Lee Wurm, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology

I'm a cognitive psychologist with a primary interest in psycholinguistics. The focus of most of my research has been how people use and understand language, but lately I have been branching out and exploring a range of methodological and statistical issues...

Portrait of Lee Wurm, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology

Contact Information

  • Fall 2021
    Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

  • (509) 313-6794

Education & Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., Experimental Psychology, Stony Brook University

M.A., Psychology, Stony Brook University

B.A., Psychology with minor in Spanish, University of Minnesota

Courses Taught

PSYC 101 - General Psychology

PSYC 202 - Statistics For Psychology


I'm a cognitive psychologist with a primary interest in psycholinguistics. The focus of most of my research has been how people use and understand language, but lately I have been branching out and exploring a range of methodological and statistical issues as well. I came to Gonzaga University in 2020 from Wayne State University in Detroit, where I taught and did research for 22 years.

Student authors are shown in bold

Cano, A., Wurm, L.H., Nava, J., McIntee, F., & Mathur, A. (2018). Applicant and faculty characteristics in the doctoral admissions process: An experimental vignette study. Strategic Enrollment Management Quarterly, 6(1), 35-49.

Martinez, S.C., Cano, A., Casey, R.J., Johnson, A., May, D., & Wurm, L.H. (2018). Development of the Bonding with Dog Checklist (BoDC). Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin, 6(1), 32-46.

Clark, S.M., Cano, A., Goubert, L., Vlaeyen, J.W.S., Wurm, L.H., & Corley, A.M. (2017). Pain anxiety and its association with pain congruence trajectories during the cold pressor task. Journal of Pain, 18(4), 396-404. doi:10.1016/j.jpain.2016.11.013

Jones, L.L., Wurm, L.H., Calcaterra, R.D., & Ofen, N. (2017). Integrative priming of compositional and locative relations. Frontiers in Psychology (Cognitive Science), 8 (359), 1-11. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00359

Van Havermaet, L.R., & Wurm, L.H. (2017). Effects of danger, usefulness, and body-object interaction in picture naming. The Mental Lexicon, 12(1), 51-70. doi:10.1075/ml.12.1.03van

Corley, A.M., Cano, A., Goubert, L., Vlaeyen, J.W.S., & Wurm, L.H. (2016). Global and situational relationship satisfaction moderate the effect of threat on pain in couples. Pain Medicine, 17(9), 1664-1675. doi:10.1093/pm/pnw022

Kennette, L.N., & Wurm, L.H. (2016). On the disambiguation of meaning: The effect of cognitive load. Current Psychology, 35(3), 295-308. doi:10.1007/s12144-014-9294-6

Whitman, D., Wurm, L., Holcomb, E., Wang, Z., Liao, J.F., & Van Dyke, S.A. (2016). Hemispheric processing of Chinese hànzì and English words: A lateralized lexical decision study. Cogent Psychology, 3, 1-8. doi:10.1080/23311908.2015.1135862

Leong, L.E.M., Cano, A., Wurm, L.H., Lumley, M.A., & Corley, A.M. (2015). A perspective taking manipulation leads to greater empathy and less pain during the cold pressor task. Journal of Pain, 16(11), 1176-1185. doi:10.1016/j.jpain.2015.08.006

Wurm, L.H. (2015). Auditory and visual processing of novel stimuli are affected by subjective connotations of danger and usefulness. The Mental Lexicon, 10(1), 1-31. doi:10.1075/ml.10.1.01wur