Angela B. Duncan, Ph.D.
Research interests: Broadly, my research interests relate to health psychology. This includes, but is not limited to, health needs of rural/underserved populations, technology-assisted clinical and educational services, disease prevention, adherence to and maintenance of behavior change, translating research/education to practice, public policy and clinical practice, and health advocacy. Specific areas of interest within health psychology include motivational interviewing; mindfulness; virtual therapy and mobile phone applications; weight, stress, and pain management; music and mental health, nutrition and mental health; epigenetics, and social influences on health.
Linzi Gibson, Ph.D.
Research interests: My research program uses behavioral techniques to investigate individual differences in how humans access meaning during language comprehension. Building upon research on how the brain resolves ambiguity, I aim to study the cerebral hemispheres' role in the comprehension of creative/figurative language such as jokes, metaphor, and poetry.
Jericho M. Hockett, Ph.D.
Research interests: My research interests focus on examining the psychological mechanisms, processes, and outcomes of social power, including oppression (i.e., influence and influence attempts against a target's will or best interests), resistance to oppression (i.e., efforts to "push back against" oppression), and empowerment (i.e., positive transformation of oneself and others). More specifically, my primary research interest is examining how expressions of prejudice and social support change according to stigmatized group status and situational factors. Research areas: social identity, perceptions of/attitudes toward marginalized group members (including individuals who have experienced sexual violence, who hold non-normative beliefs, and who are of minority sexual orientations and races), assessment of social support service programs, scholarship of teaching and learning. Recently mentored student research project topics: the relationships between religiosity and sexual attitudes/behaviors (Dawayne Moser, 2015), perceptions of intimate partner abuse (Diana Williams, 2015), the effects of mental health labels and humor on perceptions and helping behaviors (Molly Walter, 2015), factors predicting LGBT suicide risk (Chelsea Cates, 2015), mental health in gender consistent and inconsistent individuals (Murray Heikes, 2015), the varieties of religious disbelief and anti-atheist prejudice (Jordan Huzarevich, 2015), the effects of responding to student labels on teachers' perceptions (Ana Lima, 2015).
Michael J. McGuire, Ph.D.
Research interests: I am interested in learning more about what makes people, particularly college students, feel more or less confident about how well they learn. For example, have you ever taken a test and thought you did either really well or poorly? Yet, when you received the results, you did the exact opposite? Why? That is one of several questions representative of the research questions I ask. The technical terms of the areas I am interested in are metacognition, metamemory, and judgments of learning. I am also interested in just about anything that has to do with memory and how to improve it.
Dave Provorse, Ph.D.
Research interests: My current research interests are primarily in the area of Sport Psychology, including the factors that influence people's motivation for exercise and their ability to adhere to a planned program of exercise. I am also interested in the mental aspects of endurance athletics (e.g., swim-bike-run triathlons and running marathons), and how "mental skills" can be used to enhance sport performance. I continue to work with students interested in areas such as religion/spirituality, domestic violence/partner abuse, cross-cultural therapy, and treatments for depression.
Mike Russell, Ph.D.
Research interests: My theoretical background is as a Gibsonian, ecological psychologist which considers perception to be a function of information that exists in the energy (light, sound, etc.) that surrounds us. More specifically, my research interest is in the auditory perception of space. I am primarily interested in how it is that we know the location of an object we can hear but cannot see as well as our perception of motion based solely on sound. Both of those areas are considered in relation to the world as it naturally exists (e.g., cluttered) and from the perspective of a perceiving-acting organism, and not from the perspective of a participant judging sounds in a sterile, overly controlled laboratory environment. Research areas: perception of sound location/localization/lateralization, source distance, and motion.
RaLynn C. Schmalzried, Ph.D.
Research interests: I am primarily interested in how thought patterns and cognitive strategies change with age. So my previous research has focused on age group comparisons of strategies when multi-tasking and the prevalence of a pervasive negative thought pattern, known as rumination. I would like to continue to explore these areas as well as consider how social networks and media can aide or hinder the grief process. In regards to my teaching, I apply the cognitive research in the realm of professional development and career preparation in college and being critical consumers of information.
Cindy L. Turk, Ph.D. (Department Chair)
Research interests:I am interested in the nature and treatment of social anxiety disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. Within the anxiety disorders, I am also interested in emotion regulation. Research areas: social anxiety, worry, generalized anxiety disorder, emotion regulation.
Cindy Wooldridge, Ph.D.
Research interests: My area of interest is in applying cognitive psychology principles to education. Much of what we know about learning and memory comes from controlled laboratory experiments, but hasn’t been examined “in the wild”. My goal is to examine the degree to which the results of controlled experiments extend to the classroom. Specifically, I investigate how retrieval practice (testing) and individual differences in learning strategies can benefit students under various real-world circumstances.
Theresa L. Young (Departmental Senior Administrative Assistant)
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Abby Callis, Ph.D.
Teaching interests: PY 211 Adolescent Psychology; PY 309 Theories of Personality; PY 338 Childhood Psychopathology
Terry Falck, MA
Teaching interests: PY 231 Abnormal Psychology
Gary Forbach, Ph.D.
Teaching interests: PY 151 Psychological Statistics; PY 510 Intermediate Statistics
Valerie Peckham, MA(email@example.com)
Teaching interests: PY 100 Basic Concepts in Psychology