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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