Mathews, Maureen

Title: Assistant Professor of Psychology

Department: Department of Social Sciences

Phone: 757-771-1088



  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Eastern Washington University
  • Master of Science, Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Social Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University


Dr. Mathews completed a B.A. in Psychology with honors from Eastern Washington University in 2004. She then earned her M.S. in Psychology in 2007 and her Ph.D. in 2009 from Virginia Commonwealth University. During her graduate work, Dr. Mathews taught statistics at Virginia Commonwealth University, earning the Outstanding Psychology Graduate Student Teaching Award in 2009 from Virginia Commonwealth University. After completing her Ph.D., she was appointed to a Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology position at St. Mary’s College of Maryland – The Honors College from August, 2009 until May, 2011. She has research published in peer-review psychology journals, such as Cognition & Emotion, and has co-authored a chapter on human-companion animal attachment. She has been interviewed about her work by the Richmond Times Dispatch.

Community Affiliation:

  • Southeastern Psychological Association – member
  • Society of Personality and Social Psychology – member
  • Association for Psychological Science – member
  • Society of the Teaching of Psychology – member

Teaching & Professional Interests:

Dr. Mathews enjoys teaching a variety of psychology courses including introduction to psychology, statistics and research methods, history of psychology, and courses pertinent to social psychology. She uses a variety of technologies to teach and conduct research. Broadly construed, her research foci are various aspects of personality, social cognition, and self and identity processes. Projects include self-consciousness and evaluation during social exchange, human-companion animal attachment, attitudes about education, and the interactive effects of evaluative processes on sensory experiences. Dr. Mathews enjoys research collaboration with both colleagues and students.

Honors & Awards:

  • Outstanding Psychology Graduate Student Teaching Award, 2009, VCU

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