Joonkoo Park, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Honors Faculty
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Commonwealth Honors College
University of Massachusetts Amherst

email: joonkoo -at- umass -dot- edu
phone: +1 413 545 0051
fax: +1 413 545 0996
  135 Hicks Way / Tobin Hall
  University of Massachusetts
  Amherst, MA 01003


Ph.D. in Psychology, University of Michigan (August 2011)
M.A. in Statistics, University of Michigan (August 2011)
Master of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Carnegie Mellon University (August 2005)
B.S. in Industrial Engineering, Seoul National University (entered in 1998)

Academic & Professional Positions

2014-Present, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst
2014-Present, Commonwealth Honors College, University of Massachusetts Amherst
2011-2014, Postdoctoral Associate, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Duke University
2005-2006, Research Scientist, Korea Institute of Science and Technology


Link to the publications in my lab website (PDFs included).

Link to my citations in Google Scholar.

Awards and Honors


What Makes Us Human (Psych 201H at UMass)

Undergraduate GenEd honors course.
Designed and implemented from scratch.

Myths and Truths in Psychology (Psych 209H at UMass)

Undergraduate GenEd honors course.
Designed and implemented from scratch.

fMRI Methods (Psych 891 at UMass)

Graduate lab-based course.

Professional Membership

Current and previous memberships:



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I enjoy both cooking and eating. I believe light touches of fresh ingredients make the most delicious foods. My all time favorites are Neapolitan pizza, many dim sum items, most Cantonese dishes, and genuine Japanese ramen (especially Hakata style).


Korean is my native language, but growing up in Taipei, Hong Kong, and Beijing, I received formal education in English at English-speaking schools such as the International School of Beijing and I learned colloquial Chinese outside of school.


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