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Terrence Deak

Professor and Behavioral Neuroscience Area Coordinator

Psychology

Research Interests

  • Stress responsive systems
  • Neuroendocrinology
  • Neural-immune interactions
  • Alcohol
  • Developmental neurobiology and brain aging
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Jodi Dowthwaite

Research Assistant Professor, Master of Public Health (MPH) Program; Community and Global Public Health, Research Assistant Professor

Master of Public Health (MPH) Program; First-year Research Immersion Program

Research Interests

  • Longitudinal studies on diet, exercise and pediatric antecedents of adult disease
  • Reproductive health, including maternal/child health
  • Mental health
  • Health disparities
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Anushree Karkhanis

Assistant Professor

Psychology

Research Interests

  • Adolescent stress and drug exposure
  • Drug abuse vulnerability
  • Kappa opioid receptors
  • Dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonin
  • Alcohol use disorder
  • Cocaine addiction
  • Opiate abuse
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Sung-Joo Lim

Assistant Professor

Psychology

Research Interests

  • Auditory cognitive neuroscience
  • Human speech perception and communication
  • Auditory attention, working memory, and category learning
  • Neural dynamics and functional networks through fMRI and EEG
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Ralph Miller

Distinguished Professor

Psychology

Research Interests

  • Elementary information processing (animals/humans)
  • Memory and forgetting
  • Role of temporal relationships between events in elementary learning
  • Pavlovian conditioning
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Melissa Morales

Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences

School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Research Interests

  • Myositis
  • Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
  • Mechanisms underlying neuromuscular diseases
  • Behavioral and Cellular Neuroscience
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Norman E. Spear

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Psychology

Research Interests

  • Developmental behavioral neuroscience; characteristics and neurobiological mechanisms of the ontogeny of alcohol ingestion and alcohol reinforcement during early ontogeny; very early learning and the ontogeny of memory
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Cyma K. Van Petten

Professor

Psychology

Research Interests

  • Language processing focusing on sentence comprehension and the interface between semantic processing and spoken word identification
  • Memory with an emphasis on executive processes that contribute to memory and the role of prefrontal cortex
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Emily L. Zale

Assistant Professor

Psychology

Research Interests

  • Health psychology and behavioral medicine
  • Biopsychosocial model of health and illness
  • Substance use (e.g., nicotine/tobacco; alcohol) and addictions
  • Pain (e.g., clinical assessment; laboratory human experimental models)
  • Mechanisms and effects of co-occurring substance use and medical conditions (e.g., chronic pain)
  • Psychopathology and transdiagnostic constructs
  • Translational research and intervention development
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