Dr. Lisa Vangsness

Assistant Professor, Psychology


1310 Ben Graves Drive
Morton Hall
Room 210
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Dr. Vangsness grew up in the Chicagoland area and pursued her undergraduate degree at the University of Iowa. She spent two years working in the private sector before returning to pursue her MS and Ph.D. in Psychology from Kansas State University. When she isn’t researching or playing with data, Dr. Vangsness enjoys spending time outdoors, sewing, and listening to records with her dog.


  • PhD, Psychology, Kansas State University
  • MS, Psychology, Kansas State University
  • BS, Psychology, University of Iowa
  • BA, Linguistics, University of Iowa


  • Challenge Metacognition and Perception (ChaMP) Lab
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES)


  • Metacognition
  • Trust in Automation
  • Mathematical Modeling of Dynamic Processes

Recent Publications

  • Vangsness, L. & Driggs, J. (2022). Cue use is unaffected by covertly performing a task. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

  • Monroe, S. & Vangsness, L. (2022). The effects of task difficulty and stress on trust in an automated navigation aid. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

  • Scott, D., Vangsness, L., & Suss, J. (2022). Perceptual-cognitive expertise in law enforcement: An object-identification task. Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making.

  • Vangsness, L., Voss, N. Devereaux, V., Maddox, N., & Martin, E. (2022). Self-report measures of procrastination exhibit inconsistent concurrent validity, predictive validity, and psychometric properties. Frontiers: Quantitative Psychology and Measurement.

  • Payne, M., Mali, I., McKinnel, Z., Vangsness, L., Shrestha, T. B., Bossman, S., & Plakke, B. (2021). Increased volumes of lobule VI in a valproic acid model of autism are associated with worse set-shifting performance in male Long-Evans rats. Brain Research, 1765, 147495. doi: 10.1016/j.brainres.2021.147495

  • Mosqueda, G., Sutton, R., Miranda, V., Tri, A., Vangsness, L., & Yihun, Y. (2021). The integration of physical and mental factors in assist-as-needed devices. Proceedings of the Design of Medical Devices Conference.

  • Vangsness, L. & Young, M. E. (2021). More isn’t always better: When metacognitive prompts are misleading. Metacognition & Learning, 16, 135-156. doi: 10.1007/s11409-020-09241-9.

  • Voss, N. & Vangsness, L. (2020). Is procrastination related to low-quality data? Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 39, 95-104.

  • Belisle, J., Paliliunas, D., Vangsness, L., Dixon, M. R., & Stanley, C. R. (2020). Social distance and delay exert multiple control over altruistic choices. The Psychological Record, 70, 445-457.

  • Vangsness, L. & Young, M. E. (2020). Turtle, task ninja, or time-waster? Who cares – traditional task completion strategies are over-rated. Psychological Science.