Shannon McGillivray, Ph.D.


Brief Biography

I'm originally from a small town in Northern California about 100 miles north of San Francisco.  At 16, I decided to take a less than traditional academic track and dropped out of high school, and enrolled in my local community college. After a few years there, I transfered to UC Berkeley where I received my bachelor's degree in Psychology.  After my undergrad, I spent 4 years working in a neuropsychological/behavioral lab where I gained invaluable research experience.  I entered graduate school at UCLA, and received my Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology in 2013.  A few weeks after graduation I joined the faculty here at Weber State.  I love being in the classroom and working with students, as well as continuing with research. My research interests focus primarily on memory, metacognition, and decision making, particularly within the field of cognitive aging.  More specifically, I am interested in factors such as interest, emotion, and strategic processes that positively influence and enhance explicit memory, decision making, and metacognitive accuracy in younger and older adults.  For fun I enjoy watching movies, relaxing, kayaking, and hiking with my husband and our awesome dog Lucy (aka Ruru).