Faculty & Staff


Name Contact Program Research Interests
Rose Mary Webb
Department Chair
(828) 262-2272 x402
Perceptions of personality and competence; estimation and perception of quantity; development of intellectual talent.
Kurt D. Michael
Assistant Department Chair
(828) 262-8955
Child and adolescent psychopathology; school mental health; suicide prevention; rural service delivery; depression and anxiety; substance abuse disorders; meta-analysis; psychotherapy outcome.


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 x400
Romantic attraction; beautiful-is-good stereotype; media's impact on body image in women; relationship-maintenance processes.
Shawn Bergman
(828) 262-2272 x409
Statistical and quantitative methods, person-environment fit, and vocational choice.
Joshua Broman-Fulks
(828) 262-8934
Anxiety disorders; anxiety vulnerability factors; physical exercise; taxometrics.
Will Canu
(828) 262-2272 x412
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, psychotherapy outcome and process, 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
James Denniston
Professor of Psychology &
American Council on Education, Fellow - Wake Forest University
(828) 262-8939
Elementary information processing in animals.
Chris Dickinson
Associate Professor
(828) 262-2272 x415
Visual cognition, visual memory, scene perception, eye movements during visual search and scene perception.
Lisa Emery
Associate Professor
(828) 262-2272 x416
Developmental psychology; adult development & aging; emotion regulation; memory.
Cheryl Fox
(828) 262-2272 x427
Educational psychology, applied behavior management/behavior change, adult development and aging.
Sandra G. Gagnon
Associate Professor
(828) 262-8944
Preschool social and emotional competence; child temperament.
Amy T. Galloway
(828) 262-2272 x421
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
Clinical 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.
Timothy J. Huelsman
IOHRM Program Director
(828) 262-2272 x423
Organizations; organizational culture; organizational assessment; program evaluation.
John Paul Jameson
Associate Professor
(828) 262-2272 x424
Rural mental health services; empirically supported psychotherapies; community/academic partnerships; school-based mental health; suicide prevention.
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) 262-2272 x428
Organizational behavior management; behavioral analysis; employee performance; occupational safety.
Denise M. Martz
Kulynych/Cline Distinguished Professor
(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
Student motivation, motivating teaching strategies, student diversity, universal design for learning, peer relations, classroom assessment, social/emotional/behavioral interventions.
Andrew Monroe
Assistant Professor
(828) 262-2272 x431
Social cognition; moral psychology; decision making; social psychology.
Lynn Mosteller
Undergraduate Advising Director
Senior Lecturer
(828) 262-2272 x433
Lucinda O. Payne
Senior Lecturer
Dr. Holli Sink
Visiting Assistant Professor
Andrew Smith
Associate Professor
(828) 262-2272 x435
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."
Douglas A. Waring
Associate Professor
(828) 262-8962
Cognitive/Evolutionary; role of working memory and prior knowledge in comprehension, memory, persuasion, conformity, reciprocity.
Richard Wilson
Senior Lecturer
Twila Wingrove
Experimental Psychology Program Director
Associate Professor
(828) 262-2272 x440
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