Kristi Multhaup joined the psychology department in the fall of 1996. She received her B.A. (1987) from Gustavus Adolphus College. She did her M.A. (1990) and Ph.D. (1992) work in experimental cognitive psychology at Princeton University. Dr. Multhaup did postdoctoral research in aging at Washington University in St. Louis and at Duke University. She teaches General Psychology, the Psychology of Aging, Cognitive Psychology, Memory (methods course), Adult Development (methods course), seminars in the area of aging and memory (e.g., Reminiscence, see Psy 377 web pages with the link on Dr. Multhaup's main page), and one of the capstone courses, Issues in Psychology. In 2007 Dr. Multhaup was honored with the Hunter-Hamilton Love of Teaching Award.
Dr. Multhaup's main research interest is in cognitive aging, particularly the mechanisms that are responsible for memory changes and, in some cases, the lack of memory changes in healthy older adults. Specialty areas include source memory (e.g., where did you learn information--a friend, a TV show, Facebook?) and inhibitory control (e.g., what we use to name the color of ink in RED "black"). Her most recent line of research is on the effects of video game training on the cognitive performance of older adults; this research is supported by a grant from the National Institute on Aging. She also enjoys helping students develop research projects in aging that are not necessarily about cognition and projects in cognition that are not necessarily about aging.
Professor Multhaup is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and its Divisions 3 (Experimental Psychology) and 20 (Adult Development & Aging). She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the following professional societies: APA Divisions 1 (General Psychology) and 2 (Teaching of Psychology), the Association for Psychological Science, the Council for Undergraduate Research, the Gerontological Society of America, the Psychonomic Society, Sigma Xi, the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, the Southeastern Psychological Association, Women in Cognitive Science, and the American Association of University Women.