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 is a recognized expert in empirical social cognition research on automaticity and cognitive control, attitudes and persuasion, bias correction, stereotypes and discrimination, and leadership. This research has applications in management, consumer behavior, marketing, and forensic science. He has authored three books and over fifty journal articles.


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). 

Click here to view Dr. Mather's Curriculum Vita as a PDF

Click here to view Dr. Mather's Resume as a PDF





--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

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

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

--Editorial Board, PsycCritiques, 2012-2017

--Co-Chair, Oklahoma Psychological Society Spring Research Conference, 2009-2011

--Chair, Social Sciences Section, Oklahoma Academy of Science, 2010- 2011

--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

--Recording Secretary, Executive Committee, Oklahoma Academy of Science, Fall 2015-Present

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

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




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

Click here to read Dr. Mather's blog "The Conservative Social Psychologist" at Psychology Today.

Click here to view Dr. Mather's YouTube Channel.