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 Husky Showcase event each April.

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

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.
  • 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. Joseph Melcher

  • Cognitive psychology.

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

  • Attention and memory
  • Currently I am doing research on memory for pictures and melodies

Dr. Marcy Young Illies

  • People in organizations, most notably workplace mentoring, leadership, and values.

Dr. Young Illies is more than happy to talk to students about her research, or help them develop their own research projects that focus on people in organizations.