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Frank McAndrew is the Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology at Knox College where he twice received the Philip Green Wright-Lombard College Prize for Distinguished Teaching as well as the Caterpillar Faculty Achievement Award.  He was also nominated for the prestigious CASE U.S. Professor of the Year Award.  

McAndrew's book on
 Environmental Psychology has been translated into several languages and is recognized as a classic text in the history of that discipline.

​Professor McAndrew is also well-known as a purveyor of psychological science to lay audiences. His blog at Psychology Today Magazine and his other op-ed articles have attracted over twenty-five million readers, and one of his essays even appeared in the playbill of a play performed at the Vaudeville Theatre on London's West End.


Frank is a frequent guest on podcasts and TV & Radio talk shows, and he has lectured widely throughout the United States and in countries ranging alphabetically from Denmark to Tanzania. His research has been profiled in media outlets such as Time, The New Yorker, PBS NewsHour, NPR, FOX News, the BBC, CNNThe Guardian, the Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.


 On April 9, 2016, Frank's creepiness research was featured as the "trending topic of the day" on NBC's Today Showand his research on gossip was similarly highlighted by this same program in 2007.  Frank's work has also been shared on Twitter by journalists such as Arianna Huffington and lampooned on television by comedians Jay Leno & Conan O'Brien.


McAndrew is an elected Fellow of:

The Association for Psychological Science

The Society for Personality and Social Psychology

The Society of Experimental Social Psychology

The Midwestern Psychological Association (Charter Fellow)

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America's Abortion Fetish: 

Trailer for a TV Documentary coming Fall, 2024

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A radio interview about Gossip from NPR's Innovation Hub program

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00:00 / 15:40

Comedian Conan O'Brien Spoofs McAndrew's Creepiness Research

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A WGIL (Galesburg) Radio interview about Our Obsession with Celebrity

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NBC Today Show  story about McAndrew's creepiness research

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NPR's Academic Minute: Why High School Never Ends

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Fox News TV interview about Mass Shootings

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WQAD TV News (Quad Cities Illinois/Iowa)

interview about creepiness

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WSBT TV News (South Bend, Indiana) interview about creepiness


The Real Dirt on Gossip:  A trailer from the CBC

(Canadian Broadcasting Corp) program 'Doc Zone'.

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A wide-ranging conversation about evolutionary psychology

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A trailer from the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corp) radio documentary about gossip scandals in professional hockey

A BYU Radio interview on why losing a dog is so hard

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A radio interview on gossip on the BBC Program 'Crowd Science' 


An Irish National Radio interview on the art of small talk

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Scripps News TV  (Newsy) interview on mass shooters

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A New Zealand  TV  interview on creepiness

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A WBUR Radio (NPR, Boston) interview on creepy clowns

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A radio interview on gossip on the BBC Program 'The Why Factor' 


Shot & Chaser Podcast (on Spotify) on Why We Love Celebrity Gossip


A WOSU Radio (NPR, Columbus, Ohio) interview on creepy clowns

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An attn/Facebook video on gossip

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Why Tuesday is the most Boring Day of the Week (BYU Radio)

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CBS TV News Chicago story on gossip


Illinois Public Radio (NPR) interview on the 'Science of Love'

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Psych Up Live with Dr. Suzanne Phillips (a Voice America Radio Podcast) 

on Why We Fall for Conspiracy Theories

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Shot & Chaser Podcast (on Spotify) on Why Our

Teen-Age Memories are so Vivid


NPR's Academic Minute: Why do Some People See Ghosts?

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WMUR TV News (Manchester, New Hampshire)

interview about creepiness


Video about the Creepiness of Clowns from Brut Media (France)


NPR's Morning Edition  on Gossip

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What's Your Story?  (USA/Canada) - Time After the Internet

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Heat and Violence


The Creepiness of Clowns

Australian Broadcasting Company, Perth


Bridgerton: Corset-Ripping Science on the Small Screen Science Podcast


NPR's Academic Minute: Is Heroism a 'Guy Thing'?

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A WGIL Radio interview (Galesburg) on why we love creepy things

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In Your Right Mind Podcast - KABC Radio - Los Angeles

What creates a mass shooter?


The Real Dirt on Gossip:  A Facebook trailer from the CBC

(Canadian Broadcasting Corp) program 'Doc Zone'.

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Gossip:  Connecticut Public Radio (NPR)


What is Creepiness? (Podcast - New Zealand)


Why Old People Hate New Music (Spotify)

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The Roundtable: Gun Reform & Mass Shootings

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Psych Up Live with Dr. Suzanne Phillips

(a Voice America Radio Podcast) 

 Why Losing a Dog Hurts So Much

NBC Today Show animated description of McAndrew's

creepiness research

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The Creepiness of Clowns 

(Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University)

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Why Clowns Creep Us Out (Northern Minnesota Public Radio (NPR))

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The Unlatched Mind Podcast with Vinny Vallarine

Personal Likeability & a Wide Range of Other Topics

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Illinois Public Radio (NPR) interview on

Transient Global Amnesia (TGA)

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Why Clowns Creep Us Out (Los Angeles)


Gossip (NPR, Philadelphia, PA)


What Makes Someone Seem Creepy? - Kathy Lee & Hoda on NBC's Today Show

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CTV (Canada) National TV interview on fascination with celebrities

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A Promo for McAndrew's (proposed) TV Show

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