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The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services has provided a list of resources to pertaining to mental health services.

We Value Individual Differences

The Department of Psychology at the University of Oklahoma is committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment 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 2023-2024 Newsletter

The Department of Psychology 2024 Winter Newsletter was sent out to alumni in February 2024. You can view all of our past newsletters here.

This issue contains notable updates about our newest faculty members, graduate student conference presentations, podcasts our faculty members have been featured on, and so much more!

Faculty Achievements


Charlie Rioux

Newly retired Cognitive Psychology Professor, Scott Gronlund was awarded the Graduate Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring of Graduate Students! This award is presented each year to members of the OU Graduate faculty who are recognized by their peers for outstanding mentoring of graduate students. 

Dr. Erin Freeman

Congratulations to Gene Walker, Ph.D. for being the inaugural recipient of the OU Department of Psychology’s Excellence in Adjunct Teaching Award. He is pictured here with past Department Chair, Professor Eric Day. In perpetuity, this award is named the Gene Walker Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching. Walker “retired” in 1995 as Professor Emeritus in OU’s Medical School, Department of Pediatrics, where he served as Director of Pediatric Psychology Training, Chief of Pediatric Psychology Services, and Director of the Outpatient Pediatric Psychology Clinic. He has been teaching for the Department of Psychology on the Norman campus since his “retirement” as well as for OU’s College of Liberal Studies and Advanced Programs. Professor Walker has taught a variety of classes for the department, most notably the service-learning practicum with Griffin Memorial Hospital. Among his many distinguished accomplishments, Professor Walker is a Fellow of seven divisions of the American Psychological Association (APA). Professor Walker has served as President of the APA’s Society for Pediatric Psychology, President of the APA’s Southwestern Psychological Association, and President of the Oklahoma Psychological Association. Dr. Walker has been and continues to be an immense blessing to the Department of Psychology.