Thomas Petros, PhD, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, UND College of Arts & Sciences
Dr. Petros earned a BA (1975) in secondary education, and an MA (1978) and PhD (1981) in cognitive-developmental psychology, all at Kent State University. He started his career at UND in 1980 as an instructor in psychology, and rose through the ranks. In 1990, he was named a professor of Psychology at UND.
Well liked by students and faculty alike, Dr. Petros has won the prestigious Edgar Dale Award for Outstanding Teaching and Research at UND, an award he has been nominated for five times. He also was bestowed UND’s highest honor for faculty, the Chester Fritz Distinguished Professorship in 2005.
Dr. Petros has a strong record of research. He has been awarded several research grants by such agencies as the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense. His research includes reading processes; memory and aging; pharmacology and memory; and aviation and psychology. He also studies the impact of exposure to pesticides and cognitive performance in children, young adults and older adults, which has significant implications for rural farming communities.
Dr. Petros has been licensed to practice psychology in North Dakota since 1991. His practice at the Center for Psychological and Educational Assessment involves the assessment of learning problems in both children and adults, and the assessment of any psychological factors that may be influencing learning and memory performance (such as anxiety, depression, and attention problems). He has expertise and experience in working with both children and adults.