Faculty Research Areas

Deborah L. Best:  Studies the development of gender stereotypes and roles, and is particularly interested in comparisons across cultures.

Terry D. Blumenthal:  Studies the physiological mechanisms that form the basis for thinking, emotion, and behavior.

Christy M. Buchanan:  Studies development of adolescents, with a particular focus on family influences and family relationships.

Dale Dagenbach:  Studies how human attention and memory work, how they are implemented in the brain, and how we can improve their functioning. Also studies understanding the brain as a complex system using network science in collaboration with the Laboratory for Complex Brain Systems (lcbn.wakehealth.edu).

William Fleeson:  Studies self-regulation:  what people do, try to do, and are able to do to improve the quality of their lives.

R. Michael Furr:  Studies personality and social psychology, including the ways that our personality characteristics influence our behavior in social situations.

Janine M. Jennings:  Studies memory function in older adults, specifically how memory changes with age, the role the brain plays in such changes, and the development of techniques for improving memory in those who are experiencing significant impairments.

Lara Kammrath:  Studies self regulation in interpersonal relationships, with a focus on how personality and relationship attitudes predict relationship behaviors in different situations.

Lisa Kiang:  Studies aspects of social development including self and identity development and parent and peer relationships, with a focus on youth from ethnically diverse backgrounds.

E. J. Masicampo:  Studies the challenges related to effortful mental processes such as resisting temptations and desires, making difficult decisions, and pursuing and attaining goals.

John V. Petrocelli:  Studies the general area of social cognition, with specific interests in perceptions of general and specific events, counterfactual thinking, the role of attitude strength variables in persuasion and resistance processes, and intergroup emotions.

Wayne E. Pratt:  Studies the neural mechanisms that underlie how we learn about and respond to the presence of natural rewards, such as highly palatable foods.

James A. Schirillo:  Studies visual and auditory perception, that is how humans are conscious of the outside world; within that area, he studies (1) color perception, (2) aesthetics, (3) multisensory integration, and (4) Gestalt grouping principles.

Catherine E. Seta:  Studies the general area of social cognition, with specific interests in stereotyping, intergroup processes, perceptions of stressing life events, and determinants of feelings of regret.

Cecilia H. Solano:  Studies communication processes in social relationships.

Eric R. Stone:  Studies how people make decisions and how these decisions can be improved.

Christian Waugh:  Studies the physiological and neural underpinnings of emotions and adaptation to stress.

Dustin Wood:  Studies how personality traits and other dispositional characteristics develop due to experiences in social roles and relationships.

(revised:  3/19/12)