Department of Psychology


Research is an important component of learning about Psychology. At St. Cloud State, students can participate in the experimental process by either: 1) being “participants” in Psychological experiments, or 2) assisting professors in conducting experiments. The results of these experiments are often disseminated through the Student Research Colloquium.

Student Research Colloquium

Many of our students participate in the annual Student Research Colloquium. It gives students experience presenting research results and helps them to experience the breadth of research activity at St. Cloud State.

If you are interested in participating in experiments as an experimental subject, you can sign up to participate in research studies (SONA).  If you are interested in becoming involved as a research assistant, please contact one of the faculty members below.

Faculty research interests

Dr. Amanda Hemmesch

  • Improving health, well-being, and quality of life for older adults and individuals with chronic conditions.
  • How health and psychosocial factors, especially social relationships, influence development and well-being throughout adulthood.
  • Her current research examines nonverbal behavior, interpersonal perception, and social relationships in the context of Parkinson's disease and stigmatizing conditions.
  • Dr. Hemmesch is always looking for motivated research assistants who share an interest in social and developmental psychology, especially aging.

Dr. Jody Illies

  • Organizational problem solving and decision making, creativity and innovation, leadership, and the use of biographical data as an assessment tool.
  • In his most recent studies, he has been exploring the influence of individual differences and situational characteristics on leader emergence and employee creativity.
  • If you find any of his research areas intriguing, or just want to talk about I-O or research in general, please contact Dr. Illies.

Dr. Chris Jazwinski

  • Social psychology.
  • Conservation and environmental psychology.
  • Psychology of the Holocaust and the political psychology of dictatorships.

Dr. John Kulas

  • People at work, but specific areas of interest include: psychological processes involved in responding to assessments, personality specification and measurement, and cross-disciplinary research.
  • Students interested in any of these areas of research, or with a desire to pursue their own research questions related to workers and/or organizations, are encouraged to contact Dr. Kulas (he is a self-admitted sucker for new research projects).

Dr. Joseph Melcher

  • Learning and memory.
  • The acquisition of expertise, the psychology of human factors in design, everyday memory and eyewitness memory.
  • He has done some research on the effects of speech recognition on the quality of students' writing and is currently doing research with students in the areas of satisfaction with choices, and in training working memory.
  • He welcomes contact with students who would like to get involved in doing research in these areas.

Dr. Daren Protolipac

  • Content- and criterion-related selection measure development and evaluation.
  • Personality influences on organizational, team, and individual outcomes.
  • Cross-level off-the-job interactions.
  • Team selection methods on work-team outcomes.
  • Psychometric techniques and theory.
  • Training and organizational development.
  • His most recent project explored the impact of current mood states on the accuracy and generalizability of Angoff cutoff score judgments using a generalizability framework.
  • Students interested in any of these avenues of research, or with personal interests in research related to any aspect of organizational functioning and/or members of organizations are encouraged to contact Dr. Protolipac. He is always looking to create new research teams and projects.

Dr. Leslie Valdes

  • Visual attention, memory, and effective use of computers in the classroom.