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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.


Dr. April Drumm-Hewitt brings an expertise in Cognitive Psychology to the Psychology Department. Cognitive Psychology is the study mental processes such as sensation, perception, attention, memory, language, problem solving, reasoning, and decision making.

Courses taught at Simpson:

Introduction to Psychology

Statistical Methods

Cognitive Psychology

Psychology of Language

Sensation and Perception

Cognitive Neuroscience

Ethics of Neuroscience

Simpson Colloquium: Humans are Dumb



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