Thom Dunn

Thom DunnTitle: Associate Professor

Degree: Ph.D., 1999, University of Cincinnati, Clinical Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology

My Area of Interest:

Neuropsychological Malingering

I have two broad areas of interest. Primarily, I am interested in neuropsychological assessment and issues of malingering and response bias. While commercially available tests are sometimes used for this purpose, I am interested in novel ways to detect effort of those undergoing neuropsychological evaluation. At present, I am studying whether a test of executive function, the Tower of Hanoi, is an effective measure for response bias. Additionally, I have an interest in the intersection of medicine and psychology, particularly the management of psychological issues in the acute care setting.

My Teaching

I teach a broad range of classes, including statistics, cognition, physiological psychology, and psychopharmacology. I believe the role of the instructor is to excite and energize students to go above and beyond the material. I am particularly gratified when students tell me that they repeated something that I taught them to their roommate or friends because what they learned was so interesting. I have been fortunate to have several students go on to Ph.D. programs and always like hearing that things they learned in my classes have benefited them in graduate school.

My Latest Professional Activity

  • Dunn, T.M., Rhodes, A., Crowder, S. and Poole, K. (2012). Tower Test of the D-KEFS: Comparisons between control, clinical and fake bad groups. Poster presented to the national meeting of the Association of Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.
  • Poole, K., Crowder, S., Dunn, T.M. and Rhodes, A. (2012). Implicit Memory of Mirror Tracing Task and Response Bias. Poster presented to the national meeting of the Association of Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.
  • Pierce, C. A., Sheldon, J. C., Dunn, T. M., Vierthaler, J. M., Yamato, Y., & House, R., (2011, November). Practice and training opportunities for psychology on a consultation liaison service at a safety net hospital. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, Phoenix, AZ
  • Retzlaff, P., Dunn, T.M. and Harwood, T.M. (2011). The Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory–III. In: Harwood, T.M., Beutler, L.E. and Groth-Marnat, G. (Eds). Integrative Assessment of Adult Personality, 2nd ed. pp. 219 – 251. Guilford Press: New York.

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