Dr. Carl McFarland earned the PhD at the University of Kansas and served as chairperson for UAB's Department of Psychology from 1982-2008. Dr. McFarland is now Professor and Chair Emeritus at UAB and Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of Arizona. During his tenure as department chair at UAB, he led the department through substantial growth in the number of faculty and students, increase in federal research funding and interdisciplinary collaboration, and development of three doctoral programs. He also served as a co-founder and co-director of the interdisciplinary Undergraduate Neuroscience Program from 2009-2015.
Dr. McFarland's career research focused on cognitive development and particularly the generation effect in memory. He received 16 teaching awards during his career including the University's Ingalls Award twice, and the Presidential Teaching Award twice.
Dr. McFarland moved to Tucson in January, 2015 and currently teaches large introductory psychology courses at the University of Arizona.