Katharine Milar
Professor of Psychology

Kathy Milar teaches Experimental Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience, Sensation and Perception, and History of Psychology. She often publishes and presents on the history of psychology, and has served the American Psychological Association in its societies for the teaching of psychology, the history of psychology, and the psychology of women.

“I am the product of a liberal arts college education and I believe it is the best possible education for life,” Kathy says. “Although I am not religious, Earlham's Quaker identity is important to me as well. I think we do have a very special community here.”

Contact Info

Campus Mail
Drawer 118

Phone
765-983-1556

E-mail
kathym@earlham.edu

Office
303 Landrum Bolling Center

Programs/Departments

  • Psychology
  • Neuroscience

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Indiana University
  • M.A., Western Michigan University
  • B.A., Mount Holyoke College

Selected Courses:

  • Experimental Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Sensation and Perception
  • History of Psychology

Women in the history of psychology.

Milar, K.S. (2013, August), Ellen Pulford Reese (1926-1997):  Behavior Theory in Practice.

Mary Whiton Calkins lecture for Division 26, Society for the History of Psychology, presented at the 121st Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI   

Milar, K.S. (2012, October).  Doing it all and surviving. In Brooke Bennett-Day (Chair), Doing it Differently: Using Innovative Approaches to Broaden Student Learning in Statistics and Research Methods.  Symposium presented at Best Practices:  Teaching Statistics and Research Methods, Atlanta, Georgia

Milar, K.S. (2012).  William James and the sixth sense. Monitor on Psychology, 42, 22-23.

Milar, K.S. (2011).  The mythbuster. Monitor on Psychology, 42, 24-26.

Milar, K.S. (2010).  A special relationship: Race, child study, and Rockefeller. Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 46, 1-18.   

Milar, K.S. (2010, February). Overcoming sentimental rot and drivel. Monitor on Psychology, 41, 26-27.

Milar, K.S. (2000). The first generation of women psychologists and the psychology of women. American Psychologist, 55 (6), 616-619.

Cheiron, International Society for the History of the Behavioral and Social Sciences, Executive Officer 2008-2013

American Psychological Association

  • Division 26: Society for the History of Psychology, President, 2001-2002 [President-elect, 2000-01; Past President, 2002-03]
  • Division 2: Society for the Teaching of Psychology
  • Division 35: Society for the Psychology of Women

I am the product of a liberal arts college education and I believe it is the best possible education for life. I value my close relationships with students.  Although I am not religious, Earlham's Quaker identity is important to me as well. Governance by consensus is sometimes difficult but I value the necessity for listening carefully to one another. I think we do have a very special community here.

On the England program, I taught a course on the history of science in Great Britain. In addition to our readings and discussions, we visited Darwin's home, Down House; the Old Operating Theater and Herb Garrett where we were treated to a demonstration of Victorian surgical techniques, and The Retreat at York which was founded by Quakers as an alternative to the terrible conditions of mental hospitals like Bethlehem (Bedlam).

Hike in the Canadian Rockies, attend the live in HD broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera, and cook.

 

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