William J. Farrell

  • Office

    Uhler, Room 202

    Office Phone


    Email: William.Farrell2@iup.edu

    Spring 2020 Office Hours

    • Monday 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday  11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
    • Friday 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.; 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
    • Other hours by appointment

    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 University, Bloomington, IN; Developmental Psychology, minor in Neural Science, program certificate in Animal Behavior

    AnoleCourses Taught

    General Psychology (PSYC 101)

    Physiological Psychology (PSYC 350)