Julie Boydston, Ph.D.
Research interests: My research interests are the assessment and treatment of ADHD and other disruptive behavior disorders, including Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder, in children and adults. I am interested in the application of these problem behaviors in college students, community mental health, juvenile justice, and early childhood. Research areas: Presently, I am interested in the assessment and treatment of college students with ADHD and factors that facilitate academic and social success on college campuses.
Gary Forbach, Ph.D.
Research interests: I am interested in the interaction of factors which might produce a serene and contented life for retirees--the so-called "golden years." Some of my most recent investigations include variables such as regular interaction with a grandchild, regular exercise and healthy eating behavior, starting new hobbies and activities, living environments designed by, and for retirees, and how extending a career with part-time work contributes to prolonging cognitive skills and overall feelings of well-being.
Linzi Gibson, Ph.D.
Research interests: My research program uses behavioral techniques to investigate individual differences in how humans access meaning during language comprehension. Building upon research on how the brain resolves ambiguiity, I aim to study the cerebral hemispheres' role in the comprehension of creative/figurative language such as jokes, metaphor, and poetry.
Jericho Hockett, Ph.D.
Research interests: My research interests focus on examining the psychological mechanisms, processes, and outcomes of social power, including oppression (i.e., influence and influence attempts against a target's will or best interests), resistance to oppression (i.e., efforts to "push back against" oppression), and empowerment (i.e., positive transformation of oneself and others). More specifically, my primary research interest is examining how expressions of prejudice and social support change according to stigmatized group status and situational factors. Research areas: social identity, perceptions of/attitudes toward marginalized group members (including individuals who have experienced sexual violence, who hold non-normative beliefs, and who are of minority sexual orientations and races), assessment of social support service programs, scholarship of teaching and learning.
Michael J. McGuire, Ph.D.
Research interests: I am interested in learning more about what makes people, particularly college students, feel more or less confident about how well they learn. For example, have you ever taken a test and thought you did either really well or poorly? Yet, when you received the results, you did the exact opposite? Why? That is one of several questions representative of the research questions I ask. The technical terms of the areas I am interested in are metacognition, metamemory, and judgments of learning. I am also interested in just about anything that has to do with memory and how to improve it.
Greg Preuss, Ph.D.
Research interests: My research falls into three main areas: social psychology, consumer psychology, and pedagogy. In social psychology, my research focuses on self-protection, which refers to the tendency for people to maintain a positive self-image by minimizing their shortcomings. My research in consumer psychology examines how consumers feel about themselves after being duped in the marketplace. In my teaching-related scholarship, I examine the effectiveness of the novel and engaging application-oriented writing assignments that I create.
David Provorse, Ph.D.
Research interests: My current research interests are primarily in the area of Sport Psychology, including the factors that influence people's motivation for exercise and their ability to adhere to a planned program of exercise. I am also interested in the mental aspects of endurance athletics (e.g., swim-bike-run triathlons and running marathons), and how "mental skills" can be used to enhance sport performance. I continue to work with students interested in areas such as religion/spirituality, domestic violence/partner abuse, cross-cultural therapy, and treatments for depression.
Michael Russell, Ph.D.
Research interests: My theoretical background is as a Gibsonian, ecological psychologist which considers perception to be a function of information that exists in the energy (light, sound, etc.) that surrounds us. More specifically, my research interest is in the auditory perception of space. I am primarily interested in how it is that we know the location of an object we can hear but cannot see as well as our perception of motion based solely on sound. Both of those areas are considered in relation to the world as it naturally exists (e.g., cluttered) and from the perspective of a perceiving-acting organism, and not from the perspective of a participant judging sounds in a sterile, overly controlled laboratory environment. Research areas: perception of sound location/localization/lateralization, source distance, and motion.
Research interests: I have a broad interest in the psychology of morality, with specific interests in understanding the personal, social, and developmental factors that influence individuals' willingness to stand up for their own moral convictions. Research areas: moral socialization, moral identity, social-moral norms, perceptions of others' moral beliefs/behaviors, morality as a(n) (in)convenience.
Cynthia L. Turk, Ph.D. (Department Chair)
Research interests:I am interested in the nature and treatment of social anxiety disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. Within the anxiety disorders, I am also interested in emotion regulation. Research areas: social anxiety, worry, generalized anxiety disorder, emotion regulation.
Cindy Wooldridge, Ph.D.
Research interests: My area of interest is in applying cognitive psychology principles to education. Much of what we know about learning and memory comes from controlled laboratory experiments, but hasn’t been examined “in the wild”. My goal is to examine the degree to which the results of controlled experiments extend to the classroom. Specifically, I investigate how retrieval practice (testing) and individual differences in learning strategies can benefit students under various real-world circumstances.
Bonnie Paine (Departmental Secretary)
Adjunct Faculty (The following faculty may not be on campus as often and may not be able to respond to inquiries as quickly as the full-time faculty listed above.)