Full-time Faculty


  • Princi Kovacs Ackerman

    Princi Kovacs Ackerman

    Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Leah M Adams

    Leah M Adams

    Associate Professor

    Clinical Psychology: Psychosocial aspects of adapting to chronic disease and/or traumatic injury; HIV risk & prevention among high-risk groups; Health equity & reducing health disparities

  • Afra Saeed Ahmad

    Afra Saeed Ahmad

    Associate Professor

    Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Diversity & inclusion in the workplace


  • Raymond Abraham Bradni
  • Jennifer Brielmaier

    Jennifer Brielmaier

    Associate Professor

    Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience: Animal models of neuropsychiatric disorders; behavioral phenotyping; behavioral neuropharmacology


  • Lauren B Cattaneo

    Lauren B Cattaneo

    Associate Professor

    Clinical Psychology: empowerment, resilience, community-based learning, transformative education, civic engagement, intimate partner violence, survivor-centered services

  • Tara Chaplin

    Tara Chaplin

    Associate Professor

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

  • Timothy W Curby

    Timothy W Curby

    Interim Chair


    Applied Developmental Psychology: Emotion-focused teaching; Early childhood education; Classroom quality and teacher–student interactions; Quantitative Methods.


  • Reeshad S. Dalal

    Reeshad S. Dalal


    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 cybersecurity.

  • Doris Bitler Davis

    Doris Bitler Davis

    Associate Professor

    Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience: Animal behavior and cognition, especially communication, social hierarchy, and the effects of domestication; the teaching of psychology

  • Sabine Doebel

    Sabine Doebel

    Assistant Professor

    Applied Developmental Psychology: Executive function, cognitive control, self-control, cognitive development, conceptual development

  • Theodore Constantine Dumas

    Theodore Constantine Dumas

    Associate Professor

    Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience: Neural substrates of memory, neural and cognitive development, stress and behavioral control, real-time brain activity focus in a multidisciplinary setting


  • Christianne Esposito-Smythers

    Christianne Esposito-Smythers


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


  • Sarah Fischer

    Sarah Fischer

    Associate 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 and memory, including their role in Alzheimer's disease and traumatic brain injury (TBI)


  • Thalia R Goldstein

    Thalia R Goldstein

    Associate Professor

    Applied Developmental Psychology: Developmental Psychology; Social Cognitive Development; Social and Emotional Learning; Play, Pretend, Imagination; Theatre, Drama and The Arts


  • William S Helton

    William S Helton


    Human Factors/Applied Cognition: Vigilance, Response Inhibition, Disaster and Emergency Response, Interaction of Cognitive and Physical Performance, Wearable Interfaces, Working Dogs

  • Jessica S Huntt

    Jessica S Huntt

    Postdoctoral Fellow

    Clinical Psychology

  • Michael E Hurley

    Michael E Hurley

    Undergraduate Academic Advisor

    Associate Professor

    Financial decision-making, sport psychology, and humor.


  • Allison E Jack

    Allison E Jack

    Assistant Professor

    Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience: Autism spectrum disorders, fMRI, cerebellum, sex differences, social perception


  • Seth Kaplan

    Seth Kaplan


    Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Employee well-being; Emotions at work; Job attitudes; personality; Team performance; virtual work; metaperceptions; measurement and statistical issues

  • Todd B. Kashdan

    Todd B. Kashdan


    Meaning and purpose in life, psychological strengths, psychological flexibility, social relationships, stress management, and interventions to enhance well-being

  • Bill G. Kennedy

    Bill G. Kennedy

    Associate Professor

    Computational cognitive modeling, computational social science

  • Olga Kornienko

    Olga Kornienko

    Associate Professor

    Applied Developmental Psychology: Adolescent Development, Peer Relationships, Friendships, Social Network Analysis, Psychological Adjustment, Ethnic-Racial Identity Development, Intergroup Peer Relationships, Biological Processes, which Underpin Stress, Social Status, and Immunity

  • Lauren E. Kuykendall

    Lauren E. Kuykendall

    Associate Professor

    Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Employee well-being; burnout; work-life balance; organizational work-life policies; leisure; meaningful work; career management and decision-making; gender and well-being.


  • Philseok Lee

    Philseok Lee

    Associate Professor

    Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Psychometrics, faking Issues in personnel selection, personality and individual differences, non-cognitive assessments development, machine learning and big data, technology-based assessments (e.g., game-based assessments) in I/O

  • Yi-Ching Lee

    Yi-Ching Lee

    Associate Professor

    Human Factors/Applied Cognition: Human factors in transportation and medical systems; social interactions; intelligent systems; intelligent virtual agents; multimodal interface

  • Yijue Liang

    Yijue Liang

    Assistant Professor

    Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Sexual harassment, bystander intervention, occupational well-being, leadership and teams


  • Gerald Matthews

    Gerald Matthews


    Human Factors/Applied Cognition: Human-machine teaming; assessment of task stress, workload and fatigue; cognition and emotion; driver behavior; individual differences in human performance

  • Craig McDonald

    Craig McDonald

    Associate Professor

    Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience: Cognitive control, action monitoring, error monitoring, attention

  • Patrick E McKnight

    Patrick E McKnight

    Associate Professor

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

  • Goldie Ann McQuaid

    Goldie Ann McQuaid

    Research Assistant Professor

  • Robyn Mehlenbeck

    Robyn Mehlenbeck

    Director, Mason's Center for Community Health


    Clinical Psychology: adolescent, medical, eating, diabetes

  • Alison Heinhold Melley

    Alison Heinhold Melley

    Associate Professor

    Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Higher Ed, Accessible Classrooms, Open Educational Resources

  • Jerry L Mize

    Jerry L Mize

    Online Undergraduate Program Coordinator


    Trauma, anxiety and sex; Mental Health

  • Erin Quinlivan Murdoch

    Erin Quinlivan Murdoch

    Associate Chair

    Associate Professor

    Social Psychology: self-views, social construction of the self


  • Matthew S. Peterson

    Matthew S. Peterson


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

  • Elizabeth Phillips

    Elizabeth Phillips

    Assistant Professor

    Human Factors/Applied Cognition: Human-robot interaction, human-like robots, autonomous and adaptive systems, human-human teams, applications for augmented and virtual reality, diversity in robotics


  • Justin Ramsdell

    Justin Ramsdell

    Associate Professor

    Forensic Psychology, Law Enforcement Crisis De-Escalation, Victim Experiences, Psychology of Criminal Behavior

  • Keith D Renshaw

    Keith D Renshaw


    Clinical Psychology: Anxiety, stress/trauma reactions, and interpersonal relationships; scalable solutions to promote mental health

  • Eileen Roesler

    Eileen Roesler

    Assistant Professor

    Human Factors/Applied Cognition

  • Deborah E. Rupp

    Deborah E. Rupp


    Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Employment Discrimination; Adverse Impact; Corporate Social Responsibility; DEI and Personnel Practices; Organizational Justice; Emotional Labor; Job Analysis, Selection, and Assessment; Assessment Centers


  • Amanda L Sanchez

    Amanda L Sanchez

    Assistant Professor

    Clinical Psychology: Culturally responsive care; reducing mental health disparities; community-engagement, equity-informed implementation science

  • Tyler H. Shaw

    Tyler H. Shaw

    Associate Professor

    Human Factors/Applied Cognition: Vigilance or sustained attention, Human-Computer interaction, trust in automation, team performance.

  • Kimberly M Sheridan

    Kimberly M Sheridan

    Associate Professor

    informal/nonformal education, creativity, design thinking, STEM/STEAM education, arts learning, museum education, sociocultural perspectives

  • Jerome Short

    Jerome Short

    Associate Professor

    Clinical Psychology: Well-being; exercise; sleep; physical health and longevity; social support; self-compassion; mental health apps; and help-seeking.

  • Sybil Smith-Gray

    Sybil Smith-Gray

    Assistant Professor

    Forensic evaluation and intervention services for court-involved juveniles

  • Kevin C Stagl

    Kevin C Stagl

    Assistant Professor

    Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Performance, Teamwork, Multiteam Performance, Maximal Performance, Learning, and Adaptation

  • 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

    Distinguished University Professor

    Clinical Psychology: * Moral Emotions and Cognitions, Self-Control, Helpful and Harmful Psychotherapy, Computer-Assisted Jail-based Interventions, Substance Misuse * 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

  • James C Thompson

    James C Thompson


    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.

  • Natasha A Tonge

    Natasha A Tonge

    Assistant Professor

    Clinical Psychology: minority mental health disparities; trust; self-disclosure; anxiety; patient-provider interactions in adults


  • Martin Wiener

    Martin Wiener

    Associate Professor

    Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience: Cognitive Neuroscience, Time Perception, Space Perception, Datasharing

  • Adam Winsler

    Adam Winsler


    Applied Developmental Psychology: Children's transition to school, development of self-regulation/executive functioning, private speech, bilingual language development, the arts and child development, long-term pre-K effects, advanced course placement, and educational success and equity for children of color and immigrant students.


  • 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.