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Ana Franco-Watkins

Ana Franco-Watkins


Interim Dean

Dean's Office

Psychological Sciences

Ana Franco-Watkins

Office Hours

By Appointment


PhD, University of Maryland at College Park

MA, The College of William & Mary

BA, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

About Me

Ana M. Franco-Watkins serves as interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts. She was previously the chair of the Department of Psychological Sciences at Auburn University. She is committed to and supportive of faculty, staff and students by empowering individuals and units, promoting a positive organizational culture, and leading by example in shared vision to strategically enhance the mission and vision of her department, college, and university.

Her research focuses on decision making and behavioral economics with applications to organizations and industry. She has received external funding support from National Science Foundation, defense agencies, and Federal Aviation Administration Center of Excellence for interdisciplinary research team projects. She has taught courses in decision making, behavioral game theory, and decision making in organizations and industry.


Laboratory for Integrative Decision Science

Research Interests

decision making and behavioral economics; effects of stress on decision making; self-control and decision making; working memory and strategy use in decision making; and applications of decision making in organizations and industry, health, and education

Courses Taught

  • PSYC 3970: Behavioral Game Theory
  • PSYC 4250: Psychology of Choice and Decision
  • PSYC 7700: Foundations in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • PSYC 8760: Decision Making in the Workplace and Organizations