Biography

I am a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. 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

  • 2017 Present

    Professor

    Department of Psychology, Macquarie University

  • 2017 2017

    Professor

    Center for Cognition, Action and Perception, University of Cincinnati

  • 2009 2017

    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