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.


Dr. Kelly Cukrowicz

Suicide and Depression Research Program

Research Interests: mood disorders and suicidal behavior, cognitive behavior therapy.

Dr. Catherine Epkins

Research Interests: child assessment; social, cognitive, and family aspects of childhood depression and anxiety; child psychopathology.

Dr. Andrew Littlefield

Research Interests: developmental change in alcohol involvement as it relates to personality development, drinking motives, acquisition of adult roles, and genetic and environmental factors.

Dr. Gregory Mumma

Research Interests: Cognitive-behavioural assessment, case formulation, and treatment planning; ideographic assessment; multivariate time series models.

Dr. Adam Schmidt

Pathways to Resilient Youth Development (PRYDE) lab

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.

Dr. Jason Van Allen

Examining Nutrition, Exercise, and Rest in Growing Youth (ENERGY) Lab

Research Interests: pediatric psychology, health psychology, positive psychology, obesity/weight-management interventions, physical activity promotion, and sleep medicine.

Dr. Joseph M. Currin

Dr. Joseph M. Currin

Research Interests: Sexuality, sexual behavior, sexual health, sexuality-related stigma, health disparities for LGBTQIA individuals, sexual health of rural individuals, STI prevention.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dr. Christine Robitschek

Research Interests: Positive psychology, multicultural aspects of personal growth initiative, implications of personal growth initiative for health/illness and interventions.

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. Eric Greenlee

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.

Dr. Keith Jones

Research Interests: human-computer interaction, internet navigation and accessibility.

Dr. Martina Inge Klein

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


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.

Psychological Sciences

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    Texas Tech University, Department of Psychological Sciences, Box 42051 Lubbock, TX 79409-2051