Department of Psychology

Psych faculty


The Psychology program at ISU encourages a spirit of active inquiry and critical thinking, life-long learning and development and social responsibility. The curriculum is based on the premise that any student of psychology, regardless of program goals, should be well-informed about basic principles of behavior. The undergraduate degree in psychology prepares students for graduate studies in psychology and related fields as well as employment in a variety of settings including health services, research, government and business.

The Department of Psychology offers both undergraduate and graduate programs. Our graduate programs include a Master's (M.A./M.S.) in General Psychology and a Doctoral program (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology.

We also have a Psychology Clinic that provides services to students and members of the Terre Haute community.

Mission statement:

The Department of Psychology assists students to achieve their personal and professional potential through training in scientific methods and discipline-specific knowledge, promoting a spirit of active inquiry and critical thought, and fostering a sense of social responsibility.





Psychology Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Michelle Wright

Michelle Wright Michelle F. Wright, Ph.D., graduated from DePaul University's Experimental Psychology program in 2012.  Michelle has worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at Masaryk University in Czechia, research associate at Penn State University, and senior research scientist at DePaul University.  Michelle joined ISU's Psychology Department in the fall of 2023.  Michelle's graduate and postdoctoral training focused on understanding risk and protective factors asociated with children's, adolescents', and young adults' exposure to offline (e.g., hate speech) and online (e.g., cyberbullying) risks, as well as how to improve the reach and engagemnt in tnervention programs through the utilization of technology.  At ISU, Michelle is eager to continue this line of research through engaging undergraduate and graduate students in research.  In Michelle's spare time, she enjoys political activism and volunteering for organizations that adress food insecurity.

Psychology Alumni Spotlight: Leroy Richardson

Leroy Richardson Leroy Richardson obtained his bachelor's in psychology from Indiana State University in 2015.  Through many of his psychology courses, Leroy was able to gain an understanding of the field of psychology and the importance of psychological research.  He participated in various psychology studies and also assisted faculty with their research.  One memory that stands out to Leroy is a field trip to the Peoria State Hospital with Dr. Schriver's Abnormal Psycholgy course, where he learned about the history of many of the patients that resided there.  After graduating from ISU, Leroy served two years as an Americorps member where he mentored and supported elementary school students with the education non-profit City Year.  In 2023, Leroy obtained his Master's in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Ball State University.  Leroy currently works at an education non-profit in Washington, D.C., where he continues to use the skills obtained from his studies at ISU to make meaningful connections with students.

Psychology Graduate Student Spotlight: Kate Barton

Kate Barton Kate Barton is a second-year graduate student in the clinical psychology doctoral program at ISU.  Originally from Tampa, FL, Kate has lived in Dayton, OH and Poughkeepsie, NY, where she pursued her undergraduate studies.  Kate chose ISU's PsyD program for various reasons.  She was particularly drawn to the Pcyhology Clinic's outreach efforts within the Terre Haute community and its commitment to providing affordable services through a sliding scale fee structure.  Kate's long-term career plans are focused on neuropsychology and working in an integrated helathcare setting.  In addition to developing her therapy and assessment skills, Kate is also actively involved in reserch.  Her previous research experience was focused on topics such as coral symbiosis and bleaching, polycystic ovary syndrome, and the gut-brain axis.  Currently, she is involved in Dr. Maldonado's research lab, focusing on the effect of transcranial direct current stimulation (Tdcs) on cognition and aging.

Psychology Undergraduate Student Spotlight: LexAnne Fuchs

LuxAnne Fuchs

LexAnne Fuchs is a junior psychology major from Roachdale, Indiana.  LexAnne chose to major in psychology to gain a deeper understandingof human behavior and mental processes.  She has minors in counseling and philosophy and is also part of the honors program.  Recently, LexAnne joined the College of Arts and Sciences Student Ambassador (CASSA) board to represent students of the psychology department at the broader college level.  She was recognized last year as one of the Oustanding Sophomore Students in Psychology, and one of her most cherished experiences in psychology occurred during the recognition banquet when she was able to introduce her parents to the faculty members who have significantly  influenced her academic journey.  LexAnne's long-term plans are to pursue a master's degree in clinical mental health counseling and become a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC).



Department of Psychology


Department of Psychology
Office Hours: Monday – Friday
8:00 – 4:30pm
Phone: 812-237-2445