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Benjamin Barton Named Chair of Department of Psychology and Communication Studies

The University of Idaho College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences is proud to announce the selection of Benjamin Barton as chair of the Department of Psychology and Communication Studies beginning Monday, Aug. 19, 2019.

"A long-term faculty member, Dr. Barton is a distinguished teacher and boasts a dynamic research program around human factors, where he's studied issues about child safety extensively,” said Sean Quinlan, CLASS dean. “I am quite excited that he's joining CLASS's administrative team. His perspectives and insights will be incredibly important as our college moves forward."

Barton has been with the U of I since 2008, earning the rank of associate professor in 2014.

He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology from the University of Memphis and his Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Barton’s research focuses on the application of developmental and human factor principles to the study on unintentional injury. Primarily, he studies the roles of visual and auditory information in relation to transportation safety and injury prevention. His laboratory – the Palouse Injury Research Laboratory – includes a state-of-the-art virtual reality system with motion and eye-tracking capability.

Barton has delivered numerous presentations, authored many journal articles and book chapters and currently has four manuscripts under review.

"Since joining the Department of Psychology and Communication Studies in 2008, I have enjoyed working with my colleagues and having a voice in the future of our department,” Barton said. “I'm now excited to take the reins and guide our department for the next few years. I look forward to serving our undergraduate majors, working with our graduate program, and helping our communication major succeed."

The Department of Psychology and Communication Studies offers undergraduate degrees in psychology and communication, along with a Master of Science and Ph.D. in psychology, with a focus on human factors. The department currently serves more than 400 students in Moscow and Coeur d’Alene as well as through the university’s online degree program.

Written by Kathy Foss, College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences
Posted July 2019

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