Frank McAndrew is regarded as one of the "key individuals" in the history of environmental psychology by researchers in that field.*  He is a winner of the Caterpillar Faculty Achievement Award, and he has also been nominated for the prestigious CASE U.S. Professor of the Year Award.  He is an elected Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, and he is a Charter Fellow of the Midwestern Psychological Association.  McAndrew is the Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.    (*Identified in a survey of over 300 researchers in 2005)

Professor McAndrew is well-known as a purveyor of psychological science to lay audiences.  His Psychology Today Magazine blog and op-ed articles have attracted over twenty million readers, and many of his essays have been used in SAT prep courses or appeared in textbooks and online teaching resources as models of engaging, high quality writing for students looking to improve their English language skills. One of his essays has even appeared in the program of a play performed in London's West End at the Vaudeville Theater.

Over the course of his career his research has been featured in thousands of media outlets such as Time, The New YorkerPBSNPR, FOX News, the BBCCNN, the Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and NBC's TODAY Show --  and it has been shared on Twitter by journalists such as Arianna Huffington and lampooned by comedians Jay Leno & Conan O'Brien.  McAndrew is a frequent guest on TV & radio news/talk programs, and he has lectured widely throughout the United States and in countries ranging alphabetically from Denmark to Tanzania.

 

Frank has been deeply engaged with the life of the college during his 40 years at Knox.  Among other things, he founded the environmental studies program and chaired the psychology department for a decade; on the side, he also worked with the McNair Scholars Program and coached the wrestling team for many years.  Frank has twice been honored with the Philip Green Wright-Lombard College Prize for distinguished teaching, and he is particularly proud of the fact that more than 100 of his former students have completed a doctoral degree in psychology or a closely related field.

 

You can follow Frank on Twitter @FTMcAndrew                   

RECENTLY IN THE NEWS:

(English Language Only; Click HERE for a more extensive list)

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Over the course of his career his research has been featured in thousands of media outlets such as The New YorkerPBSNPR, the BBCCNN, the Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and NBC's TODAY Show --  and it has been shared on Twitter by journalists such as Arianna Huffington and lampooned by comedians Jay Leno & Conan O'Brien.  McAndrew is a frequent guest on TV & radio news/talk programs, and he has lectured widely throughout the United States and in countries ranging alphabetically from Denmark to Tanzania.

 

Frank has been deeply engaged with the life of the college during his 40 years at Knox.  He founded the environmental studies program and chaired the psychology department for a decade, and on the side he also worked with the McNair Scholars Program and coached the wrestling team for many years.  Frank has twice been honored with the Philip Green Wright-Lombard College Prize for distinguished teaching, and he is particularly proud of the fact that more than 100 of his former students have completed a doctoral degree in psychology or a closely related field.

 

You can follow Frank on Twitter @FTMcAndrew              *Identified in a survey of over 300 researchers in 2005.

Frank McAndrew is regarded as one of the "key individuals" in the history of environmental psychology by researchers in that field.*  He is a winner of the Caterpillar Faculty Achievement Award, and he has also been nominated for the prestigious CASE U.S. Professor of the Year Award.  McAndrew is an elected Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, and the Midwestern Psychological Association (Charter Fellow).

 

Professor McAndrew's Psychology Today Magazine blog and his op-ed articles have attracted more than 15 million readers, and several of his essays have been used in SAT prep courses or appeared in textbooks and online teaching resources as models of engaging, high quality writing for students looking to improve their English language skills. 

 

Over the course of his career his research has been featured in thousands of media outlets such as The New Yorker, PBS, NPR, the BBC, CNN, the Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and NBC's TODAY Show --  and it has been shared on Twitter by journalists such as Arianna Huffington and lampooned by comedians Jay Leno & Conan O'Brien.  McAndrew is a frequent guest on TV & radio news/talk programs, and he has lectured widely throughout the United States and in countries ranging alphabetically from Denmark to Tanzania.

 

Frank has been deeply engaged with the life of the college during his 40 years at Knox. He founded the environmental studies program and chaired the psychology department for a decade; on the side, he also worked with the McNair Scholars Program and coached the wrestling team for many years.  He has twice been honored with the Philip Green Wright-Lombard College Prize for distinguished teaching, and he is particularly proud of the fact that more than 100 of his former students have completed a doctoral degree in psychology or a closely related field.

 

You can follow Frank on Twitter @FTMcAndrew

*Identified in a survey of over 300 researchers in 2005.

Recent Op-Ed Articles

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Why losing a dog can be harder than losing a relative or friend 
     - Wall Street Window, February 11, 2019
     - also in OregonLive.com
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Why losing a dog is so hard - The Irish Examiner, January 2, 2019
     - also in SitNews (Ketchikan, Alaska)

Selected Television, Podcast, & Radio Appearances       (Click on the link or image to see/hear the episode; click HERE for a more extensive list of appearances)

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Haunted Houses
     - Wisconsin Public Radio (NPR), October 28, 2019
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Why clowns creep us out - (NPR, Northern Minnesota)
     - October 25, 2019
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Zombies (BYU Radio) - October 21, 2019
Transient Global Amnesia
     - The 21st Show - NPR/Illinois Public Radio, 
       October 9, 2019
Why do clowns creep us out? - Brut Media,  October 9, 2019
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Heat and Violence - September 22, 2019
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Mass Shootings and the Violence of Young Men
     - FOX News (The Story with Martha MacCallum),
       August 6, 2019
The Psychology of Gossip - Voice America        
       - May 31, 2018; rebroadcast July 11, 2019
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What is Creepiness? - May 20, 2019
The Psychology of Mass Shootings                   
         - KABC, Los Angeles, April 8, 2018
What do we know about the Las Vegas gunman?
     - ITV News, London, October 2, 2017
Do Movies Give Clowns a Bad Name?
     - Radio Perth, September 12, 2017
Getting over Rover: Why losing a dog is so hard
     - The Matt Townsend Show (BYU Radio), March 27, 2017
The creepiness of clowns - NPR's "All Sides,"
     - October 25, 2016
The breakup of Brad & Angelina
     - CTV News, September, 2016
The psychology behind why clowns creep us out
     - PBS NewsHour, September 29, 2016
Alpha males, precarious manhood, and the violence
of young men - Lecture at the C. G. Jung Institute,
Santa Fe, NM, September 16, 2016
Why high school never ends
     - NPR's "Academic Minute," September 6, 2016
Why high school never ends
      - Wisconsin Public Radio - NPR, June 29, 2016
Gossip - NPR's "Innovation Hub," June 2, 2016
Creepiness - WQAD TV, May 12, 2016
Creepiness - May 8, 2016
WSBT TV - Creepiness, April, 2016
Creepiness, April 15, 2016
WMUR TV - Creepiness, April, 2016
Creepiness - Canadian Broadcasting Company,
     - April 15, 2016
What is Creepiness? - Central Illinois Proud, April,
2016.  This lengthy interview was divided into
segments that were carried by ABC, CBS, & FOX TV
affiliates nationwide.
Comedian Conan O'Brien spoofs McAndrew's
creepiness research - April 12, 2016
NBC's "Today Show" chose McAndrew's creepiness
research as its "Trending Topic of the Day" in April
of 2016, and it produced three different segments
about this research.  The Today Show also did a
lengthy segment on his gossip research in 2007.
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Workplace Gossip - January 28, 2016
Gossip - The BBC's "The Why Factor," August, 2014
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Dirt on Gossip." It aired on the Canadian
Broadcasting Company's national program
"Doc Zone" in October, 2012.
Office Gossip - WBBM Chicago (CBS Channel 2),      
     - April 25, 2012
The human brain is wired for gossip
      - NPR's "Morning Edition," May 20, 2011

Selected Popular Press Essays

  (Click HERE for a more extensive list of Popular Press articles)

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Fear of clowns explained by a psychologist
     - Mic, October 28, 2019
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Why haunted Houses Terrify Us
     - Fast Company, October 23, 2019
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Houses of Horror  - Aeon Magazine, October 21, 2019
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Why old people hate new music
     - Psychology Today; also in LiveWire, October 1, 2019
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"The Best Days of Our Lives?" An essay about high school included in the playbill for Groan Ups, which ran in London’s Vaudeville Theatre - opened September 20, 2019

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The psychology behind why clowns creep us out
     -  CNN, QuartzThe ConversationPopular Science,
        RTL TV, WKRC TV, Snopes.com, Inverse, The Wire,
       & The Oneonta Daily Star; also appeared in more than three dozen
       other news outlets between September 4th & 10th, 2019
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America is facing an intellectual humility crisis
     - Newsweek - May 24, 2019
     (also appeared in more than three dozen other news outlets)
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Why you underestimate how much other people like you  
     - Psychology Today Magazine, December 11, 2018 (also in MAPO)
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Why "Nigerian Prince" Scams Continue to Dupe Us
     - Salon, August 18, 2018
Why the Death of a Dog Hurts so Much - Quartz, April 26, 2018    
Why Pretty Girls Get Bullied
     - Psychology Today Magazine, April 22, 2018
     - also in StandUptoBullying.net
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Why men will always be more disgusting than women
     - Psychology Today, January 9, 2018
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The Freudian symbolism in your dreams
     - Psychology Today, January 1, 2018
Beauty cues: Four traits men unknowingly seek in women
     - Psychology Today Magazine, 
     - November/December 2017, Vol. 50, #6, pp. 42-43
     - also in Questia & Your Tango
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How the God you worship influences the ghosts you see
     - Raw Story, October 26, 2017
Creeped out by clowns? This might be why
     - CNN, September 8, 2017
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How to avoid creeping women out
     - Psychology Today, July 4, 2017
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Why losing a dog can be harder than losing a relative or friend
     - Australian Broadcasting Corporation, March 15, 2017
     - also in MamaMia & The Observer
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Why you will always be haunted by high school
     - Quartz, March 3, 2017
The surprising factor that can predict your life span
     - Your Tango, January 5, 2017 (also in Psychology Today)
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The perils of a life in isolation
     - Intellectual Takeout, November 17, 2016
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Why clowns creep us out
     - The Washington Post, October 27, 2016
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The psychology behind why clowns creep us out
     - Time Magazine, September 29, 2016
      - also in PBS Newshour, Quartz, Scientific American, SalonThe Daily Mail,           The New Republic, Yahoo News, & others
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Here's why you're terrified of creepy clowns
     - The Daily Beast, September 28, 2016 (also in The Conversation)
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Happiness doesn't last, and here's why that's OK
     - CNN, August 25, 2016 (also in Reliawire)
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Why you shouldn't want to always be happy
     - Time Magazine, August 12, 2016
       - also in IFL Science, The Conversation, & Intellectual Takeout
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This is why you're still thinking about high school
     - The Washington Post, June 6, 2016 (also in Raw Story)
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Why are high school memories burned into our brains?
     - The Guardian, June 2, 2016 (also in Business Insider)
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How gossip can help you - Time Magazine, January 21, 2016
Gossip isn't a flaw - It's a necessary social skill
     - The New Republic, January 20, 2016
     - also in Mashable, The Conversation, Steam Register, & BizCatalyst360.com
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The making of a murderer (mass shootings)
     - The Daily Mail, January 4, 2016
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Why are shooters invariably young men?
     - Newsweek, December 7, 2015
You should know how the male brain reacts to handling a gun
     - The Huffington Post, December 4, 2015 (also in The Conversation)
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Why do haunted houses creep us out?
     - Newsweek, October 31, 2015 (also in Mashable)
This is why haunted houses creep us out
     - Time Magazine, October 30, 2015
     - also in LiveScience, Business InsiderRaw Story, The Conversation, & others
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Nothing says "Old Dude" like getting a motorcycle
     - Psychology Today, July 8, 2015
Can gossip be good?
     - Scientific American Mind Magazine
     - October/November, 2008, pp. 26-33  (cover story)

Where McAndrew's Research Is Published  

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