CNS People | Department of Psychology

CNS People

Director: Thomas D. Parsons, PhD

Dr. Parsons is a Clinical Neuropsychologist and Professor of Psychology. He directs the Computational Neuropsychology and Simulation (CNS) Lab. Prior to UNT he was an Assistant Professor and Research Scientist at the University of Southern California's Institute for Creative Technologies. His research in computational neuropsychology (neuroinformatics) makes use of novel technologies (videogames; virtual reality; brain-computer interfaces) for modeling and simulation.

  • PI of 18 funded projects (Investigator on an additional 13 funded projects).
  • Co-PI on a Department of Defense ($998,888) grant to develop Avatar-Administered Neuropsychological Testing (AVANT).
  • In addition to his patents for eHarmony.com's Matching System, he has invented and validated a number of virtual reality-based neuropsychological assessments.
  • In addition to his five books, he has over 200 publications
  • Served as Associate Editor for Frontiers in Human Neuroscience and Journal of Alzheimer's Disease as well as on the editorial boards of Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking; Assessment; PsycCritiques; and Psychological Assessment.
  • 2013 National Academy of Neuropsychology Early Career Achievement award
  • 2014, he was awarded Fellow status in the National Academy of Neuropsychology.

Info for Prospective Students

Current Members:

Visiting Scholar:

Sonia Valladares Rodriguez

Sonia is a Visiting Scholar from University of Vigo, Spain. She is interested in the application of serious games and data analysis to neuropsychological assessment. In particular, she is developing and validating a video game to assess episodic memory. Her research program includes the following: e-Health, machine learning, data pattern, adapted and interactive interfaces, and semantic technologies.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Fred (Timothy) McMahan, PhD

Fred's work makes use of brain computer interfaces for neurogaming. His dissertation projects were co-chaired by Dr. Ian Parberry (UNT LARC Lab; CS & EE) and Dr. Parsons (UNT CNS Lab; Psychology). His primary research interests include neurocognitive mechanisms involved in neurogaming.

Lab Coordinator

Jonlih Magtoto

Jonlih is the CNS Lab Coordinator. He received his B.A in Psychology and minor in Biology from University of North Texas. His primary research interest is in understanding the influence of multiplayer gaming on retaliation behavior and aggression.

Doctoral Students

Audon Archibald

Audon received his BA in Arts and Technology and his B.S. in Child Learning and Development from the University of Texas at Dallas. His research interests include virtual reality, neuropsychological measures, and child learning. He has particular interests in the use of innovative technologies for children.

Justin Asbee

Justin received his Masters in Experimental Psychology from Radford University and his B.S. in Psychology from Lock Haven University. His research interests include virtual reality simulation, neuropsychological measures, and brain computer interfaces.

Curtis Chambers

Curtis received his B.S. from University of Texas at El Paso. He is completing his dissertation on the neurocognitive aspects of immersion in computer mediated environments. He is co-mentored by Dr. Ian Parberry (UNT LARC Lab; CS & EE) and Dr. Parsons (UNT CNS Lab; Psychology).

Deborah Cockerham

Deborah received her M.Ed. in Mind, Brain and Education (University of Texas). She is Managing Director for the Research & Learning Center, Ft. Worth Museum of Science & History. Her doctoral work is in Learning Technologies (with Dr. Lin Lin) and in Psychology (with Dr. Parsons).

Undergraduate Students

Dare Ogundipe

Dare is a B.A student in Psychology and minor in Computer Science at University of North Texas and a student researcher in the Computational Neuropsychology and Simulation (CNS) Lab. His primary research interest is in artificial intelligence and compuational neuroscience.

Nicole Russo

Nicole is a double major in Psychology and Computer Science at University of North Texas. She is a student researcher in the Computational Neuropsychology and Simulation (CNS) Lab. Her primary research focus is in human factors.

Texas Academy of Math and Science Students

Sophia Lin

Sophia is a student in the Texas Academy of Math and Science program at University of North Texas. She is a student researcher in the Computational Neuropsychology and Simulation Lab. Her primary research interest is in computational neuroscience.

Frederick Wang

Frederick is a student in the Texas Academy of Math and Science program at University of North Texas. He is a student researcher in the Computational Neuropsychology and Simulation Lab. His primary research interest is in computational neuroscience.

Past Members (Parsons's Lab @ UNT):

Nicholas Hertz: PhD Student, George Mason University (Neuroergonomics).

Stephanie Johnson, PhD: Postdoctoral Fellow; VA Medical Center

Soumya Mandava: Emory University Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology.

Allison Wilkerson, PhD: Postdoctoral Fellow; Medical University of South Carolina

Eva Venturini was a Visiting Scholar (2015/2016) from University of Milan.

Kiefer Stonecipher was a post-baccalaureate student in the CNS lab. He is now a Registered Behavior Technician; Behavior Change Institute.

Past Members (Parsons's Lab @ USC):

Brian Arizmendi, PhD Student, University of Arizona (Clinical Neuropsyc)
Christopher G. Courtney, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, USC/Long Beach VA
Louise Cosand, PhD, Assistant Professor, Pomona College
Brent J. Lance, PhD, Research Scientist, Army Research Lab (Neuroscience)
James Reinebold, MS, Game Developer, Rockstar Games
Dongrui Wu, PhD, Research Engineer, GE Global Research

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