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Michael Szul

Since 1998, I have developed software for large, established companies like AIG and Conde Naste, as well as fast growing start-ups like Performance Media Group, in roles ranging from senior programmer to director of development. As a partner at Barbella Digital, I wrote software patterns, code generators, and messaging systems for the enterprise. Currently, I am the lead programmer for the University of Virginia’s School of Medicine.

I have a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in clinical psychology with an applied research specialization.

I blog about technology, programming, and cybercultural at

Speaking & Presentations

Speaking Engagements

edUi Conference 2017. "Building Progressive Web Apps." September 26th, 2017.
edUi Conference 2017. "Building Bots for the Conversation UI." September 25th, 2017.
edUi Conference 2016. "The New JavaScript and How it Will Change the Way You Design and Develop." October 24th, 2016.
LSP Fall Conference 2015. "Tooling and Process Improvement with Grunt, Boxstarter, and Git." November 19th, 2015.
JAM Orlando 2010. "jQuery and JICS." June 4th, 2010.
New York Times Travel Show. "Web Presence and Social Media Workshop." February 6th, 2009.
New York Times Travel Show. "New Technology Panel." February 6th, 2009.


Contreras, C. L.M. & Szul, M. (2016). Exploring the importance of first access delay. Presentation at the 2016 Capella University Faculty Virtual Conference, Navigating Online Learning Challenges: Collaborating for Innovation.

Szul, M., & Contreras, C. L.M. (2013). Learning management systems, design, and grade performance. Poster presented at Association for Psychological Science Annual Conference, Washington, DC.

Szul, M. (2012). Steiner, consciousness and the physicality of spiritual experience. Poster presented at America Psychological Association Annual Convention, Orlando, FL.

Contreras, C. L., Szul., M., Donley, D., & Thomas, S. M. (2012). Grade predictors in online learning: Exploring the importance of first access delay. Poster presented at Virginia Association for Behavior Analysis, Harrisonburg, VA.

Szul, M. (2011). Rudolf Steiner and the evolution of consciousness. Poster presented at Psychology and the Other, Cambridge, MA.


Journal Articles

Szul, M. (2011). Balancing college coursework with a job. Undergraduate Update. Retrieved from

Technical Reviewer

Hayward, J. (2011). Django JavaScript integration: AJAX and jQuery. Birmingham, UK: Packt Publishing.


Cyberpsychology/Human-Computer Interaction

June 2011 - August 2013

Reviewed, summarized, and wrote literature and data related to online learning, learning management systems (LMS), computer literacy, personality types, and grade performance. Performed statistical analysis on data sets, and worked with computer literacy and personality measures.

Psychological Testing

Qualified to administer, score, and interpret the following psychological tests at this time.

  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
  • Beck Depression Inventory
  • 16PF
  • Career Assessment Inventory
  • SASSI-3


Imagine Your Reality, December 2009.

When I first moved to VA, I started working as a partner at Barbella Digital, Inc., but was first contracting with them on a 1099 basis. I used the Overmortal brand as the subcontracting name. The contents of this interview are about past work, as well as work under BDI.

Nights with Alice Cooper. October 2004.

My very early years on the Internet were spent making posts about the paranormal before the term "blog" was even coined. The web site ( had a more personal narrative that was partly inspired by the television show Freakylinks.

In the Summer of 2004, I received an email from one of the people at Nights with Alice Cooper asking me to do an interview. A copy of the interview can be found on