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Associate Dean

University of Central Oklahoma (405) 974-5474 Jackson College of Graduate Studies NUC 404 , Box 117


Robert Mather is Associate Dean of the Jackson College of Graduate Studies and Professor of Psychology at the University of Central Oklahoma. Mather’s primary role is to support the Graduate Dean in the leadership, strategic planning, and oversight of UCO’s portfolio of graduate degrees and certificates. In this endeavor, Dr. Mather emphasizes high quality academic programming and shared faculty governance to promote valued intellectual experiences for students.  

In the Jackson College of Graduate Studies (JCGS), he advises on program development, recruitment, enrollment, retention, marketing, budgeting, staffing, and the Swansea@UCO Ph.D. program. He serves on the Graduate Council, Academic Affairs Curriculum Council, Student Review Board, Institutional Review Board, and is the Director of the Three Minute Thesis Competition. He created and maintains the unit’s Business Continuity Plan and assists in the development of all new graduate programs, including those that are online or accelerated degree programs. He also assists in the development of the University College as the HLC Quality Initiative. He is a Peer Reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and a member of the Writing Team for UCO’s HLC Assurance Argument. In the absence of the Graduate Dean, he is responsible for the routine operations and representation of JCGS.

At UCO, he previously served as Assistant Dean of the Jackson College of Graduate Studies, Chair of the Institutional Review Board and Assistant Chair of the Department of Psychology (17 full-time faculty, 725 undergraduate majors, 100 graduate majors). He also served as Program Coordinator for the M.A. in Forensic Psychology degree, the B.A. in Psychology Degree, and the General Psychology course (2,000 students per semester). He has chaired 17 master’s theses and supervises one doctoral student in the Swansea@UCO Ph.D. program. He been faculty mentor for 35 students awarded Research, Creative, and Scholarly Activities Grants at UCO.

He was editor of Journal of Scientific Psychology from 2007-12 and CEO from 2012-15. He has received several awards, including the Young Alumni Achievement Award from Westminster College, the Outstanding Teacher Award from the Oklahoma Psychological Society, and the Senior Faculty Award for Professional Contributions from the College of Education and Professional Studies at UCO. He will serve as President of the Oklahoma Academy of Science (2020-2021).

He began his teaching career at as a Lecturer at UCO in January of 2001. After teaching at the University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Tech University, and Rose State College, he returned to UCO in 2006. He regularly taught undergraduate courses on social psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, biological psychology, statistics and experimental design and graduate courses on social psychology.

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 in Fulton, Missouri. He conducts research in social psychology and human factors of visual perception.

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

DeLucia, P. R., & Mather, R. D. (2006). Motion extrapolation of car-following scenes in younger and older drivers. Human Factors, 48, 666-674.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Randolph-Seng, B., & Mather, R. D. (2009). Does subliminal persuasion work? It depends on your motivation and awareness. Skeptical Inquirer, 33, 49-53.

Mather, R. D., Martinez, A. M., Lord, W. D., & Boudreaux, M. C. (2013, August). The evolutionary forensic psychology of child abductions and child homicides. Journal of Scientific Psychology, 14-22.

Mather, R. D., & Jefferson, K. W. (2016, May). The authoritarian voter? The psychology and values of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders support. Journal of Scientific Psychology, 1-8.

Mather, R. D., Belden, D., & Sherwood, H. (2017, December). Social cognitive factors of multi-level marketing. Journal of Scientific Psychology, 44-52.

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