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Dr. Bryan Raudenbush
Department Chair
Email: raudenbc@wju.edu
Phone: 304-243-2330

Dr. Michael Austin Kirkpatrick

Michael Austin Kirkpatrick
Department of Psychology

Associate Professor of Psychology
M.A.,Ph.D., The University of Mississippi
Major, Psychology; Minor, Behavioral Pharmacology
B.A., Lynchburg College
Double Major: Philosophy and Psychology

Wheeling Jesuit University
316 Washington Avenue
Wheeling, West Virginia 26003
Office: Donahue 243D
Phone: 304-243-4429
Fax: 304-243-4441


Ph.D., M.A. (1984 1989). The University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS 38677
Thesis and dissertation director: Stephen C. Fowler
Major: Psychology
Minor: Behavioral Pharmacology.

B.A. (1980-1984). Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, VA 24501
Majors: Philosophy and Psychology (double).

Professional Experience:

2015-present, Professor of Psychology (Starting Fall 2015).
2006-2015, Associate Professor of Psychology (Starting Fall 2006; tenure earned 2010-2011)
Psychology Program, Wheeling Jesuit University, Wheeling, WV 26003

  • Committee Service: Faculty Welfare (term 2013-2015; Chair; 2013-2014), Faculty Council (2009-2012, 2016-2018; Chair, 2016), Academic Policy Committee (secretary/2008-2009),Task Force for Cost Reduction and Efficiency (2013-2014); Budget Committee (term 2013-2015), Faculty Research & Grants Committee, Chair (2011-2012), Bold/BLA Advisory Committee (2007-2008), Haig Research Award Committee (twice), Faculty Morale Committee, Accreditation Self-Study: Mission and Identity Task Force (Task Force 1), Research and Scholarship Symposium (Judge; 2007-present).
  • Departmental Service: Coordinator, Cognitive Neuroscience Concentration in Psychology.

2003-2006, Associate Professor of Psychology --Tenured August 2005.
2000-2003, Assistant Professor of Psychology (Fall 2000 - Spring 2003)
Psychology Program, Wesley College, Dover, DE 19901

  • Committee Participation: Faculty Affairs (Chair), Ad Hoc-Restructuring, Student Academic Standards (Chair), Faculty Evaluation, Psychology Program Development, Library and Institutional Technology, Selection Committee for DuPont Endowed Scholarship, Nursing Faculty Search Committee.

1996-2000, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology
School of Sciences, Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, VA 24501

1996 (1/96-5/96), Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology, Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA 17815-1301

1994-1995 (8/94-5/95) Teacher/Head Teacher
Wego School, 50 Ju-Hai Road, Pei Tou, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC

1993-1994 (9/93-1/94) Program Director
Mediplex Rehabilitation Center of the North Shore, 70 Granite Street, Lynn, MA 01904

1990-1993, Behavior Analyst
Datahr Rehabilitation Institute, 135 Old State Road, Brookfield, CT 06804
9/92 9/93 Assistant Program Director/Behavior Analyst
9/91-9/92 Behavior Analyst/Program Evaluation Coordinator
9/90-9/91 Behavior Analyst

1989-1990 (9/89 7/90), Psychologist
North Mississippi Retardation Center, Highway 7 Bypass, Oxford, MS 38655
12/89-7/90 Psychologist I
8/89-12/89 Associate Psychologist

University/College Courses Taught:

  • Adult Development and Aging (graduate)
  • Advanced General Psychology
  • Behavior Modification
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology with Laboratory
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Directed Research
  • Drugs & Behavior (Psychopharmacology)
  • Experimental Psychology
  • General Psychology
  • History and Systems of Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Health Psychology Laboratory
  • Honor's Program
  • Physiological Psychology
  • Physiological Psychology Laboratory
  • Psychology of Learning
  • Psychology of Learning Laboratory
  • Research in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Seminar in Relaxation and Arousal Regulation
  • Seminar in Behaviorism
  • Sport Psychology
  • Statistics for Social Scientists
  • Statistics for Social Scientists Laboratory


Kirkpatrick, M. A. & Stover, A. (2014). A minimalist approach to training exercisers to estimate and control heart rate. Journal of Sport Behavior, 37 (4), 370-389.

Kirkpatrick, M. A. & Groves, A. S. (2011). Verbal Feedback Facilitates Heart Rate Discrimination and Differentiation in Human Participants. European Journal of Behavior Analysis,12 (2), 431–439.

Kirkpatrick, M. A. & Lesser, A. D. (2010). A procedure for framing visual imagery as conditioned behavior. Journal of Behavioral Health and Medicine, 3, 196-215.

Kirkpatrick, M. A., Stant, K., Downes, S., & Gaither, L. (2008). Perceived Locus of Control and Academic Performance: Broadening the Construct's Applicability. Journal of College Student Development, 49,486-496.

Post, A. R., & Kirkpatrick, M. A. (2004). Toilet training for a young boy with pervasive developmental disorder. Behavior Interventions, 19, 45-50.

Anderson, G. & Kirkpatrick, M. A. (2002). Variable effects of a behavioral treatment package on the performance of inline roller speed skaters. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 35, 195-198.

Buck, G. H., Polloway, E. A., Kirkpatrick, M. A., Patton, J. R., & McConnell-Fad, K. (2000). Developing Behavioral Intervention Plans: A Sequential Approach. Intervention in School and Clinic, 36, pp. 3-9.

Fowler, S. C., & Kirkpatrick, M. A. (1989). Behavior- decrementing effects of low doses of haloperidol result from disruption in rats' control of force and duration of response. Behavioural Pharmacology, 1, 123 132.

Kirkpatrick, M. A., & Fowler, S. C. (1989). Force proportional reinforcement: Pimozide dose not reduce rats' emission of higher forces for sweeter rewards. Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior, 32, 499 504.

Kirkpatrick, M. A. & Fowler, S. C. (1989). Operant force band differentiation by rats using two different response topographies. Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society, 27, 52 54.

McClure, J. T., Moss, R. A., McPeters, J. W. & Kirkpatrick, M. A. (1986). Reduction of hand mouthing by a boy with profound mental retardation. Mental Retardation, 24, 219 222.

Book Reviews:

Kirkpatrick, M. A. (2001). [A review of Pliszka, Carlson, and Swanson's book ADHD With Comorbid Disorders: Clinical Assessment and Management]. Remedial and Special Education, 22, pp. 57-58.

Kirkpatrick, M. A. (2000). [Review of Ronald T. Brown's book Cognitive Aspects of Chronic Illness in Children]. Remedial and Special Education, 21, pp. 378-379.

Editorial, Review and Service Activities:

Consulting Editor (December, 1999 to present), Remedial and Special Education. A Publication of PRO-ED Journals.

Textbook review (Spring 2009, Fall 2010) Health Psychology 7th Edition By Edward Sarafino and Timothy W. Smith

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Behavioral Health and Medicine (JBHM). Behavior Analysis Online; Joe Cautilli Lead Editor and Publisher. September 2007 to December 2010.

Guest Reviewer, Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (JABA). Phil Ward, Associate Editor to Pat Friman, Editor of JABA, Fall 2007.

Senior Associate Editor, Journal of Behavioral Health and Medicine (JBHM). Behavior Analysis Online; Joe Cautilli Lead Editor and Publisher. August, 2006 to August 2007.

Treasurer/Webmaster; Health, Sport and Fitness (HSF) Special Interest Group (SIG), Association for Behavior Analysis. May 2008-May 2009.
Chair/Treasurer May 2004-May 2008.
Chair; May 2002-May 2004.

Member, Board of Directors, Camp Child, PO Box 4621, Lynchburg, VA 24502. A not-for-profit, area summer educational camp for learning disabled children (9/99-6/00).

Virginia Center on Aging, Alzheimer's and Related Diseases Research Award Fund, Peer Reviewer (June, 1998). Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA


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