Department Administration

Office of the Chair

Jutta Joormann Department Chair Promote the university mission of providing outstanding research and scholarship, education, preservation, and practice within the department.
Jessica Herrmann Chair’s Assistant/ Academic Appointments Specialist Provides administrative support to the Chair in regard to Faculty, Research, and Post–doctoral appointments, and Academic Searches. Coordinates with OISS to secure Visa and serves as a department Liaison with FAS Dean, Provost, Postdoctoral Affairs Offices on all academic issues.


Office of Registrar

Melissa Ferguson Director Of Graduate Studies  
Yarrow Dunham Director of Undergraduate Studies  
Andrea Chamba Psychology Undergraduate and Graduate Registrar Provides administrative support to the Directors of the graduate and undergraduate studies, tracks student requirements for graduation, assists in registration related forms and procedures, student appointments for teaching fellows, Graduate admissions and helps reserve department owned classroom spaces
Brian Scholl Cognitive Science Program Director  
Joshua Knobe Director of Undergraduate Studies for Cognitive Science Program  
Kelly Pyers Cognitive Science Program Registrar Provides administartive support to Congnitve Science Chair and Director of Undergraduate Studies.  Assists students as they progress through the program and tracks requirements for graduation.
Steve Chang Director of Undergraduate Studies, Neuroscience Major  
Nancy Da Silva Neuroscience Registrar Provides administrative support to the Directors of undergraduate studies for Neuroscience. Tracks student requirements for graduation, assists in registration related forms and procedures and responsible for program activities.


Business Office Administration

Jim Westgate Lead Administrator Manages the academic, administrative and financial services provided to the department. In conjunction with Department Chair, manages activities concerning personnel, space assignments, facilities and compliance.
Christine James Operations Manager Responsible for all day-to-day administarative, human resource and financial operations of the department.  Manages businesss office staff members and responds to inquiries from all department members.
Varvara Patralova Accountant Performs regular financial transactions, monitoring and budgetary review as well as the monthly billing for the Brain Imaging Center.
Krystal Augustine Financial Assistant 4 Primary contact for spend authorizations (Cash advances for travel, study subjects, reloadable debit cards, etc.), Monitors, reviews and approves all financial activity and distributes non-grant monthly reports to department members.
Sam Haller Financial Assistant 3 Prepares expense reports to clear PCards and reimburse faculty, students, and staff for business related expenses. Processes invoices and Check requests and is the point person for MTurk and other on-line testing platforms.  He can explain how funds can be deposited into an mturk account and how to run reports for clearing those deposits. Processes purchase requests for labs and maintains the department supply stock room.  He also reviews Grad student balances for reimbursements (travel funds, dissertstion).
Kim Nicefaro Administrative Assistant Provides administrative support for Human Resources.  Responsible for staff and casual payroll, job requisitions, search, student aides, setting up Sponsored Identities, and miscellaneous human resource assignments.  Sets up and maintains records for new and current employees and is the contact person for Undergraduate Student Employment. (Half time)
Kelly Pyers Facilities Coordinator/ Cognitive Science Registrar Point person for maintenance and repair of space and facilities, telephones, furnishings, keys, photocopy machine, equipment billings for use of facilities (xerox, postage,etc.)and ID card secuirity access. Maintains the Yale and department directory and calendar.  Reserves department owned classrooms, coordinates department related events including catering and logistics for colloquiums, holiday and department events.
Bret Logan Computer and Information Systems Support Specialist Provides business office computer support, maintains Department Web site/Twitter pages, e-mail listserv directories and the department’s administrative servers. (Half time)
Kathy Gilloran (FRMS) - will be transitioning to Cordia Smart FRMS - Post Award Mananger From the Faculty Research Management Services (FRMS) area, provides financial support in conjuction with Christine for all sponsored award and faculty research accounts.  This includes all award activity, effort reports, transaction review and monthly reporting to PI’s.
Melissa Mallinson (FRMS) FRMS - Pre Award Mananger From the Faculty Research Management Services (FRMS) area, provides full support and assistance with all sponsored award proposals/fellowship activity for faculty, Post Docs, and Graduate students.