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112 Psychology Building

The University of Texas at El Paso’s location on the U.S.-Mexico border provides a unique opportunity to investigate how an intersection of nationalities, cultures, and languages affects cognitive processes and behaviors. These issues permeate nearly all of our academic and scholarly activities, including classroom instruction, research, and community placements. The Psychology Department offers a variety of graduate programs and concentrations so students can tailor their graduate studies in preparation for their future career goals. We offer a PhD in General Psychology and provide three areas of concentration for students: Health; Legal; and Social, Cognitive, and Neurosciences. The objective of the PhD program is to prepare students for research careers in either academic or applied settings. We also offer two MA programs: one in Clinical Psychology that prepares students to either work in applied settings as a psychological associate or to continue on to a Clinical PhD program; and one in General Experimental Psychology that prepares students to continue on to a PhD program.


Master of Arts

Doctor of Philosophy


CHAIR: Dr. Stephen Crites


Lawrence Cohn
Contact Information:; 915-747-6567
Education: BA, Boston University; Ph D, Washington University
Research Interests: Risk perception, risk communication, drug and alcohol use, safe driving interventions, health promotion, decision research, developmental changes in risk assessment, ego development, meta-analysis

Stephen Crites
Contact Information:; 915-747-6571
Education: BS, The Ohio State University; MA, The Ohio State University; Ph D, The Ohio State University

Wendy Francis
Contact Information:; 915-747-8956
Education: BA, University of Texas at Austin; MS, University of California, Los Angeles; Ph D, University of California, Los Angeles

Christian Meissner
Contact Information:; 915-747-6056
Education: BA, Pfeiffer University; MS, Florida State University; Ph D, Florida State University

Osvaldo Morera
Contact Information:; 915-747-5417
Education: BS, The Ohio State University; MA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Ph D, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Laura O'Dell
Contact Information:; 915-747-6557
Education: BS, Texas A&M University; MS, Arizona State University; Ph D, Arizona State University
Research Interests: Drug Abuse, Tobacco use, Neuroscience, Neurobiology, Addiction, Development, Sex Differences, Diabetes, Vulnerable Populations

James Wood
Contact Information:; 915-747-6570
Education: BA, Harvard University; Master of Divinity, Yale Divinity School; MA, University of Arizona; Ph D, University of Arizona; MS, University of Texas at El Paso

Michael Zarate
Contact Information:; 915-747-6569
Education: BA, University of California at Santa Barbara; MS, Purdue University; Ph D, Purdue University

Associate Professors

Theodore Cooper
Contact Information:; 915-747-6270
Education: BA, New York; MS, The University of Memphis; Ph D, The University of Memphis; POSTD, University of Mississippi

Ana Schwartz
Contact Information:; 915-747-7365
Education: Ph D, The Pennsylvania State University; MS, The Pennsylvania State University; BA, Rutgers University

John Wiebe
Contact Information:; 915-747-7611
Education: Ph D, University of Iowa

Assistant Professors

Ashley Bangert
Contact Information:; 915-747-8987
Education: BA, Trinity University; MA, University of Michigan; Ph D, University of Michigan

Jennifer Eno Louden
Contact Information:; 915-747-5517
Education: BA, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; MA, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Ph D, University of California, Irvine

Adam Fetterman
Contact Information:; 915-747-6563
Education: Ph D, North Dakota State University

Iva Ivanova
Contact Information:
Education: Ph D, University of Barcelona

Daniel Jones
Contact Information:; 915-747-6076
Education: Ph D, University of British Columbia
Research Interests: White Collar Crime, Dark Triad, Fraud, Corporate Psychopathy, Emotional Promiscuity, Moral Machiavellianism, Psychometrics

Julia Lechuga
Contact Information:; 915-747-7164
Education: Ph D, The University of Texas at El Paso

Caleb Lloyd
Contact Information:; 915-747-8485
Education: MA, Carleton University; Ph D, Carleton University

April Thomas
Contact Information:; 915-747-6572
Education: BS, Wichita State University; MS, Colorado State University; Ph D, University of California, Irvine
Research Interests: Adolescent development, juvenile delinquency, juvenile justice, social relationships, adolescence, developmental psychology

Veronica Whitford
Contact Information:; 915-747-7514
Education: BA, McGill University; Ph D, McGill University; Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Western Ontario; Postdoctoral Fellowship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology & Harvard University
Research Interests: Reading and Literacy Development, Bilingual Language Processing, Language Disorders, Cognitive Aging, Schizophrenia, Executive Function, Oculomotor Control, Visual Attention

Assistant Instructors

Scott Frankowski
Contact Information:; 915-447-6559
Education: BS, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh; MA, University of Texas in El Paso; Ph D, Unviersity of Texas at El Paso

Ciara Kidder
Contact Information:; 915-747-5330
Education: BS, Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania; MA, University of Texas at El Paso; Ph D, University of Texas at El Paso

Adon Neria
Contact Information:; 915-747-6072
Education: BA, The University of Texas at El Paso; MA, The University of Texas at El Paso; Ph D, The University of Texas at El Paso

Research Assistant Professor

Eden Robles
Contact Information:; 915-747-7986
Education: AA, St. Phillip's College; Bachelor of Social Work, Our Lady of the Lake University; MSW, Our Lady of the Lake University; Ph D, The University of Texas at Austin

Senior Lecturer

Anthony Blum
Contact Information:; 915-747-5313
Education: Ph D, Ohio State University