Pavlov CoupleKen Leising, Assistant Professor

I received my B.A. in Psychology from Texas Christian University (TCU).  I received my Ph.D. in Psychology (Learning and Behavior) from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) under the supervision of Dr. Aaron Blaisdell.

I then spent one year as a Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston in the laboratory of Dr. Anthony Wright before accepting the position of Assistant Professor of Psychology at TCU.

I currently serve as co-advisor for the TCU chapters of Golden Key International Honour Society and Psi Chi.  I am active in the Comparative Cognition Society and the Psychonomic Society.  I serve as the Secretary for the Comparative Cognition Society.

Outside of psychology, I enjoy hiking, carpentry, gardening, reading and listening to just about any kind of science – from anatomy to zoology, and playing soccer.  I play on a Men’s League O30 outdoor soccer team and a Coed indoor soccer team with my wife, Lauren. My wife is a marriage and family therapist in the Fort Worth area.  She and I have many fun debates regarding the influence of cognition versus stimulus control on behavior.  We have two kids, who challenge and amaze us on a daily basis.

Current Members

Cheyenne Elliott (2nd year)






Lab Alumni

Chad Ruprecht, Ph.D. (2015)

User Research Specialist, Microsoft

Chad received his B.S. in Psychology from Sam Houston State University.  He earned his M.S. in Experimental Psychology from TCU in 2012 and Ph.D. in 2015.

Josh Wolf, Ph.D. (2017)

Assistant Professor, Carroll University, WI

Josh received his B.S. in Psychology from Carroll University.  He earned his M.S. in Experimental Psychology from TCU in 2014 and Ph.D. in 2017.