Five faculty in the Cognitive area of the Kent State University Department of Psychological Sciences (Jocelyn Folk, Phillip Hamrick, Dana Miller-Cotto, Clarissa Thompson, and Chris Was) are recruiting new graduate students to begin their graduate training in Fall 2023.

Every graduate student is guaranteed five years of funding (tuition + stipend), including summers. The cost of living near Kent, OH is very reasonable (

Additionally, our students are highly competitive for university-wide fellowships ( in their final year of graduate training, which allows them to focus on writing their dissertations.

What makes the Cognitive area unique at KSU?

  • Faculty and students are highly collaborative within the Cognitive area and across the department and university.
    • Additional Cognitive faculty members include: John Dunlosky, William Merriman, and Maria Zaragoza.
  • Developmental psychology is a cross-cutting theme uniting many research programs in the department.
  • We have an emphasis on cognition and education (
  • Graduate students receive training in the teaching of psychology prior to their first time serving as instructor of record.
  • Many Cognitive faculty contribute to the department’s Quantitative psychology concentration, which prepares our students well for future employment.
  • The Applied Psychology Center offers pilot funds for research (


The following Cognitive area faculty members are recruiting graduate students to begin in Fall 2023. Please email them directly to learn more about the openings in their lab!

Jocelyn Folk (): written language processing, individual differences in reading and spelling, eye movement processing in reading, word learning during reading.

Phillip Hamrick (): language, declarative/procedural memory, implicit (statistical) learning, computational modeling

Dana Miller-Cotto (): individual differences, math learning, executive functions, meta-analyses

Clarissa Thompson (): mathematical cognition, math anxiety, health decision making, learning, transfer, analogical reasoning

Chris Was (): individual differences in working memory, mind wandering, implicit memory, procedural memory

Recent job placements for graduates of the Cognitive area:

  • ACT–Nola Daley, Research Scientist
  • California University of Pennsylvania–Michael Baranski, Assistant Professor
  • Earlham College–Kyle Henning, Assistant Professor
  • Georgia College & State University–Eric Rindal, Assistant Professor
  • Grinnell College–Ashley Abraham, Visiting Assistant Professor
  • Institute for Medical Research at the Durham VA–Jessica Janes, Biostatistics Manager
  • Kenyon College–Shauna deLong, Visiting Assistant Professor
  • National Jewish Health–Jenna Wall, Senior Administrator for Human Research Protection Program
  • New York Times–Amanda Dakermanji, Senior Researcher in Games
  • North Dakota State University–Katie Wissman, Assistant Professor
  • Northern Kentucky University–Kalif Vaughn, Assistant Professor
  • Rocketship Public Schools–Kayla Morehead, Senior Associate, Assessments
  • Stetson University–Michael Eskenazi, Assistant Professor
  • Texas Christian Univ–Michelle Rivers, Postdoctoral Fellow
  • University of Alabama, Huntsville–Michael Mueller, Senior Data Analyst
  • University of North Florida–Charles Fitzsimmons, Assistant Professor
  • University of Wisconsin-Parkside– Erin Graham, Assistant Professor
  • Stonehill College–Patrick Rich, Assistant Professor


For more information about the application process at Kent State, see:

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