Dr. Zachary Himmelberger joins the Division of Behavioral Sciences as a lecturer in psychology. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rivier College in Nashua, N.H., and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in experimental psychology (emphasis in cognitive psychology and developmental science) from the University of Alabama. His dissertation title is The Acquisition of Survey Knowledge Across Repeated Exposures to a Novel Environment in Individuals with Down Syndrome.
Most recently, Himmelberger was an instructor at the University of Alabama, where he taught undergraduate courses in psychology and statistics. He was also a research assistant for Dr. Edward Merrill at the University of Alabama. Recent research includes: how typically developing adults process different kinds of spatial relationships in their environment; strengths and weaknesses of wayfinding in people with Down syndrome; and how variation in attitudes towards people with intellectual disability is related to self-reported feelings of discomfort and avoidance behavior.