• Senior Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs
Assistant Name: Kelli Samples
Assistant Email: kelli@tamu.edu
Heather Lench headshot
  • Dr. Heather Lench joined Faculty Affairs in March 2022. She is Professor in Psychological and Brain Sciences. Dr. Lench has served as Department Head, Associate Head, Liberal Arts representative on the Steering Committee of the Department Head Council, and on the THECB task force on psychology major curricula. She brings experience with strategic planning and initiatives, faculty hiring and retention, evaluation processes, mentoring programs, and data informed decision making.

    Dr. Lench earned her undergraduate degree from Florida State University, a Master’s degree from California State University, Fresno, and a PhD from University of California, Irvine. Her research focuses on how emotions and intuitions powerfully impact people’s thinking and behavior, and has resulted in over 70 publications on theoretical and empirical work. Her research has received federal and foundation support, and has been highlighted in outlets including NPR, BBC, and Wired. She received the American Psychological Association New Investigator Award, and is currently a Society of Personality and Social Psychology fellow.