Sara Finley

Associate Professor of Psychology

Sara Finley

Office Location:Ramstad Hall - Room 106E

  • Professional
  • Biography


  • Ph.D., Cognitive Science, John Hopkins University, 2008
  • M.A., Cognitive Science, John Hopkins University, 2005
  • B.A., Psychology, Linguistics, UC Santa Cruz, 2003

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Cognitive science
  • Language learning
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Phonology
  • Speech perception


  • Karen Hille Phillips Regency Advancement Award Recipient 2015-2016, Pacific Lutheran University
  • 2013 Waldorf College Mini Grant
  • 2012 Women in Cognitive Science (WiCS) Travel Grant, Psychonomics


I primarily teach Introduction to Psychology and upper level experimental classes, such as Neuropsychology and Learning. Teaching a wide range of courses allows me to expose students to the many ways in which we can understand human behavior, and try to solve the puzzle of how the mind works. I am fascinated by the human capacity for thought and language, and our extraordinary ability to learn. I am dedicated to exposing undergraduates to research in psychology while spreading my passion for creativity and discovery in psychological science.