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David Rollock

Professor, 150th Anniversary Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences

Adjunct Professor of Clinical Psychology (Department of Psychiatry, IU School of Medicine, Indianapolis); Teaching Academy Fellow;

Courtesy Appointments

African American Studies & Research Center (Affiliated Faculty), College of Liberal Arts;

Areas of Expertise

  • Attitudes, emotions, & interpersonal behavior among members of American ethnocultural minority groups
  • Acculturation, intercultural transition, and development of "racial"/ethnic identifications
  • Appraisal of, and responses to, interethnic contact and discrimination
  • Ethnicity and mental health helpseeking
  • Non-intellective predictors of academic success

HHS Signature Research Area(s)

  • Developmental Health and Wellness

Department of Psychological Sciences Research Area(s)

  • Clinical Psychological Sciences


Recruiting graduate students for Fall 2024 admission


David Rollock, Ph.D. is 150th Anniversary Professor and Professor of Psychological Sciences at Purdue University. Dr. Rollock has served as Head of the Department, as Director of Clinical Training for Purdue’s Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program, and as Director of the Purdue Psychology Treatment and Research Clinics. He is an affiliated faculty member of Purdue’s African American Studies & Research Center, and is Adjunct Professor of Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Indiana University School of Medicine.

Dr. Rollock earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Princeton University, and his masters and doctorate in Clinical/Community Psychology from Yale University (1989). His empirical research, teaching, and applied interests center on mental health risks and resources among American ethnocultural minority group members.

Dr. Rollock chairs the Indiana Association of Black Psychologists, has chaired the Purdue Black Caucus of Faculty and Staff, convened the university’s Sexual Harassment Advisors Network, and chaired the Purdue University Teaching Academy. Dr. Rollock is President of the West Lafayette Police Merit Commission.

In 2018, the University named him one of its inaugural 150th Anniversary Professors, for sustained high-impact teaching, and contributions to the academic and personal development of students. In 2019, the American Psychological Association’s Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race presented him with its “Charles & Shirley Thomas Award” for student mentorship.


  • Ph.D. 1989, Yale University (Clinical/Community Psychology);
  • Indiana Psychologist License #20040444A;
  • M.Phil. (1985), Yale University (Clinical/Community Psychology);
  • M.S. (1984), Yale University (Clinical/Community Psychology);
  • A.B. (1981), Princeton University (Psychology, cum laude)


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • Purdue Black Caucus of Faculty & Staff (Chairperson 2001-2003; 2021-2023)
  • Dean's Diversity Council, College of Health & Human Services (2011-2017)
  • Faculty Professional Development Task Force, Diversity Resource Office, Office of the Provost (2010-2013)
  • Diversity Leadership Group, Office of the Provost (2004-2008)

Current Courses

  • PSY 438 - Introduction to Clinical Psychology
  • PSY 350 - Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 692 - Ethnic Minority Issues in Psychology

Selected Honors/Awards

  • Charles and Shirley Thomas Award / American Psychological Association Division 45: Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race - August 2019
  • Dreamer Award / Diversity Resource Office, Office of the Provost, Purdue University - June 2014
  • Eugene E. Levitt Service Award / Section of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Indiana University School of Medicine - September 2012
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award in Memory of Charles B. Murphy, Purdue University - April 2012
  • Book of Great Teachers, Purdue University - August 2008

Selected Grants

  • Co-Investigator, The social context of emotion among Black adolescents. National Institute of Mental Health/National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development (HD30581). Principal Investigator: S. Vrana; Co-Principal Investigator: D. Rollock. Period: 5/1983-4/1997. Total: $900,000.00