The Experimental Psychology Master’s degree program at Western Washington University provides an excellent foundation in psychology. Our program is based on a mentorship model in which each incoming student is paired with a faculty member with similar scholarly interests who will advise and mentor the student on his/her academic progress and scholarly activities. Graduates will have a solid background in research design, quantitative methods, and expertise in a specific research area, providing a strong foundation for entering a Psychology Ph.D. program. Many of our students have gone on to earn doctorates from top tier Universities.

Potentially relevant scholars in our department whose work relates to social or developmental psychology include Alex Czopp (stereotypes and prejudice), Jennifer Devenport (psychology and law), Annie Fast (development of prosocial motivations), Antonya Gonzalez (development of intergroup bias), Barbara Lehman (stress, coping, and health), Kristi Lemm (social cognition), Kate McLean (personality and identity development), Annie Riggs (children’s social cognition), David Sattler (environmental issues and disaster stress), Christie Scollon (subjective well-being and culture),and Joseph Trimble (sociocultural change; culture and leadership).

Other researchers with interests related to clinical, counseling and developmental psychology include Anna Ciao (eating disorders and body image), Diana Gruman (prevention interventions in school counseling), Jeff King (cross-cultural psychology), Brent Mallinckrodt (adult attachment; relationships), Jennifer McCabe (maternal-child health), Aaron Smith (military mental health; posttraumatic growth), and Shaun Sowell (school counselor burnout and education).

Faculty working in the areas of behavioral neuroscience and cognitive psychology include Jeff Grimm (neurobiology of drug taking and seeking), Ira Hyman (applied cognitive psychology), Kelly Jantzen (brain behavior relationships; EEG/TMS), Josh Kaplan (rodent models of cannabis efficacy), Jackie Rose (neural plasticity and learning), and Larry Symons (face and motion perception).


WWU is located in Bellingham, Washington, a scenic coastal community overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. Western is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings. The Department of Psychology has 33 permanent full-time faculty and is also home to the Center for Cross-Cultural Research. Please see for more details on the program and for the application procedures. We encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups. Although the priority deadline was February 1, we accept applications until March 15th and will review applications on a space-available basis. Partial financial aid, in the form of teaching assistantships, is more likely to be possible for those who apply sooner rather than later.