Department of Psychology

Dr. William Indick

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Office: Mercer Campus LA173; Main Campus: Science East 2049
Phone: 973-720-3936
Office Hours: Mercer campus - Tuesdays 4:00-6:00 pm, Wednesdays 2:00-7:00 pm, and Thursdays 2:00-7:00 pmm - 6:00 pm

Department: Psychology
Position: Associate Professor & Psychology Program Coordinator for WPU at Mercer

Area Specialization
Media Psychology and Developmental Psychology

Bill Indick is an Associate Professor of Psychology, joining the fulltime faculty of the William Paterson University Psychology Department in 2017. He is the program coordinator for the BA in Psychology program at the WPU @ Mercer CC campus. Dr. Indick received his B.A. in Psychology and his M.A. in Music Therapy from New York University, and he earned his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Cornell University. He has written six books and created five classes in the area of media psychology, the psychological study of fantasy and science fiction, and the application of psychoanalysis to film. Currently, Dr. Indick is writing a solicited chapter for an upcoming book on the psychology of the HBO tv series, Westworld. The chapter is entitled: “The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of Westworld,” and it is about the show’s creators’ use of Julian Jaynes’ theory of “bicameral” consciousness as a model for the conscious awakening of the androids in Westworld. Dr. Indick is also working on another book project, entitled: The Forest of Mirrors: The Effects of Media on Mental Illness.


1997-2001           Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Ph.D., Developmental Psychology
Dissertation: The Influence of Situational Factors on Responses to a Hypothetical Moral Dilemma.

 1994-1996           New York University, New York, NY,  MA, Music Therapy
Masters Thesis: Group Music Therapy Techniques for Preverbal Autistic Children.

 1989-1993           New York University, New York, NY,  BA, Psychology


Some of the classes that Dr. Indick regularly teaches include:
Media Psychology
Lifespan Development
Developmental Psychology
Psychology in Film
Abnormal Psychology
Psychology of Adolescence
Psychology of Aging
Abnormal Child and Adolescent Psychology
Theories of Personality