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We Value Diversity and Inclusion

The Department of Psychology at the University of Oklahoma is committed to diversity and inclusion in our pursuit of excellence in research and teaching. True excellence in research and teaching can only be achieved in environments that affirm the dignity and inherent worth of all individuals.

Psychology as a discipline firmly recognizes the importance of individual differences. We value and seek to better understand individual differences, including but not limited to those related to race, ethnicity, skin color, national origin, religious and spiritual beliefs, age, gender, sexual orientation, physical and mental abilities, size and appearance, as well as veteran and socio-economic status. While we value free expression and the critical examination of ideas, we must also be committed to creating an environment of trust, mutual respect, and compassion. We have a shared responsibility to continually foster an environment that supports and benefits all, including undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral trainees, staff, and faculty.

It is important that we all recognize and continually remind ourselves that feelings of alienation, marginalization, powerlessness, and loneliness are detrimental to both physical and mental health. It is therefore incumbent upon the Department of Psychology at the University of Oklahoma that we foster an environment where all individuals feel welcome, valued, competent, and empowered.

Winter 2022 Newsletter

Ryan McAdoo, Chuck Gettys Award

The Department of Psychology 2022 Winter Newsletter was sent out to alumni in the beginning of 2022. You can view all of our past newsletters here.

This issue contains notable updates about our newest faculty member Professor Adrienne Carter-Sowell, our newly promoted faculty members, Carol Terry, PhD, and Assistant Professor Lauren Ethridge, a farewell to the newly retired Professor Robert Terry, our lunch bunch series, faculty grants, graduate and faculty awards, and so much more!

Faculty Updates

Michael Mumford

Dr. Michael Mumford

George Lynn Cross Professor Michael Mumford is nearing the end of his term as president elect of the American Psychological Association’s Division 10, Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, and soon will begin serving a two-year term as president. The department is thankful to Professor Mumford for serving in this important leadership role, and we want to share with you some exciting developments in Division 10 (

To read more about his role as president elect, please read our winter newsletter.

Jennifer Barnes

It is with bitter sweetness that we say thank you and wish good luck to our dear colleague Jen Barnes, Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation Presidential Professor and associate professor of psychology and professional writing.

Professor Barnes is leaving OU and academia in general to focus squarely on her professional writing career. As you may remember, not only is Professor Barnes a terrific teacher and scholar, she is also a New York Times best-selling author. In her final week as an academic, we sat down with her and asked her a few questions regarding this exciting time in her career. To read this full conversation, please click here to read our newsletter. 

Shane Connelly

Congratulations to Dr. Shane Connelly on being name the Director of the Institute for Society and Community Transformation at OU. Way to go Dr. Connelly!

"Shane Connelly, a professor of psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences, has been named the inaugural director of the Institute for Society and Community Transformation. The appointment is effective Oct. 1. The new institute represents one of four Centers of Excellence aligned with the strategic verticals described in pillar 5 of the Lead On, University strategic plan that directs OU research efforts toward solving significant real-world challenges."

Adrienne Carter-Sowell

The Department of Psychology is excited to welcome Dr. Adrienne Carter-Sowell to our department. 

Dr. Adrienne Carter-Sowell is the Director of the First Year Experience course: Gateway to belonging at OU and is a faculty member in the Department of Psychology in both the Social and Industrial-Organizational Programs. She received her Ph.D. from Purdue University and her B.A. at the University of Virgina. 


Grant Awarded - Dr. Adam Feltz

Congratulations to (from left) Thomas Neeson (Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability), Psychology's own Adam Feltz, and Caryn Vaughn (Department of Biology) on their $1,596,980.00 NSF funded grant titled "DISES: Conservation incentives and the socio-spatial dynamics of water sustainability”. Congratulations everyone!

Click here for the press release!


Grant Awarded - Lara Mayeux

Congratulations to (from left) Cassandra Shivers-Williams (The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies), Daphne LaDue (Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms University of Oklahoma), and Psychology's own Lara Mayeux on their $239,500 Doc-NOA funded grant titled "Examining Regional Differences in Attitudes and Tendencies for Protective Action Decisions”. Congratulations everyone!

Provost Graduate Student Teaching Award - Fall 2021

Congratulations to Gwen Hoang (left),  Jordan Norris (center), and Olivia Perrin (right) who were awarded The Provost’s Certificate of Distinction in Teaching! The recipients represent the top 10 percent of all graduate assistants across campus by student evaluations for courses taught during the Fall 2021 semester. All three recipients taught a lab section of PSY 3114. Way to go!

Provost Graduate Student Teaching Award - Spring 2021

Congratulations to Samantha England and Aaron Pomerantz (Ph.D., alumnus) who were awarded The Provost’s Certificate of Distinction in Teaching! The recipients represent the top 10% of all grad assistants across campus by student evaluations for courses taught during the Spring 2021 semester.

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