Richard A. Hudiburg, Ph.D., Professor

These are pictures while engaging in one of my passions, hiking. Taken in 2012 on the Appalachian Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in Spain in 2016.

I have been a faculty member at UNA since August 1983 and served as chair of the Department of Psychology from 2010-2018. It has been an honor to have taught over 9000 students while at UNA.

I teach and have taught the following Psychology courses at UNA.

PY201 – General Psychology – required course for the major/minor

PY222 – Introduction to the Psychology Major – required course for the major

PY242 – Psychology of Adjustment

PY375 – Psychological Statistics – required course for the major in Psychology

PY385 – Cognitive Psychology – required course for the minor in Psychology and the minors in HCI/UX at UNA

PY435 – Industrial/Organizational Psychology

PY451 – Introduction to Psychological Testing

PY470 – Health Psychology

PY490 – Psychology in Cinema

I have taught a directed studies course in Multivariate Statistics.

I have been instrumental in the planning and development of the interdisciplinary minor in Human Computer Interaction/User Experience – Evaluation. This minor is one of six HCI/UX interdisciplinary minors at UNA.


The Department of Psychology faculty is very active in research in Psychological Science. I have done research on the effects of human-computer interactions, in particular computer users' stress. My research has concentrated on the development of a measurement instrument for computer stress. I have developed two research scales: Computer Technology Hassles Scale and Computer Hassles Scale. Both scales have demonstrated reliability and validity. It has been translated in several languages. If you would like information about these scales, please e-mail me.

During the past decade I been collaborating with Dr. Larry Bates (UNA Psychology faculty) and psychology undergraduate students involving the construct of religious fundamentalism. We have conducted several studies that have been presented at various research conferences like Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA), Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR), and Alabama Academy of Science (AAS).

Since 2011, Dr. Larry Bates and I have become hikers. We have each hiked many sections for a distance over 550 miles of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. We have hiked locally in Alabama and Tennessee in the Sipsey Wilderness, Savage Gulf, Walls of Jericho, and the Pinhoti Trail.

As a result of our hiking experiences, we have developed an interest in conducting research with hikers. Along with psychology undergraduate students we have conducted two studies with hikers on the Appalachian Trial. Several presentations have been given based on these studies at state, regional, and national conferences during the past four years. We have conducted research to develop a Fear of Hiking Scale. We currently conducting a three part study of pilgrim hikers on the 495 mile Camino de Santiago, specifically Camino Francés, in Spain. The first part of the study was completed while walking 182 miles on the Camino Francés during May and June 2016. The second part of the study was completed while walking 183 miles on the Camino Francés during May and June 2017. Completion of the study is planned for in 2018 with walking the Camino Francés to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain.

I am a past president of the Alabama Academy of Science and currently a member of its Board of Trustees. I actively support research with our students at the University of North Alabama. If you wish to contact me about the Psychology major and my research activities, please email me: