Jonathan Dunning, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Ph.D. Psychology, Stony Brook University
M.S. Psychology, University of Memphis
B.S. Psychology, University of Georgia

LAS Building, Office 254
Phone: (702) 992-2658

Dr. Dunning earned his B.S. in psychology at The University of Georgia and his Ph.D. in psychology at Stony Brook University. Early in his career, Dr. Dunning realized that he loved to teach and encourage students to become excited about psychology. He has taught many courses covering a broad array of topics; his teaching interests include introductory psychology, emotion, learning, and social psychology.

courses taught
  • PSY 101 General Psychology
  • PSY 375 Advanced Undergraduate Research
  • PSY 412 Motivation and Emotion
  • PSY 420 Psychology of Learning
  • PSY 460 Social Psychology
Research interests

In one line of research, Dr. Dunning studies emotion and fear. Specifically, he uses psychophysiological measures (e.g., facial EMG, startle response, EEG/ERPs) to investigate how people experience emotions, how they can regulate their emotions, and how these processes play a role in fear learning and anxiety disorders. In a more recent line of research, he is engaged in the scholarship of teaching and learning, examining the effectiveness of evidence-based teaching and learning strategies in novel ways and/or contexts.

selected publications & Presentations
  • Benson, W., Dunning, J.P., & Barber, D. (2018). Using distributed practice to help students succeed and feel better about statistics. Poster to be presented at the meeting of the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, St. Pete Beach, FL.
  • Dunning, J. P., & Hajcak, G. (2015). Gradients of fear potentiated startle during generalization, extinction, and extinction recall—and their relations with worry. Behavior Therapy, 46(5), 640-651.
  • Hajcak, G., Dunning, J. P., Foti, D., & Weinberg, A. (2014). Temporal dynamics of emotion regulation. In J. J. Gross (Ed.), Handbook of emotion regulation (2nd ed.). New York, NY: The Guilford Press.
  • Dunning, J. P., DelDonno, S., & Hajcak, G. (2013). The effects of contextual threat and anxiety on affective startle modulation. Biological Psychology, 94, 130-135.
  • Dunning, J. P., Parvaz, M. A., Hajcak, G., Maloney, T., Alia-Klein, N., Woicik, P. A., Telang, F., Wang, G., Volkow, N. D., & Goldstein, R. Z. (2011). Motivated attention to cocaine and emotional cues in abstinent and current cocaine users: An ERP study. European Journal of Neuroscience, 33(9), 1716-1723.