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Robert Padgett

Professor - Psychology Psychology - LAS
Robert Padgett

Office Hours

  • from 7:45 AM to 10:00 AM
  • from 7:45 AM to 10:00 AM
  • from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM


Dr. Padgett is a native Hoosier from Greenfield, IN who in high school developed a love for the theatre and set off to pursue it as a major in college. That interest led him to study with Dr. Tom Evans at Hanover College in southern Indiana. Although Dr. Padgett's interests tended more to the technical (Lighting and Sound) side of theatre, Doc Evans was well known for turning college students into professional working members of Actors' Equity and seemed like the perfect mentor to help him pursue his passion. But a funny thing happened on the way to the theatre as Dr. Padgett soon learned that his relative dearth of talent (especially when compared to say his fellow classmate and friend Woody Harrelson) meant that he might want to consider an alternative career path.

Fortuitously, Dr. Padgett was introduced to the field of Psychology while at Hanover by the late Dr. Harve E. Rawson who became his second mentor ("idol" might be a more accurate description) and he ultimately resolved to make the classroom his stage and started working towards a career as a college professor. His hope was to become a mentor to future generations of college students like the ones that had been so influential in his own life. Having worked with Dr. Rawson at the The Englishton Park Summer Program for Children collecting and analyzing data on the effectiveness of intervention programs for children, Dr. Padgett set out to earn a Ph. D. in Developmental Psychology which led him to study with Dr. Hilary H. Ratner at Wayne State University in Detroit. While in graduate school, Dr. Padgett used his data analytic skills to earn a living and to help him land his first professional position at the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute for Child and Family Development. In a short while he accepted an offer to join the Psychology faculy at Butler University (in the Fall of 1989) and has been at Butler ever since.