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Carryl Baldwin

Associate Professor of Psychology

Expertise: Vehicle Safety Devices, Driving Distractions, Auditory Signals and Warnings, Auditory Cognition, "Smart" Cars, Visual and Spatial Learning

Carryl Baldwin has more than 15 years of experience investigating human factors issues in mental workload, surface and air transportation and cognitive aging.

Her primary research interests are in the area of applied auditory cognition, where she examines the way people interact with and respond to auditory warning signals in vehicles. She also, with funding from organizations such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Foundation, works to inform policy surrounding the standardization of auditory vehicle safety signals such as crash and collision warnings.

Baldwin's work is also funded by the Office of Naval Research, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, National Science Foundation and the Department of Transportation. Previously she has successfully completed multiple projects for the National Institutes of Health and both NASA Langley and NASA Ames.

She is a member of Mason's Arch Lab and conducts research projects using the department's driving simulator, EEG, ERP, EKG and eye tracking devices, and other equipment.

She is the author of 14 peer reviewed journal publications, 1 book, 12 book chapters and over 50 scientific conference proceedings to date.

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Reeshad Dalal

Associate Professor of Industrial and Organizational Psychology

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Expertise: Deviant Behavior, Workplace Homicide/Suicide, (In)Justice/(Un)Fairness, Antisocial Behavior, Sexual Harassment, Employee Engagement, Job Satisfaction, Decision-making, Advice-taking and Advice-Giving

Reeshad S. Dalal received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2003. His research interests are in the areas of employee performance (primarily citizenship behavior and counterproductive/deviant behavior), decision-making (primarily decision-making competence/skill and the giving and taking of advice), job attitudes (primarily job satisfaction, employee engagement, and employee moods/emotions) and the nature of the work situation.

He currently serves on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of Applied Psychology, and the Journal of Business and Psychology. In addition to his academic work, he has consulted on applied projects related to job attitudes, work experiences, program evaluation, content validity, standard-setting, decision-making, and forecasting.

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Susanne Denham

Professor of Psychology

Expertise: Childhood Development, Forgiveness in Children

Author of "Emotional Development in Young Children" (Guilford, 1998), a major book in her field, Susanne Ayers Denham studies the roles of teachers, parents, and early intervention programs in preschoolers’ social and emotional development. Her research also includes new investigations on the development of forgiveness in children. Denham has been a guest scientist at the National Institute of Mental Health Developmental Psychology Laboratory, and her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health, National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (in partnership with Head Start and the Administration for Children and Families), the W. T. Grant Foundation, the John Templeton Foundation, and the National Science Foundation. She has served on numerous editorial boards and is the editor of Early Education and Development and a past coeditor of the journal Social Development. Her papers have appeared in Child Development, Developmental Psychology, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, International Journal of Behavioral Development, Social Development, and other periodicals.


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Jane Flinn

Director, Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience

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Expertise: Role of Metals in Alzheimer’s Disease

Jane Flinn is examining the role of metals, particularly zinc, iron and copper, in the brain tissue of Alzheimer’s patients. She is also studying the effects of metal levels in drinking water on behavior and on plaque development. Flinn, who holds a doctorate in psychology from George Washington University and a doctorate in physics from Oxford University, has long been focused on the biological bases of learning and memory. She recently completed a study — conducted in collaboration with the U.S. Geological Survey — that focuses on the effects of enhanced zinc on spatial memory and plaque formation in transgenic (or genetically modified) mice.

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Todd Kashdan

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

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Expertise: Science of Happiness, Relationships, Strengths, Social Anxiety, Curiosity, Mindfulness, Emotions, Personality

Dr. Kashdan is the author of the book, "Curious?" (Harper Collins 2009). He has published more than 80 original publications in peer-reviewed journals or edited volumes that mostly focus on anxiety disorders, self-regulation, positive emotions, how personal strengths operate in everyday life, interpersonal relationships, and the assessment and cultivation of well-being, curiosity, gratitude, and meaning and purpose in life. His research has been funded by grants from the National Institute of Health, Veterans Integrated Service Network, Anxiety Disorder Association of America, Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology, and the Positive Psychology Network.

He has been active in the positive psychology movement since 2000, when he taught one of the first college courses on the science of happiness. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Positive Psychology and on the editorial boards of the Journal of Anxiety Disorders, Behavior Therapy, Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, Journal of Research in Personality, and Self and Identity. He is on the Advisory Board for the Centre for Applied Positive Psychology in the United Kingdom.

His research has been featured in several popular media outlets including a feature article in the New York Times, The Washington Post, National Public Radio, The Tavis Smiley Show, Oprah Magazine, Montel Williams Radio Show, Reader’s Digest, Psychology Today, Prevention Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, Parenting Magazine, Talking with America, and Green America Radio,,, and The Guardian among others.

Listen to Dr. Kashdan on NPR's Kojo Nnamdi show.


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Eden King

Assistant Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology

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Expertise: Workplace discrimination, workplace diversity, diversity programs, gender discrimination

Dr. Eden King joined the faculty of the Industrial-Organizational Psychology program at George Mason University after earning her Ph.D. from Rice University in 2006. Her research focuses on how businesses can manage equitable and diverse organizations.

Some of her recent work has involved studies on how pregnant women are discriminated against when applying for jobs; and how diversity in the workplace suffers when the economy is bad.

Her research, which has appeared in outlets such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, Human Resource Management, Perspectives of IO Psychology, and Group and Organization Management, addresses three primary themes: 1) discrimination and barriers to work-life balance in organizations, 2) consequences of such challenges for its targets and their workplaces, and 3) individual and organizational strategies for reducing discrimination and increasing support for families.

In addition to her academic positions, Dr. King has consulted on projects related to diversity training programs and has worked as a trial consultant. She is currently on the editorial board of the Journal of Management and the Journal of Business and Psychology.



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Robert F. Smith

Professor of Psychology and Director of Biopsychology Programs

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Expertise: Substance Abuse, Brain Development, Adolescent Substance Abuse, Prenatal Drug Use, Brain Function

Smith is a professor of psychology and the director of biopsychology programs at Mason where he teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in introductory psychology, physiological psychology, neurochemistry, developmental psychobiology, and biological bases of substance abuse. His research interests center around the neural and behavioral effects of drugs during the adolescent years. Recent publications include demonstrations that the effects of adolescent nicotine use on behavior and neuroanatomy persist into adulthood. Smith holds a doctorate in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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