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Heather Hoffmann

Robert M. & Katherine Arnold Seeley Distinguished Professor and Chair of Psychology

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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Our psychology students have been published in scientific journals. They've presented research at conferences and won prestigious National Science Foundation Fellowships for graduate study. And, they're having fun while exploring questions that are important and interesting to them.

Research and Creative Work

There are many opportunities to undertake research in psychology. Take full advantage of research in an area of personal interest through Independent Study. Complete a Senior Capstone, a project for psychology majors designed and undertaken in close, individual consultation with a faculty mentor.

And for a few dedicated students, there is College Honors, an advanced research project pursued over the course of a year and presented and defended to a faculty committee that includes a distinguished outside examiner. These outside examiners regularly say that our students' Honors projects are typically equivalent to a master's thesis in scope and quality. Here are a few projects:

  • "The Effects of Approach and Avoidance Motivation on Category Learning," Emily Rose Corwin-Renner '17.
  • "The Silencing the Self-Scale: Construct Validity, Gender Differences, and Relationships with Depression," Mia Tyne Kosmicki '17.
  • "Comparing the Effectiveness of Exercise Intervention Strategies on Body Image Levels," Jeremy Peter Schmidt '17.

Our student research is regularly published in peer-reviewed journals or presented alongside Ph.D. students at professional conferences. Here are a few recent publications and presentations:

  • "The Effects of Alcohol on Self-regulation of Sexual Arousal in Sexually Compulsive Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM)," co-authored by Molly Wilson '09 , Heather Hoffmann and other colleagues in Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity (2016).
  • "The Experience of Competition in Same- Versus Mixed-sex Team Sports," co-authored by Joey Knutson '14 and Frank McAndrew in Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal (2016).
  • "Mentally Walking Through Doorways Causes Forgetting: The Location Updating Effect and Imagination," co-authored by Zach Lawrence '12 and Daniel Peterson in Memory (2016).
  • "A Nutritional Formulation for Cognitive Performance in Mild Cognitive Impairment: a Placebo-controlled Trial with an Open-label Extension," co-authored by Jevin Lortie '11, Heather Hoffmann and other colleagues in Journal of Alzheimer's Disease (2015).

Off-Campus Study

Our students take advantage of the more than two dozen off-campus study programs. Many of our students use our global, national, and local programs to collect data for cross-cultural research projects or to supplement their classroom studies. Most recently our psychology majors have been to Barcelona, Besancon, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Denmark, Florence, Germany, India, Japan, and Tanzania.

Clinical Term

Students can completely immerse themselves in clinical and counseling psychology by taking two courses while completing a clinical psychology internship at the same time. Clinical term students are in the same setting as clinical psychologists, counselors, and social workers. They have worked with the chronically mentally ill, the developmentally disabled, families and children experiencing a variety of difficulties in adjustment, and women and children who are the victims of domestic abuse.


There's no better way to explore the possibilities of life after Knox than internships. Here are a few of our students' recent internships:

In Galesburg:

  • Center for Youth and Family Solutions
  • Galesburg Rescue Mission
  • Heartland Healthcare Center
  • Henry Hill Correctional Facility 
  • Lutheran Social Services
  • Safe Harbor Family Crisis Center
  • Salvation Army
  • St. Mary's Square Living Center 
  • Seminary Manor
  • Central Illinois Neurosciences

Outside of Galesburg

  • Loyal Joe (Marketing)
  • Allstate Insurance (Human Resources)
  • WEDIKO Children's Services

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Printed on Thursday, January 27, 2022