Dr. Douglas Herrmann was trained as an engineer at the U.S. Naval Academy (B.S., 1964) and as a psychologist at the University of Delaware, where he obtained an M.S. (1970) and a Ph.D. (1972) in Experimental Psychology. Subsequently, he did postdoctoral study on memory processes at Stanford University (1993).
In 1973 Dr. Herrmann joined the faculty at Hamilton College (Clinton, New York), where he remained until 1989 with the rank of full professor and served as Chairperson of the Psychology Department. While on the faculty at Hamilton, he served as a research fellow at the Applied Cognitive Psychology Unit in Cambridge, England, 1982-83; the University of Manchester, 1985-86; and at the National Institute of Mental Health, 1989-1990.
In 1990 Dr. Herrmann became the Director of the Collection Procedures Research Laboratory at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (1990-1992), after which he served as the Special Assistant on Cognitive Psychology to the Associate Director for Research and Methodology at the National Center for Health Statistics (1992-1995). In 1995 he joined the faculty of Indiana State University as Chairperson of the Psychology Department, a position he held until the fall of 2004.
In 1995 Dr. Herrmann was elected to be the first President of the Society for Applied Research on Memory and Technology. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society. At Indiana State he has been given awards for creativity in research, for having a distinguished scholarly and teaching record, for service to the University, and for assisting on projects designed to improve diversity.
Dr. Herrmann co-edited the Journal of Applied Cognitive Psychology from 1987 until 1991. He was the editor of the journal Cognitive Technology from 1996 to 2005. He has written or edited seventeen textbooks concerned with various aspects of human memory, including the history of memory scholarship, memory functioning in everyday life, memory improvement, and cognitive rehabilitation.
In 1995 Herrmann was elected to be the first President of the Society for Applied Research on Memory and Technology. Dr. Herrmann is also the Director of the Practical Memory Institute, a web-based business which is a subsidiary of Compact Disc, Silver Springs, Maryland.
PMI has received grants for several million dollars from the National Institute for Aging to create CD-ROMs that enable people to improve their memory. The discs produced thus are Nature of Memory, Names and Faces, Facts and Figures, and Best Intentions.
Dr. Herrmann is married to Donna Herrmann. They have been married for 35 years and have two adult children: Amanda and Zachary. Dr. Herrmann served in the Marine Corps in Da Nang, Vietnam in 1966 and 1967. In 1975, Donna and he played a major role in helping Vietnamese refugees settle in upstate New York. From 1990 until 1995, he volunteered regularly to help veterans with substance abuse problems at the Washington, D.C., VA Hospital. From 1996 up to the present he has worked to improve educational services for veterans at Indiana State University. He has also been active in helping minorities gain access to educational opportunities at ISU.