Department of Psychology


Many of our alumni (undergraduate and graduate) go on to be very successful - and we are very proud of them! Here are just a few of our undergraduates we are very proud of. For graduate students see here.
Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson, Ph.D, ’90

Chair and Associate Professor of Psychology
Park University

My experience with research projects and leadership gave me confidence and taught me valuable skills. I felt that the faculty members truly cared about my learning. Interestingly, I am now in the same position as those professors who inspired me, and I hope I can have the same amount of influence on my students.

Tia Meredith-Ash

Tia Meredith-Ash, ’01

Business Development Specialist/Contracting Specialist

As a personnel psychology major, I had the advantage of varied coursework because of its emphasis in business. This coursework helped me to become well rounded in my education in addition to developing a variety of skills. This diversity in my education made me more appealing for entry-level positions and opened the door to the job I have today. Psychology, in general, not only prepared me for the working world but most importantly helped me to adjust to different personalities in the workplace.

Jim and Kasey Beaty

Jim Beaty, ’93, Ph.D and Kasey Beaty, ’93, M.A.

Our Western education prepared us to succeed in our graduate training. A key reason we excelled was that the educational foundation we received at Western was as good or better than students from a variety of other larger and more well known schools.

Western was more than an education. It was four great years of our lives.

Andi Lassiter

Dr. Andi Rittman Lassiter, ’98

Department of Psychology
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Western gave me the support needed to grow and develop both professionally and personally. I learned so much about the field of psychology. Because of my high-quality introduction to research at Western, I was easily able to transition into graduate level research.

Donna Stuber

Donna Stuber-McEwen, Ph.D., ’85

Professor, Dept. of Psychology
Vice Chair, Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Friends University, Wichita, Kansas

At Missouri Western, learning is facilitated in an atmosphere where students are encouraged to think critically, effectively, and openly. After graduation, I was immediately accepted into one of the premier, mid-size graduate programs in the Midwest, and, thanks to the Psychology faculty, quickly realized I was among those most prepared for graduate work. I can say with confidence the commitment of the faculty at Missouri Western is above and beyond merit.

Scott Davies

Scott Davies, ’96, Ph.D

Director of Research and Development
Hogan Assessment System

My professors in the MWSU Psychology Department provided me with a research and statistical foundation that is second to none. While completing my Ph.D. at Ohio State, I had a big advantage over graduate students from larger institutions because I was taught solely by Ph.Ds during my undergraduate studies. The fact that the MWSU professors cared so much about my education and career success prepared me well for my career in basic and applied research.

N. Andrew Peterson, Ph.D., ’91

Director for Research and Asst. Professor
University of Iowa

Faculty in the department of psychology truly listened to students’ ideas. They also encouraged us to challenge ourselves and our preconceived notions of the world.