Affective Science

Research in the area of affective science focuses on the effects of emotion, motivation, and values on human reasoning, behavior, and health in typical and atypical populations, across the life span, and across cultures. Special emphases include the biological bases of emotional experience; relations between emotion, reasoning, and memory; emotion regulation; goal engagement and disengagement; effects of emotion on physical and mental health; emotion in social relationships; and how emotional experience changes over the lifespan.

Faculty

Borelli, Jessica Attachment, parent-child relationships, developmental psychopathology, relational interventions, emotion, mental health

Campos, Belinda Culture, relationships, positive emotion, health

Cauffman, Elizabeth Adolescent development, mental health, psychopathy, juvenile justice, female delinquency, legal and social policy

Charles, Susan Emotional processes across the adult life span, subjective experience and cognitive processes, health and emotion

Chen, Chuansheng Cross-cultural psychology, socialization of achievement, adolescent development, brain imaging of language and mathematical learning

Ditto, Peter Social cognition, motivated judgment and decision-making process, social psychology

Goldberg, Wendy Developmental psychology, work and family, parental involvement in education, transition to parenthood, autism

Jamner, Larry Health psychology, psychophysiology, biopsychosocial factors related to tobacco use in youth

Levine, Linda Relations between cognitive and emotional development, how emotions influence attention and memory, the development of children's strategies for coping with negative emotions

Martin, Elizabeth Transdiagnostic emotional and social functioning, affective control and regulation, relations between affect and cognition, psychopathology, neuroscience methodology

Novaco, Raymond Anger, stress, violence, cognitive-behavioral interventions

Pressman, Sarah Health Psychology; Positive Emotions; Stress Physiology; Psychosocial effects on physiology and health

Quas, Jodi Memory development, the effects of stress on memory, emotional reactivity in childhood, childrens' involvement in the legal system, childrens' eyewitness testimony

Rinehart, Jenny Health Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Sexual Victimization Prevention, Risk Perception

Rook, Karen Gerontology, social psychology, health psychology, social support and social networks

Silver, Roxane Coping with stressful life events (e.g., personal traumas, natural disasters, terrorism)

Zinger, Joanne Expressive writing, meta-analysis, positive psychology, health psychology, preventive medicine, educational psychology

 

Developmental Psychology

Research and graduate training in developmental psychology is a major focus of the faculty in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior. Faculty research focuses on the development of individuals across the life course as well as on the effects of the social, physical, and cultural contexts in which development takes place. Current research interests include child care and its effects on child development, transitions across the life course, the effects of divorce and custody arrangements, work and family, adaptive aging, culture and adolescent psychosocial development, relations between cognitive and emotional development, emotion regulation, and the development of health behavior during childhood and adolescence. The Developmental faculty and doctoral students share strong interests in problem-oriented research relevant to the improvement of individual and societal functioning.

Faculty

Borelli, Jessica Attachment, parent-child relationships, developmental psychopathology, relational interventions, emotion, mental health

Cauffman, Elizabeth Adolescent development, mental health, psychopathy, juvenile justice, female delinquency, legal and social policy

Charles, Susan Emotional processes across the adult life span, subjective experience and cognitive processes, health and emotion

Chen, Chuansheng Cross-cultural psychology, socialization of achievement, adolescent development, brain imaging of language and mathematical learning

Goldberg, Wendy Developmental psychology, work and family, parental involvement in education, transition to parenthood, autism

Granger, Doug Interactions between behavior, stress hormones, and immune function and their relations to developmental psychopathology

Greenberger, Ellen Developmental Psychology, Social and Cultural Influences on Adolescent and Young Adult Development, Family Relationships and Consequences Throughout the Lifespan

Guerra, Nancy Youth development, Violence prevention

Heckhausen, Jutta Life-span developmental psychology, motivation and developmental regulation in children, adolescents, and adults, control and health, cultural universals and differences in achievement behavior

Klemfuss, Zoe

Levine, Linda Relations between cognitive and emotional development, how emotions influence attention and memory, the development of children's strategies for coping with negative emotions

Lukowski, Angela Memory development in infancy and early childhood; individual differences in long-term memory in infancy; the impact of early nutrition on development

Odgers, Candice

Quas, Jodi Memory development, the effects of stress on memory, emotional reactivity in childhood, childrens' involvement in the legal system, childrens' eyewitness testimony

Rook, Karen Gerontology, social psychology, health psychology, social support and social networks

 

Health Psychology

Faculty research focuses on understanding the psychosocial and behavioral factors that influence the onset or progression of illness and disease and on the effectiveness of health promotion programs and medical treatments. Health Psychology training involves a strong commitment to multidisciplinary scholarship and an emphasis on knowledge and theory, research competencies, and professional skills.

Faculty

Borelli, Jessica Attachment, parent-child relationships, developmental psychopathology, relational interventions, emotion, mental health

Campos, Belinda  Culture, Relationships, positive emotion, health

Charles, Susan Emotional processes across the adult life span, subjective experience and cognitive processes, health and emotion

Ditto, Peter Social cognition, motivated judgment and decision-making process, social psychology

Goldberg, Wendy Developmental psychology, work and family, parental involvement in education, transition to parenthood, autism

Granger, Doug Interactions between behavior, stress hormones, and immune function and their relations to developmental psychopathology

Heckhausen, Jutta Life-span developmental psychology, motivation and developmental regulation in children, adolescents, and adults, control and health, cultural universals and differences in achievement behavior

Jamner, Larry Health psychology, psychophysiology, biopsychosocial factors related to tobacco use in youth

Pressman, Sarah Health Psychology; Positive Emotions; Stress Physiology; Psychosocial effects on physiology and health

Rinehart, Jenny Health Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Sexual Victimization Prevention, Risk Perception.

Rook, Karen Gerontology, social psychology, health psychology, social support and social networks

Silver, Roxane Coping with stressful life events (e.g., personal traumas, natural disasters, terrorism)

Stokols, Dan Environmental Psychology, Science of Team Science, Transdisciplinary Public Health

Yim, Ilona Psychobiology of stress, stress in pregnancy, women's health, developmental psychobiology, behavioral genetics, assessment of stress

Zinger, Joanne Expressive writing, meta-analysis, positive psychology, health psychology, preventive medicine, educational psychology

 

Social Psychology

The Social/Personality faculty in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior conduct theory-based empirical work that addresses a variety of important social issues across the life span. Our faculty bring a multidisciplinary approach to the study of human behavior and a sensitivity to the relevance of our research to individual and social problems. The faculty also share a strong commitment to train students in theory, field and laboratory research methods, and advanced statistical techniques.

Our faculty have research interests covering a broad range of topics in the areas of social and personality psychology, including investigations of social cognition and decision-making; effects of emotions on reasoning and memory; subjective well-being; self and identity across cultures; control behavior; personality resilience; interpersonal relations; adaptation to stressful life events; risk perception; and psychology and law.

Faculty

Campos, Belinda Culture, relationships, positive emotion, health

Chen, Jacqueline Diversity and intergroup relations, social perception, cultural psychology

Ditto, Peter Social cognition, motivated judgment and decision-making process, social psychology

Heckhausen, Jutta Life-span developmental psychology, motivation and developmental regulation in children, adolescents, and adults, control and health, cultural universals and differences in achievement behavior

Jamner, Larry Health psychology, psychophysiology, biopsychosocial factors related to tobacco use in youth

Levine, Linda Relations between cognitive and emotional development, how emotions influence attention and memory, the development of children's strategies for coping with negative emotions

Loftus, Elizabeth Human memory, psychology and the law, how facts, ideas, suggestions and other forms of post-event information can modify our memories

Piff, Paul Social hierarchy, privilege, power; social emotion; prosocial behavior and cooperation; morality and ethics; uncertainty; groups; field experiments

Rook, Karen Gerontology, social psychology, health psychology, social support and social networks

Scurich, Nicholas Psychology & Law, Judgment and Decision Making, Violence Risk Assessment

Shariff, Azim Social psychology, morality, the psychology of religion, evolutionary psychology

Silver, Roxane Coping with stressful life events (e.g., personal traumas, natural disasters, terrorism)

Zinger, Joanne Expressive writing, meta-analysis, positive psychology, health psychology, preventive medicine, educational psychology

 

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