Faculty

Dr. Susan Murray

Chair and Professor

Department of Psychological Science

Specialization:

Human Factors and Educational Research

Research Interests:

Human Factors, Human Systems Interactions, Industrial Safety, Fatigue Risk Management, and Engineering Education

Education:

  • Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering, Texas A&M University
  • M.S. in Industrial Engineering, University of Texas - Arlington
  • B.S. in Industrial Engineering, Texas A&M University
Dr. Denise A Baker

Assistant Professor

Psychological Science

Specialization:

Experimental Psychology, Applied Cognition.

Research Interests:

My research program focuses on how concepts such as self-perception, identity formation, attitude formation, social influence, persuasion, etc. can inform and be informed by the design, application, and infrastructure of prescriptive smart systems (systems meant to instruct users on how to behave).

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Education:

  • PhD Human and Social Dimension of Science and Technology, Arizona State University
  • MS Psychology, Arizona State University
Dr. Amy Belfi

Assistant Professor

Psychological Science

Dr. Belfi is received her B.A. in Psychology from St. Olaf College, Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Iowa, and completed postdoctoral training at New York University.  Her research focuses on the behavioral and neural mechanisms underlying aesthetic experience, most specifically focused on music. She uses a variety of techniques to explore how we experience music, as well as poetry and visual arts, including behavioral studies, psychophysiology, and neuropsychological studies of patient populations. Overall, her research aims to identify and characterize how music, and other artistic works, influence our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.

Lab Website: www.mcalab.org

Research Interests:

music cognition, empirical aesthetics, autobiographical memory, emotion, psychophysiology, neuropsychology

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Education:

  • PhD in Neuroscience from University of Iowa
  • BA in Psychology from St. Olaf College
Dr. Devin Burns

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychological Science

Dr. Burns grew up in Albuquerque, NM, where he learned to love the outdoors. He enjoys hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, and other such activities. He does NOT particularly enjoy mosquitos and ticks, but is coming to grips with the fact that they will be his constant companions on such adventures. Other interests include playing guitar, singing, juggling, cooking, gardening, bicycling, soccer, racquetball, yoga, and meditation. He and his wife have two young daughters that keep them busy, but also keep offer them a fresh perspective on enjoying life.

Specialization:

Cognitive/Perceptual Psychology

Research Interests:

Reaction time, attention, perception/action, posture, perceptual augmentation, cognitive biases/rationality.

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Education:

  • Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Science from Indiana University
  • B.S. in Mathematics from Bradley University
Dr. Jessica Cundiff

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychological Science

Dr. Cundiff earned a B.A. in Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin and a dual Ph.D. in Social Psychology and Women’s Studies at Penn State University. She teaches courses in the I/O Master’s program, as well as undergraduate courses in Social Psychology, Social Influence, and General Psychology. Her research focuses on the psychological processes that contribute to social inequality, with an emphasis on subtle forms of bias – biases that are often unintentional and seemingly minor, yet consequential. Her work aims to educate about subtle bias and develop strategies for increasing diversity and inclusion, particularly in STEM fields. She is eager to involve students in research – please contact her if you are interested in getting involved in social psychology research as a volunteer in her lab.  

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Specialization:

Social Psychology

Research Interests:

Stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination; subtle forms of bias; social identity threat; strategies for promoting diversity and inclusion; psychology of gender.

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Education:

  • Ph.D. in Social Psychology and Women's Studies from Penn State University.
  • M.S. in Social Psychology from Penn State University.
  • B.A. in Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Amber M. Henslee

Associate Professor

Department of Psychological Science

Research Interests:

College student health-related behaviors; scholarship of teaching and learning

Education:

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2008-2010 University of Mississippi Medical Center, Division of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
  • Internship Yale University School of Medicine, Division of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, 2007-2008 Predoctoral Fellow, Clinical Psychology Internship (APA Accredited) Division of Substance Abuse, Connecticut Mental Health Center
  • Auburn University, 2003-2008 Doctor of Philosophy, Clinical Psychology (APA Accredited) Minor: Teaching of Psychology
  • Southwest Missouri State University (Missouri State University), 1999-2001 Masters of Science, Clinical Psychology
  • Drury College (University), 1994-1998 Bachelor of Arts Majors: Psychology, Biology, Chemistry
Dr. Clair Reynolds Kueny

Assistant Professor

Psychological Science

Dr. Kueny earned a BS in Psychology and Political Science with a minor in Statistics at Truman State University in 2012. She then went on to graduate school at Saint Louis University where she earned a M.S. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology (2014) and a Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology with a concentration in Quantitative Methods in Behavioral Science in 2016. While finishing her Ph.D., she was an adjunct instructor for the Psychological Science Department and taught in the Missouri S&T MS I/O program from a distance. She joined as a full-time faculty member in the department in August 2016 and is very excited to actually be on-campus! Dr. Kueny married in Fall 2015 and went from Reynolds to Kueny which is why you might see both names floating around. She and her husband, Steve, live in the area with their boxer-pitt bull mix named Hurley. She currently teaches the following courses in the MS I/O program: Intro to I/O Psychology, Advanced Industrial Psychology, and Advanced Organizational Psychology. She also teaches organizational psychology at the undergraduate level.

Specialization:

Industrial-Organizational Psychology

Research Interests:

Employee discretionary behaviors including initiative, citizenship behaviors, and counterproductive work behaviors, and the unintended consequences and ripple effects of these behaviors. Employee Behavior and Relations Lab ebrlab.mst@gmail.com

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Education:

  • Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Saint Louis University
  • M.S. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Saint Louis University
  • B.S. in Psychology from Truman State University
  • B.S. in Political Science from Truman State University
Merilee Krueger (Wilsdorf)

Associate Teaching Professor

Department of Psychological Science

My name is  Merilee Krueger.  I have been a part of the Department of Psychological Science for more than twenty years.  My academic training and background are in cognitive developmental psychology.  I teach a variety of courses-including General Psychology, Educational Psychology, Psychology of the Exceptional Child, Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Cross Cultural Psychology, and Adolescent Development.  I teach the majority of classes required for students who are getting their teaching certification at Missouri S & T.  In addition to my teaching, I am also the faculty advisor for Psi Chi, the International Honor Society  in Psychology and PsyCo, our department’s service and social club.  I am also a wife and mother.  My husband Jon and I have two sons.  Nicholas is a junior in college at Creighton University and  Sam is  junior at Rolla High School.

Research Interests:

Language comprehension, cognitive development; adolescent psychology.

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Education:

  • M.A. in developmental and cognitive psychology from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
  • B.A. (with Honors), Psychology, Creighton University, 1985
Dr.Hashem Sadeghiyeh

Post Doctoral Research Assistant

Psychological Science

Hashem Sadeghiyeh received his Ph.D. in Cognition and Neural Systems from University of Arizona, Tucson AZ in May 2019. He is interested in human decision-making processes specifically in social contexts. In his Ph.D. he studied a few factors affecting explore-exploit decision making including temporal discounting, social influence and being active versus passive in receiving information. At his current role as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Missouri S&T (from June 2019), he is studying the social-psychological factors affecting human perception and decision-making in using electricity. The ultimate goal is to incorporate these data into new designs of smart homes with the purpose of reducing energy waste. He has a longtime interest in Evolutionary Psychology and Philosophy of Mind and a newly-developed interest in machine learning.

Specialization:

Cognition and Neural Systems; Cognitive Science

Research Interests:

Decision-making, Neuroeconimics, Social influence

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Education:

  • Ph.D. Cognition and Neural Systems, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
  • M.A. Psychology, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
  • B.S. Aerospace Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
Dr. Daniel B. Shank

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychological Science

Specialization:

Social psychology, technology, groups, artificial intelligence

Research Interests:

What causes people to perceive real-world artificial intelligences (AIs) or their behavior as moral and what causes people to perceive them to have mind? When and why do people unplug smart home hubs such as Google Home and Amazon Alexa?

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Education:

  • PhD, Sociology, University of Georgia
  • MA, Sociology, University of Georgia
  • MS, Artificial Intelligence, University of Georgia
  • BA, Computer Science, Harding University
Dr. Ting Shen

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychological Science

Dr. Ting Shen completed her PhD on Measurement and Quantitative Methods at the Michigan State University. Her quantitative research involves both methodology and application in social sciences particularly on psychology and education. The methodological research component is on incorporating complex sampling design in multilevel modeling. The empirical research centers around applying advanced quantitative methods to facilitate causal inference. She is particularly interested in conducting data-driven based research to evaluate the impacts of school and family resources and environments on children’s overall development (i.e., academic achievement and social-emotional skills).

Research Interests:

Quantitative research methods, psychometrics, empirical research in psychology and education

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Education:

  • Ph.D., Measurement and Quantitative Methods, Michigan State University, 2018
  • M.S., Applied Statistics, Michigan State University, 2015
Dr. Nancy J. Stone

Professor

Department of Psychological Science

Research Interests:

Environmental design, group processes, team work, student learning, training, program evaluation, and the interview process.

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Education:

  • Ph.D. in experimental psychology with an industrial-organizational psychology emphasis from Texas Tech University.
Dr. Dee (Montgomery) Haemmerlie

Emerita Professor of Psychology

Department of Psychological Science

Frances “Dee” Haemmerlie Montgomery grew up in Gainesville, Florida and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and advanced degrees from Florida State University.  She was hired as an Assistant Professor in Psychology at UMR in 1978, becoming a Full Professor in 1991 and a Curator’s Teaching Professor in 1995.  She is the first female faculty member, and the only psychology faculty member at UMR/S&T to date, to earn a Curator’s title.  She has previously served as a Research Fellow in the Center for Applied Engineering (1984-1987), Associate Dean in the UMR College of Arts and Sciences (2002-2007), Special Assistant to the Vice Provost (July-August 2007), and Interim Chair of Psychological Science (2007-2008).  During her career at UMR/S&T, she has taught over 230 courses to over 6200 students and published or presented over 150 professional papers.  She married fellow psychology department faculty member, Dr. Robert L. Montgomery, in 1979, and has 2 grown children and 4 grandchildren.   Her hobbies include training dogs and riding horses.

Research Interests:

Effective ways to get people to recognize and change maladaptive attitudes, feelings, and behaviors (e.g., interpersonal problems, biased attitudes towards others, drug use by college students, & gender issues in achievement and leadership).

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Education:

  • Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Florida State University.
  • APA-approved clinical internship, West Virginia University Medical Center.
  • M.S. in clinical psychology from Florida State University.
  • B.A. in psychology from University of Florida.
Dr. Robert L. Montgomery

Emeritus Professor

Department of Psychological Science

Dr. Eugene Gianladis

Lecturer

Department of Psychological Science

Specialization:

Dr. Gianladis is a counselor at S&T with extensive clinical experience in assessment and treatment of psychological disorders in children, adolescents, and adults.

Education:

  • Ph.D. in psychology (with clinical focus) from St. Louis University.

Staff

Anne Groniger

Administrative Assistant

Department of Psychological Science