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Behavioral and Cognitive Neurosciences

Susan Brasser, Ph.D. - Interests include studying the physiological mechanisms of action of ethanol on the nervous system that regulate behavioral ingestion of the drug. 

Paul Gilbert, Ph.D. -  Primary research interests focus on cognitive, behavioral, and motor changes in older adults and individuals diagnosed with neurodegenerative disease. 

Sarah N. Mattson, Ph.D *- Primary interest is to understand the effects that drugs and other substances have on the developing nervous system and its later function.

Robert F. McGivern, Ph.D. Organizational and activational influences of sex steroids on cognitive sex differences in humans and animals.

Ralph-Axel Muller, Ph.D Functional and anatomical brain development in neurotypical children and those with developmental disorders (especially autism). 

Claire Murphy, Ph.D *- Research interests center on the relationship of the brain to behavior. 

Edward P. Riley, Ph.D *- Prenatal exposure to alcohol and how it effects the developing embryo and fetus and cause alterations in the normal development of brain and behavior. 

Jennifer D. Thomas, Ph.D *- Behavioral Teratology, developmental neuroanatomy and psychobiology, neurobiology of learning and memory, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.


Learning and Cognition

Stephen K. Reed, Ph.D- Studying cognitive processes involved in problem solving and in using research results to design effective instruction. 



Thierry Devos, Ph.D - My research examines how social identities operate outside of conscious control and awareness.

Richard G. Graf, Ph.D - Decision making, probability theory, social phenomena, sports psychology.

David Marx, Ph.D - Research focuses on several aspects of social cognition including stereotypes, social comparison, and attention. 

Radmila Prislin, Ph.D - Interest includes areas of social influence and social change, group dynamics in the aftermath of social change, attitudes and persuasion, and the evaluation of public health programs.

Melody Sadler, Ph.D - Areas of interest include category differentiation and inter-group evaluative bias, the formation of stereotyping and prejudice in groups and the implications for information processing.  

Jean M. Twenge, Ph.D - Research examines how culture affects individuals — particularly how the young generation is different and why. 

Emilio Ulloa, Ph.D - Social Psychology.  Dating violence and violence against women prevention, social distinctiveness, ethnic, bicultural, and social identification, and undergraduate student success.

Allison Vaughn, Ph.D - Social relationships and health as well as stereotypes of sexual minorities.



Margaret Friend, Ph.D.* Basic processes of language learning and literacy development.

Pamela Moses, Ph.D. -  Brain and spatial cognitive development in typically developing children and children with perinatal brain injury. Magnetic resonance-based neuroimaging methods to study brain function and structure in typical and atypical pediatric populations.

Joseph M. Price, Ph.D. - Research focuses on understanding the parameters of the social-environmental conditions (i.e., parent and peers relationships) necessary for normal development, the consequences for individual development when social-environmental conditions fall outside the species-normal range, and how best to develop and implement intervention programs for children whose social-environmental conditions fail to provide the conditions necessary for normal development. 

Sara Unsworth, Ph.D. - Culture, cognition and cognitive development, discourse processing, concept formation and knowledge organization, folkbiological thought, science education research, motivation toward sustainable living.


Physical and/or Mental Health Research

Nader Amir, Ph.D - Primary research interest is experimental psychopathology with an emphasis on anxiety disorders. 

Elizabeth Cordero, Ph.D - Eating disorders and body image, including cultural and familial contributions to these issues; resilience and promotion of mental and physical wellbeing in college students; quality of life and relationship with the body among cancer patients and survivors; and mental-health issues pertaining to Latinos, women, and individuals from lower socioeconomic statuses.

Terry Cronan, Ph.D - Community interventions, community psychology, literacy development, multicultural issues, coping and chronic diseases, and health care utilization.

Linda C. Gallo, Ph.D. - Research focuses on psychosocial and behavioral processes in chronic disease risks and outcomes and on socioeconomic status and ethnicity-related health inequities. 

Elizabeth A. Klonoff, Ph.D. * Tobacco research, cultural diversity. Specifically: youth access to tobacco; tobacco-control policies; role of acculturation, gender/ethnic discrimination, segregation, and violence in smoking and morbidity; ethnic-minority health; women’s health.

Vanessa Malcarne, Ph.D. *- Research focuses broadly on illness;  in both prevention of illness and enhancing quality of life for persons who have been diagnosed with serious illnesses. 

Scott Roesch, Ph.D - Trait-state models of stress and coping; coping with physical illness, and particularly cancer; cultural, ethnic, and acculturation differences in stress and coping; cross-ethnic measurement equivalence; structural equation modeling, meta-analysis.

Robin Weersing, Ph.D *- Research centers on the development of effective and efficient interventions for anxiety and depression in children and adolescents. 

Mey Yeh, Ph.D*-  Research involves mental health service delivery for children, with particular interests in cultural issues, cultural competence, school involvement in services, and adapting efficacious treatments for culturally diverse populations.

* Faculty able to serve as primary mentors for the Oscar Kaplan Postdoctoral Fellowship in Developmental Issues