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Psychology Department Timeline
  by Ludy T. Benjamin, Jr.
  •   1876    Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas was founded.  Course in Mental Philosophy was taught by President Thomas Gathright
  •   1879    Six students graduated in “Mental and Moral Science”
  •   1913    Educational Psychology course offered
  •   1914    Adolescence course added
  •   1920    First course offering in General Psychology
  •   1921    Social Psychology course added
  •   1922    Industrial Psychology course added
  •   1923    Human Relations course added
  •   1935    Department of Psychology was established, headed by Charles Winkler (background in agriculture)
  •   1935    Mental Efficiency course added
  •   1941    Walter A. Varvel, Jr. (1908-1990) joined the faculty, the first PhD psychologist at Texas A&M
  •   1941    Measurement in Psychology course added
  •   1947    Psychology Department was combined with Education to become the Department of Education and Psychology
  •   1947    Milam S. Kavanaugh (1899-1999) joined the faculty
  •   1947    Personality Adjustments course added
  •   1947    Minor in Psychology was approved (12 hours of psychology courses)
  •   1950    Child Psychology course added
  •   1951    First graduate course offered ? Advanced Educational Psychology
  •   1955    Courses added: Dynamics of Human Behavior (motivation), and Human Development (graduate)
  •   1959    Donald G. Barker joined the psychology faculty
  •   1960    New Courses: Differential Psychology, Psychology of Learning, Experimental Psychology
  •   1962    New faculty: Albert J. Casey, Lannes H. Hope
  •   1962    Comparative Psychology course added
  •   1964    New Faculty: Carole Anne Golightly, a social psychologist and first woman faculty member in Psychology
  •   1964    Systematic Psychology course added (later renamed History and Systems of Psychology)
  •   1965    New faculty: James M. Elliott
  •   1965    First offering of undergraduate major in psychology (B.S. degree)
  •   1966    New faculty: Arnold D. LeUnes, Anthony E. Bourgeois
  •   1967    New Courses: Psychology of Early Childhood, Physiological Psychology
  •   1967    Psychological Services Laboratory was opened to provide psychological testing services for public schools on a contractual basis
  •   1968    Education and Psychology Department was split creating two separate departments.  Faculty were allowed to choose which one to be a part of.
  •   1968    William R. Smith became the first Head (1968-1973) of the newly formed Psychology Department
  •   1968    New faculty: Larry B. Christensen
  •   1968    New graduate courses: Individual Testing, Behavior Modification, Standardized Tests and Measurements
  •   1969    New undergraduate courses: Abnormal Psychology, Experimental Social Psychology, Sensation-Perception
  •   1969    New graduate courses: Clinical Psychology, Reading Seminar in Experimental Social Psychology
  •   1969    Department of Educational Psychology was founded in the College of Education
  •   1970    The Department received a charter for a chapter of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology
  •   1970    New faculty: Sara Jarvis Jones, second female psychology faculty member.
  •   1971    New faculty: Hanna Levenson.
  •   1971    New undergraduate course: Behavioral Principles; new graduate course:  Psychophysiology
  •   1971    Master of Science in Psychology degree first offered
  •   1973    Clessen J. Martin appointed as Department Head (1973-1979)
  •   1979    Rand Boyd Evans appointed as Department Head (1979-1984)
  •   1984    PhD in Psychology first offered
  •   1984    Stephen Worchel appointed as Department Head (1984-1993)
  •   1984    Saul B. Sells (1913-1988), Professor Emeritus at Texas Christian University, donated his extensive library of more than 4,000 psychology books and thousands of journals to the Department.  He included a cash gift of $65,000 to endow continued journal subscriptions for the library and to support graduate student travel.
  •   1985    Frank N. McMillan endowed the McMillan Professorship in Analytical Psychology.  First holder of the professorship in 1986: David H. Rosen
  •   1986    First PhD psychology graduate: Daniel Gorenflo
  •   1986    A study-abroad class of 26 undergraduate students (mostly psychology majors) was the first group to tour the Freud Museum in London (Freud’s home in 1938-1939).  The Museum was scheduled to open in July but allowed the Texas A&M group to tour the Museum in June as a test run for the museum staff.
  •   1987    Jeffry A. Simpson developed the Psychology Honors Degree Program, the first departmental honors program in the College of Liberal Arts
  •   1988    Clinical Psychology PhD program was initially accredited by the American Psychological Association
  •   1988    Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology added as undergraduate option
  •   1988    The Department moved into its own building
  •   1990    Carolyn and Ernest Fay Lecture Series began.  The initial speaker was Verena Kast from Switzerland.  Her book, Joy, Inspiration, and Hope (1991) became the first book in the Fay Lecture Series.
  •   1993    Paul J. Wellman appointed as Department Head (1993-2002)
  •   2003    William S. Rholes appointed as Department Head (2002-2006)
  •   2003    In the inaugural year of the award established by President Robert Gates, Ludy Benjamin, Jr. received a Presidential Professorship in Teaching Excellence.
  •   2004    Clinical psychology student Cortney Warren won the Edwin Newman Graduate Research Award from the American Psychological Association (given annually to one psychology graduate student in the nation).
  •   2005    Nicole Baxter White Award for the Outstanding Graduating Senior in Psychology was established in memory of the former psychology major
  •   2006    Leslie C. Morey appointed as Department Head (2006-2010)
  •   2008    A team of psychology undergraduates under the coaching of faculty member Jennifer Bizon won the third annual Brain Bowl at Trinity University against Trinity and the University of Texas.  The competition was sponsored by the Society for Neurosciences.
  •   2011      Ludy Benjamin, Jr. appointed Department Head (2010-2012)
  •   2011      Saul Sells Research Award established for outstanding graduate students
  •   2012      Jack Nation Seminar Room (room 284) established
  •   2012      Paul J. Wellman appointed Interim Department Head (2012-2013)
  •   2013      PSYC/AFST 206: Black Psychology; PSYC/AFST 208: Stereotypes, Prejudice, & Minority Experiences; PSYC/AFST 209: Psychology of Culture & Diversity; PSYC 210: Psychological Aspects of Human Sexuality; and PSYC 354: Conflict & Negotiation courses officially added to the course catalog
  •   2013      Douglas Woods appointed Department Head (2013-2015)
  •   2014      Cognitive psychology student Sumeyra Tosun won the Edwin Newman Graduate Research Award from APA
  • 2015        Heather C. Lench appointment Department Head
  • 2015        Lisa Geraci and Mary Meagher selected as APS Fellows
  • 2016       Sherecce Fields names Ray A. Rothrock ’77 Fellow
  • 2016      Mindy Bergman appears as guest speaker on KPCC/NPR in Los Angeles: Topic of discussion-Diversity in the Workplace.
  • 2016      Emeritus faculty member Ludy T. Benjamin, Jr. popular magazine collection put on display at APA conference in Denver Colorado.
  • 2016      Arnold LeUnes honored with Vision Award from the Department of Aging and Disability Services
  • 2017      Steve Maren awarded the D.O. Hebb Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award from the APA
  • 2017     Teresa Wilcox’s Infant Cognition Lab featured on KBTX News discussion on what age babies recognize human or mechanical objects.
  • 2017     Leslie C. Morey selected for Bruno Klopfer Award
  • 2017     Arnold LeUnes surprised by students with replacement Aggie Ring for the class of 1960.  Original ring had been lost in a house fire.
  • 2017     Phia Salter selected as Rothrock Fellow
  • 2018    Steve Maren named University Distiguished Professor