Justin A. MacDonald
Associate Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology, MSC 3452 / PO Box 30001
New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM 88003
Fields of Expertise
Auditory Perception, Computational and Mathematical Modeling, Statistics, Decision-Making
1997 – 2003, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
1992 – 1996, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
Ph.D., Quantitative-Mathematical Psychology, Purdue University, 5/2003
M.S., Quantitative-Mathematical Psychology, Purdue University, 12/1999
B. S., Psychology, University of Washington, 6/1996
Assistant/Associate Professor, Engineering Psychology, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico, 8/07 – present. Main research foci include auditory interface design and perceptual phenomena, decision-making under uncertainty, and descriptive and inferential statistical procedures.
Research Psychologist, Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, 1/04 – 5/07. Developed and conducted basic and applied research related to auditory perception and communication systems. Studied spatial audio, bone-conducted hearing, and sound localization.
Research Scientist, Science Applications International Corporation, Columbia, South Carolina, 4/06 – 9/06. Led basic research studies investigating physiological indicators of deception for the Department of Defense.
Post-doctoral Fellow, American Society for Engineering Education, Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground,Maryland, 6/03 – 1/04. Developed and conducted auditory perception research in a basic laboratory setting. Main research projects were focused on auditory distance perception and designing spatial audio interfaces.
Teaching and Research Assistant, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, 8/97 – 5/03. Assisted in teaching courses in cognitive psychology and statistics. Conducted research in auditory perception and decision-making under uncertainty.
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- Attention-guided speech enhancement for hearing-impaired listeners (funded 1/6/2017). Role: Principal Investigator. NIH Support of Competitive Research (SC1) grant. Amount: $856,933 ($600,000 direct costs, $256,933 indirect costs) over 4 years.
- Development of a model of multisource sound localization (5/22/2009 – 9/15/2009). Role: Principal Investigator. Army Research Laboratory Director’s Research Initiative (DRI) grant. Amount: $100,000 direct costs.
Assistant/Associate Professor, New Mexico State University, 8/07 – present.
- PSY 310: Research Methods
- PSY 311: Advanced Research Seminar
- PSY 340: Cognitive Psychology
- PSY 380: Perception
- PSY 507: Quantitative Methods in Psychology I
- PSY 508: Quantitative Methods in Psychology II
- PSY 510: Computer Methods
- PSY 522: Sensation and Perception
- PSY 524: Cognitive Psychology
Guest Instructor, Morgan State University, 1/06 – 4/06. Co-taught the graduate seminar ‘Auditory and Visual Issues in Human Factors.’
Committees and Service
Graduate Student Committees
- M.S.: 17 committees
- Ph.D.: 16 committees
- Statistics Committee, Chair
- Graduate Committee, Member
Member, Editorial Board
- Basic and Applied Social Psychology
Ad Hoc Reviewer
- Behavior Research Methods
- Human Factors
- IEEE Proceedings
- Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
- Journal of Neuroscience
- Journal of Sound and Vibration
- PLoS Computational Biology
- Ecybermission Online Science Fair Volunteer Judge, 2007 – 2010
Honors and Awards
Recipient of the 2011 – 2012 NMSU 1Y+ Online Teaching Fellowship, a competitive and funded award focused on the development of online teaching curricula.