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Dr. Krisstal Clayton

Dr. Krisstal Clayton
- Pedagogical Assistant Professor


Ph.D., Masters of Arts and Sciences/New Mexico State University/2009, 2005


I am a people-watching, music, and documentary junkie who brings these addictions into my classroom and psychological research. Currently, I am collaborating with Southern Kentucky Rehabilitation Hospital to develop music-paired rehabilitation therapy for stroke patients. I actually get to live my dream of being a psychological DJ! Who gets to do that??? I also investigate moral attitudes about promiscuity and how my classroom experience changes student attitudes towards the criminal justice system. As for documentaries, my courses are famous for exposing students to fascinating real-world examples such as cult development, pleading insanity, spree shooter profiles, the prison system, prejudice, degenerative brain disease treatment, and the extreme collective mindset of North Korea. If I were asked to choose my favorite course to teach, I wouldn’t be able to. The truth is, I love them all—even Research Methods. Come hang out with me!

Courses Regularly Taught

  • PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSY 210 Research Methods
  • PSY 211 Research Methods Lab
  • PSY 313 Statistics
  • PSY 355 Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • PSY 350 Social Psychology (Honors Sections Available)
  • PSY 470 and 470G Psychology and Law (Honors Sections Available)
  • PSY 350 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 490 Independent Research
  • PSY 646 Applied Social Psychology in Practice


Student Engagement

  • Willing to serve on honors, thesis, and dissertation committees
  • Open to augmenting courses for honors credit

Mentors student research experiences in PSY 290 and PSY 490

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