Ryan Leonard, Ph.D.

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Ryan Leonard, Ph.D.

Assistant Teaching Professor
COLU 4047

Professional Summary

Areas of Interest


  • Cognitive aging – basic memory changes across the life-span
  • Imagery processes – individual differences and mnemonics
  • Episodic memory and working memory
  • Attitudes and attitude change toward older adults
  • Improving general pedagogy


  • Ph.D., Psychology, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
  • M.S., Experimental Psychology, University of Louisiana- Lafayette
  • B.A., English, Louisiana State University
  • B.S., Psychology, Louisiana State University


  • PSY 1000 - General Psychology
  • PSY 3400 - Social Psychology
  • PSY 3840 - Selected Topics - Cross-Cultural Psychology

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Black, S.R., Leonard, R.C., Willis, S., Burton, P., McCown, S., Lookadoo, R., & Wayde, E. (2013). Effects of homograph meaning frequency and prime duration on semantic satiation. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 67, 175-187.

Forbes, L.S., Leonard, R.C., & Vitolo, T.M. (2013). Exploration into reproduction literacy, an aspect of digital literacy, and its correlation with Noel-Levitz measures. Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges, 28, 61-68.

Black, S. R., McCown, S., Lookadoo, R. L., Leonard, R.C., Kelley, M., DeCoster, J., & Spence, S.A. (2012). Aging, imagery, and the bizarreness effect. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 19, 566-591.

Black, S. R., Leonard, R.C., & Wayde, E. (2010). The impact of diabetes on cognitive functioning among African American diabetics. African American Research Perspectives, 11, 35-51.


  • Association for Psychological Science
  • National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology
  • Northwestern Pennsylvania Psychological Association