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Faculty Research

Our faculty are active scholars who routinely involve students in their research projects. Students are encouraged to explore the research interests of the faculty.


Explore the scholarly pursuits of our faculty.

Faculty Research Interests

Dr. Renee Bator, Social Psychology Application of persuasion theory to design, implement and evaluate theory-based influence strategies to promote pro-environmental behavior change.

Dr. Wendy Braje, Cognitive Psychology Visual perception and cognition, including object recognition, face perception, synesthesia and memory.

Dr. Laci Charette, School Psychology Academic and non-academic factors that affect achievement in college, such as previous achievement (high school GPA and SAT scores), locus of control and self-efficacy.

Dr. Katherine Dunham, Applied Social Psychology Peer support for difficult personal problems, perceptions of various types of victimization including sexual harassment and dating violence, and perceptions of various disorders (eating disorders, substance use disorders, etc.)

Dr. Richard Durant, Clinical Neuropsychology Increasing quality of life of caregivers for people with neurological, developmental and neuropsychiatric disorders; the relationship between nutritional adequacy and executive functioning; assessing and mapping the neuropsychology of organizational and political leadership.

Dr. Patricia Egan, Developmental and Child Psychology Differences in child, parent and teacher perceptions of children’s social abilities; autism traits in parents of children affected with autism spectrum disorders; reading comprehension in children with autism spectrum disorders.

Dr. Jeremy Grabbe, Applied Cognitive Psychology Changes in cognition with aging, including working memory and visual lexical processing, and ways to offset these.

Dr. J. Stephen Mansfield, Cognitive Psychology Perceptual and cognitive processes involved in reading; methods to assess and improve the reading performance of people with visual impairments (e.g., cataracts, macular degeneration); font and print size in reading.

Dr. Michael Morales, Developmental Psychology Development of emotion regulation skills during the infancy and early childhood period, including the impact of children’s experiences with their parents, temperament, contextual influences and early nonverbal communication skills.

Dr. Edward Sturman, Social and Personality Psychology Personality vulnerability to mood disorder; personality traits such as perfectionism, self-criticism and attributional style; development of depression; psychological assessment and statistics.

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