Jessica Stansbury, Ph.D.



Contact Info

LA 2106
Mondays and Wednesdays
11:00am- 2:00pm



Ed.D. in Instructional Technology,
Towson University

M.A. in Experimental Psychology,
Towson University

B.S. in Psychology,
Towson University

Associate Degree in Chemical Dependency Counseling, CCBC

Areas of Expertise


Moral judgment


Innovative Teaching Methods

Game Based Learning and Integration

Instructional Design


Prior to coming to Towson University as full time faculty, Dr. Stansbury worked at Johns Hopkins University as a research assistant and Senior Research Coordinator on multiple research projects regarding substance abuse. Her acclimates include: six peer reviewed publications, four invited teaching talks, three invited research presentations, 12 poster and oral research presentations, and three brief media appearances regarding her work with video gaming and higher education.


Teaching Information

Dr. Stansbury has always had an extreme sense of curiosity that only learning has ever been able to truly satisfy; thus, she has a tremendous love for learning and teaching. She firmly believes that with passionate and encouraging professors, critical thinking skills, and the experience of life lessons, great students can emerge. Dr. Stansbury strives to challenge her students to question everything and enjoy learning as much as possible. She also emphasizes and applies a famous motto to the classroom that was created many years ago, “nothing ventured, nothing gained.”


Research Interests

Dr. Stansbury developed and directs The Tag Lab, which is an interdisciplinary gaming research group. The lab is currently accepting new group members. The goal of this research group is to conduct research on many different areas of gaming, to include basic and applied research.


Selected Publications

Stansbury, J. A., Wheeler, E. A., & Buckingham, J. T. (2014). Can Wii engage college-level learners? Use of commercial off-the-shelf gaming in an introductory statistics course. Computers In The Schools, 31(1/2), 103-115. doi:10.1080/07380569.2014.

Stansbury, J. A., & Munro, G. D. (2013). Gaming in the classroom: An innovative way to teach factorial designs. Teaching of Psychology, 40(2), 148-152.

Munro, G. D., Stansbury, J. A., & Tsai, J. (2012). A causal role for negative affect: Misattribution in biased evaluations of scientific information. Self and Identity, 11(1), 1-15.

Munro, G. D. & Stansbury, J. A. (2009). The dark side of self-affirmation: Confirmation bias and illusory correlation in response to threatening information. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 1143-1153.

Courses Taught

  • PSYC 101: Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 314:  Research Methods (including hybrid)
  • PSYC 315:   Motivation Hybrid
  • PSYC 325:   Social Psychology Hybrid