Department of Psychology
Harrison E. Madden passed away January 8th in Clovis, California. He was born May 19, 1924 to Clyde E. Madden and Martha Kaufman in Hoisington, Kansas. Upon graduating from Hoisington High School in 1942, he went to work for Boeing on blue prints for the B-29s. Despite the deferment for his work, he joined the Army Air Corps and eventually went to India where he served at Panagarh.
Using the GI Bill, he attended the University of Kansas, earning four degrees, culminating with a doctorate in psychology. While there, he met, courted, and married Maxine Alburty (Maxine Madden-Spencer) in 1952. They were a dynamic duo who had four children.
The Maddens moved to Fresno in 1956 where Harrison served as a professor in the Department of Psychology at Fresno State. He taught his last course in 2001. In the interim, he was chair of the department three times and served as assistant dean in two divisions. In the 1960s and 70s, he helped develop the Experimental College and also had a private practice in Fresno.
During summers and semesters off from Fresno State, he worked for the University of Maryland teaching psychology and political science at U.S. military bases around the world. He eventually spoke seven languages. He and his second wife, Criss Wilhite, continued traveling until 2016.
In 1991, he moved to Oakhurst, where he lived with Criss until he died. Harrison was a man with an open mind and loving heart. He was a life-long learner who appreciated all the universe has to offer. He wrote four books on psychology and on the human quest.
He is survived by his children, Kurt (wife Katy), Derek, Marsha, and Craig (wife Stacey Marolf); and his step-children, Chelsea Wilhite (husband Wayne Walsh), and Carson Wilhite. His is also survived by nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren as well as his sister, Hazel Sherwood, and brother Michael Madden (wife Wanda). He will be missed by many.
The celebration of his life will be held Sunday, March 4th from 12:30 to 4:00 at his home on the Fresno River in Oakhurst.
In lieu of gifts or flowers, donations may be made to the Criss Wilhite and Harrison E. Madden ABA Graduate Student Scholarship at Fresno State (select “Other” and enter the name of the scholarship): https://securelb.imodules.com/s/1692/GID2/blank.aspx?sid=1692&gid=2&pgid=548&cid=1273&sitebuilder=1&contentbuilder=1
Swinging our tassel (2017)! For the fourth time in a row, the Department of Psychology was awarded the "Silver Tassel" Award for most enthusiastic attendance at the annual College of Science and Mathematics Convocation Ceremony. The Department of Psychology loves to celebrate the accomplishments of our students! We used our Silver Tassel reward money this Fall by visiting Project Survival Cat Haven, getting close up views of jaguars, leopards, lions, bobcats, and other wild cats!
Congratulations to Dr. Zhanna Bagdasarov, Psychology department’s Alumna of the Year 2017.
Zhanna’s is a true Fresno and Fresno State success story. She immigrated with her family from Uzbekistan when she was a girl. Early on, the family struggled to make ends meet and to adapt to a new language and culture. But adapt they did, and Zhanna eventually graduated from Hoover High School and enrolled at Fresno State. She graduated summa cum laude with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology (with departmental honors) and Armenian Studies in 2005. Two years later she graduated with her master’s degree in General/Experimental Psychology and was chosen as the Graduate Dean’s Medalist for the College of Science and Mathematics. Zhanna earned her doctorate in Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology at the University of Oklahoma. After earning her Ph.D., Zhanna returned to Fresno State, where she is currently an assistant professor of Management in the Craig School of Business. Zhanna conducts research on business ethics and teaches courses on training and development, personnel administration, and nonprofit management.
Phil Kimble Overcoming Adversity Award
This award is named in honor of Phillip Kimble, who taught thousands of Psychology students during his over 20 years at Fresno State. His Well-being Class and Psychology of Disabilities Class, both of which were enormously popular, emphasized the power of the human spirit to openly acknowledge our own and others’ strengths and weaknesses and to live life with empathy and courage. This award goes to a Psychology undergraduate student who has overcome significant adversity in achieving an education.
If you would like to contribute to this Award, or nominate a student, please contact the Department of Psychology, California State University, Fresno, (559) 278-2691.
Western Psychological Association 2016 in Long Beach,CA saw numerous presentations from faculty and students. The fourth annual Fresno State Party at the WPA was a rousing success.