Kira Bailey

David O. Robbins Associate Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience; Department Chair


  • B.A., Concord University
  • M.S., Ph.D., Iowa State University


Kira Bailey obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology at Concord University and completed her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Psychology at Iowa State University. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Missouri – Columbia, she joined the faculty of Ohio Wesleyan in 2015.

Bailey is interested in understanding how experience modifies the neural bases of cognitive control, affective information processing, and decision-making. Specifically, she studies the effects of video games on emotion and cognition, and how pathological video game use is related to impulsivity and decision making under risk. She also studies the neural effects of alcohol use, and how individual differences in alcohol sensitivity influence the neural correlates of cognitive control and decision making.

Winner of the 2021 Sherwood Dodge Shankland Award for Encouragement of Teachers

Contact Info


Phillips Hall 52
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3808