Dr. Michael Baranski

Assistant Professor

Department of Criminal Justice and Psychology

Curriculum Vitae


I am very excited and grateful to be part of Cal U! I earned my Ph.D. at Kent State University in Ohio, where I researched the cognitive benefits of mindfulness meditation. Specifically, I examined if the development of non-judgmental, present-moment attention could improve working memory and executive functions, especially for those prone to mind-wandering or trait anxiety. At Cal U, I teach General Psychology and Psychological Measurement Lab. I look forward to interesting discussions and impactful research with you here at Cal U. Outside of work, I enjoy exercising, reading, and most of all, spending time with my family. My wife, Allison, is an elementary school teacher and we have been friends since high school. We have two amazing sons, Kallen and Maddox, and a very hyperactive Golden Retriever, Watson. I look forward to learning more about you and helping you succeed at Cal U and beyond. Cheers!

Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications

  • Baranski, M., & Was, C. A. (2019). Can Mindfulness Meditation Improve Short-Term and Long-Term Academic Achievement in a Higher-Education Course? College Teaching, 67(3), 188-195.
  • Baranski, M. F., & Was, C. A. (2018). A More Rigorous Examination of the Effects of Mindfulness Meditation on Working Memory Capacity. Journal of Cognitive Enhancement, 2(3), 225-239.
  • Baranski, M., & Was, C. A. (2017). Mindfulness Meditation May Not Increase False-Memory and May Instead Protect From False-Memory Susceptibility. Mindfulness, 8(6), 1569-1579.

Research Interests

  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Working memory
  • Executive functions
  • Mind-wandering
  • Declarative and procedural memory
  • Metacognition
  • B.S. Secondary Education: Youngstown State University
  • M.A. Psychological Science: Kent State
  • Ph.D. Psychological Science: Kent State

Email: baranski@calu.edu

Phone: 724-938-4394

Office: Morgan Hall Room 325