Ümit Akırmak

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I completed my undergraduate studies at the philosophy and psychology (double-major) departments at Boğaziçi University and received my M.A. and Ph.D degrees in Cognitive, Neuroscience, and Social Psychology at University of South Florida.

I have been working as a full-time faculty member in the Psychology Department at Istanbul Bilgi University since 2009. In addition to my academic studies, I held administrative positions as the vice-chair (2015-2021) and Erasmus coordinator (2009-2015; 2018-2021) of the psychology department. Between 2010 and 2014, I was a member of the board of the Turkish Psychological Association. I received my associate professorship in March 2022.

I teach Cognitive Psychology, Experimental Methods, History of Psychology, Data Analysis (with SPSS and R), Senior Thesis, and Psychology of Learning courses at the undergraduate level. In addition, I taught Advanced Research Methods in the Clinical Psychology MA program and a seminar on applied cognitive psychology in the Organizational Psychology MA program. I have supervised many graduate students from both Clinical Psychology and Organizational Psychology programs.

My research specialty is on human memory. We have collected word association norms and utilized them in various experimental tasks to examine behavior and attitudes in my lab. Recently, I have been studying the individual differences in various aspects of well-being (cognitive and affective) and how they are connected to time orientation.