Meet the Faculty and Staff

Dr. Jing Chen, Assistant Professor in the NMSU engineering psychology graduate program

Chen, Jing (Assistant Professor)

Human performance, human decision making, human aspects in cyber-physical system security and safety, human-automation interaction

(575) 646-4715,





Dolgov, Igor  (Associate Professor)

Perception and action, natural user interfaces, embodied cognition, human factors, and unmanned aircraft systems

(575) 646-2298,




Dr. Melissa Guynn, Associate Professor of PsychologyGuynn, Melissa (Associate Professor)

Prospective memory

(575) 646-1047,




03/31/2015: NMSU psychology professor Michael Hout (Photo by Darren Phillips)

Hout, Michael (Assistant Professor)

Visual Cognition, visual attention, memory, eye-movements, and computational modeling.

(575) 646-1730,







11/14/2014: NMSU psychology professor Tim Ketelaar. (Photo by Darren Phillips)

Ketelaar, Timothy (Associate Professor)

Emotion, evolutionary psychology, philosophy of science

(575) 646-1833,






Dr. James. K. Kroger, Associate Professor in the NMSU Psychology DepartmentKroger, Jim (Associate Professor)

Neural dynamics, control of attention, functional organization of the frontal cortex, neural processing of analogical and other forms of reasoning, controlling devices with thought

(575) 646-2243,



Dr. Justin MacDonaldMacDonald, Justin
(Associate Professor)

inferential statistical procedures, auditory sensation and perception, decision-making under uncertainty, and the mathematical/computational modeling of phenomena in these areas.

(575) 646-6223,




Dr. Laura Madson, Associate Professor in the NMSU Psychology DepartmentMadson, Laura (Associate Professor)

Gender, sexuality, scholarship of teaching and learning

(575) 646-6207,





Dr. Michael Marks, Associate Professor in the NMSU Psychology DepartmentMarks, Michael (Associate Professor)

close relationships, attachment, and emotion

(575) 646-1980,




Dr. Dominic SimonSimon, Dominic (Department Head)

Human learning and memory, motor learning, skill acquisition

(575) 646-2502,





NMSU psychology professor Dr. Laura Thompson

Thompson, Laura (Professor)

Perceptual & memory development in infancy & childhood, lifespan development of multi-modal language comprehension, relation of cortisol to mother-infant behavior & infant learning, stress & its implications for face-to-face language understanding

(575) 646-4024,




Dr. David Trafimow, Professor in the NMSU Department of PsychologyTrafimow, David (Professor)

Social cognition, attributions and memory for events and persons, methodological, statistical, and philosophical issues pertaining to science.

(575) 646-4023,



Psychology Staff


picture of Bea GuzmanGuzman, Beatrice (Admin Assistant)

(575) 646-1717,


Support Faculty

J.R. Cowie, Ph.D. (Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Scotland) – automatic language processing, psycholinguistics

P. Foltz, Ph.D. (Colorado)– cognition, human-computer interaction

D. Gillan (Texas)– human-computer interaction, perception

D. Hunt (Emeritus) Ph. D. (Ohio State)– human factors

V. S. Johnston (Emeritus), Ph.D. (Edinburgh)– biopsychology, comparative, psychopharmacology, neuropsychology

A. Y. Lee, Ph.D.(Colorado)– cognition, learning, human-computer interaction

J. E. McDonald, (emeritus), Ph.D. (New Mexico State University)– cognitive psychology, engineering psychology

W. C. Ogden, Ph.D. (New Mexico State)– human computer interaction, natural language processing

K. Paap (Emeritus) Ph.D. (Wisconsin)– psycholinguistics

R. Schvaneveldt (Emeritus) Ph.D. (Wisconsin)– engineering psychology, aviation

W. Stephan (Emeritus) Ph.D. (Minnesota)– stereotyping and prejudice, cross-cultural psychology