Friends and co-workers of Alan Scoboria, a professor of psychology who died April 19, recall him as a dedicated educator and talented researcher.
“First, I would say that Alan was a terrific colleague to us all,” said department head Dennis Jackson. “Over the years, he contributed to the department and the university in a multitude of ways. His reach across campus went far beyond psychology.”
Dr. Jackson noted that Scoboria maintained a thriving research lab with a mix of graduate and undergraduate students, all working on issues related to memory. Scoboria and his collaborators changed the way researchers study and think about memory by being the first to systematically examine a phenomenon known as non-believed memories, which are vivid memories for events that people do not believe occurred.
“His students were also very important to him,” said Jackson. “He was working on research and helping his students up to the end.”
Dr. Scoboria joined the UWindsor faculty in 2004 as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, receiving promotions in 2008 to associate professor and in 2018 to professor. He also held a cross-appointment in biology from 2011 to 2016, and served two years as chair of the Research Ethics Board.
Campus flags will be lowered in his memory on Friday, April 26. Funeral services are planned for Sunday, April 28; find details in his obituary online.