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Joseph McGahan
Professor
School of Behavioral & Social Sci
STRS 335
318-342-1338
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Joseph R McGahan, Ph D
Professor, Psychology

Education

Ph D

1988, Social Psychology
University of Oklahoma

MS

1978, Psychology
Yeshiva University, NY

BA

1975, Psychology
S.U.N.Y. at Oswego, Oswego, NY

Biographical Sketch

Community Service is right up there with my interests in teaching (e.g., social psychology, research methods, history of psychology, personality, and various advanced topics) and, (currently) to a lesser extent research. However, my community development efforts are an extension of my research interests and the emerging positive results from our community service efforts are revitalizing my interests in research. For example, my work with students on (potential) projects related to literacy (e.g., financial literacy), "everyday correlations" (under the umbrella of The Psychometrics of Everyday Living and, in particular, intuitive covariation assessment) and the implications for being a "mindful motorist" are extensions of my research foundation (i.e., intuitive statistical reasoning).

Research Interests

What do people think about the relationship (perhaps correlation) between responsibility and freedom still represents my primary research interests. In addition to improving the measurement scheme I developed to assess this perceived covariation, I have become increasingly interested in how changing the law to legalize recreational marijuana has influenced how people think about the above mentioned association.

Professional Positions

September 1999

Professor, Psychology Department, Univeristy of Louisiana at Monroe (formerly Northeast Louisiana University), Monroe, LA

August 1999 September 1994

Associate Professor, Psychology Department, Northeast Louisiana University, Monroe, LA

August 1994 January 1990

Assistant Professor, Psychology Department, Northeast Louisiana University, Monroe, LA

December 1989 August 1987

Assistant Professor, Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, AR

December 1986 August 1984

Instructor (Full-time, non-tenure track), University of Central Oklahoma (formerly Central State University), Edmond, OK

July 1984 August 1982

Graduate Assistant, Instructor & Research Assistant, University of Oklahoma

August 1982 March 1980

Market Research Analyst, Hilti, Inc., Tulsa, OK

March 1980 October 1978

Sales Training Specialist, Hilti, Inc., Stamford, CT

May 1978 April 1977

Distribution Manager, Pennysaver, Inc.

March 1977 February 1977

Depth Interviewer, Psychological Motivation, Inc.

February 1977 May 1976

Psychiatric Assistant, Highpoint Psychiatric Hospital

May 1976 March 1976

Teaching Assistant, Archway School for Emotionally Disturbed Children

Awards & Honors

2003 Professor of the Year.

2003 Professor of the Year.

2003 Finalist for Outstanding Professor.

1998 Outstanding Professor.

1994 Outstanding Researcher.

Courses Taught

PSYC 2001Introduction To Psychology, 2 course(s)

PSYC 3001EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY, 13 course(s)

PSYC 3039INTRO TO RESEARCH METHODS, 19 course(s)

PSYC 4000PSYCHOLOGY LABORATORY, 16 course(s)

PSYC 4002SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, 13 course(s)

PSYC 4006PERSONALITY, 1 course(s)

PSYC 4007HISTORY AND SYSTEMS, 6 course(s)

PSYC 4011ADVANCED TOPICS, 6 course(s)

PSYC 4039Statistics, 1 course(s)

PSYC 4051Psy Test Measurement, 2 course(s)

PSYC 4098UNGRAD PSYCHOLOGY INTERNSHIP, 18 course(s)

PSYC 5002SOCIAL COGNITION, 5 course(s)

PSYC 5023Research Methods, 1 course(s)