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Mary Lou Zanich

Professor of Psychology (retired) and former Interim Dean, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Dr. Zanich may be reached through the office of the Department of Psychology.

How I became interested in Psychology

As a kid, I was always interested in how things—and people—worked. It became clear that science was the thing to do. Unbound by gender rules, my parents acceded to my wishes for a microscope and a chemistry set. At that time, the only psychology I knew anything about was all that Freud stuff—and that didn’t seem very scientific. So, I started college as a chemistry major. During my second semester, I took an Honors Introduction to Psychology course where we spent the whole semester studying operant conditioning. What could be better than science in psychology? I changed my major immediately. It’s now forty years later, and I have never once regretted my decision.

Current Research and Professional Projects:

A long-standing—and incomplete—project with Beverly Goodwin on “fictive” kin; factors involved in the establishment of one’s professional identity


Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh: Experimental Psychology (Learning-Developmental Program)

Courses Taught

Historical Trends, College Teaching Seminar, General Psychology, Honors College Science Core, Comparative Psychology

History of Psychology, Teaching of Psychology

  • 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.