facebook in regards to Corey Cook’s presentation on October 14, 2015, “It was a good presentation, I’m glad I went.”


Posted by Christie Keifer, Administrative Coordinator for the SBHS Division

Solving the problem of mistaken eyewitness

This is an area, up until the work that we did, that had no reform on eyewitness issues.”


Imagine strolling down Pacific Avenue and witnessing an assault outside of your favorite shoe store. After getting a look at the person who committed the crime, you notice a few similarities between yourself and the alleged criminal. After the cops arrive and interview a few eyewitnesses, you get identified as a suspect. Investigators search your room and find a few suspicious items that could link you to the crime. Eyewitnesses identify you in a photo line-up, so you are sent to jail for six years for assault on a minor.

Mistakes such as this one are very common even today, but with a new eyewitness policy, hopefully this kind of incident will not happen in Washington in the future. Continue reading

Tubingen, GermanyTübingen, Germany in the summer season is budding with blue sky, brimful with historic architecture, and cooled by waterways partnered with white cobblestone. SBHS Faculty member Cory Cook will be spending one week in June in this dazzling town in Germany.

Cook teaches courses in Research Methods and Social Psychology. His research primarily focuses on stereotypes and how they develop and how we respond to stereotypes of others.  He will be attending a week-long workshop in Tübingen, Germany where he will focus on the study of the origins of human cooperation. Continue reading

“I can honestly say that I do what I love and I love what I do.”

Carolyn WestThat’s Dr. Carolyn West’s view of the activism that she does all over the country. An Associate Professor in the Social, Human & Sciences Division of IAS, Dr. West specializes in intimate partner violence and sexual assault. I had the opportunity to interview Dr. West for the blog. I was surprised, that she has so many interests. I left the interview thinking that I may have found a skydiving partner!

Through the hustle and bustle of the college career, students often forget that their professors have more going on than teaching, grading papers, and attending faculty meetings. When asked about her current projects she rattled off a long list: She is doing work on human and sexual trafficking with the organization Washington Engage. Her work on military sexual trauma has taken her to Joint Base Lewis McCord (JBLM) and military bases in Hawaii.  She just finished a research project with eight domestic violence and sexual coalitions around the country. Based on this research, her cultural diversity promising practices manual will be published next year.  Oh yes, in her spare time she is the co-editor of the forth-coming Sage journal Sexualization, Media, and Society. Continue reading