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.
Research Interests: parenting interventions, family violence (child physical abuse and domestic violence), the influence of culture on parenting and discipline practices, ethnic minority populations, and clinical behavior analysis.
Research Interests: how poor sleep, stress, and emotional dysregulation are associated with cardiovascular disease risk.
Research Interests: mood disorders and suicidal behavior, cognitive behavior therapy.
Research Interests: providing psychological interventions in medical populations (e.g., chronic pain, sleep), as well as understanding how our social lives and status affect our health.
Research Interests: child assessment; social, cognitive, and family aspects of childhood depression and anxiety; child psychopathology.
Research Interests: developmental change in alcohol involvement as it relates to personality development, drinking motives, acquisition of adult roles, and genetic and environmental factors.
Research Interests: Cognitive-behavioural assessment, case formulation, and treatment planning; ideographic assessment; multivariate time series models.
Research Interests: understanding the interactions between cognitive abilities, neurobiology, and psychosocial environment on positive development, particularly among justice-involved youth and youth experiencing traumatic brain injuries.
Research Interests: pediatric psychology, health psychology, positive psychology, obesity/weight-management interventions, physical activity promotion, and sleep medicine.
Research Interests: human sexual behavior, behavioral addictions, sexual temptation bias, and women's OB/GYN health, women’s objectification of other women.
Research Interests: personality measurement, veteran relevant issues such as PTSD and TBI, and mental health stigma, relating to attitudes, treatment behaviors, and physical health.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Research Interests: positive psychology, multicultural aspects of personal growth initiative, implications of personal growth initiative for health/illness and interventions.
Cognition & Cognitive Neuroscience
Research Interests: investigation of formation and representation of categories from a multi-disciplinary approach utilizing behavioral research methods, computational modelling, and fMRI.
Research Interests: motor performance among the elderly and certain clinical populations, aesthetic production and appreciation, and human-animal interaction.
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.
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).
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.
Research Interests: text processing, text and discourse analysis, language learning, category induction, engineering problem solving, connectionist modeling.
Research Interests: psychopharmacology, discriminative and reinforcing effects of drugs and the roles of receptor-mediated processes in the development of drug tolerance and dependence.
Research Interests: visual perception (judgments about motion, depth and collisions) and applications for driving (e.g., rear-end collisions), healthcare (e.g., nursing and camera surgery), military (e.g., night vision goggles), and sport (e.g., batting, officiating).
Research Interests: using neurological and physiological measures to understand tasks which demand extreme vigilance or sustained attention, such as air traffic control, cyber network defense, and driving.
Research Interests: human-computer interaction, internet navigation and accessibility.
Research Interests: subjective measures of stress and workload, laparoscopy and robotic surgery, and errors in medicine.
Research Interests: self-control and its affects on physical health, agency, uncertainty, emotion, and how belief in free will can affect behavior.
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.
Research Interests: group processing, intergroup relations, self-concept, and persuasion, and their impact on health behaviors.
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.
Research Interests: The effects of personality and situations on real-word behavior, the role of personality in career pursuits and the workplace, and data analytics.
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.
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