Identity Development Laboratory


Patrick Ian Armstrong, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
Iowa State University
W237 Lagomarcino Hall
Ames, Iowa 50011
office phone: (515) 294-8788


In the Identity Development Laboratory at Iowa State University we conduct research exploring how an individual’s experiences in educational settings influence the identity development process, including future academic plans and career aspirations. Included in our research are measures of personality, interests, values, and life goals. Working in our lab provides valuable research experiences for psychology majors who want to learn more about how psychological measures of personality, interests, and other motivational factors are used in academic and business settings.

  • Undergraduate Research

    Having experience with measures used in counseling, education, and business settings is a great opportunity if you are interested in going on to graduate school. As a research assistant in the IDL, you will help us with data collections, developing research materials, and other related activities. You also receive mentoring and assistance with graduate school applications.  Students who have worked in our lab have gone on to a variety of graduate programs in psychology and education.

    If you are an undergraduate student who is interested in joining our lab (for Psych 491 credit or for the experience), or would like to learn more about our research, please contact us at

  • Graduate School in Counseling Psychology

    Iowa State University offers a Ph.D. degree in counseling psychology. This doctoral degree is designed for students who intend to pursue careers in academic or applied settings. Our program is committed to a scientist-practitioner model that accords dual emphases to the acquisition of scientific knowledge and research skills, along with the development of professional competencies in counseling, assessment, teaching, and consultation.

Oliver and Emma

IDL Mascots

Oliver and Emma

As the official IDL mascots, Oliver and Emma enjoy playing fetch and tug-o-war with veterinarian approved toys.