University of Southern California

Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences


Seeley G. Mudd Building 501
(213) 740-2203
FAX: (213) 746-9082

Chair: JoAnn M. Farver, Ph.D.*


University Professor and Dana Dornsife Chair in the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences: Hanna Damasio, M.D.

University Professor and David Dornsife Chair in the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences: Antonio Damasio, M.D., Ph.D.

Harold Dornsife Chair in Neurosciences: Irving Biederman, Ph.D.

Provost Professor of Psychology and Business: Wendy Wood, Ph.D.

Provost Professor of Social Work, Preventive Medicine, Psychiatry, Family Medicine and Gerontology: William Vega, Ph.D.

Mendel B. Silberberg Professor of Social Psychology: Norman Miller, Ph.D.

Professors: Michael A. Arbib, Ph.D. (Computer Science and Biological Sciences); Laura A. Baker, Ph.D.; Antoine Bechara, Ph.D.; Irving Biederman, Ph.D.; Sarah W. Bottjer, Ph.D. (Biological Sciences); John Briere, Ph.D. (Psychiatry); Peter Carnevale, Ph.D. (Business); Kathleen C. Chambers, Ph.D.; Gerald C. Davison, Ph.D.*; Michael E. Dawson, Ph.D.; JoAnn M. Farver, Ph.D.; Caleb E. Finch, Ph.D. (Gerontology and Biological Sciences); Margaret Gatz, Ph.D.*; Ernest Greene, Ph.D.; Andrea Hollingshead, Ph.D. (Communication); Bob G. Knight, Ph.D. (Gerontology); David G. Lavond, Ph.D.; Pat Levitt, Ph.D. (Cell and Neurobiology); Steven Lopez, Ph.D.; Thomas D. Lyon, J.D., Ph.D. (Law); Franklin R. Manis, Ph.D.*; Gayla Margolin, Ph.D.; John J. McArdle, Ph.D.; Beth E. Meyerowitz, Ph.D.*; Lynn Miller, Ph.D. (Communication); Shrikanth (Shri) Narayanan, Ph.D. (Engineering); Carol A. Prescott, Ph.D.; Stephen J. Read, Ph.D.; Robert Rueda, Ph.D. (Education); Elyn R. Saks, J.D. (Law); Dan Simon, SJD (Law); Steven Yale Sussman, Ph.D. (Institute for Prevention Research, Medicine); Larry Swanson, Ph.D. (Biological Sciences); Penelope K. Trickett (Social Work); Suzanne Wenzel (Social Work); Rand Wilcox, Ph.D.; Elizabeth Zelinski, Ph.D. (Gerontology)

Associate Professors: Giorgio Coricelli, Ph.D. (Economics); Stanley J. Huey, Jr., Ph.D.; Laurent Itti, Ph.D. (Computer Science); Richard S. John, Ph.D.; Stephen A. Madigan, Ph.D.; Mara Mather, Ph.D. (Gerontology); Bartlett Mel, Ph.D. (Biomedical Engineering); Toben Mintz, Ph.D.; John Monterosso, Ph.D.*; Joseph Priester, Ph.D. (Business); David Schwartz, Ph.D.; Bosco S. Tjan, Ph.D.; David A. Walsh, Ph.D.

Assistant Professors: Cleopatra Abdou, Ph.D. (Gerontology); Jesse Graham, Ph.D.; Tara Gruenewald, Ph.D.; Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Ph.D. (Education); Adam Leventhal, Ph.D. (Institute for Prevention Research, Medicine); Henrike Moll, Ph.D.; Daniel Nation, Ph.D.; Scott Wiltermuth, Ph.D., (Business); Justin Wood, Ph.D.

Clinical Professors: A. Steven Frankel, Ph.D.; Ernest R. Katz, Ph.D.; Jonathan S. Kellerman, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor: Marian Williams, Ph.D.

Associate Professor (Research): Jonathan Gratch, Ph.D. (Computer Science); Susan Luczak, Ph.D.; Stacy Marsella, Ph.D. (Computer Science)

Associate Professor (Teaching): Ann Renken, Ph.D.

Assistant Professors (Research): Karen M. Hennigan, Ph.D.; Jonas Kaplan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor (Teaching): C. Miranda Barone, Ph.D.

Assistant Professors of the Practice: Shannon Couture, Ph.D.; Danielle Kennan-Miller, Ph.D.

Lecturers: William Breland, Ph.D.; Regina Chopp, Ph.D.; Kimberle Kelly, Ph.D.; Clayton Stephenson, Ph.D.; Alex Yukik, J.D., Psy.D.

Adjunct Professors: Lynne Bernstein, Ph.D.; Elizabeth Susman, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor (Research): Nancy Pederson, Ph.D.

Adjunct Associate Professor: Joanne Steuer, Ph.D.

Adjunct Assistant Professor: Jasmine Tehrani, Ph.D.

Adjunct Assistant Professor (Research): Kaspar Meyer, Ph.D.

University Professor Emeritus and William M. Keck Chair Emeritus in Psychology and Biological Sciences: Richard F. Thompson, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professors: Norman Cliff, Ph.D.; William W. Grings, Ph.D.; Albert R. Marston, Ph.D.; Sarnoff A. Mednick, Ph.D.

Emeritus Associate Professor: Milton Wolpin, Ph.D.

Academic Program Staff

Clinical Associates: Caroline Bailey, Ph.D.; Barbara Cadow, Ph.D.; Kenneth Cole, Ph.D.; Vivian Fernandez-Credidio, Ph.D.; Beth Leedham, Ph.D.; Michael Maloney, Ph.D.; Karen Meiselman, Ph.D.; Pamella Oliver, Ph.D.; Berta Ortiz, Ph.D.; Cynthia G. Pearson, Ph.D.; Joanne Steuer, Ph.D.; Charles Weinstein, Ph.D.

*Recipient of university-wide or college teaching award.

The Department of Psychology offers five topical areas: (1) Cognitive, which analyzes the biological and social bases of phenomena and abilities such as appetitive behavior learning, memory, perception, decision making, social understanding, emotion, intelligence, behavior disorders, language development and language comprehension — among humans and related higher animals; (2) Developmental, which studies changes in behavior — cognitive, linguistic, social and emotional — from childhood through adolescence and adulthood into old age; (3) Clinical, which focuses on the ways people cope, or have difficulty coping, with problems in behavior, emotions, social interaction, aging, health-related behavior, and substance use and abuse; (4) Biological, which examines the biological bases of behavior, including behavioral genetics, behavioral endocrinology, and cognitive neuroscience; and (5) Social, which examines normal human nature and conduct, develops and tests theories concerning the consequences of our social condition and its potential improvement.

In addition, the department offers a joint major in linguistics/psychology and participates in the Dornsife College’s interdisciplinary program in neuroscience.

Research is integral to psychology; it enables the faculty to make contributions in the field and to be more effective teachers. Undergraduate students are encouraged to work with members of the faculty on research projects. The most direct way for students to participate in research is to enroll in a directed research course, but it is also possible to take part in ongoing research in less formal ways. Further options for research training include the honors program for psychology majors and the progressive degree program that permits students to complete all requirements for both the B.A. and the M.A. degrees in psychological science in five years.