Dr. Colleen Parks

( University of Nevada, Las Vegas )


(530) 400-1153
  • Institution:University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Departments: Psychology
  • Research Fields: Episodic Memory, Recollection, Familiarity
  • Disciplines: Psychology, Research and Experimental Psychology
  • Location:Clark County
  • Funding:UNLV - University of Nevada, Las Vegas


I have mentored 7 graduate students and dozens of undergraduate students. I have also served as a mentor for “speed mentoring” for the Western Psychological Association, Women In Cognitive Science, and the Spark Society. I have won two awards for teaching and mentoring, which I cherish because they are student nominated awards. Overall, mentoring is an important part of my career and a part that I deeply enjoy. Watching students grow is a perk of my job.


I conduct research on long-term episodic memory, with a focus on recognition. I investigate questions about different processes and representations that underlie our memories. Aside from gaining a better understanding of memory in general, one of my major aims is to understand how well our theories and models of memory work; how well do they describe and predict behavior? I primarily use behavioral measures and process models to investigate theories of memory, focusing on topics like unitization, relationships between memory processes, item vs. relational memory, recollection, familiarity, forgetting, and reconsolidation.