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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 2022-2023 Newsletter

The Department of Psychology 2022 Summer Newsletter was sent out to alumni in January 2023. 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!

Newly Retired Faculty

Jorge Mendoza

Dr. Jorge Mendoza

Professor Jorge Mendoza works in the Quantitative Psychology area. His research has focused on the statistical and measurement issues found in selection, validation, and validity generalization. Psychological research often produces conditions in nonrandom samples, with errors of measurement, or situations where the independence assumption is not tenable. The aim of his work is to find distributions and procedures that can be used in these conditions. We are sad to see him go.

Faculty Achievements

Podcast Features

Scott Gronlund

Professor Scott Gronlund was featured in Kim Kardashian’s podcast “The System” discussing eyewitness evidence in the case of Kevin Keith. Professor Gronlund wrote an amicus brief about the eyewitness evidence in this case as part of the effort to save Keith’s life. Although neither the Ohio Supreme Court nor the U.S. Supreme Court chose to intervene, the Ohio governor did step in and commuted Keith’s sentence to life-without-parole. That’s where things still stand, nearly 30 years after the crime. But now we’ll see if the power of celebrity can bring attention to Keith’s case through the podcast.

Adam Feltz

Associate Professor Adam Feltz was featured on the Dream Radically Podcast this semester. This podcast is run by The Foundation for Liberating Minds, an organization based in Oklahoma City which provides the foundation to liberation through transformative education. The episode he was featued on discussed the Future of Water.


Dingjing Shi

Assistant Professor Dingjing Shi presented her research titled, “A Bayesian Variable Selection Approach to Predict Smartphone Loss in MHealth Study” at the first annual Oklahoma Conference for Statistics, Biostatistics, and Data Science hosted at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

Charlie Rioux

Social and Quantitative Psychology Assistant Professor Charlie Rioux participated in a Harvard SOGIE (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression) reproductive health seminar series. She also gave a presentation at the DFCAS Seminar series titled, “Reframing Our Thinking About Youth’s Resiliance and Vulnerability to Psychopathology.” Very exciting things coming from our young faculty members!


Dr. Erin Freeman

Congratulations to Associate Professor Erin Freeman who was awarded APA’s Committee on Associate and Baccalaureate Education Teaching Resources award! This award was the result of her Statistical Literacy and the News project. She was also named an OU Center for Faculty Excellence Faculty Fellow for the 2023 calendar year!