Mary Lou Zanich

  • Professor of Psychology (retired) and former Interim Dean, Kopchick 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


    PhD, 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