Conor T McLennan, Ph.D.
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 Title: Int Assoc VP Rsch &Assoc Prof
Director, Language Research Laboratory
 Dept: Psychology
 Office: PH 210
 Phone: 216-687-3750,  lab: 687-5171
 Fax: 216-687-9294
 Email: C.MCLENNAN@csuohio.edu
 Web: http://www.facebook.com/languageresearch
 Blog: http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=kIJYejYAAAAJ
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. PH 210, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
word recognition, speech, language, perception, cognitive psychology, aging, body image, eating disorders; password security; bilingual
 
Education:
Ph.D., Cognitive Psychology, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, 2003
B.A., Spanish and Psychology, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, 1999
 
Brief Bio:
Dr. McLennan received his B.A. and Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo (UB).  He then spent three more years at UB on a post-doc position, gaining additional research experience.

Dr. McLennan's research program, which has received funding from the National Institutes of Health: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIH: NIDCD), explores the representations and processes involved in the perception of spoken language.

His interest in language dates back to (at least) high school, when he first became enamored with the Spanish language.  After majoring in Spanish in high school and college (he received a B.A. with a double major in Spanish and Psychology), he became interested in languages more generally, and decided to pursue graduate work in cognitive psychology and to work with Dr. Luce in the Language Perception Laboratory.

Dr. McLennan began his career at Cleveland State University in August 2006. In addition to being an active researcher, Dr. McLennan teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in cognitive psychology and related areas (see "Courses Taught" for more information), he is a core member of the Undergraduate Program Committee, the Experimental Research Program M.A. Committee, the Adult Development and Aging Ph.D. Program Committee, a previous Director of the Honors Program in Psychology, and a Member of several other committees at the Department, College, and University levels.  

Dr. McLennan also serves as the primary mentor and advisor to several students, including supervising undergraduate honors theses, M.A. theses, and doctoral dissertations. He has published his work in top-tier professional journals, has been nominated three times for the Outstanding Student Employer of the Year Award, the 2013 winner of the College Outstanding Teaching Award (and nominated two time previously), has received a Merit Award every time he has been eligible (three times), and has served as a Distinguished Educator for Turning Technologies.

Dr. McLennan is also currently serving as the Interim Associate Vice President for Research.
 
Honors and Awards:
-College (COSHP) Outstanding Teaching Award Winner
2013

-Faculty Merit Recognition Award
2012

-Turning Technologies Distinguished Educator
2010-present

-College (COSHP) Outstanding Teaching Award Nominee
2010

-Outstanding Student Employee Supervisor Award Nominee
2010

-Outstanding Student Employee Supervisor Award Nominee
2009

-Faculty Merit Recognition Award
2009

-Outstanding Student Employee Supervisor Award Nominee
2008

-Faculty Merit Recognition Award
2008

-Graduate Faculty Travel Award  
2007

-Teaching Enhancement Grant Award
2006

-United University Professions Individual Development Award
2005

-Robert W. Rice Memorial Research Award Recipient
2003

-B.A. Cum Laude
1999

-High Honors in Psychology, Honors Thesis
1999

-Spanish National Honor Society
1999

-Graduating Honors in Psychology
1999

-Graduating Honors in Spanish
1999
 
Creative and Activities:
My colleagues and I have invented a new model for password security in which users places game pieces on a board. The new model is both easy to remember and extremely secure. Visit the link below - and feel free to contact me if you'd like to learn more about our invention.

http://www.csuohio.edu/research/technologytransfer/ab_security_access.html
 
Research Interests:
Dr. McLennan is interested in basic and applied research in spoken language perception and memory, age-related differences in language perception, bilingual lexical representation and processing, the relationship between language perception and production, cognition and perception, body image, and password security.

Dr. McLennan's research program has received funding from the National Institutes of Health: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIH: NIDCD), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and CSU, and includes studies designed to examine the perception of stimuli related to body image, studies designed to test whether basic theoretical models from cognitive psychology will have practical implications for password security, and finally, studies exploring the representations and processes involved in the perception of spoken language.  

Dr. McLennan's main area of research is aimed at understanding the processes and representations involved in listeners' impressive ability to recognize spoken language rapidly and accurately, and this work takes place in the Language Research Laboratory at CSU.  The research on processing issues focuses primarily on the nature of lexical activation and competition, and the work on representational issues examines the nature of sound-based representations in the mental lexicon, in particular their abstractness and specificity.


See: "Publications" button, above

For more information, please visit the Language Research Laboratory's web page:

https://www.facebook.com/languageresearch
 
Teaching Areas:
Dr. McLennan teaches in the Experimental Psychology Specialization of the M.A. program in Psychology, and in the Adult Development and Aging Ph.D. program. Course topics include Learning, Memory and Cognition, Research and Thesis, and Cognitive Psychology of Aging. He also teaches undergraduate courses in Memory and Cognition, Behavioral Science Statistics, and Special Topics in Psychology, such as the Psychology of Magic and Illusions, and the Psychology of Language.

See: "Courses Taught" button, above
 
Professional Affiliations:
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)
American Psychological Association (APA)
Association for Psychological Science (APS)
Psychonomic Society
 
Professional Experience:
Cleveland State University

Psychology Department
Assistant Professor: August 20, 2006 - August 19, 2012
Associate Professor: August 20, 2012 - Present

Office of Research
Special Assistant to the Vice President for Research: August 20, 2012 - June 30, 2013
Interim Associate Vice President for Research: August 1, 2013 - present


University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Research Scientist
Language Perception Laboratory
Psychology Department
2003 - 2006

Drug Name Confusion Project
(Supported by U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 5 R01 HS011609, Bruce Lambert, PI)
Research Scientist
2005 - 2008

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Graduate Research Assistant
Language Perception Laboratory
Psychology Department
1999 - 2003
 
University Service:
Director
      -Psychology Department Honors Program      (Fall 2011 - Summer 2013)

Research Participation Administrator:
     -Psychology Department, Cleveland State University     (Fall, 2006 - Fall 2011)

Laboratory Director:
     -Language Research Laboratory     (Fall, 2006 - present)

Committee Membership:
     -Psychology Department, Cleveland State University
          -Adult Development and Aging Program Committee (ADAPC)      (Fall, 2006 - present)
          -Experimental Research Committee (ERC)     (Fall, 2006 - present)
          -Undergraduate Program Committee (UPC)     (Fall, 2006 - present)

     -College of Science, Cleveland State University
          -Gerontology Certificate Advisory Committee     (Fall, 2006)
 
Professional Service:
Ad hoc reviewer:
     -Brain and Language
     -Cognition
     -Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance
     -Journal of Memory and Language
     -Journal of Phonetics
     -Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research
     -The Linguistic Review
     -Memory and Cognition
     -Perception and Psychophysics
     -Psychonomic Bulletin and Review
     -Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psycholgy
     -Proceedings of the International Congress of Phonetic Sciences
     -Journal of Applied Psycholinguistics

Reviewer:
     -National Science Foundation   
          -Linguistics Program - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Award     (2005)
          -Linguistics Program* - Research Grant     (2006)
               *(Co-reviewed by the Perception, Action, and Cognition Program)

Judge:
     -Acoustical Society of America
          -Best Student Poster in Speech Communication, Minneapolis, Minnesota     (2005)
 
Research Grants:
National Institutes of Health: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, Time course of variability in spoken word recognition, 07/01/05 to 06/01/08.  Direct costs: $150,000.00. Principal Investigator.

Cleveland State University, Provosts Initiative for the Involvement of Undergraduate Students in Research Activities, Representations and Processes Involved in the Perception of Spoken Language, Summer, 2007. Total Award: $2,305.00. Principal Investigator.

United States Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Auditory perception of drug names: Neighborhood effects, 10/01/07 to 09/30/08.  Total cost of subcontract: $12,831.00. Principal Investigator on the subcontract, and listed under key personnel on the main grant, which was awarded to the University of Illinois at Chicago (Principal Investigator: Bruce L. Lambert).


National Science Foundation: Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research: Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace, The game changer: A new model for password security, 09/01/13 to 08/31/15. Total costs $201,615.00 Co-Principal Investigator.