Madeline Harms


Visiting Assistant Professor in Psychological Science

Dr. Madeline Harms investigates how reward learning changes across development. She is also 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. Dr. Harms uses a combination of computer-based tasks, questionnaires, interviews, and occasionally brain imaging methods in her research.

When she is not teaching or working on research projects, Dr. Harms likes to run absurdly long distances, preferably on trails through the woods. She also enjoys hiking, bicycling, yoga, and rock 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

PSY-234 (Child Development) and PSY-344 (AT:Emotional Develop)