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Thad Leffingwell, Ph.D., Department Head

116 N. Murray, OSU
Stillwater, OK 74078-3064
phone: (405) 744-6027
fax: (405) 744-8067


The Department has 23 full-time faculty and offers Ph.D. degrees in experimental psychology and clinical psychology. The experimental program has concentrations in Developmental, Comparative-Neurobiological, Cognitive, and Social-Personality. The clinical program, continuously APA-accredited since 1971, is based on the clinical science model of training and is a member of the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science. The Department offers training to a diverse graduate and undergraduate student body (30% minority enrollment) of approximately 50 doctoral students and 600 undergraduate majors.

OSU is located in Stillwater, OK, an environmentally clean, safe, pleasant city of 45,000 located in north central Oklahoma, approximately 70 miles from both Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Stillwater public schools were recently selected as one of the “100 Best Public School Systems in America,” and the city has excellent affordable housing.

Oklahoma State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/E-verify Employer, committed to diversity and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.  OSU is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and desires priority referrals of protected veterans for its openings.  OSU—Stillwater is a tobacco-free campus.  For more information go to

Recent Graduate Students

James Anderson, Ph.D., Dean of Education, Southeastern Oklahoma State University
Jeff Anderson, Ph.D., Department Head, Oklahoma City Community College
Brandon Auer, Ph.D., Penn State College of Medicine
Angela Belden, Ph.D., Pierce College, Los Angeles
J. Michael Bowers, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Virginia Tech
Blaine Browne, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Valdosta State University
Jessica Calvi, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Nebraska
Lisa Cota, Ph.D., Director of Assessment, University of Vermont
Janna Colaizzi, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Oklahoma State University
Joy Jacobs-Lawson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Bellarmine University
Helen Kiso, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Susquehanna University
T. K. Kominsky, Ph.D., Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health
Janet Koposko, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Adam Lawson, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Eastern Kentucky University
Adelina Longoria, Ph.D., Booz Allen Hamilton
Amy Madewell, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Southeastern Oklahoma State University
Amber Massey-Abernathy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Missouri State University
Rachel Messer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Bethel College, Newton Kansas
Stefanie Morris, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Ava Maria University
Elisabeth Ponce-Garcia, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Cameron University
Lynn Michaluk, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor, West Virginia University
Jeff Seger, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Cameron University
CaSandra Swearingen-Stanbrough, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Langston University
James Vaughn, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Science of Arts of Oklahoma

travel course spring 2012

travel course spring 2012

Spring 2012

Athens, Greece

The first travel course was offered in the spring 2012. A group of 13 students a long with the instructors visited Athens, Greece. Prior to flying into Athens we held several class sessions. These sessions were devoted to the Greek contributions to psychology, general history, and the “ins and outs” of international travel. For many of the 13 students, this was their first international experience. During the seven day trip the students visited many of the sites of importance to psychology and western civilization. These include the Parthenon, Temple of Athena Nike, The Propylaia, The Theatre of Dionysos, The Odeum of Herodes Atticus, The Roman and Greek Agoras, The Library of Hadrian, and The Tower of the Wind (Horologion). Of special interest were the visits to Aristotle’s “Lyceum” which rivaled for a short time the Academy of Plato, the prison where Socrates was held, the Olympic Stadium which was the site of the first modern Olympics, and Constitution Square (Syntagma) where we saw the changing of the guards.

In addition to Athens, we spent time visiting ancient Corinth located about three hours from Athens. In Hellenistic times Corinth was a populous city and commercial center. A highlight of our visit to Corinth was the “Diolkos.” The Diolkos was a paved road where ships were dragged between the Saronic and Corinthian Gulf. This road was replaced by a rather impressive canal built by the French linking the Aegean and Ionian seas. Another site was Mycenae located near Corinth. Although we spent only a short time there, it was thrilling to see the home of Agamemnon. We also spent time at an ancient monastery, also located near Corinth.

Seeing the sites associated with psychology and western civilization was exciting for all of us. Equally exciting was the opportunity to interact with the Greeks, try exotic food, and shop. The Greeks we met were all friendly and the food excellent. Some of the students even tried Greek dancing. Although the dollar is not worth much anymore, students were able to find bargains including rugs and various souvenirs.

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Travel Course Instructors

travel course instructors

About the instructors

Dr. Charles I. Abramson is a Regent’s Professor of Psychology at Oklahoma State University and founder of the Laboratory of Comparative Psychology and Behavioral Biology. He earned his Ph.D. in Psychology at Boston University in 1986. He joined the faculty of Oklahoma State University in 1993 and holds adjunct appoints in the Departments of Zoology and Entomology.. He has been a visiting professor, and conducted research, in a number of countries including Brazil, Greece, Italy, Japan, Russia, Turkey, Slovenia, and Venezuela. Abramson serves on the editorial board of several journals including those in Brazil, Italy, Russia, Switzerland, and Turkey, and has been recognized for his teaching and research in this country and in Brazil. For the past 10 years he has taken a variety of students to Brazil, Venezuela, Greece and Turkey as part of an NSF sponsored program to provide research experience to undergraduates. Most recently, he co-sponsored the first international workshop on honey bee plasticity held at the EurBee meeting in Ankara, Turkey. He is the author of several books including a Slovene Phrase book that has been translated into Italian and German, two animal behavior activity books that have been translated into Slovene, and a children’s book that has been translated into French.


Silvia Daggy, MSc received a BS degree in Biology from the Universidad Nacional de Asuncion in Asuncion, Paraguay.  Upon graduating she worked for the Paraguayan Government as a field specialist for CITES-Paraguay (Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species).  She received training in the care of exotic and threatened species at the Sao Pablo Brazil Zoo, and in museum curator techniques at the National History Museum of Paraguay and at the Museum of Natural History in Sweden as a SIDA scholar (Swedish International Development Agency).  Silvia was awarded a scholarship as part of the British Government’ s Technical Co-operation Training Program, completing a Masters program in Global Biodiversity at the University of Hull in England. Working with Paraguayan indigenous groups, her thesis topic served as a reference for conservation policies in Paraguay. Silvia was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to attend Oklahoma State University where she received a Masters degree in Zoology researching the population genetics of the nine banded armadillo. She then returned to Paraguay and worked as the Environmental Officer for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) directing USAID conservation efforts between Paraguay and neighboring countries.  In 2005 Silvia returned to Oklahoma State University working as an academic advisor for the Psychology department.