Faculty & Staff

PhD in Applied Developmental Psychology, George Mason University

MA in Applied Developmental Psychology, George Mason University

BA in Psychology, University of Notre Dame

Dr. Katrina Schmerold joined the Department of Psychology at Truman State University as an assistant professor in Fall 2019. Prior to coming to Truman, Katrina completed a post-doctoral position in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Purdue University. She received her MA and PhD in Applied Developmental Psychology from George Mason University and her BA in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame.

Katrina's primary teaching interests are Child Development and Developmental Psychology. Her research centers on the implementation and evaluation of early academic interventions for children from families with low income, including those impacted by poverty and systematic inequalities. Her overarching research goal is to inform educational instruction and policy, as well as provide resources for teachers and parents, to affect positively the lives of children in underserved communities.

Katrina also serves as a licensed foster and respite care provider in Adair County. She is the faculty advisor for Alpha Sigma Alpha and faculty co-advisor for Psi Chi.