Top 25 Psychology Professors in Michigan

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Psychology is a strong and growing profession, and Michigan psychology professors help prepare their students to take part in the advancing field. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that growth among clinical, counseling, and school psychologists is expected to lead a strong growth trend among all social science occupations between 2010 and 2020. Psychologists can be found in offices, clinical practice, academia, and more.

Many colleges in Michigan boast strong psychology programs, including the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, which consistently makes top ranking lists for its psychology specialty programs. The following picks for top 25 psychology professors in Michigan are just a few professors who have recently been honored with awards in teaching, research, and scholarship.

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Abigail J. Stewart University of Michigan

Abigail Stewart is a professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies and serves as the director of the U-M ADVANCE Program. Her research interests include longitudinal studies of educated women’s lives and personalities.

Alyce Dickinson Western Michigan University

Alyce Dickinson was honored with a Lifetime Achievement award by the Organizational Behavior Management Network in 2013. Her research interests include behavior analysis research, I/O and health psychology, and the psychology of work.

David Acevedo-Polakovich Central Michigan University

David Acevedo-Polakovich’s research has him working extensively with ethnic and cultural minorities, often with Spanish-speaking groups. Ongoing projects focus on improving access to services for poor ethnic minority families.

David G. Myers Hope College

David Myers is a social psychologist at Hope College. His research is supported by National Science Foundation grants and fellowships and he holds three honorary doctorates.

Edward Cokely Michigan Technological University

Edward Cokely received the Raymond S. Nickerson Best Paper Award, sponsored by the American Psychological Association, for his co-authored paper, “Effective Communication of Risks to Young Adults: Using Message Framing and Visual Aids to Increase Condom Use and STD Screening.”

Gary Gregg Kalamazoo College

Gary Gregg received the Florence J. Lucasse Fellowship for Excellence in Scholarship in 2008. His research interests include social-cultural psychology and Arab-Muslim societies.

Hiram Fitzgerald Michigan State University

Hiram Fitzgerald is a University Distinguished Professor and associate provost of University Outreach. His research interests include studies designed to evaluate the effectiveness of Early Head Start and/or Head Start programs on child development.

Kanako Taku Oakland University

Kanako Taku was honored at the 15th Annual Faculty Recognition in the area of Research in 2011. Her research interests include clinical psychology, cross-cultural psychology, and trauma psychology.

Kedmon N. Hungwe Michigan Technological University

Kedmon N. Hungwe is the Cognitive and Learning Sciences Director at Michigan Tech. His research interests include youth and adolescent development and science education.

Kelly Klump Michigan State University

Kelly Klump has won top rated abstract citations and research excellence awards for her research on eating disorders. Her lab studies the etiology of eating disorders with an emphasis on genetic and neurobiological factors.

Marjorie Gunnoe Calvin College

Marjorie Gunnoe teaches courses in child and adolescent development and youth faith formation. Before coming to Calvin College, she worked at Child Trends, Inc. in Washington D.C.

Norbert Schwarz University of Michigan

Norbert Schwarz has published 18 books and over 150 peer reviewed articles. He is considered one of the most distinguished social and behavioral scientists of his time.

Oscar Ybarra University of Michigan

Oscar Ybarra’s research interests include social intelligence and how people navigate their web of relationships in a mixed motive world. His work has been featured in Forbes, The New York Times, USA Today, and more.

Rebecca Campbell Michigan State University

Rebecca Campbell is an undergraduate and graduate instructor. Her research focuses on violence against women.

Richard Malott Western Michigan University

Richard Malott was honored by the university in 2012 with a Distinguished Teaching Award. His teaching interest is in helping students to become practitioners working in autism and organizational behavior management.

Robert Sellers University of Michigan

Robert Sellers is the Charles D. Moody Collegiate Professor of Psychology, and chair of the Department of Psychology. His research interests include ethnicity, racial and ethnic identity, personality and health, athletic participation and personality.

Shelly Schreier University of Michigan

Shelly Schreier’s research interests include the impact of divorce on children, sibling relationships, child development and psychopathology, and children with intersex conditions. She was awarded the Golden Apple in 2013, an award given by students, for her engagement and excellence in the classroom.

Siu-Lan Tan Kalamazoo College

Siu-Lan Tan teaches courses in developmental psychology, creativity, and the psychology of music. In 2012, she was honored with the Florence J. Lucasse Lectureship for Excellence in Teaching, Kalamazoo College’s highest annual honor for classroom teaching.

Sonja Trent-Brown Hope College

Sonja Trent-Brown has been an associate professor of psychology at Hope College since 2005. Her research interests include psychoacoustics and cognitive development.

Susan Ravizza Michigan State University

Susan Ravizza received the NSF Early Career Development Award for her paper proposal, “Neural processes that influence the contents of working memory.” Her research focuses on the cognitive control processes necessary when automatic behaviors are not sufficient to accomplish goals.

Thomas E. Ludwig Hope College

Thomas Ludwig serves as the John Dirk Werkman Professor of Psychology at Hope College. His research interests include cognitive aging and developmental neuropsychology.

Tim Pleskac Michigan State University

Tim Pleskac won the College of Social Science Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award in 2013. His research interests include developing formal cognitive theories of judgment and decision making.

Todd Shackelford Oakland University

Todd Shackelford’s major field is evolutionary psychology. He regularly involves both graduate students and undergraduate students in his research.

W. Jeffrey Wilson Albion College

W. Jeffrey Wilson has received Albion College Faculty Development grants. His research interests include Pavlovian and instrumental learning in earthworms.

Wayne Fuqua Western Michigan University

Wayne Fuqua, chair of the Department of Psychology at Western Michigan University, won a Distinguished Service Award in 2012 for his service to the university. In addition to his academic work, he is one of 12 appointees named to the Michigan Autism Council.