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William J. Farrell

Office: Uhler, Room 202

Office Phone: 724-357-7978


Fall 2015 Office Hours

  • Tuesday 9:30–11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday 8:00–10:00 a.m.
  • Thursday 9:30–11:00 a.m.

Bill Farrell and studentsHow I became interested in Psychology

At about the age of 10 my father started telling me that if I kept teasing my sister I would give her a complex.  It seemed important to figure out exactly what I was doing.

Seriously—as a kid I spent much of my time in the woods or fishing and developed an interest in the life sciences and animal behavior.  I began college as a biology major and enjoyed learning about physiology, cellular biology, ecology etc., but felt my behavioral training was lacking.  Adding a major in Psychology provided the behavioral training I was seeking and gave me a framework in which to apply the biology I was learning.

Areas of Interest

The neural, endocrine, and experiential regulation of social behavior, including sex and aggression (using green anole lizards (Anoliscarolinensis) as a model organism, Behavioral Endocrinology, Behavioral Neuroscience  


BS, 1991, Tufts University, Medford, MA; Psychology and Biology (with Thesis Honors)

PhD, 2000, Indiana Universoty, Bloomington, IN; Developmental Psychology, minor in Neural Science, program certificate in Animal Behavior

Courses Taught

General Psychology (PSYC 101)

Physiological Psychology (PSYC 350)


  • Psychology Department
  • Uhler Hall, Room 101
    1020 Oakland Avenue
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2426
  • Fax: 724-357-2214
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.