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Patty Costello

Program Director

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

School of Psychology

Degree Program B.S. Psychology

Patricia Costello has her BA in Psychology and a minor in Biology from the University of St Thomas in St. Paul, MN. She was awarded her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Minnesota in 2003. Her dissertation work studied attention and perception using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). She taught at a private liberal arts school before starting at Walden University in 2009. She is now the Program Director for the BS Psychology Program. Her current research is on implicit cognition. She is also interested in how adults learn best in the online classroom.

Courses Taught

PSYC 4002 - Brain and Behavior

PSYC 3003 - Research Methods


PhD, University of Minnesota

Public Service

Zero Waste Boise Institute , Board Member - Boise, ID United States

Court Appointed Special Advocate for Abused and Neglected Children, Volunteer - boise, ID United States

Global Talent Idaho , Volunteer - Boise, ID United States


Costello, P. A., Baartman, B., McGlennen, K., He, S., Jiang, Y. (2009). Semantic and Subword Priming during Binocular Suppression. Consciousness and Cognition.


Costello, P. A. (2018). Validation of an Online Orientation Seminar to Improve Career and Major Preparedness for Adult Learners.