James Schaeffer Ph.D

Assistant Professor
Psychology | School of Humanities and Social Sciences


  • Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology, University of Texas at Arlington, 2018
  • M.A. in Psychology, New Mexico State University, 2013
  • B.S. in Psychology, Ferris State University, 2009

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Stevenson University (2022-present)
  • Assistant Professor, Stephen F. Austin State University, (2018-2022)


My interests are broad. However, they generally center around human memory and cognition, cognitive neuroscience, and health psychology. I’ve conducted research on memory, attention, teaching/learning, anxiety, depression, inflammation, adiposity, and self-regulation. I also have experience with a wide variety of psychophysiological measures, including neuroimaging and electrophysiological techniques


  • Schaeffer, J. D., & Chek, C. J. W. (2022). Recollection, familiarity, and behavioural pattern separation: A correlational study. Memory, 30(10), 1248-1257.
  • Schaeffer, J. D., Newell, C., Spann, C., Siemens, G., & Liegey Dougall, A. (2021). Inflammation, depression, and anxiety related to recognition memory in young adults. The Journal of General Psychology, 1-25.
  • Schaeffer, J. D., Yennu, A. S., Gandy, K. C., Tian, F., Liu, H., & Park, H. (2014). An fNIRS investigation of associative recognition in the prefrontal cortex with a rapid event-related design. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 235, 308-315.


  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Research Methods/Data Analysis
  • The Psychology of Sleep

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