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Dr. Nancy Carlisle and Dr. Lucy Napper.  Dr. Napper will collaborate with Dr. Bilal Kahn (College of Health) on a project titled, "Assessing the feasibility and acceptability of Open Dynamic Interaction Network Software to assess alcohol use behaviors among college students." Dr. Carlisle will collaborate with Dr. Yu Zhang (Bioengineering) and Dr. Lifang He (Computer Science) on a project titled, "Assessing Neural Circuit Abnormality Underlying Alzheimer’s Progression in Aging Brain." Congratulations to Drs. Napper and Carlisle for winning these competitive awards!

Virtual Interracial Contact: Leveraging Virtual Reality to Improve Interracial Interactions

Integrating social and clinical psychology, this work uses virtual reality (VR) to examine racial bias in interracial encounters and highlights how repeated VR interracial contact is a potentially effective route to improving cross-race interactions.

Friday, August 5
2:30 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.  CT

Dr. Valerie Jones Taylor is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Africana Studies at Lehigh University. Taylor previously served as an assistant professor at Spelman College and was a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University. Her research areas include intergroup relations, social identity threat, stereotyping and discrimination, and cultural psychology. Specifically, she investigates how stereotyping and prejudice affect underrepresented groups' academic performance, interracial interactions, and the treatment of racialized physical spaces. Her research also examines ways to improve interracial encounters in educational and social contexts using virtual reality. Dr. Taylor is currently the recipient of an NSF CAREER award to examine VR interracial interactions in STEM. She earned a doctorate in social psychology at Stanford University and a B.A. in psychology and ethnic studies, with a concentration in African & African American Studies, at the University of Texas at Austin. 

More details can be found here: APA 2022 Convention

Assistant Professor of Psychology

LEHIGH UNIVERSITY. The Department of Psychology invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Psychology, with a specialization in Cognitive Psychology, beginning in Fall 2023. We welcome all applicants with research interests that complement and expand ongoing work in cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience at Lehigh. Candidates should have an earned doctorate (or be in candidacy with degree expected no later the date of hire).

We are particularly excited about candidates doing use-inspired basic research that takes inspiration from complex real-world problems to test and refine theories of human cognition and that applies laboratory findings to the solution of practical problems. We welcome qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. Candidates will be expected to maintain a high-quality and productive research program that will attract external funding; to provide high-quality teaching and research mentorship at both the undergraduate and graduate level; and to demonstrate a strong commitment to creating an inclusive environment and promoting the success of students from racial and ethnic groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in academia. 

Founded in 1865, Lehigh University has combined outstanding academic and learning opportunities with leadership in fostering innovative research. Recognized among the nation's highly ranked research universities, Lehigh offers a rigorous academic community for nearly 7,200 students. Lehigh University has some 5,400 undergraduates, 1,800 graduate students, and about 550 full-time faculty members. Lehigh University is located in Bethlehem, PA., a vibrant and historic area. Over 820,000 people live in the Lehigh Valley, which is in close proximity to New York City and Philadelphia.

Lehigh University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital or familial status, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. We are committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. Lehigh University is committed to a culturally and intellectually diverse academic community and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching and/or service, to this mission. Lehigh University is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation award for promoting the careers of women in academic sciences and engineering ( and is among institutions of higher education recognized for excellence in diversity with the INSIGHT into Diversity HEED Award. Additional information about Lehigh’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is available at Lehigh University provides competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits, including domestic partner benefits. More information about Work/Life Balance for Faculty can be found at Lehigh University supports dual career efforts for following spouses/partners of newly hired faculty

To apply, applicants should submit the following materials: cover letter, CV, research statement, teaching statement, a statement on contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), 2-3 representative papers, and three letters of recommendation. For the DEI statement please describe your past experiences, activities, and commitments related to DEI, as well as your future plans to advance DEI, in alignment with Lehigh’s Principles of our Equitable Community ( 

Applicants should submit their materials here:

Review of applications will begin on October 1 and will continue until the position is filled.

Inquiries about the positions should be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Almut Hupbach (

November 4, 2022 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm

The Psychology Department course offerings for spring 2024 can be found here.

The full course descriptions of the 300-level courses being offered for spring 2024 can be found here.




Picture This

Where: LUAG Lower Gallery, Zoellner Arts Center

Date: Thursday, November 17th

Time: 4pm - 6pm, with remarks from students at 4:45pm

This photography exhibit will provide a window into what it means to belong on campus as a first generation student. In this project, over 50 first generation students took photographs of people, places, and things that help or hinder their sense of belonging within the Lehigh community. This gallery exhibit will feature photographs and reflections from these students as well as ideas on how to foster belonging on campus.  

The gallery exhibit is open to the whole community. We invite you to visit the exhibit and reflect on your own experiences of belonging at Lehigh, how your various identities have shaped your experiences of belonging, and learn more about the experiences of first generation students at Lehigh.

We are currently accepting submissions from Psychology students for this year's Williams Prize. 

This prize recognizes outstanding writing completed as part of a Lehigh course. To be eligible, the work must have been completed in the 2022-2023 academic year. Cash awards range from $200 to $1,000. 

Paper submissions are due by March 31, 2023.

Click here for more infomation and a link to the application see:

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Lucy Napper (



The CAS Majors and Minors Fair will be held on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 from 4:15-5:15pm at the STEPS Concourse. 

Join us at the CAS Majors and Minors Fair where students will be able to meet with associated faculty, staff, and current students from our departments and programs. 

Learn about opportunities that are available to further enhance your experience at Lehigh and beyond. 

For more information contact


Please join us in an informative information session.  Wednesday, April 5th from 4:30 - 5:30 pm in CU133. Come learn more about the requirements and opportunities within the psychology major!