Core Program Faculty
Faculty members in the General Psychology program have diverse interests, but are all dedicated to providing excellence in education. Areas of interest for the General faculty include social psychology, developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, statistics and research design, perception, learning, and forensic psychology.
Because of our large number of faculty with productive research programs, we are able to offer research opportunities organized by five distinct themes:
- Biopsychology, Neuropsychology, or Health Psychology (BIO)
- Child or Developmental (CD)
- Cognition and Perception (CP)
- Community Psychology (COM)
- Social Behavior and Personality (SOC)
The availability of these research concentrations not only allows for students to work with multiple faculty members in different research domains, but to develop expertise within a larger area of psychological research. These themes cut across the two programs, and therefore, working with faculty outside of one’s chosen program is often possible.
Faculty Interests and Themes
Catholic University of America
Interests: Developmental and personality psychology; identity development; creating meaning and happiness in life; life stories, plans and transitions; higher stages of personality development. GENERAL-CD, SOC.
University of Cincinnati
Interests: Social psychology; forensic psychology; social cognition; causal attribution; counterfactual thinking; health-related behaviors. GENERAL-CP, SOC.
University of Kentucky
Interests: Neuroscience and behavior; environmental and physiological factors that predict high levels of alcohol consumption in preclinical models; neurobiological consequences of alcohol and/or stress in male and female subjects. GENERAL-BIO.
University of Colorado
Interests: Cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience; human memory; language processes; improving human memory and thinking skills; verbal reports; computer applications and learning. GENERAL-CP; BIO.
Interests: Experimental / cognitive psychology; memory; aesthetic preferences; preference for faces; change blindness in perception; perceptual and cognitive illusions; and overconfidence. GENERAL-CP.
Interests: Cognitive psychology; embodied cognition; perception; motion induced blindness. GENERAL-CP.
University of Notre Dame
Interests: Developmental psychology, cognitive development and early intervention. GENERAL-CD.
Interests: Perceptual and cognitive development in children; schema-directed processes in reading; program evaluation. GENERAL-CD.
University of Utah
Interests: Cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience; visual sensation and perception; embodied cognition; human factors; virtual reality and human-computer interaction. GENERAL-CP.
University of North Carolina
Interests: Interpersonal attraction, close relationships, intergroup relations, prejudice and discrimination, evolutionary theory, psychophysiology, social cognition. GENERAL-SOC.
St. John's University
Interests: Questionnaires; human factors/ergonomics. GENERAL-CP.
University of Tennessee
Interests: Social Psychology; self & identity; social cognition; self-enhancement; attraction and mate-choice; interpersonal relationships. GENERAL-SOC.
John Jay College of Criminal Justice & The Graduate Center, CUNY
Interests: Eyewitness identification evidence; juror decision-making; social cognition; false memories. CP, SOC.