Apr 19, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Psychology Department

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Douglas Peterson, Chairperson
South Dakota Union Building, Room 205
(605) 677-5351




Jan Berkhout, Ergonomics and Safety
Elizabeth Boyd, Family Systems, Native American Mental Health
Jeffrey Simons, Psychology of Alcohol and Substance Abuse
Raluca Simons, Stress, Military Personnel and Alcohol
Cindy Struckman-Johnson, Social Psychology, Sexual Coercion, Transportation Safety

Associate Professors:

S. Jean Caraway, Traumatic Victimization, Cross-Cultural Psychology
Michael Granaas, Quantitative Methods, Virtual Environments
Sara Lowmaster, Psychological Assessment, Personality
Douglas Peterson, User Experience/Usability, Mental Workload, Neuroscience

Assistant Professors:

Christopher Berghoff, Acceptance, Mindfulness, Anxiety, Trauma
BreAnne Danzi, Stress and Trauma, Children and Families, Disasters
Jong-Sung Yoon, Cognitive Psychology, Memory, Expertise


Gemma Skillman
Stephanie Fuller


Gerard Jacobs
Randal Quevillon
Barbara Yutrzenka


Psychology, B.A., B.S.


Disaster Response


Disaster Response

Psychology is both a scientific discipline concerned with understanding, explaining and predicting behavior, and a profession dedicated to the application of this knowledge to the solution of practical human problems. The courses and independent study opportunities offered in the department are designed to expose our students to both aspects of the field. The Psychology Department at the University of South Dakota is the most comprehensive in the state and has won several national awards for excellence.

Our curriculum provides comprehensive coverage of the core areas of general and experimental psychology as well as exposure to psychological applications in several areas.  Students may choose to emphasize coursework in the human factors/applied industrial area or in the human services (clinical/counseling) area and can work with their advisors to ensure optimal course selection. Department facilities include a computer laboratory, the Heimstra Human Factors Laboratory, the Disaster Mental Health Institute and the Psychological Services Center. The Disaster Mental Health Institute conducts cutting-edge work in the developing field of disaster psychology. Advanced undergraduate students in Psychology are encouraged to participate with faculty in research projects to earn academic credit and gain valuable experience. More information is available at website listed above.


Please contact the department for additional information about available scholarships and awards. Also see College of Arts & Sciences  for college/school level scholarships.

  • Harold O. Fossler Scholarship
  • Joseph M. Malters & Kathryn Kirk-Malters Psychology Scholarship
  • Norman Heimstra Memorial Scholarship
  • Psi Chi Prize Scholarship
  • Psychology Department Scholarship Fund
  • Royal D. & Helen B. Doner Scholarship



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