Hoang Vu

Hoang Jacob

Overview

Department: 
School of Science » Psychology
SMC Email Address: 
Contact Information: 

Office
Psychology Center - 102

Contact:
Phone: (925) 631-4452
Fax: (925) 631-8520
Email: hvu@stmarys-ca.edu
Mail: P.O. Box 5082

Education

  • PhD Cognitive/Experimental Psychology, University of Kansas, September 1999
  • Quantitative Methods Minor Quantitative Psychology, University of Kansas, June 1995
  • MA Cognitive/Experimental Psychology, University of Kansas, June 1993
  • BA General Psychology, University of Kansas, June 1991

Professional Experience

Teaching Experience:

  • Professor - Saint Mary's College (July 01, 2008 - Present)
  • Associate Professor - Saint Mary's Collge (July 01, 2003 - June 30, 2008)
  • Assistant Professor - Saint Mary's College (July 01, 2000 - June 30, 2003)
  • Teaching Assistant for Undergraduate Statistics - University of Kansas (September 01, 1996 - May 31, 1997)
  • Instructor for Introductory Psychology - University of Kansas (September 01, 1994 - June 30, 1996)
  • Teaching Assistant for Experimental Psychology Lab - University of Kansas (September 01, 1993 - June 30, 1994)
  • Teaching Assistant for Cognitive Psychology - University of Kansas (September 01, 1992 - June 30, 1993)

Research Experience:

  • Language Processing Laboratory - Saint Mary's College (July 01, 2000 - Present)
  • Post-doc Research Fellow in Cognitive Neuropsychology - Rice University (July 01, 1999 - June 30, 2000)
  • Research Assistant for Dr. Atchley's ERP Lab - University of Kansas (September 01, 1998 - June 30, 1999)
  • Research Analyst for Instutional Research - University of Kansas - Medical Center (June 1997 - July 1998)
  • Research Assistant for Dr. George Kellas - University of Kansas (September 01, 1991 - June 30, 1999)
  • Research Assistant for Chemistry Department - University of Kansas (June 1990 - June 1991)

Fellowship:

  • Post Doctoral Fellow - Cognitive Neuropsychology - Rice University (August 01, 1999)
    Research on language comprehension and production in patients (stroke, vehicular accidents) and normal elderly adults.

Courses Taught

Recently Taught:

  • Psychology 002: Introduction to Physio-Experimental Psychology
  • Psychology 003: Research Methods & Analysis I
  • Psychology 010: Introduction to Psychology
  • Psychology 106: Experimental Psychology and Lab
  • Psychology 110: Psychobiology and Lab
  • Psychology 127: Learning, Memory, and Cognition
  • Seminar 20: Greek Thought
  • Seminar 21: Roman, Christian, & Medieval Thought

Regularly Taught:

  • Psychology 002: Introduction to Physio-Experimental Psychology
  • Psychology 110: Psychobiology and Lab
  • Psychology 127: Learning, Memory, and Cognition

Service

College Service:

  • Sub-committee for revamping Faculty Evaluation form
    (April 2007 - Present)
  • Educational Policies Board Member - At Large Representative
    (September 01, 2006 - Present)
  • New Faculty Orientation
    (August 17, 2006)
  • Sub-committee on creating a Faculty Profile/Research Database
    (November 2004 - Present)
  • Educational Policies Board: Member of PRC
    (September 01, 2004 - Present)
  • SOS Visioning & New Dean Search
    (September 2004 - June 2005)
  • School of Science Summer Orientation
    (August 2004)
  • New Faculty Orientation: 2004-2005 session
    (2004 - 2005)
  • President's Open House
    (2004)
  • School of Science Summer Orientation
    (August 2003)
  • New Faculty Orientation: 2003-2004 session
    (2003 - 2004)
  • President's Open House
    (2003)
  • Meet the School of Science Faculty
    (2003 - 2004)
  • Member of the Committee on Teaching and Scholarship
    (September 01, 2002 - June 01, 2009)
  • Celebrating Diversity Committee
    (September 01, 2002 - June 30, 2005)
  • Elections Committee
    (September 01, 2002 - June 30, 2003)
  • Development of Faculty Scholarship Forum Series
    (September 2002 - Present)
  • School of Science Summer Orientation
    (August 2002)
  • Meet the School of Science Faculty
    (2002 - 2003)
  • School of Science Summer Orientation
    (August 2001)
  • Fall Preview Day
    from 2001-2004
    (2001 - 2004)
  • Meet the School of Science Faculty
    (2001 - 2002)

Community Outreach:

  • Carnival for Kids (Yearly)
    (2004 - 2007)
  • Habitat for Humanity Build
    (October 2003)

Departmental Service:

  • Organizer & Chair of the 37th Annual Western Psychology Conference for Undergraduate Research
    (April 21, 2007)
  • Co-Chair of the 36th Annual Western Psychology Conference for Undegraduate Research
    (April 22, 2006)
  • Psychology Faculty Search Committee
    (December 2004 - June 2005)
  • Jan Term Project
    (January 05, 2003 - February 08, 2003)
  • Psychology Faculty Search Committee
    (December 2002 - June 2003)
  • Departmental Task Force for Outlining Goals and Learning Objectives
    (September 01, 2002 - June 30, 2004)
  • Psychology Club Advisor
    (September 01, 2001 - Present)
  • Revision of courses in Psyc 002, 110, and 127
    (September 01, 2001 - June 30, 2002)

Journal Reviewer:

  • Manuscript Reviewed for Discourse Processes
    (October 2009)
  • Manuscript Reviewed for Behavior Research Methods
    (June 2009)
  • Manuscript Reviewed for Memory & Cognition
    (November 2007)
  • Manuscript Reviewed for the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition
    (October 2007)
  • Manuscript Reviewed for Memory & Cognition
    (August 2006)
  • Manuscript Reviewed for Psychophysiology
    (June 2006)
  • Manuscript Reviewed for Memory & Cognition
    (July 2005)
  • Manuscript Reviewed for the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition
    (September 2004)
  • Manuscript Reviewed for Brain and Language
    (June 2004)
  • Manuscript Reviewed for Memory & Cognition
    (June 2003)
  • Manuscript Reviewed for Memory & Cognition
    (November 2001)

National Science Foundation Grant Reviewer:


  • (October 2009)
    Reviewed a 75-page NSF grant for $427K.

Service to Students:

  • Psychology Faculty/Student Dinner (Yearly)
    (2003 - 2007)
  • Asian-Pacific Graduation Night (Yearly)
    (2002 - 2006)
  • Latino Graduation Night (Yearly)
    (2002 - 2006)
  • Psychology Grad School/Career Info Night (Yearly)
    (2002 - 2006)
  • Black Graduation Night (Yearly)
    (2001 - 2005)
  • All Students Graduation
    (2001 - 2007)
  • Pre-medical Committees for Jen Belzer (June 2004) and Angelina Elliot (June 2005)
  • Various Activities
    I try to support the students and community in as many activities as I can. I attend most of the large events including the different graduation ceremonies, the welcome-back dinners, and on-campus fairs. I also attend most activities related to the School of Science (poster presentations, SOS barbeques, Science Dorm dedication, etc.),

Presentations

Selected Presentations

  • The time-course of lexical ambiguity resolution in the cerebral hemispheres. Vu, Hoang, Kellas, George and Haji, Michael (primary presenter)
    50th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomics Society
    (November 2009)
  • Stimulus deconstruction and lexical ambiguity resolution in the cerebral hemispheres.. Vu, H., Kellas, G. and Metcalf, K. (primary presenter)
    44th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society
    (November 2003)
  • Resolving lexical ambiguity: contributions from situational knowledge.. Vu, H., Kellas, G., Petersen, E. and Metcalf, K. (primary presenter)
    Language Across the Life Span Conference
    (November 2002)
  • Situation-based expectancies affect lexical ambiguity resolution.. Vu, H., Kellas, G., Petersen, E. and Metcalf, K. (primary presenter)
    42nd Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society
    (November 2001)
  • The influence of thematic role fillers and agent filler likelihood on lexical ambiguity resolution.. Vu, H., Kellas, G. and Metcalf, K. (primary presenter)
    41st Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society
    (November 2000)
  • Working memory and language production.. Martin, R.C., Vu, H. and Miller, M. (co-author)
    41st Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society
    (November 2000)
  • The influence of contextual features on lexical ambiguity resolution.. Metcalf, K., Kellas, G. and Vu, H. (co-author)
    41st Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society
    (November 2000)
  • Working memory and language production.. Martin, R.C., Vu, H., Miller, M. and Freedman, M. (co-author)
    Architectures and Mechanisms of Language Processing (AMLP) Conference
    (April 2000)
  • Limits of contextual constraint on lexical ambiguity resolution.. Metcalf, K., Kellas, G. and Vu, H. (co-author)
    40th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society
    (November 1999)
  • Contextual strength and thematic roles influence lexical ambiguity resolution.. Kellas, G. and Vu, H. (primary presenter)
    39th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society
    (November 1998)
  • The relationship between strength of discourse context and meaning frequency.. Kellas, G., Metcalf, K., Martin, C., Vu, H. and Herman, R. (co-author)
    37th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society
    (November 1996)
  • Pre- versus post-homograph disambiguation: Examination of reading rates of younger and older adults.. Paul, S.T., Ludorf, M., Vu, H. and Martin, C. (co-author)
    36th Meeting of the Psychonomic Society
    (November 1995)
  • Contextual strength as a determinant of the subordinate bias effect.. Kellas, G., Martin, C., Yehling, K., Herman, R. and Vu, H. (co-author)
    36th Meeting of the Psychonomic Society
    (November 1995)
  • Discourse-level contributions to lexical ambiguity resolution are age-invariant.. Kellas, G., Herman, R., Vu, H. and Martin, C. (co-author)
    Seventh Annual Convention of the American Psychological Society
    (June 1995)
  • The subordinate bias effect depends upon strength of context.. Martin, C., Kellas, G., Yehling, K., Herman, R. and Vu, H. (co-author)
    Greater Missouri Conference on Cognition
    (March 1995)
  • Discourse-level contributions to on-line ambiguity resolution for younger and older adults.. Herman, R., Kellas, G., Vu, H., Martin, C. and Yehling, K. (co-author)
    Greater Missouri Conference on Cognition
    (March 1995)
  • Discourse-level contributions to on-line lexical ambiguity resolution.. Kellas, G., Vu, H., Martin, C. and Herman, R. (primary presenter)
    35th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society
    (November 1994)
  • Context specificity and the resolution of lexical ambiguity.. Kellas, G., Vu, H. and Paul, S.T. (primary presenter)
    Sixth Annual Convention of the American Psychological Society
    (July 1994)

Selected Presentations

  • The time-course of lexical ambiguity resolution in the cerebral hemispheres. Vu, Hoang, Kellas, George and Haji, Michael (primary presenter)
    50th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomics Society
    (November 2009)
  • Stimulus deconstruction and lexical ambiguity resolution in the cerebral hemispheres.. Vu, H., Kellas, G. and Metcalf, K. (primary presenter)
    44th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society
    (November 2003)
  • Resolving lexical ambiguity: contributions from situational knowledge.. Vu, H., Kellas, G., Petersen, E. and Metcalf, K. (primary presenter)
    Language Across the Life Span Conference
    (November 2002)
  • Situation-based expectancies affect lexical ambiguity resolution.. Vu, H., Kellas, G., Petersen, E. and Metcalf, K. (primary presenter)
    42nd Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society
    (November 2001)
  • The influence of thematic role fillers and agent filler likelihood on lexical ambiguity resolution.. Vu, H., Kellas, G. and Metcalf, K. (primary presenter)
    41st Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society
    (November 2000)
  • Working memory and language production.. Martin, R.C., Vu, H. and Miller, M. (co-author)
    41st Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society
    (November 2000)
  • The influence of contextual features on lexical ambiguity resolution.. Metcalf, K., Kellas, G. and Vu, H. (co-author)
    41st Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society
    (November 2000)
  • Working memory and language production.. Martin, R.C., Vu, H., Miller, M. and Freedman, M. (co-author)
    Architectures and Mechanisms of Language Processing (AMLP) Conference
    (April 2000)
  • Limits of contextual constraint on lexical ambiguity resolution.. Metcalf, K., Kellas, G. and Vu, H. (co-author)
    40th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society
    (November 1999)
  • Contextual strength and thematic roles influence lexical ambiguity resolution.. Kellas, G. and Vu, H. (primary presenter)
    39th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society
    (November 1998)
  • The relationship between strength of discourse context and meaning frequency.. Kellas, G., Metcalf, K., Martin, C., Vu, H. and Herman, R. (co-author)
    37th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society
    (November 1996)
  • Pre- versus post-homograph disambiguation: Examination of reading rates of younger and older adults.. Paul, S.T., Ludorf, M., Vu, H. and Martin, C. (co-author)
    36th Meeting of the Psychonomic Society
    (November 1995)
  • Contextual strength as a determinant of the subordinate bias effect.. Kellas, G., Martin, C., Yehling, K., Herman, R. and Vu, H. (co-author)
    36th Meeting of the Psychonomic Society
    (November 1995)
  • Discourse-level contributions to lexical ambiguity resolution are age-invariant.. Kellas, G., Herman, R., Vu, H. and Martin, C. (co-author)
    Seventh Annual Convention of the American Psychological Society
    (June 1995)
  • The subordinate bias effect depends upon strength of context.. Martin, C., Kellas, G., Yehling, K., Herman, R. and Vu, H. (co-author)
    Greater Missouri Conference on Cognition
    (March 1995)
  • Discourse-level contributions to on-line ambiguity resolution for younger and older adults.. Herman, R., Kellas, G., Vu, H., Martin, C. and Yehling, K. (co-author)
    Greater Missouri Conference on Cognition
    (March 1995)
  • Discourse-level contributions to on-line lexical ambiguity resolution.. Kellas, G., Vu, H., Martin, C. and Herman, R. (primary presenter)
    35th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society
    (November 1994)
  • Context specificity and the resolution of lexical ambiguity.. Kellas, G., Vu, H. and Paul, S.T. (primary presenter)
    Sixth Annual Convention of the American Psychological Society
    (July 1994)

Publications

  • Martin, R.C., Miller, M. & Vu, H. (2004). Lexical-semantic retention and speech production: Further evidence from normal and brain-damaged participants for a phrasal scope of planning. Cognitive Neuropsychology, Vol. 21, 625-644.
  • Martin, C., Vu, H., Kellas, G. & Metcalf, K. (2004). Strength of discourse context as a determinant of the subordinate bias effect. In Mason, M. (Ed.), Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Cognitive Science (pp. 214-225). McGraw-Hill/Dushkin.
  • Vu, H., Kellas, G., Petersen, E. & Metcalf, K. (2003). Situation-evoking stimuli, domain of reference, and the incremental interpretation of lexical ambiguity. Memory & Cognition, Vol. 31, 1302-1315.
  • Martin, R.C., Newsome, M.R. & Vu, H. (2002). Language and lexical processing. In Encyclopeida of the Human Brain. Academic Press.
  • Vu, H., Kellas, G., Metcalf, K. & Herman, R. (2000). The influence of global discourse on lexical ambiguity resolution. Memory & Cognition, Vol. 28, 236-252.
  • Vu, H. & Kellas, G. (1999). Contextual strength modulates the subordinate bias effect: Reply to Rayner et al.. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, Vol. 52A, 853-855.
  • Martin, C., Vu, H., Kellas, G. & Metcalf, K. (1999). Strength of discourse context as a determinant of the subordinate bias effect. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, Vol. 52A, 813-839.
  • Kellas, G. & Vu, H. (1999). Strength of context does modulate the subordinate bias effect: A reply to Binder and Rayner. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, Vol. 6, 511-517.
  • Vu, H., Kellas, G. & Paul, S.T. (1998). Sources of sentence constraint on the resolution of lexical ambiguity. Memory & Cognition, Vol. 26, 979-1001.
  • Kellas, G., Paul, S.T. & Vu, H. (1995). Aging and language performance: from isolated words to multiple sentence contexts. In Allen, P. and Bashore, T.R.(Eds.), Age Differences in Word and Language Processing (pp. 87-109). New Hampshire: Elsevier.

Honors, Awards & Grants

Honors: 
Grants: 
  • Saint Mary’s Alumni Faculty Fellowship Grant - Saint Mary's College (May 2004)
  • Faculty Development Grants - Saint Mary's College ()
    Awarded in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009.

Interests

Scholarly Interests: 

Interests

  • Research Interests
    • Lexical Ambiguity Resolution
    • Sentence and Discourse Processing
    • Neural & Cognitive Bases of Language Processing
    • Hemispheric Differences in Language Processing
    • Cognitive Neuropsychology
  • Hobbies
    • I enjoy basketball, billiards, foosball, poker, chess,
      skiing, and tennis in no particular order.
  • Favorite Quotes
    •  

      I like to teach the un-teachable.

    • At some point in your life, who you
      are becomes a choice. -- Peter Gray
    • The juvenile sea squirt wanders through the sea searching
      for a suitable rock or hunk of coral to cling to and make its home for life.
      For this task it has a rudimentary nervous system. When it finds its spot and
      takes root, it doesn't need its brain any more so it eats it. It's rather like
      getting tenure. -- Daniel Dennett
    • Science is not just a giant bowl of facts to remember, but
      rather a way of thinking. -- Elizabeth Loftus