Faculty & Staff


Name Contact Program Research Interests
Yalcin Acikgoz
Assistant Professor
(828) 262-8926
Employee recruitment and job search, applicant reactions in recruitment and selection, applicant decision-making, applications of social media in human resources, impression management in the workplace.
Mary Ballard
(828) 262-8929
Aggression; media; video games; bullying.
Doris Bazzini
(828) 262-2272
Impact of professional female athletes on women's body image Female body dissatisfaction's impact on relationship maintenance processes Factors that influence romantic relationships Dog Breed Stereotypes as a function of Race and Urban Factors
Jackie Belhumeur Wayne
Shawn Bergman
Kulynych/Cline Distinguished Professor
(828) 262-8933
Statistical and quantitative methods, person-environment fit, and vocational choice.
Reagan Breitenstein
Assistant Professor
Sleep, Temperament, Qualities of the home environment and family relationships, Twin and behavior genetic designs, Developmental psychology
Joshua Broman-Fulks
(828) 262-8934
Anxiety disorders; anxiety vulnerability factors; physical exercise; taxometrics.
Will Canu
(828) 262-8935
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder; social adjustment and psychological disorders; child clinical psychology; adjustment and intervention in rural contexts.
Lisa Curtin
Clinical Psychology Program Director
(828) 262-8936
Rural mental health services, addictive behaviors, integrated care, social factors and body image.
James R. Deni
(828) 262-8938
Specific Learning Disabilities, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), Intervention Fidelity, Implementation Science, & School Mental Health, Professional Issues in School Psychology, Special Education and related areas, School Psychology Accreditation, Revide Connect for ADHD students.
James C. Denniston
Coordinator of Faculty Diversity Recruitment and Inclusion Initiatives for the Office of Academic Affairs
Professor of Psychology
(828) 262-8939
Elementary information processing in animals.
Chris Dickinson
Associate Professor
(828) 262-8940
Visual cognition, visual memory, scene perception, eye movements during visual search and scene perception.
Lisa Emery
Associate Professor
(828) 262-8941
Developmental psychology; adult development & aging; emotion regulation; memory.
Cheryl Fox
Senior Lecturer
(828) 262-9842
Educational psychology, applied behavior management/behavior change, adult development and aging.
Sandra G. Gagnon
Associate Professor
(828) 262-8944
High school and college bullying Preschool social-emotional-behavioral development INSIGHTS Into Children’s Temperaments Child temperament Adult-child relationships Parent and teaching stress Peer interactive play Intervention fidelity Needs assessment Examiner errors in graduate student standardized test administration
Amy T. Galloway
(828) 262-8945
Development of food preferences, picky eating, normal and disordered eating in children and adults; parent and child food interactions. Sustainable and community food system research.
Jacqueline Hersh
Assistant Professor
(828) 262-6969
Psychotherapy process and outcome; enhancing and tailoring empirically supported treatments; access and dissemination of ESTs; child and adolescent psychopathology.
Robert W. Hill
Associate Professor
(828) 262-2559
Perfectionism; interpersonal characteristics; self injury; personality; ethics; therapy.
Christopher Holden
Assistant Professor
Personality and evolutionary psychology, romantic relationships, HEXACO model of personality, self-esteem, relationship-contingent self-esteem, mate retention behavior, open science.
Hannah Holmes
Visiting Assistant Professor
(828) 262-8951
Health psychology, women's health, human sexuality, emotion-focused interventions for chronic pain
Timothy J. Huelsman
IOHRM Program Director
Assistant Chair
(828) 262-8949
Organizations; organizational culture; organizational assessment; program evaluation.
Hannah Jackson
John Paul Jameson
(828) 262-8950
Suicide prevention; rural mental health services; empirically supported psychotherapies; community/academic partnerships; school-based mental health.
Pamela Kidder-Ashley
(828) 262-8928
Mental health correlates of high school and college bullying, ecological correlates of social competence in preschoolers.
Timothy D. Ludwig
(828) 262-8952
Organizational behavior management; behavioral analysis; employee performance; occupational safety.
Denise M. Martz
(828) 262-8953
Health psychology & behavioral medicine; fat talk; women's health; obesity & eating disorders; body image & relative size; teen interpersonal violence & bullying; body snarking.
Lindsay Masland
Associate Professor
(828) 262-8954
Teaching and learning; evidence-based teaching strategies in both K-12 and higher education contexts; teacher and faculty development; student diversity; translation of research to classroom settings
Kurt D. Michael
Stanley R. Aeschleman Distinguished Professor
(828) 262-8955
Rural school mental health Suicide prevention in K-12 schools Counseling on access to lethal means (CALM) Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) Meta-analysis
Lynn Mosteller
Undergraduate Advising Director
Senior Lecturer
(828) 262-8958
Lucinda O. Payne
Senior Lecturer
Andrew Smith
Associate Professor
(828) 262-8960
Judgment and decision making; social cognition; risk taking; risk perception; wishful thinking; social comparisons; comparative optimism.
Kenneth M. Steele
(828) 262-8961
Learning in nonhumans and humans; visual and auditory perception; activity anorexia; music perception; color priming; the "Mozart effect."
William Stiles
Adjunct Professor
Psychotherapy process and outcome; verbal interaction; theory and epistemology.
Douglas A. Waring
Associate Professor
(828) 262-8962
Cognitive/Evolutionary; role of working memory and prior knowledge in comprehension, memory, persuasion, conformity, reciprocity.
Rose Mary Webb
Department Chair
(828) 262-8927
Perceptions of personality and competence; estimation and perception of quantity; development of intellectual talent.
Richard Wilson
Senior Lecturer
Twila Wingrove
Experimental Psychology Program Director
Associate Professor
(828) 262-8965
Legal/forensic psychology, developmental psychology.
Jamie Yarbrough
School Psychology Program Director
(828) 262-8966
Empirically supported academic and behavioral interventions, implementation science, research-to-practice gap in educational settings, resistance to change, multi-tiered systems of support, response to intervention, curriculum-based measurement, progress monitoring, school consultation, and prevention of school failure.
Mark C. Zrull
(828) 262-8930
Experience, preference, interactive and stimulus-guided behavior, and neural plasticity in adolescent animals; mechanisms of sound-induced seizures; efficacy of undergraduate research.

Visiting Distinguished Professors