I have been Associate Dean of the Graduate School since 2016. I work with the Dean and colleagues to improve and increase graduate students’ opportunities and services.

I have also been a faculty member in psychology since 1996 after finishing my Ph.D. at the University of Memphis.  Currently, I am Professor of Psychology and am engaged in injury control and public health psychology research. My work follows principles of behavioral community psychology to identify problem behaviors affecting communities, develop and evaluate interventions to address those problems, and work with partners in government and other fields to disseminate sustainable programs to maintain behavior change gains.

Most of my work is in traffic psychology. My research has been used to understand and change red light running, tailgating, unsafe walking, and not wearing safety belts. I have also studied environmental behaviors and fire safety. Recently I became interested in differences between rural and urban communities’ adoptions of safe driving behaviors.  An unrelated, new area of scholarship of interest to me involves questions within the history of psychology, most notably within U.S. psychology between 1900 and 1930. Explore the links from this site to learn  more about my research, teaching, and opportunities for students.  I welcome  the opportunity to find new research partners and encourage students to consider how psychology can be applied to make meaningful changes in their communities.


Bryan E. Porter, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, The Graduate School & Professor of Psychology
Monarch Hall 2102A
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, Virginia, 23529