Ph.D. / Professor of Psychology & Ladley Endowed Chair and Department Chair

Maxey Hall 344

Wally Herbranson grew up in the icy plains of the Northern Midwest. After earning a B.A. in psychology and cognitive studies at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, he immediately headed for the desert and earned master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

Wally is a comparative psychologist, studying the behavior and cognitive abilities of animals in an evolutionary context. In addition to organizing a comparative cognition lab in Maxey Hall, Wally teaches several courses, including Psychology of Learning, Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology, and Psychological Statistics. Walla Walla and Whitman College have proven to be wonderful settings for his intellectual and recreational pursuits. Outside of the classroom, he enjoys sleeping, cooking, brewing beer, and watching baseball.