College of Humanities and Social Sciences

All Faculty


  • Michael D Anderson

    Michael D Anderson

    Adjunct Faculty

    Neuroscience, Substance Use Disorders, Cognitive Impairment, Motor Degeneration

  • Giorgio Ascoli

    Giorgio Ascoli

    University Professor, Molecular Neuroscience Department

    Molecular Neuroscience Department: Description and generation of dendritic morphology, hippocampus, human memory, neuron classification, semantic maps

  • Kathleen A Aux

    Kathleen A Aux

    Adjunct Faculty


  • Susan Bachus

    Susan Bachus

    Assistant Professor

    Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience

  • Carryl Baldwin

    Carryl Baldwin

    Associate Chair

    Associate Professor

    Human Factors/Applied Cognition: Transportation and Auditory research

  • Hideko Hamada Bassett

    Hideko Hamada Bassett

    Assistant Professor

    Applied Developmental Psychology

  • Nicole Beadles

    Nicole Beadles

    Director, School Psychology Program

    School Psychology

  • Avrama Kim  Blackwell

    Avrama Kim Blackwell

    Professor, Molecular Neuroscience Department

    Molecular Neuroscience Department: Computational and experimental approaches to the biophysical and biochemical mechanisms of long term memory storage, understanding the cellular and molecular events underlying the discrimination of spatio-temporal patterns by neurons

  • Deborah A. Boehm-Davis

    Deborah A. Boehm-Davis

    University Professor

    Human Factors/Applied Cognition: How human performance is helped or hindered by the design of tools that help us accomplish everyday tasks.

  • Louis C Buffardi

    Louis C Buffardi

    Associate Professor

    Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Work and family issues, human error, individual differences.


  • Lauren B Cattaneo

    Lauren B Cattaneo

    Associate Professor

    Clinical Psychology: Intimate partner violence, client-centered services, empowerment, community-based learning, civic engagement

  • Tara  Chaplin

    Tara Chaplin

    Assistant Professor

    Clinical Psychology: Emotion regulation and the development of psychopathology and substance use in adolescence; Parent-focused interventions; Bio-psycho-social models of emotion

  • Linda Doss Chrosniak

    Linda Doss Chrosniak

    Associate Professor

    Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience: learning and memory processes in both humans and animals

  • Jose M Cortina

    Jose M Cortina


    Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Meta-analysis, structural equation modeling, and significance testing, as well as predictors and outcomes of emotions in the workplace.

  • Lorelei D Crerar

    Lorelei D Crerar

    Assistant Professor

  • Mary S. Curby

    Mary S. Curby

    Adjunct Faculty

    aggression, relational aggression, preventative interventions, assessment

  • Timothy W Curby

    Timothy W Curby

    Associate Professor

    Applied Developmental Psychology: Classrooms as a context for student learning and development; Teacher–student interactions; Classroom quality and variability; Social-emotional teaching, Quantitative Methods.


  • Sarah D'Elia

    Sarah D'Elia

    Adjunct Faculty

  • Reeshad S. Dalal

    Reeshad S. Dalal


    Associate Professor

    Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Job performance, judgment and decision-making, work situations, personality, job attitudes and job-related mood/emotions, and psychological approaches to the study of cyber security.

  • Seth J Davidson

    Seth J Davidson

    Adjunct Faculty

  • Doris Bitler Davis

    Doris Bitler Davis

    Associate Professor

    Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience: Animal learning and behavior, comparative cognition, the teaching of psychology

  • Susanne A Denham

    Susanne A Denham

    University Professor

    Applied Developmental Psychology: Social and emotional development of children


  • Christianne Esposito-Smythers

    Christianne Esposito-Smythers

    Associate Professor

    Clinical Psychology: adolescent suicide, adolescent substance abuse, development of cognitive behavioral prevention and intervention programs for adolescent mental health problems


  • Jeffrey Fernandez

    Jeffrey Fernandez

    Adjunct Faculty

  • Panagiota (Patty) Ferssizidis

    Panagiota (Patty) Ferssizidis

    Assistant Director of the Center for Psychological Services

    Clinical Psychology: Substance Use Prevention, Brief Interventions, Motivational Interviewing, and Evaluation of Graduate Student Training

  • Sarah Fischer

    Sarah Fischer

    Assistant Professor

    Clinical Psychology: personality traits and psychosocial factors influencing the co-morbidity and maintenance of addictive behavior patterns

  • Jane M Flinn

    Jane M Flinn

    Associate Professor

    Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience: The role of metals in learning, including fear conditioning and Alzheimer's disease.

  • Susanne M Furman

    Susanne M Furman



  •  Marinka Gadzichowski

    Marinka Gadzichowski

    Assistant Professor

    Developmental Psychology. Patterning abilities of children. Animal learning, behavior and cognitive ability

  • Caren Goldberg

    Caren Goldberg

    Assistant Professor

  • Pamela M. Greenwood

    Pamela M. Greenwood

    Associate Professor

    Human Factors/Applied Cognition: Genetic modulation of cognitive and brain aging, interventions for cognitive aging (behavioral and non-invasive brain stimulation).



  • Seth Kaplan

    Seth Kaplan

    Associate Professor

    Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Employee well-being; Emotions at work; Job attitudes; personality; Individual and team performance in crises and extreme environments; flexible work arrangements; telework; metaperceptions; measurement and statistical issues

  • Todd B. Kashdan

    Todd B. Kashdan


    Clinical Psychology: Anxiety, positive emotions, purpose in life, how personal strengths operate in everyday life, social relationships, and how to foster and sustain happiness and meaning in life.

  • William Kennedy

    William Kennedy

    Assistant Professor

  • Eden B King

    Eden B King

    Associate Professor

    Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Dealing with and preventing discrimination in the workplace.

  • Lauren E. Kuykendall

    Lauren E. Kuykendall

    Assistant Professor

    Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Worker well-being; worker health; work-life issues; leisure; emotions; positive worker characteristics; work stress and stress management; gender and well-being.



  • James E Maddux

    James E Maddux

    Emeritus Faculty

    Clinical Psychology: My major scholarly interest is the interface of social, clinical, and health psychology, which is concerned with the ways that theory and research from social psychology can help us understand psychological adjustment, psychological disorders, and health-related behavior. I am retired from my fulltime teaching position at George Mason University and therefore will no longer be accepting new doctoral students.

  • Craig McDonald

    Craig McDonald

    Associate Professor

    Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience: Executive control, performance monitoring, selective attention

  • Patrick E McKnight

    Patrick E McKnight

    Associate Professor

    Human Factors/Applied Cognition: Research methods and data analysis with a particular interest in measurement.

  • Robyn Mehlenbeck

    Robyn Mehlenbeck

    Director- GMU Center for Psychological Services

    Clinical Psychology: adolescent, medical, eating, diabetes

  • Erin Quinlivan Murdoch

    Erin Quinlivan Murdoch

    Assistant Professor



  • James L Olds

    James L Olds

    Director and Chief Academic Unit Officer, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study; Chair, Molecular Neuroscience Department; The Shelley Krasnow University Professor of Molecular Neuroscience

    Role of signal transduction in memory storage

  • Donna Orsini

    Donna Orsini

    Adjunct Faculty

    School Psychology


  • Martin Paczynski

    Martin Paczynski

    Human Factors/Applied Cognition: Effects of stress on attention, working memory, and decision making. Influence of task interruption on decision-making and mental representations of visual and verbal information. Ameliorating effects of stress through mindfulness training, cognitive training, and neuro-stimulation.

  • Robert Pasnak

    Robert Pasnak


    Applied Developmental Psychology: Children and life span development- particularly helping children who lag in cognitive development catch up to their peers.

  • Jill Washychyn Payne

    Jill Washychyn Payne

    Adjunct Faculty

  • Matthew S. Peterson

    Matthew S. Peterson

    Associate Professor

    Human Factors/Applied Cognition: Visual attention, eye movements, working memory, attentional control, brain plasticity, and cognitive training

  • Jeffrey W. Pollard

    Jeffrey W. Pollard

    Assistant Professor

    Clinical Psychology:


    Threat Assessment

    Higher Education Policy

    Substance Use/Abuse



  • Keith D Renshaw

    Keith D Renshaw

    Associate Professor

    Clinical Psychology: Anxiety, stress/trauma reactions, and interpersonal relationships, with a particular focus on romantic relationships in which one partner has experienced a traumatic event.

  • John H Riskind

    John H Riskind


    Clinical Psychology: Cognitive-behavioral research, treatment, and theory of anxiety, mood, and related disorders.

  • Ellen Rowe

    Ellen Rowe

    Associate Professor

    School Psychology: Areas of assessment and measurement with children.


  • Alexei V Samsonovich

    Alexei V Samsonovich

    Assistant Professor

  • James F Sanford

    James F Sanford

    Emeritus Faculty

    Human Factors/Applied Cognition

  • Mary Schumann

    Mary Schumann

    Adjunct Faculty

  • Brett E Scofield

    Brett E Scofield

    Adjunct Faculty

    Substance abuse in college students, treatment approaches that address depression, anxiety, and substance abuse, and the effectiveness of services offered at university-based counseling centers.

  • Tyler H. Shaw

    Tyler H. Shaw

    Assistant Professor

    Human Factors/Applied Cognition: Vigilance or sustained attention, and automation and team performance.

  • Eric B Shiraev

    Eric B Shiraev

    Adjunct Faculty

  • Jerome Short

    Jerome Short

    Associate Professor

    Clinical Psychology: developing and evaluating mental health promotion programs for college students and older adults; social support; substance abuse prevention; and mental health policy

  • Julie A Steinke

    Julie A Steinke

    teams, competition and conflict, performance under stress and resilience.

  • Maren Strenziok

    Maren Strenziok

    Human Factors/Applied Cognition: Neuroanatomical changes associated with video game training in older adults

  • Jeffrey B Stuewig

    Jeffrey B Stuewig

    Associate Professor

    Clinical Psychology: Developmental psychopathology, the moral emotions of shame and guilt, family violence, evaluation, and more generally centering around the topic of risk and antisocial behavior.


  • June P Tangney

    June P Tangney

    University Professor

    Clinical Psychology: * Moral emotions (e.g., shame, guilt, empathy) * Values and virtues (e.g., humility, forgiveness, self-compassion) * Self control generally, and emotion regulation specifically * Borderline Personality Disorder * Brief interventions for jail inmates * Motivational Interviewing * Mindfulness-based Interventions * Values Affirmations * Restorative Justice-themed Interventions * Reducing Substance Misuse * Reducing HIV risk behavior

  • Lois E Tetrick

    Lois E Tetrick

    University Professor

    Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Occupational health psychology including stress, work-family, and safety; the employee-organization relationship including psychological contracts, social exchange theory, and the norm of reciprocity; organizational climate and culture; innovation and creativity; positive aging and retirement transitions; cross-cultural aspects of industrial organizational psychology.

  • Dawna M Thompson

    Dawna M Thompson

    Assistant Professor

    School Psychology

  • James C Thompson

    James C Thompson

    Associate Professor

    Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience: Examining how we recognize human movement and make sense of other peoples' actions and how this can be applied in specialized settings such as surveillance and in conditions in which human movement recognition may be impaired.


  • Patricia B Wanschura

    Patricia B Wanschura

    Emeritus Faculty

    human development and statistics, with a particular interest in children's thinking and memory strategies

  • Eva  Wiese

    Eva Wiese

    Assistant Professor

    Human Factors/Applied Cognition: Social Robotics and Embodied cognition in HCI

  • Adam Winsler

    Adam Winsler

    Associate Chair


    Applied Developmental Psychology: Children's transition to school, development of self-regulation, private speech, Vygotskian sociocultural theory, bilingualism and early schooling for English-language learners


  • Stephen Zaccaro

    Stephen Zaccaro


    Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Steve has directed (or co-directed) funded research projects in the areas of multiteam systems, cyber security incident response teams, team performance, team mental models, leader-team interfaces, leadership training and development, leader adaptability, and executive coaching.

  • Slavomir L Zapata