R. Douglas Whitman

R. Douglas  Whitman
Professor and Dean College of Education
441 Education Building

Office Hours: By Appointment.

(313) 577-8287
(313) 577-3606


Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, 1970 – 1973
Graduate studies in Clinical Psychology
Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, 1968 - 1970
Psychology Intern
1969 – 1970, Psychology Intern, Rideau, Regional Hospital, Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada
Psychology Extern
1968 – 1969, Psychology Intern, Kingston, Psychiatric Hospital, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Bachelor of Science (Business Administration and Journalism)
Syracuse University, 1964 – 1968, Business Administration & Journalism, Public Relations

Academic Interests

 History and Systems of Psychology, Psychopathology, Clinical Neuropsychology, Laterality in the nervous system, creativity and psychopathology

Area Of Expertise

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Cognitive Psychology

Research Interests

The primary thrust of research in our laboratory over the past several years has focused on two related topics - schizotypia and asymmetrical laterality as explored by semantic priming techniques. We are applying these procedures to schizotypes, schizophrenics, "creative" individuals, and are moving towards the exploration of the aging brain and Alzheimer's disease.

PLEASE NOTE: As a result of my current administrative assignment I am not taking new graduate students.

Courses Taught

  • Undergraduate
    • Introductory Psychology
    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Biopsychology
    • Adjustment
    • Cognitive Psychology
  • Graduate
    • Adult Psychopathology
    • Neuropsychology
    • History and Systems of Psychology
    • Advanced Neuropsychology

Community Engagement Activities

 Governance subcommittee: Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren, 2015 - 2016

Member, Board of Directors: Metropolitan Detroit Bureau of School Studies, Inc.

Member, Michigan Dean’s Council, Michigan Association of Colleges of Education 2014- Current


Recipient of Wayne State University's "President's Award for Excellence in Teaching."

Presidential Award for Extraordinary Service to Wayne State University.

Presidential Award for Extraordinary Service to Wayne State University.



Ethel and James Flinn Family Foundation "Treatment effectiveness of an intensive care residential program for chronic psychiatric patients diagnosed with schizophrenia."
1997 - 2000


Executive Functioning and Lateralized Semantic Priming in Older Adults
Helder, Emily J., Virginia Zuverza-Chavarria, *R. Douglas Whitman* 2016 Cogent Psychology

Hemispheric processing of Chinese hànzì and English words: a lateralized lexical decision study
*Whitman, Doug*, Lee Wurm, Erin Holcomb, Zhenni Wang, Jo Fu Liao, Sarah A. Van Dyke 2016 Cogent Psychology 3: 1135862

Maintaining perceptual constancy while remaining vigilant: Left hemisphere change blindness and right hemisphere vigilance
Vos, L., & *Whitman, D.* 2014 Laterality, Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition 19(2)

Functioning among Patients with Chronic Aphasia Predicts Improvement in Speech Language Therapy
Kristen L. Votruba, Lisa J. Rapport, *R. Douglas Whitman*, Alex Johnson, Scott Langenecker. 2013 Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation 20(5)

Hemispheric Collaboration in Creative Subjects: Cross-Hemisphere Priming in a Lexical Decision Task.
*Whitman, R. Douglas*, Erin Holcomb, Jason Zanes. 2010 Creativity Research Journal. 22(4),

A Case of Developmental Deep Dyslexia: What's Left is Right.
Abeare, Christopher & *Whitman, R. Douglas*. 2009 Neurocase. 1,

Gender Differences in Lateralized Semantic Priming.
Van Dyke, Sarah, Zuverza-Chavarria, Virginia, Hill, Laura, Miller, Justin, Rapport, Lisa & *Whitman, R. Douglas* 2009 Developmental Neuropsychology, 34(4),

Semantic Processing in Auditory Lexical Decision: Ear-of-Presentation and Sex Differences.
Wurm, Lee H., *R. Douglas Whitman*, Sean R. Seaman, Laura Hill, Heather M. Ulstad 2007 Cognition and Emotion. 21(7),