College of Humanities and Social Sciences

All Faculty


  • Richard Amernick

    Richard Amernick

    Adjunct Faculty
  • Michael D Anderson
  • Giorgio Ascoli

    Giorgio Ascoli

    University Professor

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


  • Susan Bachus

    Susan Bachus

    Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience

  • Carryl Baldwin

    Carryl Baldwin

    Associate Professor

    Human Factors/Applied Cognition: Transportation and Auditory research

  • Hideko Hamada Bassett

    Hideko Hamada Bassett

    Assistant Professor

    Applied Developmental Psychology

  • Marjorie Battaglia

    Marjorie Battaglia

    Associate Professor

    Applied Developmental Psychology: Adult and elderly development

  • Nicole Beadles

    Nicole Beadles

    Director, School Psychology Program

    School Psychology

  • Brandon Beltz

    Brandon Beltz

    Adjunct Faculty

    Human Factors/Applied Cognition

  • Avrama Kim  Blackwell

    Avrama Kim Blackwell

    Director of the PhD Program, Neuroscience Program

    Department of Molecular Neuroscience: 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
    Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

    How human performance is helped or hindered by the design of tools that help us accomplish everyday tasks.

  • Angela C Boone

    Angela C Boone

    Adjunct Faculty

    School Psychology

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Timothy W Curby

    Timothy W Curby

    Associate Professor

    Applied Developmental Psychology: Variability in teacher-student interactions, Continuous measurement of teacher-child interactions, and the Student Classroom Experience.


  • Reeshad S Dalal

    Reeshad S Dalal

    Associate Professor, Department

    Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Examining individual differences in decision-making competence, dynamic performance appraisal (e.g., the impact of instability, such as peaks and troughs, in an employee's job performance), and the impact of situational "strength" on motivational constructs such as goals, implementation intentions, and mood.

  • Doris Bitler Davis

    Doris Bitler Davis

    Associate Professor

    Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience: Experimental Psychology, with a specialization in animal learning and memory.

  • Kimberly S Dechman

    Kimberly S Dechman

    Adjunct Faculty
  • Sarah D'Elia

    Sarah D'Elia

    Adjunct Faculty
  • Susanne A Denham

    Susanne A Denham

    University Professor

    Applied Developmental Psychology: Social and emotional development of children

  • Dana Dunleavy

    Dana Dunleavy

    Adjunct Faculty

    Industrial/Organizational Psychology

  • Eric M Dunleavy

    Eric M Dunleavy

    Adjunct Faculty

    Industrial/Organizational Psychology


  • Christianne Lee Esposito-Smythers

    Christianne Lee Esposito-Smythers

    Associate Professor

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


  • Sarah Fischer

    Sarah Fischer

    Assistant Professor

    Clinical Psychology

  • 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.

  • Peter Frecknall

    Peter Frecknall

    Adjunct Faculty
  • Karl Fryxell

    Karl Fryxell

    Associate Professor




  • Seth Kaplan

    Seth Kaplan

    Associate Professor

    Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Exploring individual and team performance in high-reliability contexts.

  • 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.

  • Frank Krueger

    Frank Krueger

    Assistant Professor | Co-Director, Center for the Study of Neuroeconomics | Chief, Social Cognition and Interaction Laboratory

    Molecular Neuroscience Department/ Department of Psychology: Social Cognition, Social Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuroeconomics



  • 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.

  • Amanda Jean Mahoney

    Amanda Jean Mahoney

    Adjunct Faculty
  • Marcella Stephens Marcey

    Marcella Stephens Marcey

    Adjunct Faculty
  • Joanna Marino

    Joanna Marino

    Adjunct Faculty
  • Elana Maurin

    Elana Maurin

    Adjunct Faculty
  • Craig McDonald

    Craig McDonald

    Associate Professor

    Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience: Executive functioning, feature-based attention and reflexive attentional orienting.

  • Hugh McIntosh

    Hugh McIntosh

    Adjunct Faculty
  • Marcia J McKinley

    Marcia J McKinley

    Adjunct Faculty
  • Katherine McKnight

    Katherine McKnight

    Adjunct Faculty
  • 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

  • Belinda Morin

    Belinda Morin

    Adjunct Faculty
  • Erin Q Murdoch

    Erin Q Murdoch

    Assistant Professor



  • James L Olds

    James L Olds

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

    Role of signal transduction in memory storage

  • Donna Orsini

    Donna Orsini

    Adjunct Faculty

    School Psychology


  • Raja Parasuraman

    Raja Parasuraman

    University Professor
    Director, Center of Excellence in Neuroergonomics, Technology, and Cognition
    Director of the PhD Program, Human Factors and Applied Cognition

    Human Factors/Applied Cognition: Neuroergonomics, Human-Automation interaction, and Molecular genetics of cognition

  • Fariba Parsa
  • 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
  • William A Perez

    William A Perez

    Adjunct Faculty
  • Matthew S. Peterson

    Matthew S. Peterson

    Associate Professor
    Director of the MA Program, Human Factors and Applied Cognition

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

  • Elizabeth L Purnell

    Elizabeth L Purnell

    Adjunct Faculty



  • 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.

  • Johannes Rojahn

    Johannes Rojahn


    Applied Developmental Psychology: Intellectual and developmental disabilities, especially [1] challenging behaviors and other forms of psychopathology (epidemiology, assessment, applied behavior analysis) and [2] socio-emotional development and social adaptation.

  • Ellen Rowe

    Ellen Rowe

    Associate Professor

    School Psychology: Areas of assessment and measurement with children.


  • Tamara Gabrielle Salamon

    Tamara Gabrielle Salamon

    Adjunct Faculty
  • Alexei V Samsonovich

    Alexei V Samsonovich

    Assistant Professor
  • James F Sanford

    James F Sanford

    Associate Professor

    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.

  • Anna Chelsea Sharber

    Anna Chelsea Sharber

    Adjunct Faculty

    School Psychology

  • 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 children, college students, and the elderly; social support; substance abuse prevention; and mental health policy

  • Robert F Smith

    Robert F Smith


    Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience: The effects of adolescent drug consumption, especially nicotine.

  • Norman J Stanhope

    Norman J Stanhope

    Adjunct Faculty
  • Julie A Steinke

    Julie A Steinke

    Postdoctoral Fellows
  • Maren Strenziok

    Maren Strenziok

    Postdoctoral Fellows

    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: Working at the interface of clinical psychology, social psychology, and criminology. Studying moral emotions and cognitions associated with crime, substance abuse, HIV risk behavior, and rehabilitation. Developing novel interventions for 'general population' jail inmates drawing on restorative justice, mindfulness, and motivational interviewing.

  • Erin Lee Tarpey

    Erin Lee Tarpey

    Adjunct Faculty
  • Lois E Tetrick

    Lois E Tetrick

    University Professor

    Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Industrial and 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.

  • David W Thompson

    David W Thompson

    Adjunct Faculty
  • 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.

  • Alice Jayne Trageser

    Alice Jayne Trageser

    Adjunct Faculty


  • Kari J Visconti

    Kari J Visconti

    Assistant Professor

    Applied Developmental Psychology: Peer relationships and social cognition in childhood


  • Patricia B Wanschura

    Patricia B Wanschura

    Associate Professor

    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

  • Cedric Wilson

    Cedric Wilson

    Adjunct Faculty
  • Adam Winsler

    Adam Winsler


    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 funded research projects in the areas of team performance, shared mental models, leader-team interfaces, leadership training and development, leader adaptability, and executive coaching.

  • Holly Alyse Zanville

    Holly Alyse Zanville

    Adjunct Faculty

    School Psychology