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Dr. Kristen Tooley


Assistant Professor

UAC 248

Office Hours: Wed 1:30-3:30pm


Language Processing Lab Website

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Dr. Tooley received her B.S. in Psychology in 2004 from Colorado State University. She then attended graduate school at the University of California at Davis, where she received her Ph.D. in Psychology in 2009. After graduate school she received an NIH postdoctoral training fellowship from the University of Illinois to study language processing. In 2011 she returned to California to work as an adjunct faculty member at Sierra College, teaching introductory psychology and research methods, and a research associate at UC-Davis. She has also taught courses in Cognition at Cal State-Sacramento and the Psychology of Language at UC-Davis. In 2013, Dr. Tooley joined the psychology faculty at Texas State University as an assistant professor.

Areas of Interest

Cognitive Psychology


Research Information

Research projects in my lab investigate how people understand and adapt to the language that they encounter. We use eye-tracking to investigate aspects of language comprehension and listening and speaking tasks to investigate language production.
If you are interested in the mental and/or behavioral processes involved in any aspect of language, and want some hands-on research experience, please contact me ( for a research assistant application form.