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Current Faculty

Kristin E. Bonnie*

, Associate Professor of Psychology, Department Chair
B.S. St. Lawrence University; M.A. and Ph.D. Emory University

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

Professor Bonnie joined the faculty in 2007. She teaches courses in biological psychology, research methods and statistics, drugs and behavior, and introductory psychology. 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 Aug 3, 2017.

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

Office: 237, Sanger Center for the Sciences
Phone: 608-363-2747

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 May 28, 2019.

Suzanne M. Cox

, Professor of Psychology
B.S., Michigan State University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago

Office: 238, Sanger Center for the Sciences
Phone: 608-363-2283

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 May 28, 2019.

Alexis Grosofsky

, Professor of Psychology
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, Sanger 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 Jun 17, 2019.

John Hanewall

, Visiting Instructor of Psychology
B.A., Luther College, MS, UW-Whitewater

Office: Room 233, Sanger Center for the Sciences

John is a Visiting Instructor of Psychology who has taught Intro Psych (Fall 2017 and Spring 2019), and is teaching Social Psychology (Fall 2019). He has been an Adjunct Instructor for Upper Iowa University-Blackhawk Center for 16 years teaching advanced psychology courses and supervising Senior Projects. He retired from Rock County at the end of 2016 after serving as the Director for the Developmental Disabilities Department for the past 6 years.

Profile for John Hanewall was last updated on Jul 1, 2019.

Lawrence T. White

, Emeritus Professor of Psychology
B.A. Whittier College, M.A. California State University—Fresno, Ph.D. University of California—Santa Cruz

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

Professor White joined the faculty in 1984, and retired in 2019.  He taught 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 Jun 17, 2019.

Robin Zebrowski

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

Office: 232, Sanger Center for the Sciences

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.  You can learn more about the Cognitive Science Program at Beloit here.

Profile for Robin Zebrowski was last updated on May 28, 2019.

Faculty Alumni

Danielle Blazek

, Visiting Instructor of Psychology (Spring 2017)
B.A., Beloit College, M.A., Claremont Graduate University


Danielle was a visiting instructor for the Spring 2017 semester. While here she taught Research Methods and Statistics I and Health Psychology. Danielle is now back in California where she is continuing work towards her PhD. Her research interests rest at the intersection of social influence and prosocial health behavior. Her current research examines the utility of discrete positive emotions on increasing rates of registered organ donors.

Profile for Danielle Blazek was last updated on Aug 2, 2017.

Emily F. Coyle

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


Professor Coyle was a visiting assistant professor in 2015-2016, and is now an Assistant Professor at Saint Martin's University. 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.

Profile for Emily F. Coyle was last updated on Jun 17, 2019.

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


Professor Park was a visiting assistant professor in 2014-2015, and is now an Assistant Professor at Bryn Mawr College. 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 Jun 17, 2019.

Leticia Vallejo

, Visiting Assistant Professor (2018-19)
B.A., M.S., Ph.D., Marquette University


Dr. Vallejo was a visiting professor for the 2018-2019 academic year. Her teaching and research interests include multicultural and ethnic minority psychology, and cognition. Her clinical interests are primarily in conducting cognitive assessments, particularly among Spanish speakers and other underrepresented groups.

Profile for Leticia Vallejo was last updated on May 28, 2019.