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, Member of the Graduate Faculty, University of California-Irvine, Ph.D., 1999

Research Interests:



Thomas S.

Thomas S. Critchfield, Ph.D., -- Professor, Member of Graduate Faculty, West Virginia University, Ph.D.,1989

Research Interests:
  • Human Learning
  • Choice and Decision
  • Stimulus Class Formation and Concept Learning
  • Theories of Punishment and Negative Reinforcement
  • Small-N Research Method


              Cooper Cutting.

J. Cooper Cutting, Ph.D. -- Associate Professor, Member of the Graduate Faculty, 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, Member of Graduate Faculty, 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), Member of Graduate Faculty, 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. -- Associate Professor, University of Iowa, Ph.D., 2003

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

Undergraduate Research Opportunities


              Scott Jordan.

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

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

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Jeffrey B. Wagman, Ph.D. -- Associate 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. -- Associate Professor, Member of the Graduate Faculty, 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