Faculty Research Interests

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

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

Darrell Butler, Ph.D.
Cognition: Perception; Decision making; Critical thinking; Problem solving; 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. 

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; Aggression, 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. 

Katie Lawson, Ph.D.
Gender and career development; Associations between work and family across the lifespan.

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.

Guy Mittleman, Ph.D.

Brain neuropathology associated with autism spectrum disorders; Sudden infant death (SIDS); Sudden unexplained death in epilepsy (SUDEP). Dr. Mittleman is not accepting students for 2014-15.

David Perkins, Ph.D. 

Community Psychology; Community supports for serious mental illness.  

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: Laterality and interhemispheric transfer; Temporal processing; Electrophysiology/event-related potentials methodology.

Brandon Smit, Ph.D. 
Work-life balance; Role integration; Psychological detachment; Occupational health; Self-regulation; Pay secrecy and fairness. Dr. Smit is not accepting thesis students for 2014-15, but he is open to working with students on collaborative projects.

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. (Professor Emeritus). 
Individual differences associated with prejudice, especially authoritarianism and social dominance orientation.  Dr. Whitley is no longer accepting graduate students in his lab but will serve on thesis committees.