Psychology Faculty

Name &Title




Steven D. Barger, Ph.D.  Associate Professor,  Graduate Coordinator; NIH Postdoctoral Fellow (1996-98)


(B.S., M.A., Southern Methodist University; Ph.D., University of Utah 1995)

Cardiovascular behavioral medicine, socioeconomic status and health, risk factor testing, health perceptions, emotions and health

NAU 1998  


Melissa A. Birkett, Ph.D. Assistant Professor


(B.A., Cornell University; M.Ed., Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amhurst 2007)

Neuroscience and behavior, physiological psychology,

psychopharmacology, physiology and behavior of stress and anxiety, treatment

NAU 2007  


Virginia Blankenship, Ph.D., Professor

(B.S., Indiana State University; Ph.D., University of Michigan 1979)

Personality, achievement and power motivation, Rasch model of measurement, computer simulations


NAU 1998  


Barbara H. Brumbach, Ph.D. Assistant Professor

(B.A., Linfield College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Arizona 2006)

Research Methodology and statistics, Evolutionary psychology, Behavioral ecology

NAU 2007

Suzanne R. Daiss, Ph.D., Associate Professor


(B.A., University of Texas–Austin; M.S., Ph.D., Texas A&M University 1988)

Clinical and Health Psychology; behavioral medicine, including biopsychospritual aspects of women’s health; effects of obesity on sexuality and PMS/menopause

NAU 1988  


Meliksah Demir, Ph.D. Assistant Professor

(B.A., Middle East Technical University; M.A., Ph.D., Wayne State University 2007)

Adolescent peer relationships, social and emotional development among young children

NAU 2007

K. Laurie Dickson, Ph.D., Professor, Department Chair


(B.A., Hamline University; M.A., San Francisco State University; Ph.D., University of Utah 1994)

Developmental Psychology; Pedagogical techniques


NAU 1994  


Steven Funk, Ph.D., Associate Professor


(B.A., Washburn University; M.A., Brown University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Kansas 1989)

Personality, evolutionary psychology


NAU 1989  


Andrew W. Gardner, Ph.D. Assistant Professor;  Postdoctoral Fellow - Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Kennedy Krieger Institute (2005-2006)

(B.A., M.S., Utah State University; Ph.D., University of Iowa 2005)

Learning and behavior analysis, assessment and treatment of problem behavior in children with and without disabilities; autism.

NAU 2006

Ann H. Huffman, Ph.D.  Assistant Professor   

(Texas A&M University, 2004); M.Ed. (University of    Maryland, 1997); B.S. (University of Maryland, 1997); B.A. (San Diego State University, 1989).

Industrial/Organizational Psychology; work-life interface; organizational commitment; occupational stress.

NAU 2005

Kathleen E. Knights, Ph.D., Associate Professor

(B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University 1995)

Perception, cognition; visual neuroscience; motion perception, pattern recognition


NAU 1996  


Peter A. Mangan, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer


(B.A., Ph.D., University of Arizona 1992)


Abnormal neurocognitive development in Down Syndrome, age-related changes in the perception of time, aging and memory

NAU 2001  


Michelle D. Miller, Ph.D., Associate Professor


(B.A., Pomona College; Ph.D., University of California–Los Angeles 1997)

Cognitive psychology, language and memory; cognitive aging; applied pedagogical research; sociolinguistics.

NAU 1999  


Constance J. Smith, Ph.D., Professor, NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, 1985-1987


(B.S., Kearney State College; Ph.D., Texas Tech University 1985)

Neuroendocrine correlates of stress-induced elevations in glucocorticoid brain cytotoxicity, the role of reproductive hormones in cardiac disease, psychopharmacology; obesity, EEG and depression.

NAU 1989  


Larry C. Stevens, Ph.D., Professor


(B.A., University of Colorado; M.S., North Texas State University; Ph.D., University of North Texas 1983)

Clinical health psychology, behavioral medicine, biofeedback, neurofeedback, hypnosis


NAU 1985  


Sumner J. Sydeman, Ph.D., Associate Professor

(B.A., University of Virginia; M.A., Ph.D., University of South Florida 1998)

Clinical Psychology; Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine; Cardiac Psychology; Health Promotion.


NAU 2000  


Robert E. Till, Ph.D., Professor

(B.A., University of San Francisco; Ph.D., University of Minnesota 1974)

Cognitive psychology; cognitive aging; reading comprehension and inference processes; curricular assessment.

NAU 2000  


Andrew S. Walters, Ph.D., MPH, Associate Professor

(University of Georgia, 1997); M.P.H. (University of  California, Berkeley, 1997); M.A. (The Ohio State University, 1988); B.S. (The Ohio State University, 1986)

Health and human sexuality; sexuality among disenfranchised populations; masculinity; sexuality education.

NAU 2005

Heidi A. Wayment, Ph.D., Professor; (1992-1994 NIMH Post-doctoral fellowship, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA.  


(B.A., Biola University; M.A., University of Southern California; Ph.D., University of California–Los Angeles 1992)

Social Psychology; Health Psychology; Psychological responses to threat and loss, quiet ego processes


NAU 1996  


C. Chad Woodruff, Ph.D. Assistant Professor; Post-doctoral fellowship, Department of Neurobiology of Behavior, University

(B.F.A., University of Oklahoma; M.S., Ph.D., University of New Mexico 2003)

Social and Cognitive Neuroscience; Cognitive neuroimaging and electrophsysiological measures of memory and attention and how they contribute to social processing; self-identity; theory of mind

NAU 2007

Psychology Faculty Emeriti

William E. Gibson, Ph.D., Professor

(B.S., M.A., Ph.D., University of Utah 1970)

Psychobiology, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, evolutionary psychology

NAU 1970 (retired 2008)

Vicki A. Green, Ph.D., Professor

(B.A., M.A., University of California–Berkeley; Ph.D., Colorado State University 1974)

Developmental psychology, adolescence, cognitive development, decision-making in risk-taking, ethnic issues

NAU 1995 (retired 2005)

Lester J. Hunt, Ph.D., Professor

(B.A., M.A., Humboldt State University; Ph.D., University of Nevada–Reno 1967)

General experimental, animal learning and behavior, ecological psychology

NAU 1967  (retired 2005)

Warren E. Johnson, Ed.D., Professor


(B.A., Luther College; M.S., Ed.D., Oklahoma State University 1968)

Psychological assessment, diagnostic report writing, professional issues


NAU 1970 (retired 1996)  


Clay L. Moore Jr., Ph.D., Professor

(B.S., M.A., Ph.D., University of Houston 1968)

Industrial and organizational psychology, statistics

NAU 1968 (retired 2004)

Roger C. Thweatt, Ph.D., Professor

(B.A., University of Denver; M.A., Universty of Montana; Ph.D., Michigan State University)


NAU 1963 (retired 1989)


James D. Windes, Ph.D., Professor


(B.A., Arizona State University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Arizona 1966)

Perception, cognitive processes, history and systems


 NAU 1966 (retired 1999)