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Psychology Research Labs

Lucy Allbaugh, Ph.D.
Dr. Allbaugh studies resilience and relational wellbeing among adult survivors of childhood maltreatment; trauma-focused intervention; mindfulness and compassion; and barriers to treatment.
Jack Bauer, Ph.D.

Dr. Bauer studies the development of self-identity, personality, and human flourishing.

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Melissa Berry, Ph.D.
Dr. Berry's research includes social cognition, causal attribution, counterfactual thinking, health-related behaviors, and forensic psychology.
Tracy Butler, Ph.D.
Dr. Butler’s research explores relationships between alcohol, stress, anxiety and the brain in preclinical models; effects of long-term alcohol exposure and withdrawal on brain; environmental and physiological factors that predict high levels of alcohol consumption; neurobiological consequences of alcohol and/or stress in male and female subjects (rats).
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Robert Crutcher, Ph.D.

Dr. Crutcher studies cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience; human memory; language processes; improving human memory and thinking skills; and verbal reports.

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Susan Davis, Ph.D.
Dr. Davis' MAAP lab studies cognitive processes, broadly: Memory, Attention, Aesthetic preferences, and Perception. More specific current projects include memory consolidation, change blindness, detection of deception, and overconfidence in decision making.
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Lee Dixon, Ph.D.
Dr. Dixon studies Interpersonal relationships and mental health; forgiveness; commitment; expectations and disappointment in romantic relationships; attachment; and marital satisfaction.
Greg Elvers, Ph.D.

Dr. Elvers studies the interactions of humans and animals and explores the way animals perceive the world. He is a cognitive psychologist.

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Mary Wagner Fuhs, Ph.D.
Dr. Fuhs research includes cognitive development, specifically executive functioning skills and mathematical cognition; early childhood education and intervention; and poverty and child development.
Jackson Goodnight, Ph.D.
Dr. Goodnight studies child and adolescent psychopathology; parent and peer effects on antisocial behavior; impulsivity and self-regulation; and parent-initiated interventions for childhood behavior problems. 
Benjamin Kunz, Ph.D.
Dr. Kunz' research examines the influence of visual perception and motor movements.
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Erin O'Mara Kunz, Ph.D.
Dr. O'Mara Kunz's research broadly focuses on self processes and social perception. 
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Roger Reeb, Ph.D.
Dr. Reeb studies psychopathology; homelessness; self-efficacy theory; participatory community action research; service-learning pedagogy; and engaged scholarship.
Julie Walsh-Messinger, Ph.D.
Dr. Walsh-Messinger investigates the phenomenology, neurobiology, and etiology of the emotional, motivational, and social deficits in serious and persistent mental illness. Specifically, her research focuses on: 1) the intersection of cognitive and affective dysfunction in schizophrenia and related disorders, 2) identifying biomarkers of psychopathology, 3) developing, validating, and refining measures of psychopathology. She is also interested in the influence of biological sex on the etiology, underlying neurobiology, and expression of psychopathology.
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Siman Zhao, Ph.D.
Dr. Zhao's research focuses on social and emotional development in childhood and adolescence; parenting and peer relationships; and cultural influences in children's and adolescents' development.
Catherine Lutz Zois,Ph.D.
Dr. Lutz Zois’ research focuses on intimate partner violence and it’s effects on victims, and aspects of psychopathy such as emotional dysregulation, the role of empathy, self-injurious behavior and the role of self-compassion.
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