Department of Psychology

News & Events


  • The Department of Psychology extends congratulations to Christopher Allen, Ph.D., who assumed the role of assistant professor of psychology in the department this academic year. Allen served as a visiting assistant professor in the department during the previous academic year. Allen's areas of expertise include intimate partner violence, sexual assault, violence prevention, program evaluation, and psychometrics.
  • The department also welcomes two new visiting assistant professors, Michael Bar-Johnson, Ph.D., and Matthew Murphy, Ph.D. Bar-Johnson's past research provided the first quantitative investigation of male sex workers in the Czech Republic. A focus on the interaction of biological and social determinants of sexual identity is also an area of interest. Murphy's research has focused on the effects of radiation on auditory cognition and on the avian visual and auditory systems. 
  • Urmitapa Dutta, Assistant Professor of Psychology at UMass Lowell, is organizing with her students a youth photovoice exhibition in collaboration with Lowell Community Health Center's Teen Block. In this project, Dutta and her students used photovoice (a participatory action research method) to critically examine assets and deficits from the perspective of youth of color in Lowell. The exhibition will be presented on November 24 from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. at Teen Block at the Lowell Community Health Center. All are invited.
  • Mark your calendars! The Center for Women & Work and UMass Lowell will be hosting Women's Works, a Celebration of the Creativity of Women, on Thursday, December 3 from 2 to 7 p.m. at University Crossing. This event will be part craft fair, part art show, part performance art, and large part fundraiser for the Center for Women & Work. Come find unique art work and handcrafts - all created by Lowell women and friends. Entrance is free and everyone is welcome.

Departmental Colloquium Series

All Departmental Colloquia will be held in O'Leary Library Media Center, Room 222, unless otherwise noted. The Departmental Colloquia page contains videos of colloquia that have already taken place, covering several years of past presentations.

  • On Wed., Nov. 18 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Thomas Gordon, Professor in the Department of Psychology, will be presenting a colloquium titled, "Using maps of mental associations to design more effective communication messages."

  • On Wed., Dec. 9 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Doreen Arcus, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, will be presenting a colloquium titled, "Seeing Eye-to-Eye: Impression formation in an interview setting."