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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.

Also see:

Clinical Psychology

Clinical Child Psychology

Cognitive Psychology

Health Psychology (Clinical)

Health Psychology (Experimental)

Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Health Psychology Research

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.

Intervention Design and Outcome Evaluation Research

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.

Social Judgment and Behavioral Decision Making Research

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.