Department of Psychology at Illinois State University


CBS Faculty

The faculty in the Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences sequence represent a young and enthusiastic group of scholar-instructors with diverse interests.



Dawn M. McBride, Ph.D. (Coordinator) -- Professor,  University of California-Irvine, Ph.D., 1999

Research Interests:




Thomas S. Critchfield.

Thomas S. Critchfield, Ph.D., -- Professor, West Virginia University, Ph.D.,1989

Research Interests:
  • Fundamental Processes of Learning and Conditioning
  • Translation Research on Learning Processes in Everyday Behavior
  • Stimulus Class Formation and Generative Instruction
  • Small-N Research Methods



Steve Croker, Ph.D., -- Associate Professor, University of Nottingham, Ph.D., 2004

Research interests:
  • Development of scientific reasoning
  • Children's knowledge and understanding of health and illness
  • Cognitive dynamics

Undergraduate Research Opportunities


              Cooper Cutting.

J. Cooper Cutting, Ph.D. -- Associate Professor,  University of Illinois, Ph.D., 1997

Research Interests:
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Language Production
  • Quantitative Methods in Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Pragmatics of Language

Undergraduate Research Opportunities


Valerie A. Farmer-Dougan.

Valeri A. Farmer-Dougan, Ph.D. -- Professor,  Washington State University, Ph.D., 1985

Research Interests:
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Disequilibrium Models of Reinforcement
  • Neurobiology of Reinforcement
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Management and Enrichment of Captive Wild Animals

Undergraduate Research Opportunities


              A. Garris

Paul A. Garris, Ph.D. -- Professor of Biological Sciences (with joint appointment with Psychology), Indiana University, Ph.D., 1990

Research Interests:
  • Brain-Reward System
  • Dopamine Neurochemistry
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Biosensor Development and Application



Byron A. Heidenreich.

Byron A. Heidenreich, Ph.D. -- Associate Professor, Indiana University at Bloomington, Ph.D., 1992

Research Interests:
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Neuropsychopharmacology of Monoamine Neurotransmitters
  • Neuropharmacology of Drugs of Abuse and Psychotherapeutic Medications
  • Extracellular Electrophysiology


              M. Hund

Alycia M. Hund, Ph.D. --  Professor,  University of Iowa, Ph.D., 2003

Research Interests:
  • Cognitive development
  • Development of Location Memory Processes
  • Spatial Cognition
  • Categorization
  • Memory

Undergraduate Research Opportunities


J. Scott Jordan.

J. Scott Jordan, Ph.D. (Department Chair) -- Professor, Northern Illinois University, Ph.D., 1991

Research interests:
  • Perception and Action
  • Spatial Perception
  • Consciousness

Undergraduate Research Opportunities


Amrita Puri.

Amrita Puri, Ph.D. -- Assistant Professor of Psychology (with joint appointment with Biological Sciences), University of California, Davis, Ph.D., 2008

Research interests:
  • Visual Perception and Cognition
  • Attention and Expectation
  • Top-down influences on Sensory Processing
  • Perception in Populations with Atypical Neurodevelopment
  • Multisensory Integration

Jeff Wagman picture

Jeffrey B. Wagman, Ph.D. --  Professor,  University of Connecticut, Ph.D., 2003

Research Interests:
  • Haptic Perception and Tool Use
  • Perception and Action; Ecological Psychology
  • Perceptual Learning
  • Perception of Affordances
Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Corinne Zimmerman, Ph.D. --  Professor, University of Alberta, Ph.D., 1999

    Research interests:
  • The development of scientific reasoning
  • Understanding of scientific concepts and conceptual change
  • The development of scientific literacy
Undergraduate Research Opportunities