FACULTY

  • Sarah Ainsworth
    Sarah Ainsworth, Assistant Professor

    Research Interests: How self-regulation and motivated social processes affect prosocial and antisocial behaviors.

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  • Tracy Alloway
    Tracy Alloway, Master's Program Director & Associate Professor

    Research Interests: Working Memory in learning difficulties (ADHD, dyslexia); moral decision making, barefoot running; and mental health

     

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  • Gretchen Ames
    Gretchen Ames, Adjunct Professor

    Research Interests: Obesity treatment including Roux en –Y gastric bypass and vertical sleeve gastrectomy as well as improving the long-term maintenance of weight loss

     

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    • Further statistical and clinical validity for the Weight Efficacy Lifestyle Questionnaire-Short Form. Eat Behav
    • Talking to Patients  about Expectations for  Outcome after Bariatric  Surgery: Weight Loss, Quality of Life, Body Image,and Relationships
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    • Improving maintenance of lost weight following a commercial liquid meal replacement program: a preliminary study. Eat Behav (Simon & Schuster)
  • Paul Argott
    Paul Argott, Instructor

     Research Interests: The use of schedules of reinforcement in applied settings to modify behavior

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    • Increasing the Use of Empathic Statements in the Presence of a Non-Verbal Affective Stimulus in Adolescents with Autism. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders
    • A comparison of differential reinforcement procedures on the acquisition of tacts in children with autism. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Elizabeth Brown
    Elizabeth Brown, Assistant Professor

    Research Interests : Understanding group differences (i.e., gender, ethnic, and cultural), goals and motivation, system justification, and social change.

     

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    • From bench to bedside: A communal utility value intervention to enhance students’ biomedical science motivation. J of Educational Psy    
    • A change will do us good: Threats diminish typical preferences for male leaders. Personality & Social Psy Bulletin
    • Seeking congruity between goals & roles: why women opt out of STEM careers. Psy Sci
     
  • Barbara Bruce
    Barbara Bruce, Adjunct Professor

    Research Interest s : C hronic pain in adults and adolescents

     

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    • Improvement in Functioning and Psychological Distress in Adolescents With Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome Following Interdisciplinary Treatment.Clin Pediatr   
    • Interdisciplinary Treatment of Maladaptive Behaviors Associated with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS): A Case Report.J Clin Psychol Med Settings
    • Chronic pain rehabilitation in chronic headache disorders.Curr Pain Headache Rep
  • Anita Fuglestad
    Anita Fuglestad, Instructor

    Research Interests: Child development, nutrition, and health

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  • Paul Fugelstad
    Paul Fuglestad, Assistant Professor

    Research Interests: Topics that intersect social, personality, and health psychology, a focus on behavior change & relationship processes that impact people’s physical & psychological well-being.

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  • Dominik Guss
    Dominik Güss, Professor

    Research Interests: Complex problem solving & dynamic decision making; Planning and Creativity; Metacognition; Cross-cultural studies

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    Katherine Hooper, Instructor

    Research Interests: Behavioral and cognitive neuroscience, teaching and testing methodologies.

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    • Quinpirole inhibits striatal and excites pallidal neurons in freely moving rats. Neuroscience Letters
    • Phencyclidine-induced increases in striatal neuron firing in behaving rats: reversal by haloperidol and clozapine. J of Neural Transmission
  • Iver Iversen
    Iver Iversen, Professor

    Research Interests: Acquisition of novel behavior in rats using operant conditioning (behavior chains; wheel running as reinforcement; response topography)

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    • An inexpensive & automated method for presenting olfactory or tactile stimuli to rats in a 2-choice discrimination task. J of the Exp Analysis of Beh
    • A brain-computer interface tool to assess cognitive functions in completely paralyzed patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Clinical Neurophysiology
    • Conditional associative learning examined in a paralyzed patient with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis using brain-computer interface technology. Behavioral and Brain Functions

     

  • Lori Lang
    Lori Lange, Department Chair and Associate Professor

    Research Interests: Accuracy of symptom, health, and illness appraisals according to measures of somatic change and physiological activity

     

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  • Juliana Leding
    Juliana Leding, Associate Professor

    Research Interests: Theoretical and applied aspects of false memory and memory errors that affect eyewitness identification and eyewitness testimony, and false confessions

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    Christopher Leone, Professor

    Research Interests: self-persuasion processes; Self-monitoring and close relationships; Religiosity and spirituality

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    Angela Mann, Assistant Professor

    Research Interests: Social Justice in School Systems; Autism Spectrum Disorders & the Family; Behavioral Parent Training

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    • 2 cases of early childhood selective mutism: Variations & treatment complexities. Clinical Case Studies
    • The association between perceptions of parent worry and generalized anxiety disorder symptoms in a community sample of adolescents. Intl J of Adolescence & Youth
    • Prevention of child & adolescent anxiety: A meta-analytic review. Prevention Sci  

     

  • Rebecca Marcon
    Rebecca Marcon, Professor

    Research Interests: Early Intervention; Head Start; Policy Issues in Applied Developmental Psychology

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    • Positive relationships between parent school involvement and public school inner-city preschoolers’ development and academic performance. School Psychology Review
    • Diff impact of preschool models on development & early learning of inner-city children. Dev Psy
    • MovIng up the grades: Relationship between preschool model and later school success Early Childhood Research and Practice
  • Jody Nicholson
    Jody Nicholson, Assistant Professor

    Research Interests: Prevention and community-based research - how parents create health behavior change for their children

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    • Sensitivity and specificity of pediatric lead screener questions for detecting lower levels of lead exposure and environmental risk. Clinical Pediatrics
    • Parental psychosocial predictors of secondhand smoke exposure for children with cancer. J of Child Health Care  
    • Maternal depressive symptomatology and child behavior: Transactional relationship with simultaneous bidirectional coupling. Dev Psy
  • Susan Perez
    Susan Perez, Associate Professor

    Research Interests: Cognitive development - understanding children’s opportunities, temperament and emotional self-regulation in developing complex social skills. 


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  • Curtis Phills
    Curtis Phills, Assistant Professor

    Research Interests: What types of biases (i.e., prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination) are present in society; how are they related to one another; and how can we reduce them?

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    • Mind the Gap: Increasing Associations Between Self & Blacks with Approach Behaviors. JPSP
    • Reducing Implicit Prejudice: Matching Approach\Avoidance Strategies to Contextual Valence and Regulatory Focus. J of Experimental Social Psy
    • (Close) Distance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder: Improving Implicit Racial Attitudes & Interracial Interactions Through Approach Behaviors. J of Personality & Social Psy  
  • Dan Richard
    Dan Richard, Associate Professor

    Research Interests: Lay Epistemology (how people gain knowledge and of their beliefs about their social world) and Meta-analysis

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  • Michael Toglia
    Michael Toglia, Professor

    Research Interests: False memories, eyewitness identification, and eyewitness testimony/memory, and include children, young adults and older adults.

     

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  • Heather Truelove
    Heather Truelove, Assistant Professor

    Research Interests: Socio-psychological influences on climate change adaptation strategies and pro-environmental behavior

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    • A socio-psychological model for analyzing climate change adaptation: A case study of Sri Lankan paddy farmers. Global Environmental Change 
    • Positive & negative spillover of pro-environmental behavior: An integrative review & theoretical framework.Global Environmental Change
    • Perceptions of behaviors that cause & mitigate global warming and intention to perform these behaviors. J of Environmental Psy

     

  • Susana Urbina
    Susana Urbina, Emeritus Professor

    Research Interests: Test score validity issues; Utility of assessment; Individual differences; The lives and ideas of psychology's pioneers

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    Debbie Wang, Associate Professor

    Research Interests: Driving safety and human factors with use of a driving simulator to evaluate driver performance with in-vehicle information systems; the cost of mixing tasks on driving

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    • Acquisition & transfer of attention allocation strategies in multiple-task work environment. Human Factors  
    • Coding controlled and triggered cursor movements as action effects: influences on the auditory Simon effect for wheel-rotation responses. J of Experimental Psy  
    • The Simon effect with wheel-rotation responses. J of Motor Behavior   

     

  • Dawn Witherspoon
    Dawn Witherspoon, Assistant Professor

    Research Interests : Health and pediatric psychology including the health of minority youth.


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  • Jennifer Wolff
    Jennifer Wolff, Assistant Professor

    Research Interests: Adolescent and young adult adjustment with a particular focus on the processes contributing to decision making and risk behavior.

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    • Gabriel Ybarra
      Gabriel Ybarra, Associate Professor

      Research Interests: Mental health and functioning of young children in the context of attachment agents and stressors, the impact of domestic violence or adult conflict; Attachment processes

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      • Online Aggression: Influences of Anonymity & Social Modeling. Psy of Pop Media Culture  
      • The Influence of Domestic Violence on Preschooler Behavior & Functioning. J of Family Violence
      • Exoneration reduces adult conflict's effects on preschoolers' cognitions, behavioral distress, & physiology. J of Genetic Psy