Throughout my professional career I have had a strong interest in two areas of psychology: (a) cognition, and (b) intellectual and developmental Disabilities. In addition to doing a lot of research in these areas, early in my career I developed a course in "Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities" (Psychology 442) and also spent a post-doctoral year in the area of child clinical psychology at the Nisonger Center for the Study of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities of the Ohio State University. My interest in cognition and intellectual disability continues--even though I have taken early retirement. For example, I continue to teach as an emeritus professor the course in "Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities" (Psychology 442). I also function as a member of the Behavior Review Committee of the St. Lawrence County Association for Retarded Citizens, also known more simply as St. Lawrence County ARC. The Committee is responsible for reviewing behavioral data of consumers and assessing the appropriateness of behavioral interventions designed to improve functioning. I find this work very engaging and helpful in staying current in the field of developmental disabilities. Lastly, I have continued to do research in the areas of reading and memory. I especially enjoy presenting research findings at the annual meetings of the Psychonomic Society.
A Sample of Some Recent Conference Presentations
Cunningham, T. F., & Healy, A. F. (2006, November). Is word detection better than letter detection while reading prose? Poster presented at the 47th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Houston, TX.
Healy, A. F., & Cunningham, T. F. (2009, November). Detection of letter and letter sequence targets while processing prose. Poster presented at the 50th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Boston, MA.