Max Owens

Max Owens

Assistant Professor


Office: DAV 102
Phone: 727/873-4533
Lab: DAV 280


Curriculum Vitae


Max Owens is an expert at reading brain signals. His research interests include mood disorders, cognitive control, emotion regulation and working memory training. Proficient in the use of electroencephalography (EEG) and eye-tracking, Owens explores the links between mood disorders and brain function, and seeks to facilitate novel evidence-based cognitive therapy for vulnerable individuals with depression.

Owens has published dozens of papers in leading national and international peer-reviewed journals. He regularly attends and presents his research at local and international conferences. After joining USF in 2016, Owens was awarded a $10,000 internal research grant to develop his program of research on the USF St. Petersburg campus.

Owens teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in psychological statistics, physiological psychology and cognitive psychology. His career has come full circle as a professor of psychology at USF’s St. Petersburg campus, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 2005.


  • MRes Oxford university
  • Ph.D. University of London


Cognition, Neuroscience, & Social


Owens, M., & Gibb, B. E. (2016). Brooding rumination and attentional biases in currently non-depressed individuals: an eye-tracking study. Cognition and Emotion, 1-8

Owens, M., Derakshan, N., & Richards, A. (2015). Trait susceptibility to worry modulates the effects of cognitive load on cognitive control: an ERP study. Emotion, 15(5), 544-549.

Owens, M., Koster, E. H., & Derakshan, N. (2013). Improving attention control in dysphoria through cognitive training: Transfer effects on working memory capacity and filtering efficiency. Psychophysiology, 50(3), 297-307.

Owens, M., & Derakshan, N. (2013). The effects of dysphoria and rumination on cognitive flexibility and task selection. Acta psychologica, 142(3), 323-331.

Owens, M., Koster, E. H., & Derakshan, N. (2012). Impaired filtering of irrelevant information in dysphoria: an ERP study. Social cognitive and affective neuroscience, 7(7), 752-763.