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Justin Z. Zhan, Ph.D.

Director of ILAB

Department of Computer Science

College of Engineering

North Carolina A&T State University

Email: zzhan@ncat.edu (NCA&T)

 jzhan@unc.edu (UNC-Chapel Hill)

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Dr. Justin Zhan is the director of ILAB. He is a faculty member at Department of Computer Science, College of Engineering, North Carolina A&T State University. He has previously been a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University and National Center for the Protection of Financial Infrastructure in South Dakota State. His research interests include Big Data, Information Assurance, Social Computing, and Health Science. He is a steering chair of ASE/IEEE International Conference on Social Computing (SocialCom), ASE/IEEE International Conference on Privacy, Security, Risk and Trust (PASSAT), and ASE/IEEE International Conference on BioMedical Computing (BioMedCom). He is currently an editor-in-chief of International Journal of Privacy, Security and Integrity, International Journal of Social Computing and Cyber-Physical Systems, and managing editor of SCIENCE journal and HUMAN Journal. He has served as a conference general chair, a program chair, a publicity chair, a workshop chair, or a program committee member for 160 international conferences and an editor-in-chief, an editor, an associate editor, a guest editor, an editorial advisory board member, or an editorial board member for 30 journals. He has published 150 articles in peer-reviewed journals and conferences and delivered above 30 keynote speeches and invited talks. He has been involved in a number of projects ($60 million) as a PI or a Co-PI, funded by the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, National Institute of Health, etc.

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Solomon Bililign, Ph. D.
ILAB Advisory Board
Professor of Physics
Director: NOAA-ISET Center
North Carolina A&T State University
Greensboro, NC 27411
306 Marteena, 302 Gibbs (Center office)
Phone (336)-285-2328
(336)285-3259 (IRC-Laser Lab)
Fax: 336- 256-2542

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Dr. Solomon Bililign is a professor of Physics at North Carolina A&T State University He has been at NCA&T since 1993. He did his undergraduate and MS work in Physics at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, PhD at the University of Iowa and a two year postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Utah department of Chemistry. He has done research at several national laboratories including Oak Ridge National Lab, Los Alamos National Lab. His area of specialization includes Experimental and Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics /and Chemical Physics. His current research is focused on use of laser based spectroscopic techniques for atmospheric applications. It involves characterizing organic and inorganic acids and aerosols in the atmosphere emitted by Biomass burning and their impact on climate and air quality. His lab uses cavity ring down spectroscopy (CRD) to measure overtone induced dissociation of organic acids and measurement of optical properties of aerosols. He also uses negative ion proton transfer mass spectrometry to measure gas phase acidities of organic acids. Bililign served as the Physics Department Chair from 2001-2006 and developed several new courses, degree programs concentrations in geophysics and a BS program in Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology.  Bililign received over 15 million in grants that include very competitive and prestigious awards like NSF-CAREER, NSF-PIRE and NSF-MRI.  In 2005 he lead a team of thirty-one scientists and engineers in eight institutions to win a $12.5 million award from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to establish the NOAA-ISET Center where he is a director.  Bililign also had several appointments both nationally and internationally- In 200-2001 NIST-JILA visiting fellow in Boulder Colorado (2000-2001) and in 2003 a visiting professor at the University of Marseille in France (2003) an adjunct professor at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia since 2009. In 2001-2003 he was named “Outstanding Senior Researcher” for NCA&T. In 2010 he is named as the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts Alumni Fellow, and is the recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering mentoring in 2011. In 2012 he received the Interdisciplinary team award from NCA&T.

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Fatemeh Afghah, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
North Carolina A&T State University
Email: fafghah@ncat.edu
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Fatemeh Afghah is an Assistant Professor at Department of Electrical and Computer engineering, North Carolina A&T State University. She is the director of Wireless Networking (WiNet) Laboratory.  She received her PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering form University of Maine, ME, in 2013. She was a visiting graduate student at the ECE department, University of Maryland, College Park, MD during 2012-13. She received her B.Sc and M.Sc in Electrical Engineering from Khajeh Nassir Toosi University of Technology (K.N.T.U), Tehran, Iran in 2005 and 2008, respectively, both with honor. She served as GOLD Affinity Group Chair at IEEE Maine Section from 2011-2013. She was a Member-at-Large of IEEE Maine section (2010-11). She received several awards such as Maine Economic Improvement Fund (MEIF) Doctoral Fellowship Award, 2012; Graduate Student Government Research Grant, University of Maine, 2012; Dissertation fellowship, University of Maine, 2013; N2Women fellowship 2013, ITU Granted fellowship in ITU TELECOM 2008, Elite student award during the B.Sc and M.Sc form K.N.Toosi University and Granted Fellowship by ITU TELECOM world, 2006. Her research focuses on wireless communication systems, sensor networks, game theory, decentralized decision making in cognitive systems, machine learning, cooperative communication, and smart grids. Her research area includes different optimization problems in various applications such as communication networks, autonomous control, cognitive systems and big data analysis. This involves utilizing game theoretical, dynamic and static programming, convex optimization and linear programming techniques.

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Rajeev Agrawal, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Computer Systems Technology

School of Technology

Email: ragrawal@ncat.edu

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Dr. Rajeev Agrawal is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computers Systems Technology, School of Technology, North Carolina A & T State University (NCAT), Greensboro, North Carolina. Prior to joining NCAT, he worked at Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Michigan as Visiting Faculty. He completed his PhD in 2009 from Wayne State University in Computer Science on Narrowing down the Semantic Gap between Content and Context in Image Clustering and Retrieval. Dr. Agrawal has significant industrial experience; he was employed with CDAC, India and HP Company. At HP, he worked in Business Intelligence Group on airline and Medicaid projects dealing with BigData. He received best paper award for his paper on Image Clustering Using Multimodal Keywords in the International Conference on Semantics and Digital Media Technology, Athens, Greece in 2006. His current research focuses on BigData, Anomaly Detection in Computer Network, Healthcare Fraud Detection, and Predicting the Movement of Dynamic Objects in geospatial domain. He has published 40 refereed journal and conference papers and 4 book chapters. Dr. Agrawal actively serves as committee member/chair and reviewer for conferences and journals in his area of research. Currently, he is vice-chair of IEEE, North Carolina Council. He is a member of IEEE, IEEE-Computer Society, ACM, and ASEE.

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Shyam Aravamudhan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Nonoengineering

Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering

North Carolina A&T State University

Email: saravamu@ncat.edu

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Shyam Aravamudhan is an Assistant Professor of Nanoengineering at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN), North Carolina A&T State University. Shyam previously worked as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (Emergency Response and Air Toxicants Branch in the Division of Laboratory Sciences) and as a Post-doctoral Fellow in Biomedical Engineering (Neuroengineering) at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA. Shyam has published over 35 papers in peer-reviewed journals, referred conferences and 2 issued patents with over 200 citations. Shyam’s research interests lie at the intersection of micro/nanotechnology, electronics and life sciences, with an overarching goal to question and better understand how biological systems function. Shyam’s other research projects include nanotoxicity, nanobioelectronic systems, regenerative medicine and bio and environmental sensors.

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Associate Professor

Department of Accounting

School of Business & Economics

Email: ldcarte2@ncat.edu

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Dr. Lemuria Carter is an Associate Professor at School of Business & Economics, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.  Her research interestsinclude technology adoption, electronic government, online trust, cyber security,and social media utilization in the public sector. She has published in several top-tier information journals, including the Journal of Strategic Information Systems,Information Systems Journal, Communications of the ACM, Computers in Human Behavior, DATA BASE for Advances in Information Systems and Information Systems Frontiers. Her research has been funded by the Institute for Homeland Security Solutions and the IBM Center for the Business of Government. Dr. Carter’s initial study on e-government adoptionpublished in Information Systems Journal (ISJ) in 2005 is one of the most cited paperson the topic, with more than 390 Google citations and 99 ISI citations. It was reportedas the most cited paper in the history of ISJ as of January 2008 (in 2009 the journal stopped reporting this information). Dr. Carter has served as track and mini-track chair for the Americas Conference on Information Systems and the Hawaii InternationalConference on System Sciences.  She has served as a guest editor of eServices Journaland currently serves as an Associate Editor of the International Journal of E-government Research.

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ilab-9_副本-150x150Terrolyn P. Carter, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Sociology and Social Work

College of Arts & Sciences

Email: tpcarter@ncat.edu

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Dr. Terrolyn P. Carter is an associate professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Social Work at NCAT and Coordinator of the Sociology Program. Her current research interests lie in the area of educational outcomes among African Americans, civic and political engagement, and emerging adulthood. Dr. Carter teaches undergraduate courses in social statistics, research methods, and demography.  She also teaches an experiential-learning course on community, which engages students in neighborhoods, schools, and other civic entities across northeast Greensboro, NC. Prior to joining the faculty at N C A & T, Dr. Carter was the Program Director of the NSF-funded Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) and Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Programs at Howard University. She also served as co-principal investigator of a project from the U.S. Department of Education to develop faculty and student learning communities at four HBCUs to enhance academic achievement of African American students in the STEM fields. Dr. Carter has publications on educational outcomes, civic and social engagement, and STEM education. In addition, she currently serves as founding board member of the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood. She received her undergraduate degree from Xavier University of Louisiana and both her Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Missouri.

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Chris Doss, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

College of Engineering

North Carolina A&T State University

Email: cdoss@ncat.edu

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Dr. Christopher C. Doss received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering in Spring, 1994 from the University of South Florida. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University in Spring, 1997 and 2001, respectively. While working on his Ph.D., Dr. Doss served as an instructor at Wake Technical Community College, where he worked until Summer 2001. Dr. Doss currently holds an AssociateProfessor position at Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, North Carolina A & T State University. Dr.Doss’ current research interests focus on the design and implementation of applications on reconfigurable computing systems for assistive domotics, and utilizing mobile technology for STEM education. His current active research centers on developing interactive systems that provide educational tools on several platforms, including smartphones, tablets and desktops. This research also includes the development of new tools.

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Associate Professor

Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

College of Engineering

Email: lbdavis@ncat.edu

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Dr. Lauren Berrings Davis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at North Carolina A&T State University. She received her B.S. in Computational Mathematics from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1991. Her M.S.in Industrial and Management Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1992;and her Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from North Carolina State University in 2005. Prior to coming to A&T she spent 12 years as a senior software engineer at IBM supporting SAP implementations in RTP, Guadalajara and Shenzen. Her research area primarilyaddresses  stochastic modeling of supply chain systems, with application areas in humanitarianlogistics and homeland security. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and The Department of Homeland Security. Dr. Davis is an active member of IIEand INFORMS and currently serves on the editorial board for the International Journalof Operations Research and Information Systems.

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Albert C. Esterline, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Computer Science

College of Engineering

North Carolina A&T State University

Email: esterlin@ncat.edu

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Dr. Albert Esterline is Associate Professor of Computer Science at North Carolina A&T State University. His current research interests include multiagent systems, the Semantic Web, Web science, sensor webs, data fusion, modal logics for software specification, computer-based structural health management, and human-computer integration. He has also conducted significant interdisciplinary research with colleagues in mathematics, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering.  Dr. Esterline has graduated over 70 MS students and has been a co-advisor for five PhD students.  His students have won numerous awards at the McNair Symposium, the ADMI (Computing at Minority Institutions)Symposium, and the NC-LSAMP conference, and he was recognized as the outstanding faculty mentor at the 2001 NC-LSAMP Conference. Dr. Esterline’s research has been fundedby NASA, NOAA, the Army, Navy, and Air Force, the ARO, the NRO, the NIA, the NSF, Raytheon, and General Dynamics. He has over 100 publications in the areas of multiagent systems, formal methods, human-computer integration, situation awareness, formal logic, data fusion, the Semantic Web, soft computing, and machine learning. Dr. Esterline grew up in rural Minnesota and received his BS in philosophy from Lawrence University (Appleton, WI). He received a Master of Letters (M.Litt.) and PhD in philosophy from the University of St. Andrews (Scotland) as well as an MS in mathematics and a PhD in computer science from the University of Minnesota.

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Kossi Edoh, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Mathematics

College of Arts & Sciences

North Carolina A&T State University

Email: kdedoh@ncat.edu

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Dr. Kossi Edoh is Associate Professor of Mathematics and Assistant Director of the Center for AcademicExcellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE/IAE) at North Carolina A&T State University.Prior to joining NC A&T, he was a faculty in the Department of Computer Science, Montclair StateUniversity, NJ. Dr. Edoh was part of ONR Summer Faculty Research Program at the Naval UnderseaWarfare Center, Newport, Rhode Island in 2011. His research areas include Information Assurance,Numerical Analysis, and Social Network Analysis. His current topics are: Cryptography – Elliptic CurveCryptography and its Implementation; Imaging Science – Using Heat/Diffusion Maps in Image Mining;and Large-Scale Social Network Analysis using Diffusion Wavelets. He has developed and taught acourse in cryptography. As a PI he has directed a research and training programs in information assurancefrom 2006 – 2009 for both undergraduate and graduate students through grants provided by NationalSecurity Agency and NC A&T State University. Dr. Edoh has Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from SimonFraser University, Canada and did some graduate work in Computer Science at Old Dominion University,Virginia. His publications span areas in both Mathematics and Computer Science.

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Loury Floyd, Ph.D.

Associate Dean

School of Education

Email: lfloyd@ncat.edu

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Dr. Loury Ollison Floyd is an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs in the School of Education. Dr. Floyd completed her doctoral studies at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Dr. Floyd was honored as the 2007 Rookie Researcher of the Year at her institution. She has collaborated with colleagues to secure state funding in excess of $235,000 to enhance teacher quality in low-performing school districts. Her current research focus is teaching students with special needs, working with families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and inclusive education. Dr. Floyd has written eight mini-grants to create Home Learning Tool-Kits for families. She has also co-authored articles published in Teacher Education and Special Education, Intervention in School and Clinic, Academic Exchange Quarterly and The Educational Forum, The Clearing House and Centroid. Dr. Floyd has also co-authored two book chapters Relationships In and Outside the Inclusive Classroom and Response to Intervention and Inclusion: Facilitating Collaborative Arrangements. Dr. Floyd teaches courses which emphasize the use of evidenced based strategies for students with learning and behavior problems, family involvement and inclusive education.

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Picture Kelly GravesKelly N. Graves, Ph.D., HSP-P
Executive Director, Center for Behavioral Health and Wellness
Associate Professor, Dept of Human Development & Services
NC A&T State University
913 Bluford Street
Greensboro, NC 27401
Email: kngrave2@ncat.edu
Phone: 336-285-2605
Fax: 336-256-2880

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Dr. Kelly Graves is the Executive Director of the Center for Behavioral Health and Wellness at North Carolina A&T State University and an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development and Services.  Dr. Graves received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, completed her clinical internship at Emory University School of Medicine, and is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of North Carolina. She has over 15 years of experience in working with community-based programs to bridge the gap between research and practice by developing systems that are data-driven, collaborative, culturally congruent, and individualized to meet the needs of the target population. She focuses on risk and resiliency among children exposed to violence and trauma across services systems (law enforcement, mental health, social services, and juvenile justice), developing trauma-informed systems, the overlap between mental health and substance abuse, positive youth development, and ensuring evidence-based practices in community settings. In those capacities, she has designed and implemented multiple local, state, and federal research programs that examine and enhance the implementation and delivery of services across multiple service settings. She currently serves as the PI on a federal demonstration grant with OVC that builds law enforcement-mental health partnerships to address the needs of children exposed to violence and trauma. She is an accomplished scholar with over 20 peer-reviewed publications and is the author of “Responding to Family Violence: A Research-Based Guide for Therapists” published by Routledge in 2012.

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Dukka KC, Ph.D.

Graduate Coordinator

Department of Computational Science and Engineering

College of Engineering

North Carolina A&T State University

Email: dbkc@ncat.edu

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Dr. Dukka KC is an assistant professor and graduate coordinator in the Department of Computational Science and Engineering at North Carolina A&T State University.  He received his B.E. in Computer Science, M.Inf. and Ph.D. in Bioinformatics from Kyoto University in 2001, 2003 and 2006 respectively.  Prior to joining A&T he has been a postdoctoral fellow at Georgia Institute of Technology, postdoctoral fellow at UNC-charlotte, Cancer Research Training Award Fellow at National Cancer Institute at NIH and Bioinformatics Analyst at Center for Information Technology at NIH. His research interests include development of various computational approaches but not limited to elucidation of protein sequence, structure, function and evolution relationship, analysis of Next-gen sequencing data and analysis of Micro-array data. His primary interests are development of algorithms and methodology for various important problems in the field of bioinformatics. During his career he has received numerous awards and fellowships  such as the Japanese Government of Education Scholarship, C&C International Foundation award. He has served as reviewer for various journals in the field of bioinformatics and computational biology.

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Matthew B. McCullough, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Chemical, Biological, and Bioengineering

College of Engineering

North Carolina A&T State University

Email: mattbm@ncat.edu

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Dr. Matthew McCullough is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical, Biological, and Bioengineering at his alma mater North Carolina A&T State University.Dr. McCullough graduated from A&T in 2001 with a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering and obtained his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Iowa, under theadvisorship of Dr. Nicole Grosland.  His research area was hand and wrist musculoskeletalbiomechanics, focusing on total wrist arthroplasty design and simulation and upper extremity kinematics.  Dr. McCullough completed his post-doctoral training at Mayo Clinic,in Rochester, MN, working on orthopaedic biomechanics and physiology cellular imaging laboratories.  His post-doctoral research included non-invasive imaging of muscle tissueas well as cadaveric studies of the foot and ankle.  Dr. McCullough’s long term goals include educating undergraduate, and graduate students, as well as the general community in biomechanics and biomedical engineering.  His research interests include the affects of diabetes, arthritis and other diseases on the musculoskeletal system.  He plans to studythese areas from both theoretical/computational and experimental perspectives which includebut are not limited to finite element analysis, whole body simulation, and image reconstruction.Dr. McCullough currently serves on the diversity committee for the American Society of Biomechanics and has served as an ad-hoc reviewer for various biomechanics journals.

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Diedrich Schmidt, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Physics

College of Arts & Sciences

North Carolina A&T State University

Email: daschmid@ncat.edu

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Dr. Diedrich Schmidt received a PhD in Physics and a PhD in Nanotechnology in 2005 fromthe University of Washington, Seattle, where he used various surface science technique to investigate thin-film growth on silicon in ultra-high vacuum. He then moved to Japanfor two years as an independent Research Fellow in the International Center for Young Scientists at the National Institute for Materials Science in Tsukuba investigating ionic solvation using FTIR spectroscopy and Car-Parrinello molecular dynamic techniques. Afterwards, he joined the Dept. of Physical Chemistry II at Ruhr-University Bochum where he used terahertz techniques to research ionic and biomolecule solvation, as well as variousvibrational microspectroscopy techniques (scanning near-field optical microscopy (SNOM), infrared-SNOM, and Raman) to investigate properties of organic and inorganic materials such as “smart” polymer surfaces, DNA, living cells, and epitaxial graphene. He is alsobuilding a next-generation, synchrotron-based near-field “nanoscope” in collaboration with the IR team at the ANKA synchrotron in Karlsruhe, Germany. In 2012, he joined the Physics Department at North Carolina A&T State University as an assistant professor of Nanophysics. His research interests include Raman, terahertz, and mid-IR nanoscopy and spectroscopy of biological and complex fundamental systems, and are divided into three main thrusts: 1] exploring nanoscale physics and materials science using spectroscopicand cutting-edge nanoscopy techniques, such as infrared-SNOM; 2] understanding fundamentalaspects of biology, such as interaction of biomolecules with their surrounding environment;and 3] combining nanoscale materials science with biomolecules to create hybrid biocompatibleorganic light-harvesting devices.

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Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology

College of Arts & Sciences

Email: jdstephe@ncat.edu

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Dr. Joseph D. W. Stephens is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at North Carolina A&T State University.He earned his Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University in 2006 and joined the faculty of NC A&T in 2008. His primary research focus investigates the perceptual mechanisms by which humans integrate auditory and visual information in speech perception, and has been funded by the National Institutes of Health. Dr Stephens regularly teaches courses on Memory & Cognition, Sensation & Perception, and Statistics.