Shelia M. Kennison

Shelia M. Kennison

Associate Professor Psychology
116 North Murray Hall
Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078


Background Information

Dr. Kennison is a tenured Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Oklahoma State University. She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She had taught undergraduate courses in introductory psychology, statistics, research methods, research ethics, cognitive psychology, psychology of language, and history of psychology and graduate courses in psychology of language, cross-cultural cognition, and research design. She currently coordinates 20+ sections of Introductory Psychology and teaches a course on "teaching introductory psychology" for graduate student instructors. She has received a number of awards for teaching, including the Regents Distinguished Teaching Award in 2007. In 2004, she received the Outstanding Teaching Award from the Oklahoma Psychological Society. In 2002 & 2003, she received the Outstanding Faculty Award for the Department of Psychology. She is also actively involved in conducting research on language processing and supervising undergraduate and graduate student research. Her research has been supported by a research grant from the National Science Foundation (BCS 0449886). She is currently supervising a predoctoral NSF fellowship awarded to her graduate student Kristopher I. Bradley.

Related Pedagogical Projects

Shelia Kennison is the founder and co-director of the Oklahoma Network for Teaching of Psychology (ONTOP) (
Since 2001, she has been actively involved in a Research Experiences for Undergraduates at Oklahoma State University, which was also funded by the National Science Foundation. She is actively involved in supervising undergraduate research. In 2009, her student Jacqueline Guidry was selected to present her research at the Posters-on-the-Hill Conference in Washington, DC.