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Ingrid Farreras

Ingrid Farreras

Associate Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Department of Psychology

Tel: 301-696-3762
Office: Rosenstock Hall, Room 28
Office hours: By appointment


  • Stetten Post-doctoral Fellow in the History of Biomedical Sciences, Office of NIH History (Public History)
  • Ph.D., University of New Hampshire (Psychology)
  • M.S.T., University of New Hampshire (College Teaching, Preparing Future Faculty national program)
  • M.A., University of New Hampshire (Psychology)
  • B.A., Clark University (Psychology and Foreign Languages (French & German))

Courses taught

  • PSY 312: Nonexperimental Research Methods
  • PSY 315: Experimental Research Methods
  • PSY 370E: The Psychology of Human Sexuality
  • PSY 431, 531: Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 441: History of Psychology


Born and raised in Madrid, Spain, Professor Ingrid Farreras’ primary area of interest is historical research on the first American commitment law for “feeble-minded” individuals, in which psychologists were considered “expert witnesses” when testifying in court. Within the context of eugenics, the Progressive movement, and intelligence testing, the 1915 Illinois law was an example of how science was expected to inform social policy and the state was expected to regulate social ills and protect moral degeneracy. A secondary area of interest is historical research on the professionalization of the field of clinical psychology, with special emphasis on the scientist-practitioner ("Boulder") model of training. Focusing on the 1896-1949 time period, Professor Farreras explores the emerging and evolving role of clinical psychologists, from administrators of intelligence and occupational tests before, during and between the world wars, to their increased visibility as therapists and researchers during and after World War II. An additional area of interest for Professor Farreras is historical research on mind-control and LSD research conducted by psychologists during the 1950s under CIA auspices. In collaboration with the department chair Professor Robert Boyle, Professor Farreras also conducts pedagogical research on predictors of successful performance in statistics courses and of course evaluations. In collaboration with Professor Ford from the Computer Science department, Professor Farreras also conducts psycholinguistic research on modern modes of communication, including SMS, instant messaging, and chatbot interaction. They are also using a linguistic analysis tool to examine the evolution of the field of psychology through introductory textbooks that have been published since the 1880s, as well as planning to analyze changes in SAT verbal passages and New York Times News Section articles since their establishment in 1926 and 1851, respectively.

Honors and awards

  • Hood College: Hodson Faculty Fellowship, BOA/McCardell Professional Development Grant, and Summer Research Institute Grant
  • American Psychological Association: Division 26 Early Career Award
  • Office of NIH History: Stetten Fellowship in the History of Biomedical Sciences and Technology, John Pisano Grant, and Outstanding Service Award


  • Farreras, I. G., & Boyle, R. W. (2012). The effect of faculty self-promotion on student evaluations of teaching. College Student Journal, 46(2), 314-322.
  • Farreras, I. G. (Fall, 2011). Changing students’ attitudes toward seeking professional help. Academic Exchange Quarterly, 15(3), 5–10.
  • Farreras, I. G., Hannaway, C., and Harden, V. A. (Eds.). (2004). Mind, Brain, Body, and Behavior: The Foundations of Neuroscience and Behavioral Research at the National Institutes of Health. Washington, D.C.: IOS Press.
  • Farreras, I. G. (2004). The historical context for NIMH support of APA training and accreditation efforts. In W. E. Pickren and S. F. Schneider (Eds.), Psychology and the National Institute of Mental Health: A Historical Analysis of Science, Practice, and Policy (pp. 153-179). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association Press.