department of psychology

306 Chafee Hall, 142 Flagg Road, Kingston, RI 02881

uripsymajor@gmail.com401.874.2193 (p); 401.874.2157 (f)

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W. Grant Willis

  • Professor
  • School Psychology
  • Phone: 401.874.4245
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  • Mailing Address: Chafee 415


Professor Willis is an active teacher at URI at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  He regularly teaches an advanced course in psychometrics, a general-education course on lifespan developmental psychology, and a required psychology course in statistics at the undergraduate level.  At the graduate level, he teaches developmental psychopathology and cognitive assessment.  He has directed over 30 completed masters’ theses and doctoral dissertations, and has served as major professor for students pursuing a total of over 50 graduate degrees.


Professor Willis has established national and international reputations in the areas of cognitive developmental neuropsychology, professional decision making in psychology, and professional practice issues in school psychology.  His scholarly work has been disseminated at the international level and his publication record includes two scholarly books and numerous book chapters, refereed journal articles, and test reviews.


BA , Psychology, 1973, Ohio University

MS, School Psychology, 1980, Ohio University

PhD, Educational Psychology, 1984, University of Georgia


Bell, K. J. S., & Willis, W. G. (in press). Teachers’ perceptions of bullying among youth. Journal of Educational Research.

Weyandt, L. L., Willis, W. G., Swentosky, A., et al. (2014). A review of the use of executive function tasks in externalizing and internalizing disorders. In S. Goldstein & J. A. Naglieri (Eds.), Handbook of executive functioning (pp. 69-88). New York Springer.

Willis, W. G., Weyandt, L. L., Lubiner, A. G., & Schubart, C. D. (2011). Neurofeedback as a treatment for Attention- deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder: A systematic review of evidence for practice. Journal of Applied School Psychology, 27, 201-227.

Bujoreanu, I. S., & Willis, W. G. (2008). Developmental and neuropsychological perspectives on the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test in Children. Developmental Neuropsychology, 33, 584-600.

Willis, W. G. (2005). Foundations of developmental neuroanatomy. In R. C. D’Amato, E. Fletcher-Janzen, & C. R. Reynolds (Eds.), Handbook of school neuropsychology (pp. 41-60). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Willis, W. G., & Weiler, M. D. (2005). Neural substrates of childhood Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Electroencephalographic and magnetic resonance imaging evidence. Developmental Neuropsychology, 27, 135-182.


Hooper, S. R., & Willis, W. G. (1989). Learning disability subtyping: Neuropsychological foundations, conceptual models, and issues in clinical differentiation. New York: Springer-Verlag.

Hynd, G. W., & Willis, W. G. (1988). Pediatric neuropsychology. Orlando, FL: Grune & Stratton.

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