Jon E. Grahe

Professor of Psychology

Jon Grahe
Ramstad Hall - Room 106A
  • Professional
  • Biography
  • Personal

Additional Titles/Roles

  • Psi Chi Past President
  • Managing Executive Editor for the Journal of Social Psychology
  • Psychology Councilor for the Council for Undergraduate Research


  • Ph.D., Experimental Social Psychology, University of Toledo (Ohio), 1997
  • M.A., Social Psychology, University of Toledo (Ohio), 1994
  • B.A., Psychology, Shippensburg University (Pennsylvania), 1992

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Interpersonal Perception
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Capstone Pedagogy
  • Crowd-Sourcing Science


  • Designing and Teaching Undergraduate Capstone Courses, (Jossey-Bass, 2014) : View Book


  • K.T. Tang Faculty Excellence in Research Award from PLU (2012)

Professional Memberships/Organizations


Jon Grahe is Professor of Psychology at Pacific Lutheran University. He received his Ph.D. from University of Toledo. He is the President-Elect of Psi Chi and the Managing Executive Editor of The Journal of Social Psychology. He is a project leader for the Collaborative Replications and Education Project and recently coauthored a book, “Designing and Teaching Undergraduate Capstone Courses.” His research transformed from interpersonal perception to undergraduate research pedagogy across two decades of teaching.

Favorite psychologists/scientists:
“The Psi Chi Board of Directors at their winter meeting, 2017 endorsed my nominations of two of my academic heroes, Alice Eagly and Robert Rothenthal. These two people embody the principles of higher education in their tireless pursuit of truth in research and their enduring humility of their accomplishments.

Recent papers/presentations:
Nelson, A. A., Grahe, J. E., Ramseyer, F. (2016). Interacting in flow: An analysis of rapport-based behavior as optimal experience. Sage Open 6, Issue 4
(Andrew Nelson is a 2014 graduate of PLU)

Interesting research ideas to explore:
I work with students on large scale collaborative research projects such as the Collaborative Replications and Education Project (, the Emerging Adulthood Measured at Multiple Institutions (



  • Hiking
  • Favorite music: Iron Maiden, Metallica, REM, Tool, Yes

Fun Facts

  • I've recorded a song about statistics class and others about various psychological constructs