Points of Pride

The Department of Psychology at Western Michigan University is proud of the recent accomplishments of our students and faculty.

Our Students

  • Psychology alumnus Dr. Ray Miltenberger 81', 85' appeared on NBC Dateline series "My Kid Would Never Do That".
  • Alumna Dr. Katie Garza is inducted in the Alpena High School Hall of Fame.

Our Faculty

  • Dr. Lisa Baker, professor, has landed a three-year, $416,385 grant from the National Institutes of Health to conduct research along with her students on the behavioral pharmacology of novel stimulant drugs, commonly known as "bath salts."

Our Department

  • With over 40 years of history, the Industrial Organizational Behavior Management program has the longest running M.A. degree anywhere dedicated to Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) and WMU became the first school to offer an ongoing Ph.D. focused on OBM. 
  • Several current and past faculty members have won awards from the Organizational Behavior Management Network, a professional network dedicated to OBM, including awards for Outstanding Contribution (1993, 1995, 2007, 2018), Lifetime Achievement (2012, 2017), Scholarly Impact (2016), and Innovative Research (2020). 
  • According to a recent analysis (Sleiman et al., 2020) of the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management (JOBM), the flagship journal in OBM, WMU faculty and alumni are consistently among the most prolific and most cited. 6 of the 10 most cited authors in JOBM were current and past faculty members or alumni of the graduate program at WMU. The same analysis found that Western Michigan University had the most publications of any university across the entire history of JOBM, more than double the second most prolific institution. 
  • The Industrial Organizational Behavior Management program was ranked #18 in the Top 25 Campus Based Industrial-Organizational psychology Master's Degree Programs 2020.
  • The Department of Psychology earned re-accreditation in Clinical Psychology by the American Psychological Association.
  • The Department of Psychology earned re-accreditation in Behavior Analysis by the Association for Behavior Analysis International.