Interpersonal Processes and Social Cognition Laboratory



Robert D. Mather, Ph.D.

Director, Interpersonal Processes and Social Cognition Laboratory



Dr. Mather is Professor of Psychology at the University of Central Oklahoma. He conducts research in social psychology and human factors of visual perception. He served the Journal of Scientific Psychology as Editor from 2007-2012 and as CEO from 2012-2015. He has received several awards, including the Young Alumni Achievement Award from Westminster College and the Outstanding Teacher Award from the Oklahoma Psychological Society.


He earned his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology (Specialization in Social Psychology) from Texas Tech University, his M.A. in Psychology from the University of Central Oklahoma, and his B.A. in Psychology with minors in Political Science and Religious Studies from Westminster College (MO). 

Dr. Mather has been featured in articles for The Atlantic, Pacific Standard, Lifezette, Psychology Today, Heterodox Academy, and Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs. He has appeared in radio interviews on The Laura Ingraham Show and The Ethan Bearman Show, as well as on television on The Ingraham Angle. 




--Author of three books, over forty peer-reviewed journal articles, and a blog at Psychology Today


--Chief Executive Officer, Journal of Scientific Psychology, 2012-2015

--Editor, Journal of Scientific Psychology, 2007-2012

--President-Elect, Oklahoma Academy of Science, Fall 2017-Present

--Recording Secretary, Oklahoma Academy of Science, Fall 2015-Fall 2017

--Assistant Dean, Jackson College of Graduate Studies, University of Central Oklahoma, 2017-Present

--Chair, Institutional Review Board, University of Central Oklahoma, May 2014-December 2016


Best Researcher in Experimental Psychology, Texas Tech University, 2004-2005

Young Alumni Achievement Award, Westminster College, 2011

Outstanding Teacher Award, Oklahoma Psychological Society, 2013

Senior Faculty Award for Professional Contributions, CEPS, University of Central Oklahoma, 2016

DeLucia, P. R., & Mather, R. D. (2006). Motion extrapolation of car-following scenes in younger and older drivers. Human Factors, 48, 666-674. Link
DeLucia, P. R., Mather, R. D., Griswold, J. A., & Mitra, S. (2006). Toward the improvement of image-guided interventions for minimally invasive surgery: Three factors that affect performance. Human Factors, 48, 23-38. Link
Mather, R. D., & DeLucia, P. R. (2007). Testing for effects of racial attitudes and visual contrast on the speed of a driver's response to a pedestrian. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 10, 437-446. Link
Mather, R. D. (2008). Social cognitive human factors of automobile driving. In S. E. Paterson & L. K. Allan. (Eds.), Road traffic: Safety, modeling, and impacts (pp. 385-401). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers. Link
Reich, D. A., & Mather, R. D. (2008). Busy perceivers and ineffective suppression goals: A critical role for distracter thoughts. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34, 706-718. Link
Randolph-Seng, B., & Mather, R. D. (2009). Does subliminal persuasion work? It depends on your motivation and awareness. Skeptical Inquirer, 33, 49-53. Link

Click here to read Dr. Mather's blog at Psychology Today.

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