About us

The Wichita State University's Psychology Department team is comprised of 17 faculty members, 2 office staff professionals, and 80 active graduate students. The Psychology Department obtained 27 new grants, had 53 scientific research publications and made a total of 78 scientific research presentations in the 2014 - 2015 academic year.

One highlight of departmental life is the annual Research Roundup where students present their research.  This year's Roundup was held at the Southwest Psychological Association Conference in Wichita bewteen April 10-12, 2015. more than 40 students submitted posters and discussed each other’s work.  One student from each program was also selected to give a 15-minute presentation on their work. Laura Herpolsheimer, a Community student, presented her work on “Debt stress: How older adults' health is affected”. Jia Hui Chaw, a third-year Clinical student, presented her research entitled “Evaluating the relationship between experiential avoidance and value-congruent behaviors”. And, Paul Misasi, a second-year Human Factors student, presented his research on “Paramedics believe verbal verification with a team mate reduces medication errors more than mental verification alone”.

The Psychology Department offers both undergraduate and graduate education in Psychology. The undergraduate psychology program is designed to provide a solid research orientation in experimental and quasi-experimental design and analysis with balanced attention to basic psychological processes (learning, cognition, perception, motivation, emotion, consciousness, physiology, etc.); social/cultural dimensions (social, developmental, personality, developmental, etc.); and applied issues and perspectives (clinical, community, substance abuse, testing & measurement, etc.) The graduate program offers doctoral degrees in Psychology with a focus in Community, Clinical, or Human Factors Psychology.

To learn more about our department, please see our faculty and students. A good way to keep in touch and find out the latest news is to read our newsletter.

Name Position Email Telephone
Rhonda K. Lewis, Ph.D. Department Chair rhonda.lewis@wichita.edu (316) 978-3170
Robert Zettle, Ph.D. Graduate Coordinator robert.zettle@wichita.edu (316) 978-3081
Steven Huprich, Ph.D. Director of Clinical Training steven.huprich@wichita.edu (316) 978.3393
Greg Meissen, Ph.D. Community Program Coordinator greg.meissen@wichita.edu (316) 978-3039
Barbara Chaparro, Ph.D. Human Factors Program Coordinator barbara.chaparro@wichita.edu (316) 978-3683


Psychology Department Office
4th floor, Room 437: Jabara Hall
Open 8:00 to 5:00, Monday through Friday
Phone: (316) 978-3170
Fax: (316) 978-3086