Biography

I am an Associate Professor of Psychology at the Center for Cognition, Action and Perception at the University of Cincinnati. My research is directed towards understanding the lawful dynamics of human perception, action, and cognition. I have expertise in experimental and applied psychology, cognitive science, human-movement science, perception-action, joint-action and social coordination, virtual-reality, complex systems, quantitative and statistical analysis methods, and dynamical modeling. I teach a range of graduate and undergraduate courses on these topics, as well as workshops on nonlinear time-series analysis and dynamical systems modeling.

Positions

  • 2009 present

    Associate Professor

    Center for Cognition, Action and Perception, University of Cincinnati

  • 2006 2009

    Assistant Professor

    Colby College

  • 2005 2006

    Postdoctoral Research Associate

    Center for the Ecological Study of Perception and Action, University of Connecticut

Education

  • PhD 2005

    Experimental Psychology

    Center for the Ecological Study of Perception and Action, University of Connecticut

  • M.S. 2000

    Psychology

    University of Canterbury, NZ

  • B.A. 1997

    Psychology

    University of Canterbury, NZ

Research Grants

  • 2013 -2018
    Modeling the Behavioral Dynamics of Social Action and Coordination.
    Principal Investigator (w/ Kallen, R. W., Harrison, S. J., Saltzman, E & Schmidt, R. C). National Institute of Health (R01GM105045, $ 1,450,896.00).
  • 2016 - 2018
    Cambridge New Directions: Inner Speech and Cognitive Phenomenology.
    Co-Principal Investigator (w/ PI Langland-Hassan, P., & Co-PI Dietz, A). John Templeton Foundation and the University of Cambridge (RG73416, $150,790.00).
  • 2016 - 2018
    Development of a neurophysiologically integrated exoskeleton for sit-to-stand (STS) transition support based on multimodal action intent recognition.
    Co-Principal Investigator (w/ PI Lorenz, T., & Co-PIs Kumar, M., Kiefer, A., Ralescu,R.) UC Strategic Collaborative Grant, $99,876.00.
  • 2016 - 2017
    Skills in Systems Technology for Cognitive Systems Engineering.
    Program Director (w/ faculty contributors: Rachel Kallen (Psychology), Dr. Manish Kumar (Mechanical & Materials Engineering), Dr. Tamara Lorenz (Psychology and Electrical Engineering & Computing Systems), Dr. Ali Minai (Electrical Engineering & Computing Systems), Dr. Michael Riley (Psychology), Dr. Paula Silva (Psychology) UC, Provost Technology Innovation Grant, $200,000.00.
  • 2015 - 2017
    Modeling Synergistic Coordination in Multi-Agent Human and Human-Machine Systems.
    Co-Principal Investigator & Senior Fellow Mentor (w/ PI & Postdoctoral Fellow Lamb, M.,Co-PI & Co-Mentor Minai, A.) National Science Foundation SBE
    Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Award (#1513801, $226,273.00).
  • 2012 - 2015
    REU Site: Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Complex Psychological Systems
    Senior Personnel (w/ PI Kallen, R. W., Co-PI Kloos, H). National
    Science Foundation (#126314, $320,577.00).
  • 2012 - 2014
    Evaluating the Time-Dependent Unfolding of Social Interactions in Autism.
    Principal Investigator (w/ Fitzpatrick, P. A., Schmidt, R. C., Bishop, S. L. & Duncan, A). National Institute of Health (1R21MH094659, $457,816.00).
  • 2009 - 2012
    Dynamics of Interpersonal Coordination and Embodied Communication.
    Co-Principal Investigator (w/ Shockley, K., Riley, M., & Dale, R.). National Science Foundation, BCS (Award #0926662 for US $418,809.00).
  • 2008 - 2012
    Perceptual Pick-up Processes in Interpersonal Coordination.
    Principal Investigator (w/ R. C. Schmidt, College of Holy Cross). National Science Foundation, BCS (Award # 0750190 for US $118,817.00).
  • 2007 - 2009
    Assessing Synchrony as a Basis for Social Connection in Autism.
    Co-Principal Investigator (w/ Marsh, K. L., Fein, D., Isenhower, R. W., Schmidt, R. C., & Kinsella-Shaw, J. M.) Innovative Technologies for Autism Grant, Cure Autism Now ($9,967.00).
  • 2004 - 2008
    Affordances for Cooperation as a Dynamical System.
    Co-Principal Investigator (w/ Marsh, K. L., Baron, R. M. & Carello, C.) National Science Foundation, BCS (Award #0340277 for US $ 327,750.00).
  • 2003 - 2006
    Informational Constraints on Interpersonal Coordination.
    Co-Principal Investigator (w/ Schmidt, R.C., Fowler, C. A., & Marsh, K. L.)
    National Science Foundation, BCS (Award # 0240277 for US $194,886.00).

Honors & Awards

  • 2015
    UC Department of Psychology Graduate Instructor of the Year
  • 2014
    UC Department of Psychology Graduate Instructor of the Year
  • 2013
    UC Department of Psychology Graduate Advisor of the Year
  • 2012
    UC Department of Psychology Graduate Instructor of the Year
  • 2012
    UC Psi Chi Undergraduate Instructor of the Year