Texas Tech University

Psychological Sciences Labs

Providing research experiences for students has become a widely recognized and accepted goal of a college education. Through undergraduate research experiences, students in Psychology participate in a range of activities that draw them into the contemporary culture of psychological science and integrate them more fully into the practice of inquiry and research. The National Research Council, the National Science Foundation, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and others, recommend that all undergraduate students be encouraged to pursue research projects, and that they get involved in research as early as is practical in their school programs. This has been achieved, in part, by getting students to work on research projects in lab and field settings under the guidance of faculty mentors, beginning as early as their freshman and sophomore years.

Clinical
Counseling

Dr. Sheila Garos

Dr. Sheila Garos

Research Interests: Human sexual behavior, behavioral addictions, sexual temptation bias, and women's OB/GYN health, women’s objectification of other women.
Supervision Expertise: I conceptualize cases from a psychodynamic perspective. This theoretical orientation provides the "frame" in which I assess client issues and explore the origin of problematic behaviors. I use a variety of interventions and techniques to address client concerns (e.g., CBT, solution-focused, behavioral activation, etc.). My approach focuses on family history and the links between a client's past and present. I teach students how to be direct and confront clients and make active interpretations during therapy. I utilize the therapeutic relationship, including transference and countertransference in an active "here and now" approach and deal very directly with client affect. Additionally, I have had a private practice since the year 2000. My training at the Kinsey Institute for Sex and Gender Research prepared me for a specialization in sexuality including the treatment of LGBTQ issues, sexual disorders, sexual dysfunctions, and sexual health. I also treat compulsive eaters, compulsive sexual behavior, and substance abuse. My other specialty area is couple's therapy. I also do general psychotherapy with issues such as depression, loss, trauma, and anxiety. Finally, I conduct evaluations for Assisted Reproductive Technology patients.
Website: https://s3xlab.wixsite.com/research

Dr. Paul B. Ingram

Dr. Paul B. Ingram

Research Interests: Personality measurement, veteran relevant issues such as PTSD and TBI, and mental health stigma, relating to attitudes, treatment behaviors, and physical health.
Supervision Expertise: I approach psychotherapy from an integrative approach which utilizes both cognitive-behavioral and humanistic approaches. My specialty areas include the treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma, and the unique needs of military service members and veterans; however, I can provide supervision for all adult clinic clients. I also provide supervision for psychological assessments, including ADHD/LD evaluations, diagnostic evaluations, IQ/developmental assessments, and public safety evaluations.

Dr. Shin Ye Kim

Research Interests: The intersections of gender, culture, health, and psychological well-being in domestic and international populations, with a focus on work and career. Current research includes work-family interface from a men and masculinity perspective, efficacy of multicultural counseling, and psychological intervention for chronic pain.
Supervision Expertise: In psychotherapy, I use a humanistic and relational psychodynamic approach that draws on CBT and mindfulness techniques. I am happy to supervise those who work with individual adult clients. Severe mental illness, personality disorders and chronic health conditions are my areas of specialty.

Dr. Robert Morgan

Forensic & Correctional Psychology Lab

Research Interests: Treatment and assessment of justice involved persons with mental illness, effects of incarceration including in restricted housing units, and forensic mental health assessment.
Supervision Expertise: My area of clinical expertise is in assessment and treatment of justice-involved individuals with and without severe mental illness. This work includes therapeutic and assessment related services in local correctional agencies (e.g., jail, probation, Texas Department of Criminal Justice), as well as forensic mental health examinations for local, state, and federal courts. In our in-house training clinic, I supervise adult counseling and psychotherapy cases (including couples, at risk individuals, and individuals with severe mental illness) as well as a variety of psychological assessments. My theoretical orientation in my clinical work and supervision includes an integration of cognitive-behavioral and interpersonal theories.

Dr. Brandy Piña-Watson

Latinx Mental Health & Resilience Lab

Research Interests: Latinx adolescent and emerging adult mental health disparities (focus on those of Mexican descent); Individual, familial, cultural, and societal impacts on depression, suicidal ideation and behaviors, well-being, and academic outcomes of Latinx individuals; gender socialization; mental health prevention and intervention with Latinx populations.
Supervision Expertise: I take an integrative approach to therapy that draws heavily from interpersonal, humanistic-existential, and multicultural perspectives. My primary clinical interests include crisis intervention, and treatment of adolescent and adult populations with concerns such as depression, suicidal ideation and behaviors, anxiety, trauma, gender and sexuality concerns, identity development, as well as familial and relational difficulties. I specialize in the treatment of ethnic minority and other marginalized populations. I supervise adolescent, adult, and couple's cases as well as provide supervision for ADHD/LD evaluations. I also provide supervision to supervisors in training.

Dr. Steven Richards

Research Interests: Depression, comorbidities of depression (such as eating disorders), depression contagion, self-managed depression, and how depression is influenced by relationships, proximity to friends and home, and chronic health problems.
Supervision Expertise: My expertise is supervising adult to older adult cases, ages 18-100, emphasizing basic interpersonal skills and common factors in therapy, and preferring some of the CBT, Mindfulness, Interpersonal, and problem-solving approaches. I can supervise most current and well-regarded approaches including techniques derived from brief Psychodynamic and Humanistic theory. My areas of expertise include the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, interpersonal issues, high-functioning psychotic episodes, and some types of substance abuse.

Dr. Christine Robitschek

Research Interests: Positive psychology, multicultural aspects of personal growth initiative, implications of personal growth initiative for health/illness and interventions.
Supervision Expertise: I approach supervision from a developmental perspective, tailoring supervision to the unique needs of each therapist-in-training with the following major goals: (a) identify individual strengths, important areas for development, and how these strengths and weaknesses interact with specific clients and client issues; (b) develop and clarify their theoretical orientation; and (c) learn to work with clients in culturally relevant and appropriate ways grounded in evidence-based practice. A common theme in supervision is working with client emotion in direct and effective ways. I am comfortable supervising individual adult cases (ages 18 and over) with issues related to depression, anxiety, vocation, trauma (current and past), and life stressors. My personal theoretical perspective is primarily person-centered and integrative, which allows me to utilize elements from multiple theories and evidence-based practices, including positive psychology therapies, and culturally based and common factors approaches, to develop treatment plans tailored to individual clients' needs.

Cognition & Cognitive Neuroscience

Dr. Tyler Davis

Caprock fMRI Lab

Research Interests: investigation of formation and representation of categories from a multi-disciplinary approach utilizing behavioral research methods, computational modelling, and fMRI.

Dr. Philip Marshall

Research Interests: human-animal interaction generally, with a special interest in how humans process information about companion animals. Historically, also a well-developed interest in the areas of human memory, motor skills, and aging.

Dr. Miranda Scolari

Selective Attention & Perception Lab

Research Interests: The functions and limitations of the human visual system, and how mechanisms of attention recruit regions of the brain that process visual input in order to facilitate behavioral goals.

Dr. Michael J. Serra

Learning & Metacognition Lab

Research Interests: Multimedia (e.g., visual and verbal materials, comic books, video games) and Multimedia Learning (e.g., learning from text with diagrams, causal learning diagrams), Metacognition (thinking about thinking), Reading Comprehension, Memory, Education (learning and studying).

Dr. Yi-Yuan Tang

Tang's Lab

Research Interests: understanding and optimizing brain functioning and behavior over the lifespan; developing and applying preventive interventions for behavioral problems and mental disorders such as learning difficulties, ADHD, mood disorders and addictions; neuroimaging (fMRI/PET/EEG/ TMS); physiological measures (heart rate variability, skin conductance, cortisol); genetic and epigenetic analysis.

Dr. Roman Taraban

Cognition Lab

Research Interests: text processing, text and discourse analysis, language learning, category induction, engineering problem solving, connectionist modeling.

Dr. Alice Young

Research Interests: psychopharmacology, discriminative and reinforcing effects of drugs and the roles of receptor-mediated processes in the development of drug tolerance and dependence.

Human Factors

Dr. HeeSun Choi

Research Interests: Occupational and driving safety related to attention and age-related declines; human-robot interaction safety; virtual reality and simulation technology

Dr. Eric Greenlee

Research Interests: Neuroergonomics (applied neuroscience & psychophysiology) of workload, fatigue, and vigilance; human-automation interaction (e.g., automated driving); individual and team workload

Dr. Keith Jones

Research Interests: Human-computer interaction, including human-robot interaction and human factors issues related to cybersecurity, and affordance perception

Dr. Martina Inge Klein

Research Interests: subjective measures of stress and workload, laparoscopy and robotic surgery, and errors in medicine.

Social

Dr. Jessica Alquist

Alquist Lab

Research Interests: self-control and its affects on physical health, agency, uncertainty, emotion, and how belief in free will can affect behavior.

Dr. Lindsay Rice Greenlee

Research Interests: the processing of gender role stereotype information and its effect on our perception of others, as well as methods of social influence used online.

Dr. Zachary P. Hohman

Social Identity Theory and Health (SITH) Lab

Research Interests: group processing, intergroup relations, self-concept, and persuasion, and their impact on health behaviors.

Dr. Molly Ireland

Language Use and Social Interaction (LUSI) Lab

Research Interests: how natural language use in conversations, personal writing, and literature influences and reflects social processes and health behavior; links between personality and natural language.

Dr. Amelia Talley

Stigma, Health, and Applied Research Center (SHARC)

Research Interests: intra and interpersonal functioning during times of stress, sexual identity, and psychosocial adjustment and physical health in the face of stigma and threats to self-concept.