David Copeland

Associate Professor of Psychology
Director, UNLV Reasoning and Memory Lab
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

September 21, 2021
Can't bear to put down your smartphone? Electronic devices have made themselves indispensable, but experts say they have a considerable effect on our cognitive function.
September 21, 2021
The advent of technology has undoubtedly changed the landscape of modern society.
June 23, 2021
How far back can you remember? The answer might be even earlier than you think, according to new research.
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.

Articles Featuring David Copeland

Campus News | October 7, 2021
A collection of news stories featuring collaboration and reflection at UNLV.
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.