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Taylor Science Center 3034

Penny Yee conducts research in the areas of cognition and individual differences, covering a wide range of topics from basic attentional and language processes to personality correlates of performance. Of particular interest is how we manage distractions in handling daily activities. She has published articles in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, Cognitive Psychology, Memory and Cognition, Intelligence and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. She earned her doctorate in human experimental psychology from the University of Oregon.

Recent Courses Taught

Introductory Psychology
Collaborative Research
Statistics and Research Methods
Cognitive Psychology
Human Memory and Cognition
Psychology of Reading and Language
Senior Projects


  • Hamilton College Class of 1963 Faculty Fellowship (2004, 2013)
  • Hamilton College Hewlett Summer Institute (2003)
  • National Science Foundation, Instrument and Laboratory Improvement Grant (1993-95)
  • Pew Program Grants for Undergraduate Science Education
    • PsyScope Workshop (1996)
    • Conscious and Non-Conscious Information Processing in Vision, Language, Memory and Decision Making (1996)
    • Introductory Statistics Courses for Students in Psychology and Mathematics (1991)

Selected Publications

  • Yee, P. L., Hsieh-Yee, I., Pierce, G. R., Grome, R., & Schantz, L. (2003). Self-Evaluative Intrusive Thoughts Impede Successful Searching on the Internet. Computers in Human Behavior, 20, 85- 101.
  • Yee, P. L., Pierce, G. R., Ptacek, J. T., Modzelesky, K. L. (2003). Learned helplessness attributional style and examination performance: Enhancement effects are not necessarily moderated by prior failure. Anxiety, Stress, & Coping, 16, 359-373.
  • Yee, P. L., Santoro, K. E., Grey, A. L., & Woog, V. (2000). Deeper processing at target selection increases the magnitude of negative priming. Memory and Cognition, 28, 1429-1436.
  • Yee, P. L. & Vaughan, J. (1999). A Web-accessible tutorial for PsyScope based on classic experiments in human cognition. Behavior, Research Methods, Instruments, & Computers, 31, 107-112.

College Service

  • Associate Dean of Faculty, 2013-present
  • Committee on Academic Policy, 2010-2013 (Chair 2012-13), 2013 to present (ex officio)
  • Library and Information Technology Services Committee, 2015-present
  • Enrollment Management Committee, 2013-15
  • Advising Assessment Committee, 2013-14
  • Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning Committee, 2009-10
  • Scientific Misconduct Review Board, 2003-08
  • Advisor, Psi Chi, National Honor Society for Psychology, 1999-2007
  • Committee on Academic Standing, 2003-07
  • Institutional Review Board, Human Subjects, 1997-98, 2003-06, 2009-10 (Chair 2004-06)
  • Human Protections Administrator for IRB, 2003-04
  • Liaison, Admissions Office “Make a Connection” program, 1999-2005
  • Panelist, Consortium for a Strong Minority Presence at Liberal Arts Colleges (2004)
  • Advisor, Asian Cultural Society, 1999-2003
  • Vice-President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty Search Committee, 2000-01
  • Committee on Student Affairs, 1999-2001
  • Middle States Accreditation Finance Committee, Spring 2000
  • Library Committee, 1997-99
  • CAP Distribution sub-committee, 1996-97
  • Judicial Board, 1993-96
  • Harassment Grievance Board/Community Relations Board, 1992-94 (Co-Chair 1993-94)

Community Outreach
  • Young Scholars Liberty Partnership Program Selection Committee, 2015
  • Coordinator, Young Scholars’ Science Workshop Programs with Utica College for Utica high school students, 2005-08
  • Mentor, Regional Program for Excellence, Oneida, Herkimer and Madison BOCES, Summer 2000, Spring 2001
  • Organizer, Girls and Women in Science conferences, 1994-99

Professional Affiliations

  • Psychonomic Society
  • American Association of University Professors
  • Professional and Organizational Development

Educational Background

Ph.D., University of Oregon
M.S., University of Oregon
B.A., Pomona College

Professional Development
  • Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Management Development Program, 2014
  • Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) Workshop for Department and Division Chairs, 2014
  • Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) Leaders Workshop, 2014

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