Faculty Research Interests

Except where noted, the professors listed below will collaborate with students on research projects and supervise students' research.  

Heather Adams, Ph.D.  
Identity development; Marginalized populations; Qualitative paradigm. Dr. Adams is not accepting graduate students for 2013-14.

Paul Biner, Ph.D.
Control motivation; Industrial/organizational psychology; Training evaluation. 

Darrell Butler, Ph.D.
Cognition (e.g., perception, decision making, critical thinking, problem solving, and computer interfaces). Currently, I am involved in several long term projects: to develop a new, computer-based approach involving concept maps to testing student knowledge, to evaluate the role of multimedia as an effective scaffold of higher cognition, and to explore models of people's beliefs in ideas that research has found are myths. 

Lambert Deckers, Ph.D.
Emotions; Decision making. Dr. Deckers is not accepting graduate students for 2013-14.

Johnathan Forbey, Ph.D.
Personality assessment and test interpretation issues (primarily with the MMPI); Computerized adaptive testing in personality assessment. 

George Gaither, Ph.D. 
Human sexual behavior; Psychology major student development; Teaching and learning issues in higher education; Trauma and psychopathology. 

Rachel Gentry, Ph.D.
Interpersonal relationships; Abuse and trauma; Relational victimization and bullying; Attachment. 

Thomas Holtgraves, Ph.D.
Interpersonal communication processes/psycholinguistics; Personality and information processing; Gambling. 

Mary Kite, Ph.D.
Gender stereotyping and prejudice; Attitudes toward gay men and lesbians; Attitudes toward older adults. 

Linh Littleford, Ph.D.
Teaching and diversity; Privilege and inequality framing (race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability, socioeconomic status, appearance, and religion); Diversity and ethnic minority issues.

David Perkins, Ph.D. 
Community Psychology; Community supports for serious mental illness.  Dr. Perkins is not currently accepting new graduate students.

Kerri Pickel, Ph.D.
Eyewitness memory (weapon focus, attentional processes during encoding, suggestibility, deception); Decision making in legal cases (retracted confessions, inadmissible evidence, integration of evidence, bullying). 

Kristin Ritchey, Ph.D. 
Reading comprehension (drawing inferences during reading, the cognitive effects elicited by text signals, designing texts to maximize comprehension and memory); Teaching of psychology (investigating effective teaching methods).

Stephanie Simon-Dack, Ph.D. 
Cognitive neuroscience; The "binding problem" (how the brain processes and integrates information from multiple senses), interhemispheric transfer (how the brain commnicates information between the two halves). 

Brandon Smit, M.S. 
Work-life balance; Role integration; Psychological detachment; Occupational health; Self-regulation; Self-concept.

Michael Tagler, Ph.D.
Attitudes; Sex differences in reactions to infidelity; Theory of planned behavior; Sleep habits. 

John Wallace, Ph.D.
Impact of rating scale appearance on ratings.

Bernard Whitley, Ph.D. 
Individual differences associated with prejudice, especially authoritarianism and social dominance orientation.  Dr. Whitley is not accepting graduate students for 2013-14.