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Current Faculty

Kristin E. Bonnie, Associate Professor of Psychology and Faculty Director of Advising
B.S. St. Lawrence University; M.A. and Ph.D. Emory University

Office: Room 234, Center for the Sciences
Phone: 608-363-2026

Professor Bonnie joined the faculty in 2007. She teaches courses in physiological psychology, animal cognition, drugs and behavior, and research methods. In all of her classes, students are asked not only to reflect on what they learn, but how they learn through assignments designed to encourage metacognition. Outside of the classroom, Professor Bonnie's research focuses on learning and decision making in a social setting by monkeys and apes. She is an adjunct scientist with the Lester E Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo, and also collaborates with Dr. Elizabeth Lonsdorf at Franklin and Marshall College. 

Profile for Kristin E. Bonnie was last updated on Sep 4, 2015.

Gregory M. Buchanan, Associate Professor of Psychology
B.S., University of New South Wales (Australia); M.A., University of Hawaii; M.A., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania


Greg's teaching interests include abnormal psychology, personality, and techniques of psychotherapy and psychological testing.  His research has focused on body image and eating disorders, explanatory style and cross-cultural psychology.

Profile for Gregory M. Buchanan was last updated on Sep 3, 2015.

Suzanne M. Cox, Professor of Psychology (on sabbatical 2015-16 academic year)
B.S., Michigan State University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago


Suzanne's teaching interests include life-span developmental psychology, child development, psychology of women, applied developmental psychology (e.g., pediatric psychology and developmental psychopathology), and research methods.  Her research interests focus on parent-child relationships, and she is involved in a number of projects investigating emotional development (e.g., attachment) in infants and children. Currently, she is actively involved developing a community-based doula program for teen mothers in Beloit.

Profile for Suzanne M. Cox was last updated on Sep 3, 2015.

Emily F. Coyle, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology (2015-16)
B.S., Washington & Lee University; M.S., Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University

Office: Room 233, Center for the Sciences
Phone: 608-363-2128

Professor Coyle is a visiting assistant professor for 2015-2016. Her teaching interests include lifespan and child developmental psychology, gender development, and research methods. Professor Coyle’s research focuses on how social group membership (e.g., gender), family, and society-level influences shape children’s developing interests, aspirations, and achievements. She is particularly interested in how these forces promote or detract from children’s interest and participation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Professor Coyle involves students in all phases of her research. Students interested in working with her at any point during the 2015-16 academic year should be in touch to discuss current opportunities.

Profile for Emily F. Coyle was last updated on Sep 4, 2015.

Alexis Grosofsky, Full Professor
B.A., State University of New York-College at Buffalo; M.A., Ph.D., State University of New York-Binghamton (now Binghamton University

Office: Room 235, Center for the Sciences
Phone: 608-363-2329

Professor Grosofsky joined the faculty in 1989. Her teaching interests include sensation and perception, statistics, and research methods. Her research interests include human olfaction and pedagogy. She regularly involves students as research assistants in her olfactory research. These students work on all aspects of the research process from helping to design the experiment(s) and find relevant literature through data collection, analysis, and writing up the results for presentation. Some of Professor Grosofsky’s pedagogical materials can be found on the Office of Teaching Resources in Psychology’s peer-reviewed site. She has graded Advanced Placement exams for Educational Testing Service (ETS) since 2000.

Profile for Alexis Grosofsky was last updated on Sep 4, 2015.

Lawrence T. White*, Full Professor, Department Chair
B.A. Whittier College, M.A. California State University—Fresno, Ph.D. University of California—Santa Cruz

Office: Room 236, Center for the Sciences
Phone: 608-363-2282

Professor White joined the faculty in 1984.  He teaches courses in social psychology, forensic psychology, cross-cultural psychology, and the history of psychology.  He was a Fulbright Scholar in 1997-98 and a visiting professor in 2015 at the Institute of Psychology at Tartu University in Estonia.  He has directed study abroad programs in Australia, Estonia, and Morocco and writes about culture and cognition for Psychology Today’s on-line magazine.  Professor White conducts research and publishes on the psychology of eyewitness testimony, interrogations and confessions, the death penalty, standards of punctuality in different cultures, and study abroad programs.  He has consulted on 250 criminal cases and testified as an expert witness on 40 occasions.

Professor White also contributes to the online blog Culture Conscious on the Psychology Today website. 

Profile for Lawrence T. White was last updated on Sep 4, 2015.

Robin Zebrowski, Associate Professor of Cognitive Science
B.A., Rutgers University; M.A., State University of New York-Binghamton; M.A., Ph.D. University of Oregon


Robin's research focuses on the role of the body in cognition, in fields from artificial intelligence to bioethics.  She works across several fields, and is trained in philosophy, psychology, and cognitive science proper.  She is currently working on a project revisiting John Dewey's work on evolution and philosophy, as well as exploring the pedagogical utility of science fiction and comic books as contemporary gedanken experiments.  She is working on establishing a cognitive science program for the students here at Beloit.

Profile for Robin Zebrowski was last updated on Sep 3, 2015.

Faculty Alumni

Heejung Park, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology (2014-15)
B.S., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles


Heejung’s teaching interests include cultural psychology, ethnic minority psychology, developmental psychology, and research methods. In her research, she investigates how culture dynamically influences human values, behavior, and health. Heejung is particularly interested in understanding parenting, family relations, and adolescent development in families who encounter social change including immigration, urbanization, and economic depression. At UCLA, Heejung also received training at the Center for Culture, Brain and Development.

Profile for Heejung Park was last updated on Sep 3, 2015.

Bradley Richards, Visiting Assistant Professor of Cognitive Science (Spring 2015)
B.A., University of Toronto; M.A. Philosophy, University of Toronto; M.A. History and Philosophy of Science, University of Toronto; PhD University of Guelph


Bradley’s teaching interests include cognitive science, especially interdisciplinary approaches to the study of consciousness, attention, and perception. He also enjoys teaching a variety of topics in philosophy, including philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, and philosophy of film. His research primarily concerns consciousness, attention, and the relationship between them.

Profile for Bradley Richards was last updated on Sep 3, 2015.

Bill Scott, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology (2008-2015)
B.A., Franklin & Marshall College; M.A., Simon Fraser University; Ph.D., McGill University, Montreal


Bill came to Beloit after teaching for 25 years at the College of Wooster. During that time, he also served on the clinical faculty of Case Western Reserve University’s department of Psychiatry. Bill has teaching interests in most areas of psychology with particular clinical interests in the anxiety disorders.

Profile for Bill Scott was last updated on Sep 4, 2015.