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'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:

Doctoral Students

Audon Archibald

Audon received his BA in Arts and Technology and 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).

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.
Fred (Timothy) McMahan, PhD: Faculty; University of Texas.

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

Sonia Valladares Rodriguez was a Visiting Scholar (2016/2017) from University of Vigo, Spain.

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

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

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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