Dr. Parsons (Director and PI) is a Clinical Neuropsychologist and Professor of Learning Technologies (College of Information). He is Director of the NetDragon Digital Research Centre. UNT established this Academic Research Centre through the Office of the Vice President for Research. Dr. Parsons is also founding Drirector of the Computational Neuropsychology and Simulation (CNS) Lab. Prior to UNT he was a Professor and Research Scientist at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies. His research in computational neuropsychology (neuroinformatics) makes use of novel technologies (videogames; virtual reality; brain-computer interfaces) for modeling and simulation.

  • PI of 18 funded projects (Investigator on an additional 13 funded projects).
  • Co-PI on a Department of Defense ($998,888) grant to develop Avatar-Administered Neuropsychological Testing (AVANT).
  • In addition to his patents for eHarmony.com's Matching System, he has invented and validated a number of virtual reality-based neuropsychological assessments.
  • In addition to his five books, he has over 200 publications
  • Served as Associate Editor for Frontiers in Psychiatry; Frontiers in Human Neuroscience; and Journal of Alzheimer's Disease--as well as on the editorial boards of Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking; Assessment; PsycCritiques; and Psychological Assessment.
  • 2013 National Academy of Neuropsychology Early Career Achievement award
  • 2014, he was awarded Fellow status in the National Academy of Neuropsychology.

Current Members:

Doctoral Students

Justin Asbee received his Masters in Experimental Psychology from Radford University and his B.S. in Psychology from  Lock Haven University. His research interests include virtual reality simulation, neuropsychological measures, and brain computer interfaces.

Curtis Chambers received his B.S. from University of Texas at El Paso. He is completing his dissertation on the neurocognitive aspects of immersion in computer mediated environments. He is co-mentored by Dr. Ian Parberry (UNT LARC Lab; CS & EE) and Dr. Parsons (UNT CNS Lab).

Deborah Cockerham received her M.Ed. in Mind, Brain and Education (University of Texas). She is Managing Director for the Research & Learning Center, Ft. Worth Museum of Science & History.

Past Members (Parsons's Lab @ UNT):


Fred (Timothy) McMahan, PhD: Faculty; University of Texas.

Allison Wilkerson, PhD: Faculty; Medical University of South Carolina

Soumya Mandava: Emory University Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology.

Nicholas Hertz: PhD Student, George Mason University (Neuroergonomics).

Stephanie Johnson, PhD: Postdoctoral Fellow; VA Medical Center

Sonia Valladares Rodriguez was a Visiting Scholar (2016/2017) from University of Vigo, Spain.

Kiefer Stonecipher was a post-baccalaureate student in the CNS lab. He is now a Registered Behavior Technician.

Eva Venturini was a Visiting Scholar (2015/2016) from University of Milan.

Past Members (Parsons's Lab @ USC):
Brian Arizmendi, PhD Student, University of Arizona (Clinical Neuropsyc)
Christopher G. Courtney, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, USC/Long Beach VA
Louise Cosand, PhD, Assistant Professor, Pomona College
Brent J. Lance, PhD, Research Scientist, Army Research Lab (Neuroscience)
James Reinebold, MS, Game Developer, Rockstar Games

Dongrui Wu, PhD, Research Engineer, GE Global Research