Department Overview

The faculty and staff in the Psychology Department strive to offer an unmatched undergraduate educational experience in psychology. We encourage you to explore the website and learn about our department and what we offer.

The "Best of Both Worlds”

  • Diversity & professional orientation of a comprehensive university
  • Yet personal attention, teaching excellence & atmosphere of small private liberal arts colleges
  • Strong Science & research orientation of faculty
  • Yet values-based education in the Lutheran tradition
  • Facilities that rival large research universities
  • Yet research opportunities even better at VU
  • Innovative masters-level graduate programs
  • Yet primary orientation to the undergraduate program

A “Scientist-Practitioner Model” of Education

  • Balance of “experimental” & “clinical” faculty
  • Experimental-laboratory curriculum among the nation’s elite in depth, breadth & rigor
  • Abundant practicum/field experience opportunities
  • In addition to clinical/counseling psychology, many other applied areas represented
    • Environmental Psychology
    • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
    • Psychology & Law
  • Two Degree Options
    • BA (Bachelor of Arts)
    • BS (Bachelor of Science


Experimental Faculty

  • Dr. Daniel Arkkelin: Social; Environmental
  • Dr. Kieth Carlson: Cognitive
  • Dr. David Rowland: Biopsychology
  • Dr. Angela Vernon: Animal behavior
  • Dr. Jennifer Winquist: Social; Industrial/Organizational

Clinical Faculty

  • Dr. Constance Deuschle: Visiting Assistant Professor
  • Dr. Stanley Hughes: Child and adolescent clinical
  • Dr. Jim Nelson: Adolescent and adult clinical
  • Dr. David Simpson: Counseling

Adjunct Faculty

  • Dr. Stewart Cooper: VU Counseling Center Director
  • Dr. Jeanne Brown: Counselor Training Coordinator


Dickmeyer Hall

  • Faculty/staff offices
  • Classrooms
  • Computer Lab
  • Physiological Psychology Lab
  • Tutoring Center
  • Student Lounge

Art-Psychology Building

  • State-of-the-Art Animal Teaching/Research Lab
  • Psychological Assessment Clinic
  • Group Therapy/Observation Clinic
  • Computer Lab
  • Classrooms

Special Opportunities

Student Life

  • Psi Chi (Psychology National Honor Society)
  • Psychology Club
  • Fall/Spring All-Department Picnics
  • Annual Career/Grad School Planning Night
  • Psychology Courses Pre-registration


  • Rudolph Waldschmidt Outstanding Student Award
  • J. Melvin & Lucille Nelson Psychology & Religion Award
  • Jody Esper Sexual Assault Awareness Essay Award
  • “Early Entry” for Seniors to Graduate Program

Work-Study Opportunities

  • General Experimental Lab Teaching Assistants
  • General Psychology, Statistics & Methods Tutors
  • Animal Lab Caretaker