David Copeland

Associate Professor of Psychology
Undergraduate Director, Psychology
Expertise: Psychology, Memory, Reasoning, thinking / cognitive processes, Thinking/cognitive processes, Reading


David Copeland is an associate professor of psychology, undergraduate director in psychology, and chair of the cognitive area. He is also the director of the Reasoning and Memory Lab at UNLV.

Copeland's research focuses on memory for what people read and for events that are experienced. His research also examines topics related to how people think, reason, and make decisions, as well as factors that can influence those processes (e.g., normal aging, distractions, individual differences). In addition to those topics, he has also collaborated with researchers from a variety of areas, including engineering, social psychology, foster child care, law enforcement, and education.

Copeland has been involved with the Las Vegas community by speaking to groups at various UNLV campus events, discussing psychology and careers with students from Clark County School District high schools, working with Advanced Placement high school teachers, consulting with Nevada businesses and government agencies, and presenting at local events such as the Las Vegas Science and Technology Festival.

Copeland is a recipient of the UNLV William Morris Award for Excellence in Teaching, UNLV Graduate & Professional Student Association Outstanding Mentor Award, UNLV Division of Student Affairs Outstanding Student Organization Advisor of the Year Award, and the UNLV Academic Success Center Faculty Award.


  • Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
  • B.A., Cleveland State University

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David Copeland In The News

Weight Watchers Canada
September 11, 2019
The beginning of fall is a perfect time to reflect on how our year has gone so far, and how we want the last few months of it to look. Our mindset is an integral part of how we experience life, and if we’re feeling stuck in a rut or dissatisfied in any way, sometimes giving our mindset a refresh can help.
Las Vegas Review Journal
July 2, 2018
The difference between distracted driving and distracted walking? One is a well-known, dangerous behavior that everybody agrees should be avoided. The other is a potentially harmful behavior that most of us barely think about.
Las Vegas Review Journal
September 1, 2016
Think looks don’t matter in the classroom? Think again — a UNLV study authored by a psychology graduate suggests students learn better from teachers they find attractive.
The Chronicle of Higher Education
September 21, 2015
Mary-Ann Winkelmes looked out at her students one evening 15 years ago. Even now, she can remember their day jobs: banker, security guard, plumber, lounge singer, priest.

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Mary-Ann Winkelmes
Campus News | January 21, 2016
UNLV leads the country with program that proves even small changes to assignments can yield big results in classroom success — especially among first-generation students.