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April Drumm-Hewitt

Assistant Professor of Psychology | Director of the Neuroscience Program
Dr. April Drumm-Hewitt serves as a professor for the Psychology Department, and is the Director of the interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program at Simpson. Her primary research area is in Cognitive Psychology, specifically in psycholinguistics and memory.


Dr. April Drumm-Hewitt teaches students as a professor in class, advises students to build and achieve their academic plans, and mentors students one-on-one to plan and carry out independent research projects in psychology and neuroscience. Liberal arts colleges like Simpson offer students uniquely personalized education through small class sizes, and experiences like study abroad and one-on-one research projects. Dr. Drumm-Hewitt is glad to have had those experiences herself as an undergraduate at a small college, and is proud to be able to offer strong academic support to her own students at Simpson.


  • Cognitive Psychology 


  • Distinguished Faculty Research Award, Simpson College, 2017


  • PhD Cognitive Psychology – Binghamton University (SUNY), 2012
  • MS Psychology – Binghamton University (SUNY), 2009
  • BA Psychology – The College of New Jersey, 2007


  • Gunraj, D.N., Drumm-Hewitt, A.M., Dashow, E.M., Upadhyay, S.S.N., & Klin, C.M. (2016). Texting insincerely: The role of the period in text messaging. Computers in Human Behavior, 56, 1067-1075, Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2015.11.003
  • Gunraj, D.N., Drumm-Hewitt, A.M., & Klin, C.M. (2013). Embodiment during reading: Simulating a story character’s linguistic actions. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/a0034853
  • Drumm, A.M. & Klin, C.M. (2011). When story characters communicate: Readers' representations of characters' linguistic exchanges. Memory & Cognition, 39(7), 1348-1357. doi: 10.3758/s13421-011-0096-x
  • Klin, C.M., & Drumm, A.M. (2010). Seeing what they read and hearing what they say: Readers’ representation of the story characters’ world. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 17(2), 231-236. doi: 10.3758/PBR.17.2.231
  • Klin, C.M., Drumm, A.M., & Ralano, A.S. (2009). Repeated text in unrelated passages: Repetition versus meaning selection effects. Memory & Cognition, 37 (5), 556-568. doi: 10.3758/MC.37.5.556