Robert D. Mather, Ph.D.



Robert D. Mather, Ph.D.

Director, Interpersonal Processes and Social Cognition Laboratory



Dr. Mather 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 Larry O'Connor Show (WMAL, Washington, DC), The Laura Ingraham Show and The Ethan Bearman Show (KGO, San Francisco, CA), podcasts for the Washington Examiner, as well as on television on The Ingraham Angle (Fox News).  



--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, Oklahoma Academy of Science, 2020-2021

--President-Elect, Oklahoma Academy of Science, 2018-2019

--Recording Secretary, Oklahoma Academy of Science, 2016-2017

--Associate Dean, Jackson College of Graduate Studies, University of Central Oklahoma, 2019-Present

--Assistant Dean, Jackson College of Graduate Studies, University of Central Oklahoma, 2017-2019

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

--Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, University of Central Oklahoma, 2006-Present

--Peer Reviewer, Higher Learning Commission, 2018-Present

--Member, Executive Committee, Alumni Council, Westminster College, 2013-2014

--Member, Alumni Council, Westminster College, 2012-2017

--Associate Editor, Journal of Scientific Psychology, January 2007-May 2007

--Consulting Editor, Journal of Scientific Psychology, 2015-Present

--Editorial Board, PsycCritiques, November 2012-2017


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


Ph.D., Experimental Psychology, Specialization: Social Psychology

Texas Tech University, 2006

Post-Masters I/O Psychology Coursework, Graduate College

University of Oklahoma, 2000-2001

M.A., Psychology

University of Central Oklahoma, 2000

B.A., Psychology, Minors: Political Science, Religious Studies

Westminster College (MO), 1998

Executive Certificate,  Becoming a Leader

Jack Welch Management Institute, Strayer University, 2012

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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