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Michelle Ackerman, PhD (Developmental Psychology)

Faculty Senator

Michelle Ackermann, PhD

Areas of Expertise:

  • Adult Development and Gerontology
  • Cognitive aging (aging-related changes in cognitive abilities)
  • Cognitive training in cognitively impaired and unimpaired older adults
  • Physical training in older adults to improve both physical and cognitive functioning
    • Applied everyday outcomes, such as mobility and driving in older adults
    • Particularly cognitive and functional performance as longitudinal predictors of driving ability
  • Also, the impact of providing feedback regarding cognitive abilities on driving habits and behavior

Education:

  • PhD in Developmental Psychology, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Graduate Certificate in Gerontology, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • MA in Developmental Psychology, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • BS in Psychology, Auburn University Montgomery

Dissertation:

  • ​The Impact of Feedback on Self-Rated Driving Ability among Older Adults

Research Areas of Interest:

  • Adult Development and Gerontology
  • Cognitive aging (aging-related changes in cognitive abilities)
  • Cognitive training in cognitively impaired and unimpaired older adults
  • Physical training in older adults to improve both physical and cognitive functioning
    • Applied everyday outcomes, such as mobility and driving in older adults
    • Particularly cognitive and functional performance as longitudinal predictors of driving ability
  • The impact of providing feedback regarding cognitive abilities on driving habits and behavior
  • Online Eduaction for adults

Selected Publications:

  • Ackerman, M. & Shapira, B. (2021). Dissertation sequence at a fully online nonprofit university: Evidence for best practice. Presented at the American Psychological Association (APA) Conference, Virtual.
  • Ackerman, M. L., Shapira, B. & Blackwell, J. (2020). Benefits of and student success with an online doctoral Program: Comparative data on time to completion, retention, and dissertation quality. Presented at the American Psychological Association (APA) Conference, Virtual. https://convention.apa.org/
  • Ackerman, M. & Shapira, B. (2021). Dissertation sequence at a fully online nonprofit university: Evidence for best practice. Presented at the American Psychological Association (APA) Conference, Virtual.
  • Ackerman, M. L., Shapira, B. & Blackwell, J. (2020). Benefits of and student success with an online doctoral Program: Comparative data on time to completion, retention, and dissertation quality. Presented at the American Psychological Association (APA) Conference, Virtual. https://convention.apa.org/
  • Ackerman, M. L., Crowe, M., Wadley, V., Vance, D. E., Edwards, J. D. & Ball, K. K. (2014). What factors influence the relationship between feedback on cognitive performance and subsequent driving self-regulation? Journal of Applied Gerontology. doi: 0733464814529473
  • Vance, D. E., Fazeli, P. L., Dodson, J. E., Ackerman, M. L., Talley, M., & Appel, S. J. (2014). The synergistic effects of HIV, diabetes, and aging on cognition: Implications for practice and research. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 46(5), 292-305. doi:
  • Ackerman, M. L., Ball, K., Crowe, M., Owsley, C., Vance, D., and Wadley, V. (2011). The impact of feedback on self-rated driving ability and driving self-regulation among older adults. The Gerontologist, Editor's Choice article, 51(3), 367-378.
  • Ball, K. K. & Ackerman, M. L. (2011). The older driver: Training and assessment, knowledge, skills and attitudes. In Fisher, D. L., Rizzo, M., Caird, J. K., & Lee, J. D. (Eds).  Handbook of Driving Simulation for Engineering, Medicine, and Psychology.  Boca Raton, FL:  CRC Press.
Selected Professional Experience:
 
  • Full Professor and Program Lead for Psychology PhD program , Psychology, Northcentral University
  • Associate Professor, Psychology (Doctoral level), Northcentral University
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Psychology, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Post-Doctoral Follow, Center for Research on Applied Gerontology, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • 2018-Present   Faculty Senate, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences Senator, NCU Communications sub-committee member
  • 2013-Present   Peer Reviewer, Journal of Health Disparities: Research and Practice
  • 2010-Present   Peer Reviewer, Clinical Interventions in Aging
  • 2009-Present   Peer Reviewer, Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences
  • 2008-Present   Peer Reviewer, Accident Analysis and Prevention
  • 2020   Marquis Who's Who in America (74th Edition)
  • Awardee, Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement
  • 2016  Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award, NCU