Director of The Minds Lab

Rachel Severson, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Developmental Psychology

Office: Skaggs 371
Email: rachel.severson@umontana.edu

Personal Summary

Dr. Rachel Severson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at University of Montana. She is Director of the Minds Lab, where she and her research team investigate how children attribute minds and internal states to human and non-human others (non-human animals, inanimate nature, and personified technologies, such as robots) and the social and moral consequences of doing so. She also directs the UM Living Lab, located in the new Missoula Public Library, to engage the public with research conducted at University of Montana.

Dr. Severson received a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Washington. Prior to joining the faculty at University of Montana, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of British Columbia and a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Oslo.

Information for Applicants to the Ph.D. Program in Developmental Psychology (Experimental Psychology Doctoral Program)

I do not plan on taking a graduate student to begin Autumn Semester 2023. For more information about our Doctoral Program in Experimental Psychology, including the application process, please see the Department of Psychology Graduate Program website.

I encourage you to contact me directly (rachel.severson@umontana.edu) if you are considering applying to work with me as a doctoral student.