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CH 236
(205) 934-5365

Research and Teaching Interests: Binocular vision and stereopsis, sensation and perception, animal learning and behavior, cognition, research methods, statistics

Office Hours: By appointment


  • B.S., Northern Michigan University, Psychology and Philosophy
  • M.A., University of New Hampshire, Psychology, Visual Perception
  • M.S.T., University of New Hampshire, College Teaching
  • Ph.D., University of New Hampshire, Psychology, Visual Perception

Growing up in north central Nebraska, I was first exposed to teaching while playing in the back of a one-room rural school classroom while my mother taught her students. I completed a Bachelor’s degree at Northern Michigan University in 2006 under the primary supervision of Charles Leith but also worked with Sheila Burns, Cynthia Prosen, Paul Andronis, and Harry Whitaker. At NMU, I discovered my own love of teaching as a TA for multiple courses.

I then completed Master’s degrees in Psychology and College Teaching and a Ph.D. in Psychology and Visual Perception in 2011 from the University of New Hampshire under the supervision of William Wren Stine.

Following graduate school, I completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Rutgers University in 2014 under the supervision of Thomas Papathomas. I was fortunate to also be able to teach multiple courses during my time at Rutgers.

Before coming to UAB from 2014 to 2019, I was an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Marywood University in Scranton Pennsylvania. I began my time at UAB in August of 2019.

  • Select Publications
    • Dobias, J. J. & Stine, W. W. (2019). Dynamic cancellation of perceived depth from the Venetian blind effect. Vision, 3(2),14.
    • Dobias, J. J., Papathomas, T. V., & Vlajnic, V. M. (2016). Convexity bias and perspective cues in the reverse-perspective illusion. i-Perception,7(1), 1-7.
    • Dobias, J. J., Papathomas, T. V., & Sarwate, A. (2016). Ponzo's illusion in 3D: perspective gradients dominate differences in retinal size. Multisensory Research, 29, 421-438.
    • Dobias, J. J. & Papathomas, T. V. (2014). The role of linear perspective cues on the perceived depth magnitude of the surfaces they are painted on: Proper-, reverse-, and flat-perspective paintings. Perception, 43, 989-1000.
    • Dobias, J. J. & Papathomas, T. V. (2013). Recovering 3D shape: Roles of absolute and relative disparity, retinal size, and viewing distance as studied with reverse-perspective stimuli. Perception, 42, 430-446.
    • Dobias, J. J. & Stine, W. W. (2012). Temporal Dynamics of the Venetian Blind Effect. Vision Research, 60, 79-94.
    • Filley, E. T., Khutoryansky, N., Dobias, J. J., & Stine, W. W. (2011). An investigation of the Venetian blind effect. Seeing and Perceiving, 24, 241-292.