Psychology Club

The Psychology Club is a social organization that is open to all students who are interested in psychology. Our purpose is to promote an understanding of psychology as a broad discipline, provide information on psychology careers and career development, and foster interaction between students and the psychology faculty. 

Some recent activities of the club include:

  • Field trip to Mental Health Institute (MHI; Independence, Iowa)
  • Psych Club Relay for Life team
  • Faculty research opportunities
  • Student vs. faculty: Semester Kickball Kickoff

President: Hannah Alberts - she/her

Hannah is a senior Psychology major and Spanish minor from Austin, MN. She is currently involved in Dr. Toussaints Laboratory for the Investigation of Mind, Body, and Spirit, and works at both the Book Shop on campus and at Toppling Goliath. Hannah spent her summer in lovely Decorah enjoying the beautiful views and working as a waitress.  Fun fact: The spark that initiated Hannah’s love for psychology was her 4th grade science fair project titled: Music and Memory. Which landed her a spot at the state science fair (which is her biggest achievement to date) 

Vice-President: Rylea Ranum

Rylea is a senior Psychology and Neuroscience double major from Decorah, IA. She is currently lab coordinator for the Laboratory for the Investigation of Mind, Body, and Spirit led by Dr. Toussaint.  Rylea spent this past summer as a research intern within the General Internal Medicine division at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.  In her free time, Rylea enjoys going for walks, lifting, and playing fetch with her cat, Odysseus.  Fun fact: Rylea’s favorite author is Edgar Allan Poe and she memorized his poem “Annabel Lee'' while studying (or avoiding studying) for a Psych 130 test freshman year.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Justin Sprung

Justin grew up on a farm outside of Osage, IA and has been fascinated with the world of work since he was young. In college, he stumbled across the field of Industrial-Organizational Psychology, and this allowed him to combine his passion for helping people with his interest in the workplace. Justin received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Northern Iowa and earned his M.A. and PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Bowling Green State University. His favorite part of being a professor is interacting with students, and specifically helping students recognize the relevance of psychology in their everyday lives. He also enjoys incorporating country music references into his lectures, whether his students like it or not.  Fun fact: Got second place in a cookie eating contest in grad school

Email the Psychology Club at:  [email protected].