Stephanie Furrer

Phone: 402.461.7737

Dr. Stephanie Furrer

Professor of Psychology

Office: Morrison-Reeves Science Center - Room #208

Dr. Stephanie Furrer considers herself a “lifelong learner” and enjoys not only sharing information with students, but also learning from students and colleagues (and her 3 young children). As a Developmental scientist trained in early child development (specifically infant categorization and concept development), Dr. Furrer has published several peer-reviewed journal articles.

Currently, she engages in various research projects with her undergraduate research assistants in the Developmental and Cognitive Research Laboratory, most recently focusing on the relationship between nutrition and overall well-being of school-aged children, as well as the benefits of nature/outdoors on cognitive, emotional and social development.


  • B.A., M.A., San Jose State University
  • M.S., Ph.D., Purdue University


  • PSY100 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSY210 Developmental Psychology
  • PSY345 Early Childhood Development
  • PSY245 Psychology of Adolescence
  • PSY305 Psychology of Aging
  • PSY229 Developmental Disorders
  • WST100 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies

J-Term Courses

  • Gender in Children’s Literature (with Dr. Antje Anderson, English)
  • Language Acquisition: A Human Enterprise? (with Dr. Jeri Thompson, Psychology)
  • SuperPsychology: Superheroes, Villains and Their Fans (with Professor Ben Waller, English)
  • Get Outside! The Benefits of Nature on Child Development (with Dr. Dan Deffenbaugh, Religion and Philosophy)
  • Disconnect to Reconnect: Nature, Technology and Development (with Amy Sandeen of Prairie Loft)