Shawn R. Charlton, PhD
University of Central Arkansas
Originally, from St. Anthony, Idaho, I have lived in Logan, Utah—where I earned my bachelors in psychology from Utah State University (2001); Santiago, Chile—where I learned just how fascinating and complex human behavior can be; San Diego, California—where I completed my masters (2003) and PhD (2006) in experimental psychology at the University of California, San Diego; and Conway, Arkansas—where I work at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) as associate professor of psychology, director of Undergraduate Programs in Psychology, and sponsor for the UCA chapter of Psi Chi. I have been at UCA and served as the faculty sponsor for our chapter of Psi Chi since 2007.
I strongly believe undergraduates must be directly involved in scientific research. Undergraduates serve a major role in my laboratory where we study the effect of time on decision-making. My students actively seek Psi Chi grants/awards, present at regional and national conferences, and write our results for publication.
Since 2007, I have served Psi Chi at the local, regional, and national level. Our UCA chapter has received 8 consecutive Model Chapter awards, a Regional Chapter Award, the Ruth Hubbard Cousins National Award, and the Kay Wilson Officer Team Leadership Award (all in the last 5 years). I recently served two terms on the Southwestern Regional Steering Committee and currently serve on the Faculty Advisor Support and Resources Committee. I am an active reviewer for Psi Chi grants and awards as well as for the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research.
Fun Facts About Dr. Charlton
What are your hobbies?
Most of my free time is spent with my family. We enjoy playing games, movies, and traveling. When not with the family, I enjoy reading, hiking, and playing racquetball.
What is the best trip you’ve ever taken?
Last Thanksgiving we took our children to San Diego. They were born there while I was in graduate school, but we had not visited as a family in more than 8 years. We loved it! We enjoyed the old memories and created a whole set of new treasured memories.
What is your favorite food?
With the exception of seafood, I like it all. However, if you forced me to choose, I would take a big plate of steak nachos over most other foods.
What sort of student were you?
Quiet. I went to class, did my work, and tried to be involved, but I was never the student that answered all the questions. I knew what my professional goals were and focused on getting these done.
Who is favorite psychologist?
B.F. Skinner. Skinner’s idea of selection by consequences at multiple levels resonates wonderfully with my world view.
What are three words that best describe you?
Focused, quiet, lighthearted.
What is your favorite class to teach?
I really, really like the courses that I am teaching now: Judgment & Decision-Making, Evolutionary Psychology, Psychology of Learning, and a research laboratory course. It would be very hard to choose a favorite from these.
What is the last book you read?
There is Life After College by Jeffrey Selingo and Abaddon’s Gate (Book 3 of the Expanse) by James S. A. Corey. I normally read multiple books from different genres at the same time, and I happened to finish both of these on the same day.
What is your favorite band?
I don’t really have a favorite band. I listen to 80’s rock, alternative, country, classical, rock or pop in Spanish, and Broadway musicals depending on my mood for the day. Which bands are my favorite depend on what genre of music I’m into that day.