Dr. Atkins is currently serving as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology and the Coordinator of Multicultural Student Programs and Support at Colby College, where he has worked for 4 years.
After working nearly 10 years for IBM, Joe decided to go back to school. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Vassar College, where he held a dual major in Computer Science and Cognitive Science. He then went on to get his PhD in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the University of Rochester. His areas of expertise are: visual learning, perceptual learning, cognitive science, virtual reality, sensory integration, decision making with uncertainty, visual deficits due to brain damage, artificial intelligence.
Dr. Atkins currently lives in Skowhegan with his wife, Holly.