|West Region Vice President Bio|
Ethan A. McMahan, PhD
Ethan A. McMahan earned a BS in psychology with High Distinction from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Following this, he earned an MS and a PhD in experimental psychology from the University of Wyoming. After receiving his PhD, Dr. McMahan moved to Western Oregon University (WOU) where he is now an assistant professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences. He regularly teaches courses in introductory and advanced research methods, statistics for the behavioral sciences, and positive psychology. He is passionate about introducing students to research in psychology and supporting and facilitating undergraduate research. Accordingly, he also serves as the coordinator for the Program of Undergraduate Research at WOU. Dr. McMahan is a faculty coadvisor of the WOU Chapter of Psi Chi and has served in this role since 2010. In addition, he also served on the steering and research grants committees for the Western Region of Psi Chi and regularly reviews manuscripts for the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research. His own research interests are in areas related to positive psychology, environmental psychology, and the teaching of psychology. Although early in his career, he has published many journal articles and provided numerous presentations on these topics. His most recent work focuses on examining affective responses to natural versus built environments.