Alison Young

Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Behavioral Sciences
Ph.D. (Social Psychology), 2014, The Ohio State University
M.A. (Social Psychology), 2010, The Ohio State University
B.A. (Psychology), 2007, Houghton College

Dr. Young joined Olivet's full-time faculty in 2014 to teach courses in psychology, social psychology, stereotyping and prejudice, research and statistics, and physiological psychology. Her areas of expertise include social psychology, attitudes, social cognition, reverse correlation image classification and hierarchical linear modeling. Passionate about research, she encourages all students — regardless of their majors — to contact her about working with her as research assistants to run studies and code data.

For both her M.A. and Ph.D. studies, she had the privilege of working with Dr. Russell H. Fazio as her advisor, and devoted many hours to research in Russ' Attitude and Social Cognition Lab. She has published her research in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology and Psychological Science, and presented at MPA (Midwestern Psychological Association) and SPSP (Society for Personality and Social Psychology) conferences.

In 2013, Dr. Young received the Ostrom Distinguished Graduate Research Award from The Ohio State University. She also received the Distinguished University Fellowship in 2008 and 2013, and the Brewer Graduate Research Award in 2012 and 2013.

She is a member of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, Midwestern Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science and Society for the Teaching of Psychology.

Playing guitar and singing on the worship team at church is one of the ways Dr. Young enjoys serving outside the classroom. She has also led worship for youth groups. In her leisure time, she bowls, plays volleyball and competes with her friends at fantasy football every year. A native of Houghton, New York, she is an avid Buffalo Bills fan — regardless of the team's season record!

Her parents, Paul and Debbie; her twin sister, Hilary, and family; and her sister, Amanda, and family live in Houghton. She has one niece, Evelyn, and two nephews, Grayson and Westin — all of whom are very special to her.