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Dr. Siu-Lan Tan is the James A.B. Stone Professor of Psychology at Kalamazoo College. She earned degrees in music and piano before attending Purdue University, Oxford University, and Georgetown University to complete an MA and Ph.D. in psychology.

Dr. Tan specializes in the psychology of music, and is particularly interested in the role of music in film and other multimedia. She is co-author of Psychology of Music: From Sound to Significance (first edition Routledge 2010; second edition Routledge 2018), co-editor of The Psychology of Music in Multimedia (Oxford University Press 2013), and is currently working on a forthcoming book for Oxford University Press. Her research has been published in Music Perception, Psychology of Music, Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain, Empirical Musicology Review, and Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, among other journals (See Books and Publications). She also appears in the New York Times Critics’ Pick, Score: A Film Music Documentary, giving the psychological perspective on music in film, and has a regular segment on Score: The Podcast. (See Films)

Since 1998, Dr. Tan has taught courses in developmental psychology, social development, music psychology, and creativity, at Kalamazoo College. She feels lucky to work with such bright, engaged, enthusiastic students; tomorrow’s enlightened leaders. Her developmental courses include a community-based component, as students have worked with children at local elementary schools and playgrounds for the past 20 years (See Teaching). She has received her institution’s awards for sabbatical research, teaching, academic advising, and in 2006, an award from the Michigan chapter of the national Campus Compact for civic engagement pedagogy.



Dr. Siu-Lan Tan is blissfully married to Danny Kim. She loves noodles, sticky notes, pop-up books, music, film, teaching, and ideas. She is hopeless at cooking and has yet to learn how to parallel park.