Madeline Harms


Visiting Assistant Professor in Psychological Science

I investigate how reward learning changes across development and am interested in the influences of social experience and stress on the ways in which children, adolescents, and adults perceive and respond to potential risks and rewards in their environment. I use a combination of computer-based tasks, questionnaires, interviews, and occasionally brain imaging methods in my research.

When not teaching or working on research, one can usually find me running absurdly long distances. I also enjoy hiking, cycling, yoga, and live music.


Dr. Harms completed her B.A. at Wellesley College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Child Psychology at the University of Minnesota. She then completed a 3-year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


running, travel, hiking, and yoga

Courses Taught

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
PSY-234 Child Development 6 2021/FA, 2020/FA, and 2018/FA
PSY-235 Adult Development 5 2022/SP, 2020/SP, and 2019/SP
PSY-100 General Psychology 3 2022/SP and 2020/SP
PSY-344 AT:Childhood Adversity 2 2021/SP and 2018/FA
PSY-210 Prob/Chall Adolescence 2 2020/JN and 2019/JN
PSY-244 ST:Psych of Stress 2 2019/FA
PSY-225 Statistics and Research Methods II 2 2019/FA and 2019/SP
IDS-210 Prob/Chall Adolescence 1 2022/JN