James Madison University

Faculty/Staff Directory

General Contact Information

Psychological Sciences MA Program
Department of Graduate Psychology and Department of Psychology
70 Alumnae Dr., MSC 7401
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Program Director:
Jeff Dyche
Department of Psychology
Office: Miller Hall, Room G089
Phone: 540-568-4965
Email: dychejs@jmu.edu

Staff Phone E-mail Room
Guerin, Carl A.
Administrative Assistant
540-568-6439 guerinca@jmu.edu Johnston 101
Henriques, Andee
Administrative Assistant
540-568-5352 henriqas@jmu.edu Johnston 112
Turner, Rosa
Administrative Assistant
540-568-2556 turnerrm@jmu.edu Johnston 101

Over 20 faculty from both the Department of Psychology and Department of Graduate Psychology contribute to the Psychological Sciences program. The program operates on a mentorship philosophy, where students enter the program based on the fit with a particular faculty member who serves as the student's research advisor. Below is a list of faculty members accepting students in Fall 2020. Additional faculty and associate faculty who teach courses, serve on committees, and work with students in the program in a variety of capacities also are listed.

Faculty Accepting Students in Fall 2020
Bandalos, Deborah- (Ph.D., University of Maryland).
Office: Lakeview 1126 
Phone: (540) 568-7132
Concentration: Quantitative 
Assessment, Measurement, and Statistics
Barron, Kenn - (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison). 
Office: Miller Hall, 1161
Phone: 540-568-4065
Concentration: Applied Research 
Motivation, goal setting, well being, program evaluation, research methodology and statistics
Dyche, Jeff - (Ph.D., Saint Louis University).
Office: Miller Hall, G089
Phone: 540-568-4965
Email: dychejs@jmu.edu
Concentration: Experimental 
Sleep and human performance, chronobiology, actigraphy, rat models of sleep deprivation and behavioral pharmacology
Finney, Sara - (Ph.D., University of Nebraska - Lincoln). 
Office: Lakeview 1128
Phone: 540-568-6757
Email: finneysj@jmu.edu

Concentration: Quantitative 
Examinee motivation, emotional reactions to testing, outcomes assessment in student affairs 

Fogler, Kethera - (Ph.D., Saint Louis University).
Office: Miller Hall 1175 
Phone: 540-568-2931
Email: foglerka@jmu.edu
Concentration: Experimental 
Memory, false memory, language comprehension, cognitive aging, sleep
Hall,Michael - (Ph.D., State University of New York at Binghamton)
Office: Miller Hall 1115
Phone: 540-568-7877
Email: hallmd@jmu.edu
Concentration: Experimental
Auditory Perception Laboratory website, Auditory perception and cognition, Speech perception, Music perception
Hathcoat, John -
(Ph.D., Oklahoma State University). 
Office: Lakeview 1120 
Phone: 540-568-2516 
Concentration: Quantitative 
Validity theory, applications of generalizability theory, general education assessment and institutional effectiveness, philosophy of science (measurement and validity, psychology of religion
Holt, Daniel - (Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis).
Office: Miller Hall, 1145
Phone: 540-568-5051 
Concentration: Behavior Analysis, Experimental 
Learning, choice behavior (e.g. behavioral economics), discounting (the decrease in a reward’s subjective value as the delay to or odds against its receipt increase) in both humans and non-human animals
Horst, S. Jeanne – (Ph.D., James Madison University).
Office: Lakeview 1122
Phone: 540-568-7103
Email: horstsj@jmu.edu
Concentration: Quantitative 
Assessment in higher education, student motivation, validity, instrument development, measurement, statistics
Irons, Jessica - (Ph.D., Auburn University).
Office: Miller Hall 1177
Phone: 540-568-6565 
Concentration: Experimental 
Behavior Analysis; behavioral pharmacology, psychological mechanisms of addiction and behavioral interventions for substance abuse; scholarship of teaching and learning
Leventhal, Brian - (Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh)
Office: Lakeview 1124
Phone: 540-568-5004
Email: leventbc@jmu.edu
Concentration: Quantitative 
Response Styles; Multidimensional Item Response Theory; Bayesian Item Response Theory; Classification Errors; Survey Development
Marcopulos, Bernice (Ph.D., University of Victoria).
Office: Johnston Hall 215
Phone: 540-568-5002
Concentration: Applied Research 
Clinical Neuropsychology, forensic neuropsychology, schizophrenia
Melchiori, Kala – (Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago)
Office: Miller Hall 1175
Phone: 540-568-3177
Email: melchikj@jmu.edu
Website: http://kalajmelchiori.weebly.com
Concentration: Experimental
Prejudice and intergroup relations, Diversity issues in the classroom, Eco-friendly behavior
Pastor, Dena - (Ph.D., University of Texas - Austin).
Office: Lakeview 1118 
Phone: 540-568-1670 
Concentration: Quantitative The application of hierarchical and latent variable modeling to study measurement issues as well as college student learning and development
Saville, Bryan - (Ph.D., Auburn University). 
Office: Miller Hall 1143
Phone: 540-568-2277
Concentration: Experimental
Psychology of passion (specifically, passion for activities), interteaching and other behavioral teaching methods
Shoup-Knox, Melanie - (Ph.D., SUNY - University at Albany)
Office: Miller Hall 1145
Concentration: Experimental 
Central nervous system thermoregulation, Yawning, Evolved mate choice mechanisms 
Stokes, Trevor - (Ph.D., University of Kansas). 
Office: Johnston Hall 119 
Phone: 540-568-5067 
Concentration: Behavior Analysis
Applied Behavior Analysis, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Parent Child Interaction Therapy and Teacher Child Interaction Training
Stoloff, Michael - (Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University)
Office: Madison Hall 4067
Phone: 540-568-6396
Concentration: Applied Research 
Graduate student recruitment including online marketing; graduate admissions including holistic review; academic program review; activities that promote student development
Szwedo, David – (Ph.D., University of Virginia) 
Office: Miller Hall 1165
Phone: 540-568-3568
Email: szwedode@jmu.edu
Concentration: Applied Research  
Social Relationships Lab (SRL). Adolescent and young adult social/emotional development and adjustment; influence of family, peer, and romantic relationships during adolescence/young adulthood.
Upadhyay, Sri Siddhi N. - (Ph.D., Binghamton University)
Office: Miller Hall 1145
Phone: 540-568-3163
Email: upadhyay@jmu.edu
Concentration: Experimental
DReaM Lab: Discourse, Reading, & Memory:
Cognitive processes involved in reading and language; Readers’ comprehension and memory for text; Discourse Processing
Zinn, Tracy - (Ph.D., Auburn University). 
Office: Miller Hall 1167
Phone: 540-568-6309
Concentration: Applied Research 
Behavior analysis in industry and education, industrial/organizational psychology, student/faculty interactions, and maternal health issues 
Faculty NOT accepting students in Fall 2020
Anderson, Robin - (Psy.D., James Madison University).
Office: Johnston 102
Phone: 540-568-3293 
Concentration: Quantitative 
Validation of assessment and program evaluation procedures, engineering assessment, teacher education
Andre, Jeffrey - (Ph.D., Penn State University).
Office: Cleveland Hall 214 
Phone: 540-568-1468 
Concentration: Experimental 
Visual perception and performance: guidance and wayfinding; cartograpy, eye movements; vision and computers; cross-modal research
Apple, Kevin - (Ph.D., Ohio University).
Office: Miller Hall, 1123
Phone: 540-568-3696
Concentration: Experimental 
Intergroup relations, human perception, attribution theory
Brewster, JoAnne - (Ph.D., McMaster University).
Office: Miller Hall, 1151
Phone: 540-568-6107
Concentration: Applied Research 
Police and forensic psychology
Fulcher, Keston - (Ph.D., James Madison University).
Office: Lakeview 1108
Phone: 540-568-3292
Email: fulchekh@jmu.edu
Concentration: Quantitative
Meta-Assessment, validity in higher education assessment, measuring cognitive and developmental changes in college students
Harmison, Robert - (Ph.D., University of North Texas).
Office: Johnston Hall 115 
Phone: 540-568-7959
Email: harmisrj@jmu.edu
Concentration: Applied Research 
Applied sport psychology; athletic counseling; group dynamics in sport; mental toughness in sport; peak performance; performance psychology
Henriques, Gregg - (Ph.D., University of Vermont). 
Office: Johnston Hall 216
Phone: 540-568-7857 
Concentration: Applied Research 
Theoretical unification of psychology and well-being
Jakobsen, Krisztina - (Ph.D., University of Georgia).
Office: Miller Hall, 1159
Phone: 540-568-4301 
Email: jakobskv@jmu.edu
Concentration: Experimental
Cognitive development, visual attention, face perception 
Kurtz, Jaime - (Ph.D., University of Virginia).
Office: Miller Hall, Room 1169 
Phone: 540-568-4966 
Concentration:  Applied Research, Experimental 
Positive psychology; happiness; savoring; self-knowledge; decision making; eating behaviors; weight management

Dean of The Graduate School (TGS):

John Burgess, Interim Dean
Office: Grace Street House
Phone: (540) 568-4213