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Vice Provost for Research & International Affairs

Timothy P. McNamara is vice provost for research and international affairs. His one-year appointment to this role began Jan. 1, 2015. As a member of the provost’s senior staff, he advocates for and oversees research outside the Medical Center. In partnership with the research leadership in the Medical Center, he provides broad oversight of Vanderbilt’s interschool research centers and institutes and of a number of campus-wide services. His work this year specifically focuses for the Provost’s Office on the activities related to the Medical Center’s transition. In addition, he works with with Vice Provost for Learning and Residential Affairs Cynthia Cyrus on teaching and global education initiatives.

McNamara also serves as the representative on the UT-Battelle Board of Governors, which oversees management of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He represents Vanderbilt on two of the American Association of Universities (AAU) constituent groups: Senior Research Officers (SROs) and the Association of Graduate Schools (AGS), created by the graduate deans of the AAU.

McNamara joined the Department of Psychology in 1983 and chaired that department from 1996-2004. His research investigates human memory and cognition; especially spatial cognition and memory retrieval processes. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science.

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