Current Research

Neuroscience Research

Physiological Reactions to Stress

This project assesses various physiological measures in UVU undergraduate students. Specifically, the heart rate, skin conductance, and breathing rate are measured using BioPac equipment as participants view a 32-minute video clip. Data will be analyzed to assess these physiological measures under various conditions.

Oculomotor Research

An Oculomotor Investigation into Aesthetic Judgement in 2D art

The art aesthetic project is examining the relationship between a participants ranking of two-dimensional art and eye dilation. The study is currently looking for participants that have either novice (low level) or expert (high level) art education.

Eye Movements and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

We are assessing the use of eye movement tasks in differentiating the subtypes of ADHD. Results from this study might inform diagnostic screenings.

The Contributions of Word Shape to Paravofeal Processing in Readers with Dyslexia

Using word masking techniques we will be assessing reading strategies in dyslexic adults via an eye-tracker.

Canine Cognition

Canine Eye Movements Replication Project

The canine cognition lab is designed to test the various cognitive abilities in dogs. These include object permanence, retention of information, and more.

Object Permanence in Dogs

We want to understand the differences and similarities between the cognition and perception of dogs and humans. For example, do dogs develop a sense of object permanence as humans do? How do dogs respond to various perceptual signals, and how does it differ from human responses? We will perform direct and conceptual replications on recent literature of this topic to both bolster the current literature as well as hone research skills when working with a different species. We intend to design and implement original studies in the future.

Higher Education Research

Variations in Perceptions of Academic Freedom and Shared Governance based on Carnegie Classificaiton

This project explores the relationship between faculty and administration in higher education. Specifically, we look at the evolving role that shared governance has within that relationship.

Utah Women in Leadership

The Women in Leadership project is seeking to understand the barriers women face when seeking leadership and career advancement in higher education and the private sector. The project’s goal is to find solutions to help promote equality and equity in leadership roles and career advancement.”


We are researching the perceptions of male and female primary financial supporters. We are particularly interested in how couples perceive their situation independently and together as well as socially and in the work place.

Who is Smarter

We are researching students’ perceptions of their academic self-concept and how that compares to their classmates’. This is a replication of a previous study, which indicated that physiology students who had a higher opinion of their academic self-concept were more likely to report group participation. In addition, women tended to see themselves as less smart then the members of their group. The same was not true for men. We are replicating this study in an open enrollment university and expanding the breadth of the study to include upper and lower divisions classes in the STEM fields.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Research

Essential Skills Needed by Novice Graduate Instructors before Teaching for the First Time (multiple studies)

Perceptions of Academic Self-Concept in STEM Classrooms

The Effect of Instructor-Student Personality Characteristic Match on Student Ratings of Instructor

Disentangling High Impact Practices: Do Peer Mentors or Research Experiences Matter More in General Psychology Courses?

Is the Pen Mightier

The Pen is Mightier project seeks to understand how differences in note-taking in college students correlates with retention and comprehension of information. Students are tasked with watching a short videotaped lecture, a TED talk, engaging in some distracting tasks, and then taking a quiz on the material presented in the video.”

Effective Faculty Mentorship and Organizational Practices for Undergraduate Research Teams

Other Projects

Moral Judgment and Movement

We are investigating if motor movement influences your cognitive processing. That is, does arm movement affect your perception of others?