Extracurricular involvement in the School of Psychological Science is essential for graduate school admissions. Without research experience and faculty mentorship, admittance into a graduate program (in psychology or elsewhere) is practically impossible. Described below are the some of the research pursuits of School of Psychological Science faculty.

Dr. Kathryn Becker Blease studies child abuse and trauma across the lifespan. She is also interested in ethical methods for researching and teaching about difficult topics like trauma.

  • Human Development Lab
  • 219 Reed Lodge 

Dr. Frank Bernieri studies the social and cognitive processes involved in impression formation.

Dr. Kathleen Bogart studies attitudes toward people with disabilities and the way people with disabilities adapt to their conditions and manage stigma. Specifically, much of her work focuses on facial movement disorders (e.g. facial paralysis, Parkinson’s disease).

Dr. Anita Cservenka studies neurocognitive and personality risk factors for adolescent and young adult substance use as well as the effects of substance use on brain functioning and behavior.

Dr. Sarah Dermody studies characterizing risk factors for substance use and dependence in adolescents and adults, optimizing addiction interventions to address co-occurring substance use and problems, and identifying and addressing health inequities related to gender and sexuality.

Dr. John Edwards studies the relations between personality, motivation, and social cognition.

  • Behavioral Science Lab 
  • 325 Reed Lodge

Dr. David Kerr studies depression, delinquency, suicide risk, and health-risking sexual behaviors in adolescence.

  • Youth Adjustment Lab 
  • 313 Reed Lodge

Dr. Kristen Macuga studies engineering psychology, multisensory perception, motor control and learning, action observation, motor imagery, tool use, virtual reality, driving, cognitive neuroscience (fMRI).

Dr. Mei-Ching Lien studies the relationship between attention and human performance as well as cognitive changes associated with aging. 

Dr. Lawrence J. Ryan studies neural activity in brain areas related to movement and time perception.

  • NeuroCognitive Lab  
  • 222 Reed Lodge

Dr. Chris Sanchez studies Individual differences, design of learning environments, STEM learning and instruction, human factors, human-computer interaction, visualizations, working-memory capacity, spatial reasoning, technology-mediated collaboration, text processing, cognitive performance under physical pain, small devices, eye-tracking, consumer branding, bilingualism, adaptive technology, perceptual judgments.

Dr. Aurora Sherman studies social development across the lifespan, especially the role of social relations in well-being. 

  • Behavioral Science Lab
  • 325 Reed Lodge

Dr. Patti Lou Watkins studies body image disorders, particularly as they relate to weight bias and physical activity.

  • Clinical Health Psychology Lab                      
  • 219 Reed Lodge