A major research goal of faculty in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior is to identify the antecedents, characteristics, developmental course, outcomes, and options for prevention or management of various forms of psychopathology and behavioral disorder. Current faculty research programs investigate antecedents of aggression and violence; cognitive processes in depression and anxiety; early development of children with autism; emotion regulation and suppression; life-span development of attentional and behavioral disorders; social and cultural influences on psychopathology and behavioral disorders.


Cauffman, Elizabeth E., Ph.D., Temple University
Adolescent development, mental health, psychopathy, juvenile justice, female delinquency, legal and social policy

Chen, Chuansheng, Ph.D., University of Michigan
Cross-cultural psychology, socialization of achievement, adolescent development, brain imaging of language and mathematical learning

Goldberg, Wendy A., Ph.D., University of Michigan
Developmental psychology, work and family, parental involvement in education, transition to parenthood, autism

Jamner, Larry D., Ph.D., State University of New York, Stony Brook
health psychology, psychophysiology, biopsychosocial factors related to tobacco use in youth

Maddi, Salvatore, Ph.D., Harvard University
Personality, psychopathology, health psychology, creativity

Novaco, Raymond W., Ph.D., Indiana University
Anger, stress, violence, cognitive-behavioral interventions

Rook, Karen, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Gerontology, social psychology, health psychology, social support and social networks

Whalen, Carol K., Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Child and adolescent psychopathology, ADHD across the life span, developmental health psychology, pharmacotherapy