Photo 1: Graduation Day, June 2004   (BA and BS Degrees from College of Letters and Sciences Majors, University of California, Davis) (Photo by G. Mitchell).                                                                                                                     Photo 2: A beardless Professor Mitchell 1975 congratulating one of his PhDs, Dr. John Copp.(Photographer unknown).

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Most, but not all, classes taught at UCDavis Psychology Department http://catalog.ucdavis.edu/programs/PSC/PSCfac.html

Psychology l80K, Laboratory in Comparative Psychology; Psychology 149, Psychology of Sex Differences; Psychology 112, Developmental Psychology; Psychology 180C, Laboratory in Developmental Psychology; Psychology 2A, Team Teaching in Introductory Psychobiology; Behavioral Biology, infrequent (once or twice a year) lectures to medical students. prior to 1973; Lectures to undergraduate and labs for Psych 198’s and 199’s after 1975; Child Development  Graduate group- Graduate seminar (team taught), prior to 1973; Psychology 199’s, Primate behavior research for undergraduates; Psychology 299’s, Primate behavior research for graduates; Psychology 200, Introduction to research for new graduate students (team taught).Psychology 201, Research preceptorships for graduate students;Psychology 198’s, Undergraduate Group meetingson Primate Research; Psychology S149, S112. S41, Summer Session Classes on Sex Differences, Developmental Psychology and Research Methodology, respectively; Psychology 154, Primate Psychology (originated by G. Mitchell);Psychology 41, Research Methodology and Statistics;Psychology 150, Comparative Psychology;Psychology 180B, Experimental Psychobiology;Psychology180A, Zoo Research, General Experimental Methodology with Lab;Psychology 103  Statistics: Advanced Quantitative Description of Behavior;Psychology 15, Introductory Psychobiology.

TEACHING INNOVATIONS by Prof Mitchell  Psychology 98 – Developmental Psychology seminar for lower division students (in association with J. Erwin). Use of primate center as instructional facility for lower division students; Psychology 180K – Use of videotape and portable videotape in teaching research; also field trips to Cabrillo College, Santa Cruz, for Northern California Primate Behavior group with informal meetings, Fall 1975 and Fall 1976. Production of films for lectures on primate behavioral development. (See films section of vita.); Psychology 198 Seminar on Humor;  Psychology 180B – Research on animal behavior in the Zoo(research on hornbills, gibbons, mangabeys, small cats, flamingos, cheetahs, lions, tigers.); Psychology 154 – Primate Psychology (class originated by G. Mitchell); Symposium for research papers for undergraduates. Consumnes River College. Fall 1976; Student instruction in independent behavioral research at the Sacramento Zoo, 1974-1994.UNUSUAL TEACHING CONTRIBUTIONMentoring of students through the entire research sequence from idea through methodology to publication, and the encouragement of initiative and independence in research in graduate and undergraduate students in less formal and non-threatening informal research settings are important. Encouraging undergraduates to learn how to publish by doing.  To learn not just by reading and thinking, but through their own actions.


Gary D Mitchell was Major Professor/Mentor for the Following PhD Students

Barbara Sommer, PhD, 1972; Joe Erwin, PhD, 1974; Terry Maple, PhD, 1974.

William Redican, PhD,1975; Jody Gomber, PhD,1975; John Copp, PhD, 1975.

Nancy Caine, PhD, 1980; Carol Shively, PhD, 1980s, Susan Clarke, PhD, 1985.

Jill Mellen, PhD, 1980s; Nancy King, PhD, 1980s; Steve Schapiro, PhD, 1980s

Kathleen Morgan, PhD, 1990s; Chris Tromborg, PhD,1990s; Sheila Steiner, PhD, 1990s.

NOT PICTURED – Patricia Scollay, PhD  (mentored with Dr. D. G.  Lindburg, Anthropologist)

Prof. Gary D. Mitchell as a Secondary Mentor to the Following PhDs               Dorothy Fragaszy, PhD; James Willott, PhD; John Capitanio, PhD; Allyson Bums, PhD; Nick Fittinghoff, PhD, Anthropology.

Prof. Gary D Mitchell as Major Professor for these Masters Degree Students
Barry Caine, MS, Comparative Psychology; Fred Herring, MS, Comparative Psychology; Brad Dowd, MS Comparative Psychology; Cheryl Wilson Stevens MS Comparative Psychology.

Undergraduate Students who published with Prof. Gary D Mitchell                Mary Agar; Maria Aguilera; Makoto Arakaki; Craig Baysinger; S. Bargabus; Sean Benedict; Mollie Bloomstrand (now Bloomsmith); Keith Booth; Edna M. Brandt; Rob Brownell; Chip Caine; Roberta Chinn; Steve Coburn; Sharon Conway; Jane Corkery; Mike Costello; J. Cotton; Latrece Cotton; HilaryCox; Cheryl Davidson; Kristine DeMorris; Lisa Dillin; Leanne Dimungo; Lisa Dole; Michelle Dwyre; Todd Foster; V. Geissler; Beth Goodlin; Pha Green; Kevin Guse; V. Harrison; D. Hoffman; S. B. Horan; Richard Irons; Lorraine Jordan; J. Kaufman; Lynne Kenney; K. Kokkos; Lisa Lofton; T. Lyman; D. Maddock; J. Maddock; D. Mandel; Bonnie Mackenzie; Kathileen Mello; Jonathan Minor; Jane Mobaldi; Todd Nirk; Stephanie Obradovich; Susan Prassa; Gail Risse; Scott Roesch; Linda Schroers; Cara Schumer; Rebecca Shepherd; S. Simioni; Sue Soteriou; Diana Sumner; Valerie Thompson; Dan Tokunaga; Steve Towers; C. Vanovitz; J. Van Tassell;  James Wollack; K. Yee.                                                             I’ve omitted many names. Send me a card and I will add your name. Prof. G. Mitchell, PO Box 2101, Davis, CA 95617.

Symposium Tribute to Prof. G. Mitchell from Former Students and Two Colleagues  (Presented as Part of the Program of the Thirteenth Annual Meeting of the American Society of Primatologists,  https://www.asp.org/ , July 11-14, 1990, University of California, Davis)



9:00 AM-  Maple, T., Toward a comparative psychology of well-being.9:20 AM- Mason, W., Lyons, D., and Mendoza, S., Psychological processes and social dynamics.9:40 AM- Caine, N., Appreciating difference: Psychology’s contributions to primatology as applied to callitrichids.10:00 AM- Fragaszy, D., The view from within: Behavioral adaptability to a psychologist.10:20 AM- Shively, C., The role of psychology in understanding biobehavioral phenomena in primates.10:40 AM- Schapiro, S., and Bloomsmith, M., Applying primate psychology to the behavioral management and well-being of captive chimpanzees and rhesus monkeys.11:00 AM- Erwin, J., Teamwork in basic and applied primatology: The Sulawesi primate project and the Sema environmental enrichment program.

Professor George M. Haslerud of the University of New Hampshire:

All of the teaching experiences above are the multiplied effects of my being taught by an  unassuming and caring advising professor, Professor Haslerud, who practiced the teaching profession in a research setting better than anyone I’ve known. He was quiet and erudite and tremendously supportive of every bright student he scouted for and mentored.  After he found a promising student, he would  boost him/her into an orbit of a lifetime of scientific inquiry.. What follows are references to Haslerud’s teaching, his life and works.

ROOTS OF TEACHING– The Haslerud Legacy.


To remember Professor Haslerud, the University and the Psychology Department  established the special teaching programs described below.

Psychology Department George M. Haslerud
Undergraduate Research Conference

The George M. Haslerud Undergraduate Research Conference, named for the late Professor Emeritus of Psychology, recognizes and celebrates undergraduate research conducted by psychology students. Students present their original research projects before an audience of UNH faculty, staff, graduate students, fellow undergraduates, and friends and family.


Given to an outstanding junior in psychology.

Professor Haslerud once said that there was nothing more important in education than to get bright undergraduates engaged in research. He referred to this as “getting the student into orbit”.  Once in orbit the student goes much faster and higher than the teacher ever could. Professor Haslerud was understandably proud of all his ‘satellites’ and of his role as their ‘booster’. Here is Haslerud’s biography:

George Martin Haslerud (1906-1990)

George Haslerud began his career in psychology with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota in 1930. After completing his dissertation on creative transfer in 1934, he took a position at the Institute of Human Relations at Yale University where he pursued an interest in primate behavior. His mentor there was Robert M. Yerkes. In 1936 he became an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee where he married Ethlyn Hurd and began a family. In 1945 they moved to New Hampshire where Haslerud joined the Psychology Department.
Both Hasleruds were founding members of the New Hampshire Psychological Association. Haslerud made many contributions to the Department of Psychology at UNH. He was a general psychologist who spent a great deal of time mentoring students and teaching a range of courses, sending many of his students on to graduate schools and careers in psychology. Haslerud also brought with him an important global perspective, twice receiving Fulbright Fellowships for study abroad. He taught, as a Fulbright professor, at the University of Kyoto, Japan, and at the Universidad Catolica, Lima, Peru.  He maintained an interest in department and university activities until his death in 1990. It is in honor of this important UNH educator that we acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of current UNH undergraduates today..

There is a tree planted in memory of George M. Haslerud next to Conant Hall on the UNH campus, donated by the UNH community.

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Above: The cover and a portion of the preface of the book Prof. Haslerud was working on when I was a student at UNH. I was his research assistant on one of his transfer of learning research projects. In the preface of this book, I am honored to have been listed, with three of his other students, for special help in the development of the early stages of his transfer theory.

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