Research Labs

There are 20 active research labs in the department of psychology, covering 11 separate areas of research. Data is collected from children and adults, clinical populations, organizations, and animals, using various behavioral and neurological methods.

List of Research Labs


Brain Lab Faculty: Chung-Yiu Peter Chiu
Topic: Neural Correlates of Cognitive Processes and their Development; Decision Making and Consumer Psychology
Populations: Adolescents, Adults; Diverse Clinical Populations
Method: Behavioral and Laboratory-based Measures, functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), neuropsychological assessment                                                        


Child and Adolescent Health Research Laboratory
Faculty: Kristen Jastrowski Mano
Topics: Pediatric chronic pain, pain catastrophizing, anxiety, cognitive-behavioral interventions, mindfulness-based interventions, multicultural issues in measurement
Populations: Children and adolescents with chronic pain, emerging adults, parents Method: Child and adolescent self-report, parent proxy report, laboratory based experimental tasks



Children's Cognitive Research Lab (CCRL)  
Faculty: Heidi Kloos
Topic: Children's Learning and Development
Populations: Children, young adults, children with autism
Method: Structured interviews, activities for children, computer tasks                                                             



Complexity Group Faculty: Jay Holden
Topic: Understanding Cognitive Activity as a Complex System
Populations: Children, young adults, elderly, mice
Method: Time-series analysis, motion-tracking                                                                             



Evaluation, Policy, and Program Planning
Faculty: Steve Howe
Topic: Improve organizational services with social science data and methods Populations: Organizations
Method: Evaluation research, policy research and analysis, strategic planning, statistical modeling, and logic models



Human Resources and Workplace Effectiveness
Faculty: Stacie Furst-Holloway
Topic: Analysis of individual and workgroup behavior and performance; use of HR analytics to identify key performance drivers; design of HR and OD interventions to boost individual, group, and organizational performance Populations: Adults; Organizations
Method: Assessment; Surveys; Observation; Interviews and Focus Group



Laboratory of Behavioral Neuroendocrinology 
Faculty: Matia B. Solomon
Topic: Effects of chronic stress on depression, anxiety, and complex social behavior in females and males; neural correlates of depression and anxiety; genetic rodent models of depression; lab webpage
Populations: Mice and rats
Method: pharmacological, molecular, behavioral and genetic approaches


Laboratory for Cognitive & Affective Neuropsychology
Faculty: Quintino R. Mano
Topics: Reading and dyslexia, cognition-emotion interactions, adult learning disability, working memory, reading interventions
Populations: Adolescents, adults, individuals with dyslexia Method: Neuropsychological assessment, computerized tasks, eye-tracking, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), self-report measures


Center for Organizational Leadership
Faculty: Donna Chrobot-Mason; Stacie Furst-Holloway
Topic: Employee effectiveness and satisfaction
Populations: Working adults
Method: Surveys, interviews, focus groups, organizational archival data                                                           


Partnerships for Intervention and Treatment of Child Health (PITCH)
Faculty: Farrah Jacquez Topic: Child Health               Disparities                                                              
Populations: Children and families Method: Community-based Participatory Research                                                                                      


Perception, Memory, and Emotion
Faculty: Valerie Hardcastle
Topic: Conscious awareness, attention, pain processing, implicit memory                                         
Populations: Healthy adults
Method: Neuroimaging (fMRI, ERP), reaction time/behavioral methods


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Perceptual-Motor Dynamics Laboratory (PMD Lab)
Faculty: Michael Richardson, Michael Riley, Kevin Shockley
Topic: Understanding perception, cognition, and action under the ecological and dynamical systems approaches.
Populations: Adults, children, and some clinical populations (e.g., Parkinson's, motor disorders and injuries, autism)
Method: Motion tracking, eye tracking, behavioral measures



Resilience & Disparities Lab Faculty: Kathy Burlew; Bridgette Peteet
Topic: Exploration of psychological issues, development of resiliency models and cultural adaptations of HIV and substance abuse interventions for diverse populations experiencing health disparities
Populations: Adolescents, adults, college students and substance users
Method: Prevention and intervention studies; focus groups; survey administration



Innovations in Community Research and Program Evaluation lab
Faculty: Monica Mitchell
Topic: Research and program evaluation services provided to the community to reduce physical and mental health disparities
Populations: Community agencies that support underserved families
Method: Community health research, community-participatory research, program consultation; comprehensive program evaluation



Social Identity & Diversity Lab
Faculty: Rachel Kallen
Topic: Cognitive, emotional, and behavioral consequences of living with devalued or stigmatized identities
Populations: Children and Adults
Method: Computer tasks, Motion tracking, Surveys



Stress and Health Faculty: Christine Hovanitz
Topic: Effects of Stress on Health
Populations: Headache prone; cancer; cardiac disease
Method: Psychophysiological measures, self reports, and laboratory stressors; we have also included blood analyses of immune response and cardiac measures typically obtained during routine physical exams



Today's Couples and Families Research Program
Faculty: Sarah Whitton
Topic: Links between close relationships and mental health                                                                      
Populations: Families
Method: Surveys; Observations, clinical outcome trials


Gender & Interventions I-O Laboratory
Faculty: Lindsay Johnson
Topic: Examine issues of inclusion & inequality in work and academe; assess diversity climates, methods, training, and overall effectiveness; design targeted interventions
Populations: Adults; college students; organizations; higher education institutions
Method: Surveys/questionnaires, observation, focus groups, interviews, assessments