Karla Murdock David G. Elmes Professor of Psychology

Karla Murdock

Parmly Hall 238
540.458.8248
murdockk@wlu.edu
Website - Curriculum Vitae

Education

1997: Doctor of Philosophy, University of Georgia, Field: Clinical Psychology, Specializations: Child and Family Psychology
1995: Master of Science, University of Georgia, Field: Clinical Psychology, Specializations: Child and Family Psychology
1990: Bachelor of Arts, Indiana University, Major: Psychology, Minors: Sociology, Classical Studies

Research

My research investigates the implications of cellphone use for emerging adults’ sleep quality, psychological functioning, and cognition. In addition to conducting a variety of studies investigating individual variations in the timing of, motivations for, and functions of cellphone use, my Technology and Health Lab is currently collaborating with Dr. Wythe Whiting’s Cognition Lab to study cognitive and psychophysiological correlates of cellphone-related auditory distractions. Our research uses a combination of survey methods, self-monitoring assessments, cognitive tasks, and psychophysiological measures (e.g., actigraphy; heart rate; blood pressure; galvanic skin response).

Teaching

Washington and Lee University Department of Psychology (5.5 course teaching load/year)
Quantitative Literacy in the Behavioral Sciences (PSYC 120)
Theories of Personality (PSYC 202)
Principles of Abnormal Behavior (PSYC 210)
Research Design and Analysis Lab (PSYC 250-L)
Developmental Psychopathology (PSYC 265)
The Pursuit of Happiness (PSYC 300)
Directed Research in Developmental Psychopathology (PSYC 365)
Positive Psychology (PSYC 395)
Directed Individual Study (PSYC 403)
Psychology Internship (PSYC 453)
Senior Thesis (PSYC 473)