Faculty Listing

Our faculty are nationally recognized experts and dedicated teachers. Areas of strength include: behavioral neuroscience, pediatric psychology, OCD and social phobias, stress response systems, visual perception, memory, language and speech.

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Christina Balderrama-Durbin

Assistant Professor

Psychology

Research Interests

  • Co-morbid psychological and intimate relationship distress particularly in response to acute stress and trauma
  • The development implementation and evaluation of couple-based prevention/intervention programs for high-risk populations
  • Couple-based assessment
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Meredith E. Coles

Professor

Psychology

Research Interests

  • Nature and treatment of OCD and social phobia in adults and children
  • Factors involved in the etiology and maintenance of OCD including childhood experiences cognitive factors and sleep/circadian rhythms
  • Role of information-processing biases in anxiety
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Cynthia M. Connine

Emerita Professor of Psychology and Linguistics

Psychology

Research Interests

  • Spoken word recognition
  • Speech perception
  • Language processing
  • Psycholinguistics
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Peter J. Donovick

Professor Emeritus

Psychology

Research Interests

  • aging and dementia
  • incarcerated persons
  • the neuropsychology of compassion
  • neuropsychocological aspects of health and illness
  • neurocognitive consequences of bilingualism
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Brandon E. Gibb

Professor

Psychology

Research Interests

  • The development and expression of information-processing biases that increase risk for depression in children adolescents and adult
  • Understanding depression risk across multiple units of analysis
  • The development of attentional biases in infants
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Albrecht W. Inhoff

Emeritus Professor of Psychology

Psychology

Research Interests

  • Word recognition
  • eye-voice coordination
  • subvocal speech
  • Perceptual processes during reading
  • Oculomotor control during reading
  • Neurological structures and cognitive processes
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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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Deborah Kreiss

Neuroscience, Research Assistant Professor

First-year Research Immersion Program

Research Interests

  • Biological basis of pathology and treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Evaluation of animal models of anxiety and depressive disorders
  • Physiological mechanisms mediating the therapeutic effects of psychoactive agents
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Mark F. Lenzenweger

Distinguished Professor

Psychology

Research Interests

  • Schizophrenia and schizotypy
  • Severe personality disorders
  • Personality neuroscience
  • Quantitative/statistical methods
  • Longitudinal research methodology
  • Operational psychology and selection
  • Insider risk detection
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Steven J. Lynn

Distinguished Professor/Director of Clinical Training

Psychology

Research Interests

  • Dissociation and dissociative disorders
  • Consciousness
  • Experimental psychopathology
  • Memory
  • Mindfulness/acceptance
  • Anomalous experiences
  • Effects of trauma
  • Evidence-based psychotherapy
  • Science vs. pseudoscience
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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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Raymond G. Romanczyk

Distinguished Service Professor

Psychology

Research Interests

  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • attention deficit and learning disabilities
  • applied behavior analysis
  • behavior therapy
  • technology application to human services
  • large scale service delivery systems
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Jiyun Elizabeth Shin

Lecturer

Psychology

Research Interests

  • Individual and psychosocial factors associated with academic engagement
  • Women and underrepresented minorities in higher education
  • Stereotyping, prejudice, and intergroup relations
  • Interventions promoting academic engagement
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Linda P. Spear

Distinguished Professor

Psychology

Research Interests

  • Developmental Psychopharmacology
  • Contributors to the propensity to initiate and escalate alcohol use during adolescence
  • Lasting neurobehavioral consequences of adolescent alcohol exposure
  • Alcohol drinking in a social context
  • Sex differences in sensitivity to alcohol and other drugs
  • Impact of stressors on alcohol sensitivity during development
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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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Florence Varodayan

Assistant Professor

Psychology

Research Interests

  • Alcohol use disorder
  • Stress
  • Cognitive function
  • Synaptic transmission
  • Neuroimmune signaling
  • Sex differences
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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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Adjunct Faculty