Anne Henly is a Senior Instructional Professor in the Department of Psychology and the College. She is the director of Undergraduate Studies and the founding director of the Undergraduate Research Initiative in Psychology (URIP), a program she developed to promote the involvement of undergraduates in the research process as an integral part of their education. Her own research investigates how we use language to communicate and its effects on thinking. Her interest in the communicative process and her commitment to the importance of research in undergraduate education began as an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota where she was lucky enough to work with faculty on research projects on both language development and speech perception. Rather than go directly to graduate school, Dr. Henly moved to Madrid, Spain where her experiences teaching English and preparing her students for moving to the U.S. furthered her interests in both teaching and understanding the role of language in our everyday lives. She received her PhD from the University of Chicago in 2004, focusing on the ambiguity inherent in language and the cognitive processes that allow us to quickly and easily understand one another during spoken language comprehension. Her research has addressed a range of issues from how we recognize words and understand their meanings to the importance of taking the perspective of others to avoid miscommunication. Her current research explores how different ways of speaking can affect not only how we think about the content a message conveys but perhaps also lead to more pervasive changes in thinking and social engagement. Dr. Henly’s longstanding interests in communication and perspective-taking have informed her approach to teaching and play a central to role in shaping her interactions with students.
Senior Instructional Professor in Psychology and the College; Director, Undergraduate Studies in Psychology and Undergraduate Research Initiative in Psychology