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 awareness could improve working memory and executive functions, especially for those prone to mind-wandering or trait anxiety. At Cal U, I teach Cognitive Psychology, Descriptive and Inferential Statistics, Educational Psychology, Psychology of Stress Management, 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, meditating, podcasts, and reading. Most of all, I enjoy spending time with my wife Allison and our two amazing sons, Kallen and Maddox. I look forward to learning more about you and helping you succeed at Cal U and beyond. Cheers!

Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications

  • Baranski, M. (2021). No State Effects of Brief Mindfulness Meditation on the Executive Functions of Inhibition, Shifting, and Updating. Journal of Cognitive Enhancement, 1-19. https://doi.org/10.1007/s41465-020-00198-w
  • 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. Mindfulness8(6), 1569-1579.

Research Interests

  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Working memory
  • Executive functions
  • Mind-wandering
  • 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