Faculty Listing

Name Area Research Question
Paul R. Abramson Interdisciplinary
What is the interface between sexuality and the law?
Howard S. Adelman Clinical Psychology
How can schools best address barriers to learning and teaching and re-engage disconnected students?
Avi Adhikari Behavioral Neuroscience
How do interactions between brain regions modulate fear, anxiety and related behaviors?
Robert Asarnow Clinical Psychology
Bruce Baker Clinical Psychology
What child, family, and school factors contribute to the heightened risk for psychiatric disorders in youth with developmental delays across childhood and adolescence?
Carrie Bearden Clinical Psychology
What are the risk factors that lead to the development of serious mental illness in adolescence?
Jackson Beatty Behavioral Neuroscience
Steve Bennoun
What are the best strategies to support student learning?
Peter M. Bentler Quantitative
Can statistics for structural equations be improved? Are model-based reliability coefficients better? Can new Guttman scaling rival Rasch or 2PL IRT? Do bifactor rotations or trinary betas ever fail?
Robert M. Bilder Clinical Psychology
What are the biological bases of cognitive stability and flexibility, and how do the relevant systems interact to impact working memory, creative cognition, and psychopathology?
James Bisley Behavioral Neuroscience
Understanding the neuronal mechanisms underlying the cognitive processing of vision
Elizabeth Ligon Bjork Cognitive Psychology
How can we optimize human learning, retention, and transfer, and how does forgetting play an adaptive role in remembering?
Robert A. Bjork Cognitive Psychology
How do we learn...and why don’t we understand how we learn?
Jan Blacher Clinical Psychology
What predicts successful school outcomes for young children with autism spectrum disorder?
H. Tad Blair Behavioral Neuroscience
How are perceptions, memories, and behaviors encoded by the activity of spiking neurons in the brain?
Aaron P. Blaisdell Behavioral Neuroscience
What's inside the animal mind?
Idan Blank Cognitive Psychology
How do different parts of the mind/brain work together such that language "means something"? What mental structures constitute these meanings? How is language related to the rest of “thought”?
Susan Bookheimer Cognitive Psychology
Julienne Bower Health Psychology
Clinical Psychology
How do stressful experiences influence the body and physical health, and what types of psychological processes and interventions can protect against those effects?
Thomas N. Bradbury Clinical Psychology
Why do some relationships thrive where others falter?
Tiffany N. Brannon Social Psychology
How can positive aspects of identity (e.g., pride, a sense of connection) inform (a) solutions to social disparities experienced by negatively stereotyped groups and (b) processes that facilitate intergroup attitude change?
Dean Buonomano Behavioral Neuroscience
How does the brain tell time?
Li Cai Quantitative
Broadly speaking, my methodological research agenda involves the development, integration, and evaluation of innovative latent variable models that have wide-ranging applications in social and behavioral sciences.
Bridget Callaghan Developmental Psychology
How do early experiences influence emotional, cognitive, physical, and brain development in ways that contribute to mental health and illness?
Erica Cartmill Developmental Psychology
Alan Castel Cognitive Psychology
How do we remember and why do we forget, and how does this change across the lifespan? How and why do we selectively remember important information, and is this adaptive as we get older?
Denise A. Chavira Clinical Psychology
How can we optimize the development and delivery of evidence based interventions for underserved communities?
Patricia Cheng Cognitive Psychology
Why and how do we come to represent the world as we do?
Bruce Chorpita Clinical Psychology
How can we design systems and treatments that yield the greatest public health impact for children and families?
Andrew Christensen Clinical Psychology
What interventions are most cost effective in improving couple relationships?
David Clewett Cognitive Psychology
How do emotion and motivation influence attention and memory?
Mark S. Cohen Cognitive Psychology
Michelle Craske Clinical Psychology
What are the biopsychosocial risk factors for anxiety and depression and how can they be targeted in order to optimize treatment effects?
Han Du
Quantitative
Naomi Eisenberger Social Psychology
Why do our social relationships have such a profound impact on our emotional and physical health? Why does being rejected feel painful, whereas being connected to others feels so good?
Craig Enders Quantitative
What is best way to analyze psychological data with missing values?
Chris Evans Behavioral Neuroscience
Michael Fanselow Behavioral Neuroscience
How do we learn, remember and express fear?
Iris Firstenberg Cognitive Psychology
Craig Fox Cognitive Psychology
How do people make judgments and decisions under conditions of risk, uncertainty, and ambiguity?
Andrew J. Fuligni Developmental Psychology
How do sociocultural experience and biobehavioral development interact during adolescence and young adulthood?
Adriana Galván Developmental Psychology
Behavioral Neuroscience
What are the neural mechanisms underlying adolescent behavior?
Tao Gao Cognitive Psychology
Perceptually grounded intelligence
R. Edward Geiselman Interdisciplinary
Investigative Interviewing of victims and witnesses.
Karen Givvin Developmental Psychology
How can teachers help students learn math in a way that students can make sense of, remember, and apply?
Noah Goldstein Social Psychology
Gerald M. Goodman Clinical Psychology
Are the key variables for intimate conversation similar to the variables for maintainig close realtionships?, Are uncommon honesty, acceptance, and expressed empathy preictors of durable, satisfying relationships?
Patricia M. Greenfield Interdisciplinary
Developmental Psychology
How does culture affect human development? How can we integrate psychology with the disciplines of anthropology, sociology, communication studies, political science, and ethnographic arts to answer this question?
Carlos V. Grijalva Behavioral Neuroscience
William Grisham Behavioral Neuroscience
How do sex differences in brain and behavior develop? What digital teaching tools are effective in neuroscience education?
Elisheva Gross Developmental Psychology
How can an understanding of early development improve educational practices, parenting, and policy?
Constance Hammen Clinical Psychology
What are the risk factors for onset and course of depression, particularly stress, family, interpersonal, and genetic predictors and how they work together?
Martie Haselton Social Psychology
What can evolutionary thinking tell us about our intimate relationships?
Hal Hershfield Social Psychology
How can we help move people from who they are now to who they’ll be in the future in a way that maximizes well-being?
Eric W. Holman Quantitative
What information about cognitive processes can be gleaned from statistical analyses of large data sources such as classifications and languages?
Keith Holyoak Cognitive Psychology
What is special about human intelligence?
Yuen J. Huo Social Psychology
What are the psychological barriers to positive social relations and well-being in diverse groups?
Michael R. Irwin, MD Behavioral Neuroscience
Health Psychology
What are the psychological, behavioral, and biological factors that contribute to healthy aging, and what strategies can be delivered to reverse adverse biological mechanisms (i.e., inflammation) and prevent chronic diseases of aging?
Alicia Izquierdo Behavioral Neuroscience
How does the brain compute past experience, or reward history, to contribute to decision making at the present time? How does this change in addiction?
Kerri Johnson Social Psychology
How do we form first impressions of other people from only a glimpse of their face or body? How are multiple identities integrated to yield a single impression of another person?
Scott Johnson Developmental Psychology
How do infants construct representations of the physical and social environment?
Jaana Juvonen Developmental Psychology
How do school contextual factors (e.g., ethnic composition, organizational structure) affect peer relationships and student well-being? What psychosocial benefits are associated with diversity (and for whom)?
Katherine H. Karlsgodt Clinical Psychology
Behavioral Neuroscience
What can neuroimaging tell us about differences in brain structure and function in individuals with schizophrenia? How do such differences relate to cognition and neurodevelopment?
Benjamin Karney Social Psychology
How do intimate relationships succeed or fail?
Danielle Keenan-Miller Clinical Psychology
What are the most effective practices in clinical supervision?
Phil Kellman Cognitive Psychology
How do we visually perceive and represent objects, shapes, scenes, and events, and how do these processes interact with thinking and learning?
Pamela Kennedy Behavioral Neuroscience
How do drugs of abuse modify brain cells and circuits to support addictive behaviors?
Barbara Knowlton Behavioral Neuroscience
Cognitive Psychology
How does learning occur in the brain?
Franklin B. Krasne Behavioral Neuroscience
How do synaptic changes result in learning, as studied in an invertebrate? How are do mammalian fear-learning circuits work, as studied with computational neural models?
Anna S. Lau Clinical Psychology
How well do evidence-based treatments, developed and tested in research settings, work in community mental health settings serving diverse and disadvantaged families and children?
Steve S. Lee Clinical Psychology
What factors predict, mediate, and moderate outcomes of children with ADHD and disruptive behavior disorders?
Matthew Lieberman Social Psychology
Why are our brains wired to be social?
Zili Liu Cognitive Psychology
Why does the world look the way it is, and with many visual illusions? Why does the percept make sense, from an information processing perspective?
Hongjing Lu Cognitive Psychology
What are the computational mechanisms underlying human perception and reasoning? How might intelligent machines emulate them?
Donald G. MacKay Cognitive Psychology
Vickie M. Mays Clinical Psychology
William McCarthy Health Psychology
How do we mobilize community, social, psychological and biological supports for optimizing individual-level adherence to recommended lifestyle patterns, especially healthy eating, daily physical activity and no drug use?
Dennis J. McGinty Behavioral Neuroscience
What brain neurons are vulnerable to the effects of sleep fragmentation, and how does this vulnerability affect awake behavior?
Albert Mehrabian Interdisciplinary
David J. Miklowitz Clinical Psychology
What are the roles of family risk and protective processes and family interventions in the course and treatment of bipolar disorder and psychosis?
Gregory A. Miller Clinical Psychology
Behavioral Neuroscience
How does brain function go awry in schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety, and what cognition, emotion, and brain connectivity phenomena help us understand this?
Martin M. Monti Cognitive Psychology
Behavioral Neuroscience
(i) How does consciousness emerge from neural activity? (ii) What is the relationship between language and thought?
Amanda Kay Montoya Quantitative
How do we account for dependencies in data when exploring questions of how, when, and their combination? Can repeated-measures designs assist in reducing reproducibility issues? What strengths and weaknesses do these designs have?
Hector Myers Clinical Psychology
Health Psychology
Lauren C. Ng Clinical Psychology
What are effective, accessible, and sustainable ways to improve the wellbeing of individuals, families, and communities around the world who have been affected by trauma?
Keith H. Nuechterlein Clinical Psychology
What is the nature and role of cognitive deficits in schizophrenia and how can we remediate them to improve the course of this disorder?
Melissa Paquette-Smith
How do we optimize learning across the lifespan?
Carolyn Parkinson Social Psychology
How do our brains track and encode information about the structure of our social networks? How does social network position impact cognition and behavior? How do we understand and mentally traverse social, spatial, and temporal distances?
Letitia Anne Peplau Social Psychology
Efrén Pérez Social Psychology
When and why do social identities become politicized—and with what consequences for mass politics in diversifying nations, like the United States?
Lara Ray Clinical Psychology
Behavioral Neuroscience
How does addiction progress and what treatments best target each stage?
Steven Paul Reise Quantitative
Do psychological traits apply to all members of a diverse population, or is there important qualitative variation?
Rena Repetti Clinical Psychology
Health Psychology
How do families respond and adapt to stress?
Dario Ringach Behavioral Neuroscience
Jesse Rissman Cognitive Psychology
Behavioral Neuroscience
How does the brain create and retrieve memories, and how do we regulate these processes to achieve our goals?
Theodore Robles Health Psychology
Clinical Psychology
How does the quality of our closest relationships (marital and family) affect our health, and what biological mechanisms explain those effects?
Catherine M. Sandhofer Developmental Psychology
How do children learn words and categories?
Philip Sayegh Clinical Psychology
How do culture and other factors affect care-seeking, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment adherence in ethnically diverse individuals with neuromedical illnesses? How do infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C impact neurocognitive function?
Tara Scanlan Social Psychology
What creates the psychological commitment to persist in developing one's talent? What are the consequences of developing one's talent?
Stan Schein Behavioral Neuroscience
Cognitive Psychology
What new kinds of molecular cages -- important in biology (endocytosis, viruses), chemistry (fullerenes), materials science (nanotubes), mathematics (polyhedra) and architecture (space frames) -- can we discover?
Christine Dunkel Schetter Health Psychology
Social Psychology
What makes for healthy pregnancy, birth and offspring? Is stress related to adverse outcomes and how?
David O. Sears Social Psychology
How do race and ethnicity affect American politics -- both in promoting partisanship among ethnic minorities and in eliciting prejudice from whites?
Ladan Shams Cognitive Psychology
Behavioral Neuroscience
How does interaction between the senses affect how we perceive the world, ourselves, and how we learn? How can these interactions be used to improve perception and learning?
Melissa Sharpe Behavioral Neuroscience
How does our brain construct models of our environment on the basis of our unique experience? And how does this process change in psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia?
Margaret Shih Social Psychology
Alcino Silva Behavioral Neuroscience
Molecular, cellular, circuit mechanisms of learning and memory
Jennifer Silvers Developmental Psychology
Social Psychology
How does early adversity impact neurodevelopment? How do children and adolescents regulate their emotions and make decisions?
Annette L. Stanton Health Psychology
Clinical Psychology
What factors promote or impede psychological and physical health in adults undergoing chronically stressful experiences, such as living with a cancer diagnosis, and how can they be targeted in effective interventions?
James W. Stigler Developmental Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
How do people learn mathematics? What kinds of learning environments and teaching methods facilitate learning, and how?
Jennifer Sumner Health Psychology
Clinical Psychology
How do the experiences of stress and trauma contribute to accelerated aging and risk for chronic disease?
Nanthia Suthana Behavioral Neuroscience
How does the brain support learning and memory?
Shelley E. Taylor Health Psychology
Social Psychology
James P. Thomas Cognitive Psychology
A. Janet Tomiyama Health Psychology
Social Psychology
Why do we eat?
Yalda T. Uhls Developmental Psychology
How do traditional and newer media impact the social behavior of preadolescent and adolescents? ​
Miguel Unzueta Social Psychology
Kate Wassum Behavioral Neuroscience
What are the neurochemical mechanisms of motivation and decision making?
Jill M. Waterman Clinical Psychology
What factors lead to positive outcomes for families adopting children from foster care, and which therapeutic interventions enhance these factors?
Bernard Weiner Social Psychology
Andrew Wikenheiser Behavioral Neuroscience
How do neural representations subserve behavior?
Nancy Woolf Behavioral Neuroscience
Cindy Yee-Bradbury Clinical Psychology
Behavioral Neuroscience
How do interactions between cognition, emotion, and stress contribute to risk for psychoses and dysfunction in schizophrenia, and do they suggest pathways for intervention?
Dahlia W. Zaidel Behavioral Neuroscience