Psychology Faculty Research Areas
Faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students are heavily involved in research. Below is a list of faculty labs by graduate program. Specific research interests for the scholarly output of faculty and graduate students can be accessed via the links below.
- Psychotherapy & Interpersonal Process Lab—Timothy Anderson
Clinical Child Psychology
- Center for Intervention Research In Schools—Drs. Julie Owens & Steven Evans
- Cognitive Psychology at Ohio University—Dr. Claudia Gonzalez Vallejo
- Consortium for the Advancement of Cognitive Science (CFACS)—Dr. Ronaldo Vigo
- Judgment and Decision Making Laboratory—Dr. Claudia Gonzalez Vallejo
- Psycholinguistics Lab—Danny R. Moates
- Scope Lab (Structures, Concepts, and Perception Laboratory)—Dr. Ronaldo Vigo
Health Psychology (Clinical)
- Clinical Neuropsychology Research—Dr. Julie Suhr
- Clinical Psychophysiology—Dr. Christopher France
- The Body Image, Weight, and Eating Laboratory (B-WEL)—Dr. Jean Forney
- Psychophysiology Training Laboratory —Dr. Peggy Zoccola
Health Psychology (Experimental)
- Psychosocial Processes and Health Laboratory—Dr. Peggy Zoccola
- CATS (Conformity, Attitudes, Threat and the Self) Lab—Kim Rios
The broad purpose of research in Health Psychology is to understand reciprocal relationships between psychology and physical health. The specific focus is on chronic illness including 1) investigation of psychological and biological factors that predispose to, precipitate, or maintain illness and disability, and 2) development and evaluation of psychological interventions that enhance the functioning of individuals with chronic disorders.
Faculty in this area focus on the assessment of the problems of individuals, families, and organizations as well as the evaluation of the processes and outcomes of interventions aimed at improving such problems. Targeted populations include adults and children with emotional, behavioral, job-related, and neurological problems. Specific efforts include psychotherapy research, the evaluation of programs for victims of sexual violence and harassment, the assessment of more severely disturbed individuals, and the evaluation of community mental health and parenting programs.
Faculty in this area focus on how individuals form judgments about other people and attitude objects, and how judgments translate into decisions and choices. Among the topics they investigate are organizational decision making, modeling of higher-order cognitive processes, the influence of personal values and preferences on judgments of others, the operation of self-motives such as self-enhancement and self-protection, mental simulation of the past and future, social norms, the responses of individuals to threats and uncertainty, the process by which people achieve and maintain several goals in dynamic and complex environments, as well as a variety of more basic judgment and decision- making processes.