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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, 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, Master's Program Director & Professor

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

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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, Associate 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, Associate 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, 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