Jessica G. Irons



"Chance favors the prepared mind." -- Louis Pasteur



I am an experimental health psychologist; I received my BA and MS degrees at Augusta State University and my PhD at Auburn University (war eagle!). I am a Professor of Psychology at James Madison University.


I work closely with a team of teaching assistants and we primarily teach Research Methods in Psychology, Introductory Psychology, and Orientation to the Major (Psychology Learning Community). I also teach Preparing for Graduate School in Psychology and I oversee Lab Experiences. I have special interests in teaching validity in science as well as scientific writing and editing skills. I also coordinate the Eastern Teaching of Psychology Conference.


Please find below sundry resources about my training, my teaching, my courses, and working as a member of my teaching team.


My primary goal as an educator is that my students learn to think well. For many, a byproduct of thinking well will include learning to recognize the privileges that benefit them as well as the injustices that disadvantage others. I am a recovering oppressor (and sometimes unwittingly active oppressor)--teaching others to think well is my greatest potential defense against racism, a goal to which I am wholly committed. If you are diminished in this life, you deserve better and I share in responsibility to help make that happen. 


Teaching Philosophy
Teaching Autobiography


Curriculum Vitae

A regional teaching conference hosted by JMU

STP is an excellent resource for teaching!

A resource on campus equipped with tutors to help with scientific writing

Dr. Irons is a Professor of Psychology at JMU.

Visit this resource to find out what faculty are doing and how to get involved in research.

Dr. Irons' research lab homepage

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“I know it is not always pleasant to be criticized but it is healthy

and necessary for progress.” –Jimmy Carter

Introductory Psychology Syllabus             Writing Mistakes to Avoid            Research Methods Syllabus 

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  Teaching Assistants 

TBA (Research Methods)

Graduate Assistant

Maeve Register (Psychology Learning Community)

Teaching Assistant

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Teaching assistants attend weekly teaching meetings during which we talk about teaching issues, read teaching resources, develop activities and exam content, and discuss issues idiosyncratic to our classes. TAs hold weekly office hours, attend class, and help respond to student inquiries.


If you are interested in becoming a TA for one of Dr. Irons' courses, please email or complete the form below.


*Keep in mind that students who have completed a course with Dr. Irons will be given priority consideration.



Jessica G. Irons

Miller Hall 1177


Phone: 540-568-6565

Fax: 540-568-3322 (attn: Irons)


James Madison University

Department of Psychology

MSC 7704

91 East Grace Street

Harrisonburg , VA 22807


“Neurosis is the inability to tolerate ambiguity.” – Sigmund Freud

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