Department of Psychology Faculty


Members of our faculty are active in a variety of professional organizations such as the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, the Society for Human Resource Management, the Southeastern Psychological Association, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology (SIOP), and the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. Faculty members also serve as journal editors and as reviewers for grant proposals and journal articles. They have also won awards for teaching, research, and professional service.

Our faculty members teach and conduct research in areas of psychology such as:

  • Health
  • Developmental
  • Cognition
  • Neurocognition
  • Forensic
  • Social and Organizational
  • Human Factors
  • Pediatric and Family
  • Substance Abuse and Addictions

For more details on faculty teaching, research, and professional service accomplishments, see individual faculty pages below.

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James Arruda, Professor

Education: M.A. & Ph.D., University of Rhode Island; Postdoctoral Training: Brown University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Specialties: Cognitive and Neural Models of Attention, Psychophysiology, Neuropsychology, Psychometrics, Research Methods, and Statistics
Research Interests: Sustained Attention, Electrophysiological Correlates of Cognition and Behavior, Assessment of Mood State, Electroencephalography, Multivariate Statistics, Univariate Statistics
Phone Number: (850) 474-2361
Office Location: Bldg 41, Rm 116
Email Address: jarruda@uwf.edu
Website: http://uwf.edu/jarruda

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Kristina Bauer, Assistant Professor

Education: M.A. & Ph.D., Old Dominion University
Specialties: Industrial Psychology, Research Methods and Design, Statistics, Organizational Psychology
Research Interests: Self-Regulated Learning including Motivation and Goal-Setting, Transfer of Training, Technology-Enabled Instruction
Phone Number: (850) 474-3493
Office Location: Bldg 41, Rm 230
Email Address: kbauer@uwf.edu 
Website: https://sites.google.com/site/kbauer1013/

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Ronald W. Belter, Associate Professor

Education: M.S., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville; Ph.D., Saint Louis University
Specialties:Clinical Child Psychology, Pediatric Psychology
Research Interests: Child & adolescent assessment, Impact of natural disasters on children & families,  Historical trends in parenting and use of corporal punishment, Ethical issues in clinical practice, academic integrity, Pediatric psychology
Phone Number: (850) 474-2791
Office Location: Bldg 41, Rm 210
Email Address: rbelter@uwf.edu
Website: http://uwf.edu/rbelter

Darren Bernal, Assistant Professor

Education: M.A., Catholic University of America; Ph.D., University of Miami
Specialties: Counseling Psychology, Social Status, Mindfulness, and Psychological Well-being 
Research Interests: Subjective social status, underrepresented groups, immigrants and international populations, and health and well-being
Phone Number: (850) 474-3163
Office location: Bldg 41, Rm 214
Email Address: dbernal@uwf.edu

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Lisa D. Blalock, Assistant Professor

Education: M.S. & Ph.D., Colorado State University
Specialties:Cognitive Psychology, Applied Cognitive Psychology, Visual Working Memory
Research Interests: Visual Working Memory, Interactions Between Visual Working Memory and Long-Term Memory, Visual Expertise, Situational Awareness While Driving
Phone Number: (850) 857-6205
Office Location: Bldg 41, Rm 228
Email Address: lblalock@uwf.edu
Website: http://uwf.edu/lblalock

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Rodney Guttmann, Professor

Education: Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham, Post Doctorate, University of Pennsylvania 
Specialties: Alzheimer's Disease, Brain Injury, Bio-markers for the identification of neurodegenerative diseases. Assay development using phage-display technology. Peptide-based drug design.
Research Interests: Normal and pathological aging. Development of bio-markers for the identification of neurodegeneration. Assay development using phage-display technology. Peptide-based drug design.
Phone Number: (850) 474-3298
Office Location: Bldg 41, Rm 106

Email Address: rguttmann@uwf.edu

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Jane S. Halonen, Professor

Education: M.S. & Ph.D., University of Wisconsin (Milwaukee)
Specialties: Clinical psychology
Research Interests: Assessment, critical thinking, and faculty development
Email Address: jhalonen@uwf.edu

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Erica Jordan, Assistant Professor

Education: M.S. & Ph.D., University of Alabama
Specialties: Human Development, Family Studies
Research Interests: Parent-child relationships, Children's perceptions of discipline and punishment, Family dynamics
Phone Number: (850) 474-2689
Office Location: Bldg 41, Rm 206
Email Address: ejordan@uwf.edu
Website: http://uwf.edu/ejordan
Lab Blog: Community Action and Research Lab (CARL)

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Steven J. Kass, Professor and Chairperson

Education: M.A., University of West Florida; Ph.D., University of Central Florida 
Specialties: Human Factors, Training, Organizational Psychology
Research Interests: Spatial Abilities, Situation Awareness, Boredom, Attention, Drowsiness, and Distracted Driving 
Phone Number: (850) 474-2107
Office Location: Bldg 41, Rm 230
Email Address: skass@uwf.edu
Website: http://uwf.edu/skass

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Valerie J. Morganson, Assistant Professor

Education: M.S. & Ph.D., Old Dominion University
Specialties: Organizational Psychology, Industrial Psychology, Statistics
Research Interests: Work-Life Balance, Customer Sexual Harassment, Barriers to the Career Development of Women
Phone Number: (850) 474-2290
Office Location: Bldg 41, Rm 216
Email Address: vmorganson@uwf.edu
Website:https://sites.google.com/site/valeriemorganson/valeriej.morganson

Vanessa Rainey, Assistant Professor

Education: M.A. & Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago
Specialties: Developmental Psychology, Neurocognition, Statistics
Research Interests: Cognitive and socioemotional development of bilinguals and childhood translators, Neural correlates of bilingualism, Executive function and barriers to learning in the classroom
Phone Number: (850) 474-2359
Office Location: Bldg 41, Rm 212
Email Address: vrainey@uwf.edu

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Robert J. Rotunda, Associate Professor

Education: Ph.D., University of South Carolina
Specialties: Clinical Psychology, Sports and Exercise Psychology, Addictions Counseling, Marital and Family Therapy
Research Interests: Couples Therapy for Substances Use Disorders, Performance Enhancement Strategies, Domestic Violence and Trauma Issues
Phone Number: (850) 474-2294
Office Location: Bldg 41, Rm 226
Email Address: rrotunda@uwf.edu
Website: http://uwf.edu/rrotunda/psych/

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Sherry Schneider, Assistant Professor

Education: M.A. & Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Specialties: Organizational Psychology, Social Psychology, Group Dynamics, Leadership, Social-Identity Theory, Social Dilemmas, Organizational Citizenship
Phone Number: (850) 474-2357
Office Location: Bldg 41, Rm 217 
Email Address: sschneider@uwf.edu
Website: http://uwf.edu/sschneider

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Claudia J. Stanny, Associate Professor

Education: M.S. & Ph.D., Florida State University
Specialties: Human Memory and Cognition, Experimental Psychology, Statistics
Research Interests: Memory of everyday life, autobiographical memory, eyewitness Memory, teaching of psychology, Issues in higher education: faculty development, promoting scholarship of teaching and learning, and assessment of student learning
Phone Number: (850) 857-6355
Office location: Bldg 53
Email Address: cstanny@uwf.edu
Website: http://uwf.edu/cstanny

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Lisa VanWormer, Associate Professor

Education: M.A. & Ph.D., Purdue University
Specialties: Cognitive Psychology, Gerontology, Human Factors Engineering
Research Interests: Processes of attention and memory
Phone Number: (850) 857-6217
Office Location: Bldg 41, Rm 232 
Email Address: lvanwormer@uwf.edu
Website: http://uwf.edu/lvanwormer

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Stephen J. Vodanovich, Professor

Education: Ph.D., Saint Louis University
Specialties: Personnel Selection, Legal Issues in I-O Psychology, Social Psychology, Test/Survey Construction 
Research Interests: Boredom, Workaholism, EEO Law, Internet-based Instruction
Phone Number: (850) 474-2944
Office Location: Bldg 41, Rm 220
Email Address: svodanov@uwf.edu
Website: http://uwf.edu/svodanov/vodanovich.html

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Susan E. Walch, Associate Professor

Education: Ph.D., Medical College of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann University
Specialties: Health Psychology, Behavioral Medicine, Psycho-Onocology, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies, Multicultural Counseling, Women's Health
Research Interests: HIV/AIDS Prevention and Intervention, Psycho-Oncology
Phone Number: (850) 474-2273
Office Location: Bldg 41, Rm 222
Email Address: swalch@uwf.edu
Website: http://uwf.edu/swalch


Faculty Emeriti

The following retired faculty members were conferred with the status of emerita/emeritus to recognize their distinguished service to the University.


Joan D. Duer, Associate Professor, Emerita

Education: M.A., University of Florida; Ph.D. University of Florida
Specialties: Clinical Psychology, Behavioral Medicine 
Research Interests: Master's level professional issues, Women's Health

Douglas Friedrich, Professor, Provost Emeritus

Education: M.A., Central Michigan University; Ph.D., Iowa State University
Specialties: Lifespan Development, Adulthood and Aging, Developmental Methodology, Professional Ethics 
Research Interests: Intra-individual variation and aging, psychological well-being, multivariate developmental methodologies

Jay E. Gould, Associate Professor, Emeritus

Education: M.A., University of California, Los-Angeles, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Specialties:  Biological Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Comparative Psychology, Sensation/Perception, Experimental Psychology
Research Interests: Neuroelectrophysiological Correlates of Cognition, Behavior and Cognition of Captive Apes

Rosemary (Lowe) Hays-Thomas, Professor, Emerita

Education: M.A., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Specialties: Personnel and Organizational Psychology, Social Psychology, Organizational Development, Management of Diversity 
Research Interests: Work Force Diversity, Pay Equity, Gender and Work
Phone Number: (850) 474-2362
Office location: Bldg 41, Rm 224
Email Address: rlowe@uwf.edu
Website: http://uwf.edu/rlowe

Samuel R. Mathews, Associate Professor, Emeritus

Education: M.A., University of West Florida; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Specialties: Developmental; Educational Psychology, Research Design, Adaptive Development for Children and Adolescents, Children and Adolescents in Post Conflict Regions, Critical Thinking across the Lifespan
Phone Number: (850) 474-2033
Office Location: Bldg 41, Rm 212
Email Address: smathews@uwf.edu
Website: http://uwf.edu/smathews

William L Mikulas, Professor, Emeritus

Education: M.A., University of Michigan, Ph.D., University of Michigan
Specialties: Learning, Behavior Modification, Eastern Psychologies, Conjunctive Psychology 
Phone Number: (850) 474-2971
Office location: Bldg 41, Rm 218
Email Address: wmikulas@uwf.edu
Website: http://uwf.edu/wmikulas

Fred V. Vallianos, Professor, Emeritus

Education: M.A., East Carolina University, Ed.D., University of Virginia
Specialties: Educational Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Educational and Psychiogical Assessment, Human Sexuality

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