Faculty & Staff

Ph.D. Ohio State University

Dr. Robert Tigner has been at Truman since 1996. He earned his bachelor's degree, cum laude, from Hanover College and his master's and doctorate in cognitive/experimental psychology from Ohio State University.

His current research interests include memory, behavioral economics, and inhibitory mechanisms of attention. He has also conducted research in human factors, aviation psychology, and psychophysiological measures of attention and memory.  He teaches general psychology, experimental psychology, learning and memory, history and systems of psychology, and psychological research. He is currently serving as chair of the department of psychology.

An active supporter of Greek life, Dr. Tigner has presented at both regional and national Greek leadership conferences, and served on the steering committee for Beta Theta Pi's Men of Principle initiative. In 2017 he received the North American Interfraternity Conference Advisor Award of Distinction. He was named Beta Theta Pi's Advisor of the Year in 2005, regional Outstanding Friend of Beta in 2006, and Truman's E.M. Violette Outstanding Advisor in both 2009 and 2010. Dr. Tigner is a member of the Midwestern Psychological Association. He is the advisor for Truman's chapter of Beta Theta Pi and is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and Psi Chi.