Contact Info

  • Department of Psychological Science
  • North Quad 116
  • Ball State University
  • Muncie, IN 47306
  • Phone: 765-285-1704
  • Fax: 765-285-1702

Office Hours Fall 2019

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00-1:45 and by appointment

Research Interests

  • Cognitive Psychology

    • Adult reading comprehension
    • Drawing of inferences while reading expository text
    • Text factors (e.g., graphics, headings) that affect text comprehension and memory
  • Teaching of Psychology

    • Best practices for teaching psychology classes
    • Students’ learning from textbooks and other written materials

Selected Papers and Presentations

  • Ritchey, K.A., & Smith, S. (2019). Developing a training course for undergraduate teaching assistants. College Teaching, 67, 50-57.
  • Ritchey, K., Smith, S., Grimes, J., Jackson, C., Bourdeau, A., Cook, T., Haggard, S., & Halbert, T. (2018, April). Using a talk-aloud procedure to verify generalization inference construction. Poster presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association’s Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.
  • Ritchey, K. A., & Olson, K. (2017). The construction and maintenance of generalization inferences. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Miller, R., Rosenthal, L., Brihl, D., Hartmann, Q., & Ritchey, K. (2016). Cracking the senior capstone code. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, Decatur, GA.
  • Ritchey, K.A., & Suryanarayan, A. (2015). Using a deductive reasoning task to facilitate generalization inference construction. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Text and Discourse, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Ritchey, K.A., Thorpe, A., Long, K., Bremmer, M., Olsen, K., & Workman, R. (2015). How text genre affects inference construction. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Ritchey, K. A. (2011). How generalization inferences are constructed in expository text comprehension. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 36, 280-288.
  • Ritchey, K. A., & Bott, J. P. (2010). Exploring interdisciplinary themes in introductory psychology. Teaching of Psychology, 37, 262-266.
  • Ritchey, K., Schuster, J., & Allen, J. (2008). How the relationship between text and headings influence readers’ memory. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 33, 859-874.

Courses Regularly Taught

  • PSYS 100 (Introduction to Psychology)
  • PSYS 396 (Teaching Assistantship Seminar)
  • PSYS 363 (Cognitive Psychology)
  • PSYS 492 (Research Seminar)
  • PSYS 493 (Teaching of Psychology I)
  • PSYS 494 (Teaching of Psychology II)
  • PSYS 497 (Supervised Empirical Research)
  • PSYS 498 (Independent Empirical Research)
  • PSYS 499 (Supervision of Honors Thesis)
  • PSYS 616 (Perception and Cognition)
  • PSYS 618 (Advanced Cognitive Processes)

Advising: Psychology Majors

Advisees are welcome to visit during office hours or make an appointment. Topics we can discuss include career planning, departmental and university opportunities (e.g., joining Psi Chi, scholarships, research and teaching assistantships) and career planning (e.g., applying to graduate school).

Advising: Secondary Education

Students earning their Psychology teaching concentration are also welcome to visit during office hours or to make an appointment. Link to Psychology Requirements for Social Studies Majors: