holdenWelcome to the SMU Department of Psychology website! I invite you to explore our site and learn about our history, our undergraduate and graduate programs, our outstanding faculty, and the exciting research that is going on in the department.

This fall, we are delighted to welcome Dr. Holly Bowen, a cognitive psychologist, to our faculty. Dr. Bowen studies memory and neural mechanisms. I’m also pleased to share the good news that Dr. Mike Chmielewski, our personality psychologist, received tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor on August 1st. In addition, Dr. Alicia Meuret was promoted to the rank of professor. Dr. Meuret, one of the department’s clinical psychologists, specializes in anxiety disorders and how to treat it. Finally, Dr. Alan Brown, who retired this summer, was named Professor Emeritus. Congratulations to all!

Our faculty are distinguished scholars committed to both excellent classroom instruction as well as cutting-edge research. We work closely in our research labs with both undergraduate and graduate students. Each semester, close to 900 students take our classes and Psychology continues to be a very popular major in Dedman College. To meet the needs and interests of our students, we have added two new minors this year: a minor in Neuroscience and a minor in Cognitive Science. In terms of research productivity, the faculty collectively published, or had articles accepted by journals, almost 100 research articles in the past year. Many of our faculty have grant support to facilitate their research. This past summer Dr. Thomas Ritz was multi-year NIH grant. In addition, six of our faculty are currently, or have recently, served as associate editors of prominent psychology journals.

The Department is also involved in community outreach in several ways. For example, the Psychology Clinic provides assessment and therapy, on a sliding fee scale, to members of the Dallas community. Several faculty members and many students are involved in community service.

The Department wants to connect with our alumni. Last April, some of our alumni joined us for a conference in honor of Dr. Alan Brown’s retirement, after serving 44 years in the department. The conference was titled “Memory Quirks: The study of odd phenomena in memory.”

If you are an alumnus of either the undergraduate or graduate program, please stay in contact with us. For more information, please contact Dr. Buck Hampson (rhampson@smu.edu).

Teaching, researching, and serving the community take a great deal of time and energy--and money. We invite you to support our mission by donating to the department. Thanks for your interest and support!

George Holden

George W. Holden, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair