Texas Tech University

Roman Taraban, Ph.D.

Experimental (Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience)

Email: roman.taraban@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-0450

Office: 310, Lab: 309 

September 2023

Lab site:
Ethical Engineer: 
Emerging Research: 


Post-doc, 1988-1989, University of Massachusetts at Amherst (Cognitive Psychology)
Ph.D., 1988, Carnegie Mellon University (Cognitive Psychology)
M.A., 1981, University of Chicago (Educational Psychology)

Dr. Taraban will be reviewing applications for the incoming 2024-2025 class.

Taraban, Roman

Research Interests

Text analysis, early reading instruction, learning strategies, categorization, engineering ethics

Selected Publications

  • Taraban, R., Meza, I., Lernatovych, O., Zasiekin, S., Saraff, S., & Biswal, R. (2023). A prospectus for bilingual early reading instruction. East European Journal of Psycholinguistics, 10(1), 239-252.
  • Taraban, R., Saraff, S., Biswal, R., Marcy, W. M. (2022). A paradigm for global student interactions through digital technologies in a post-Covid era.In P. Bawa (Ed.), Preparing faculty for technology dependency in the post-COVID-19 era (pp. 38-43). IGI Global.
  • Taraban, R., Saraff, S., Iserman, M., Biswal, R., Marcy, W. M. (2022). Developing a global context for ethical reflection. In S. K. Sia, L. S. Crane, A. K. Jain, and S. Bano (Eds.), Understanding psychology in the context of relationship, community, workplace and culture (pp. 261-280). Springer Nature.
  • Kim, J-H., Nguyen, N. T. T., Campbell, R. C., Yoo, S., Taraban, R., & Reible, D. D. (2021). Developing reflective engineers through an arts-incorporated graduate course: A curriculum inquiry. Thinking Skills and Creativity, 42, 1-18. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1871187121001243
  • Taraban, R., Saraff, S., Zasiekin, S., Biswal, R. (2022). A psycholinguistic analysis of inter-ethnic views of ethics. East European Journal of Psycholinguistics, 9(1), 265-278.
  • Saraff, S., Kedas, S., Anand, R., Gupta, S., Biswal, R., & Taraban, R. (2020). Application of sentiment analysis in understanding human emotions and behaviour. EScripts (pp. 1-8). EAI. (online) 10.4108/eai.6-10-2020.166547
  • Nalabandian, T., Taraban, R., Pittman, J., & Maliepaard, S. (2020). Assessing college writing: Do students connect with the text?East European Journal of Psycholinguistics, 7(1), 128-139. 29038/eejpl.2020.7.1.nal
  • Taraban, R. (2020). Limits of neural computation in humans and machines. Science and Engineering Ethics26(5), 2547-2553. 1007/s11948-020-00249-7
  • Taraban, R., Marcy, W. M., LaCour, M. S., Prasad S. H. C., Zasiekin, S. (2020). Using the web to develop global ethical engineering students. Advances in Engineering Education, 8(3), 1-21. Retrieved from: https://advances.asee.org/using-the-web-to-develop-global-ethical-engineering-students/

Services and Awards


  • Member of Editorial Board of East European Journal of Psycholinguistics (2017-present)
  • Associate Editor for the Journal of Educational Psychology (2008-2014)
  • President of the Society for Computers in Psychology (SCiP) (2006-2007)
  • Assessment Coordinator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) supported Science Education Program at Texas Tech (2002-present)
  • Member of the Governing Board of the Texas Tech Teaching Academy (2006-2009)
  • 2019 Chancellor's Council Distinguished Teaching Award
  • 2018-2021 Recipient of Texas Tech President's Excellence in Teaching Professorship
  • 2018 Recipient of Texas Tech Center for the Integration of STEM Education and Research (CISER) Light Year Award
  • Recipient of College of Arts & Sciences Teaching Innovation Award (2017)
  • Recipient President's Academic Achievement Award (2016)
  • Psychonomic Society Fellow (2015)
  • Named 2014 Integrated Scholar by Office of the Provost (2014)
  • Recipient President's Excellence in Teaching Award (2013)
  • Fulbright-Nehru Research Scholar (2010)
  • Inducted into the Texas Tech Teaching Academy (2003)