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Tenure-Track Faculty

Brown, Rhonda

Associate Professor; Director, Developmental & Learning Sciences Research Center

2150F EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center



Current research projects of Dr. Brown examine neural correlates and cognitive mechanisms of mathematical and memory development using fMRI and behavioral measures with the aim of improving educational interventions for children with learning difficulties. Her teaching interests include Cognitive Development, Mathematics Cognition, and Cognition & Culture.

Carle, Adam

Assoc Professor - Aff

Childrens Hospital Bldg R



I am a clinically and quantitatively trained investigator,  nationally recognized expert in children with special health care needs research (CSHCN) and child health measurement. My publications have employed structural equation models, multilevel models, and modern test theory to advance the methodological science used to identify CSHCN, investigate the correlates of CSHCN’s and their families’ well-being, investigate health disparities, and provide data for evidence-based practice and policy. My work has also addressed identifying and evaluating variation in the delivery of care and policy that influences CSHCN’s outcomes. Additionally, my work seeks to better understand individual and contextual variables’ influences on health and health disparities at individual, local, state, and national levels. I obtained my PhD from Arizona State University’s Psychology Department. I followed my PhD with a two year post-doctoral training experience at the US Census Bureau, where I refined my expertise in large scale survey research and measurement research. Among my grants, I am currently the PI of an NINR-funded R-15 study examining systematic measurement error’s influence on health disparities for key measures identified in Healthy People 2010, across individuals of different racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Chemero, Tony

Professor of Philosophy and Psychology

McMicken Hall



Tony Chemero got his Ph.D. in Philosophy and Cognitive Science from Indiana University in 1999.  From then to 2012, he taught at Franklin & Marshall College (F&M), where he was Professor of Psychology.  In 2012, he became Professor of Philosophy and Psychology at the University of Cincinnati. 
Tony’s research is both philosophical and empirical.  It is focused on questions related to dynamical modeling, ecological psychology, artificial life and complex systems. He is author of more than 70 articles and the book Radical Embodied Cognitive Science (2009, MIT Press), which was a finalist for the Lakatos Award.  His second book, co-authored with Stephan Kaufer, will appear on Polity Press.  He is currently editing the second edition of the MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences.

For more infomrmation, see Tony's pages at academia.edu or google scholar

Chiu, Chung-Yiu Peter

Associate Professor of Psychology and Communications Sciences and Disorders

4130N EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center



C.-Y. Peter Chiu is an Associate Professor in Psychology with a secondary appointment in the Dept. of Communication Sciences and Disorders. He graduated from the University of Toronto (B.Sc., M.A.) and Harvard University (PhD), with training in cognitive neuroscience. His work focuses on the neural mechanisms of a variety of cognitive domains including risky decision making, behavioral economics and consumer behaviors, executive functions, social cognition, and attention, memory and language. At UC, he has taught a variety of courses such as Cognitive Development, Research Methods in Cognition, and Cognition & Learning.

Chrobot-Mason, Donna

Associate Professor, Director of the Center for Organizational Leadership

4130M EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center



Donna Chrobot-Mason’s current research interests include leadership across differences and strategies for creating organizational practices, policies, and a climate that supports diversity. Her teaching interests reside in the areas of organizational psychology, diversity, and leadership.


Cummins-Sebree, Sarah E.

Assistant Professor, Volunteer




Currently, Sarah Cummins-Sebree’s research focuses on development of postural control and other aspects of perception in children, as well as self-regulated learning in college students. She primarily teaches the Human Development sequence.

Eliassen, James

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology

EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center

(513) 558-5863


My research examines learning and the effects of drug abuse and addiction on brain function. I investigate this by studying how the brains of individuals who use addictive drugs differ from the brains of healthy individuals. Using associative learning tasks (games like "Rock, Paper, Scissors") in combination with a brain imaging technique called functional MRI, I study how the brain responds to learning and how drug use alters the typical pattern of brain activity seen in healthy individuals.  In addition to fMRI, I also employ structural MRI, diffusion-weighted/diffusion tensor imaging, MR spectroscopy and event-related potential EEG (ERPs).

Epstein, Jeffery

Professor, Joint Appointment

2216 Childrens Hospital Bldg R



Jeffery Epstein’s research focuses on ADHD-related cognitive deficits, examining the efficacy of pharmacological, behavioral, and cognitive treatments for patients with ADHD, and the promotion of evidence-based ADHD care in community settings.

Hardcastle, Valerie Gray

Professor of Philosophy, Psychology, and Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience | Co-Director and Scholar-in-Residence, Weaver Institute for Law and Psychiatry | Director, Medicine, Health, and Society Program | Executive Director, UC LEAF | Affiliated Facu

201-A McMicken Hall



An internationally recognized scholar, Valerie is the author of five books and over 150 essays. She studies the nature and structure of interdisciplinary theories in the cognitive sciences and has focused primarily on developing a philosophical framework for understanding conscious phenomena responsive to neuroscientific, psychiatric, and psychological data.  Currently, she is investigating the neuroscience of violence and its implications for both our understanding of human nature and the criminal justice system.  She is also trying to figure out whether notions of embodied cognition help or hinder theorizing about consciousness.

Most recently, Valerie has received research fellowships from the Medical Humanities Program at the University of Texas-Medical Branch, the Center for Mind, Brain, and Cognitive Evolution at Ruhr-University Bochum, and the Institute for Philosophy/School of Advanced Study at the University of London.  She received a bachelor’s degree with a double major in philosophy and political science from the University of California, Berkeley, a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Houston, and an interdisciplinary PhD in cognitive science and philosophy from the University of California, San Diego.  

Holden, John

Associate Professor | CAP Affiliate

5120G EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center



Jay Holden’s research focuses on elementary cognitive activities, such as reading and decision-making. He has experience teaching Applied Cognitive and Statistics courses such as Ecological & Cognitive Task Analysis, Human-Computer Interaction & Display Design, as well as Undergraduate and Graduate Linear and Nonlinear Statistics.

Holloway, Stacie Furst

Associate Professor; Director, MA Psychology Program; Assistant Head, Department of Psychology; Co-Director, UC LEAF

4130D EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center



Stacie Furst-Holloway is interested in the impact of technology on individual and team-based work behaviors as well as the implications of balancing work and home demands in the virtual workplace. Her teaching interests include leadership, organizational behavior, and human resource management.

Jacquez, Farrah

Associate Professor

4150H EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center



Research program focused on partnering with communities to develop interventions to promote health equity. Current community partnerships are with Latino immigrant communities. Current projects target health care access & quality, infant mortality, and mental health. Courses Dr. Jacquez teaches include Community Psychology (graduate level) and Community Capstone (undergraduate level).

Jastrowski Mano, Kristen

Asst Professor

5130D EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center



Kristen Jastrowski Mano examines the cognitive and emotional mechanisms associated with the development and maintenance of pediatric chronic pain.  Current research projects are focused on anxiety and school avoidance in the context of pediatric chronic pain. She is also interested in the effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based interventions for pediatric chronic health conditions. Her teaching interests include health psychology, child psychopathology, and measurement.  

Kallen, Rachel W

Associate Professor Psychology Co-Director, UC LEAF

4150B EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center


Dr. Kallen investigates the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral consequences of living with devalued or stigmatized identities. Her applied research interests focus on broadening participation for underepresented groups at all stages of the STEM pipeline. Her teaching interests include social psychology, the psychology of stigma, and undergraduate and graduate level research methods and statistics.

Kloos, Heidi

Associate Professor

5130 G EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center



Heidi Kloos’ research interests are the basics of knowledge development and children's STEM learning, using the lense of systems approaches. Her teaching interests lie in Statistics, Cognition, Learning, and Cognitive Development.

Langmeyer, Daniel

Represented Adjunct Professor, Director of Advising and associate director of undergraduate studies

5120J EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center



Daniel Langmeyer’s research interests are in social psychology, focused on organizations and teams. He has had experience in organizational consultation and program evaluation, and s the former Director of Undergraduate Studies. Currently he is coaching the incoming director of undergraduate studies and directing the advising functions of the Psychology department.

Lanna P da Silva, Paula

Asst Professor - Prov

4150N EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center



Lorenz, Tamara

Asst Professor - Prov

4150-B EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center



Mano, Quintino Rodrigues

Asst Professor

5130-C EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center



Dr. Mano is a clinical neuropsychologist with an interest in learning disorders (e.g., dyslexia). Ongoing projects involve (1) learning mechanisms underlying sensitivity to subword combinatorial orthographic regularity, (2) application of Cattell’s Investment Theory to reading development across the lifespan, (3) the role of executive functioning in orthographic processing among preschoolers, and (4) emotional contributions to reading across the lifespan. Research participants range from preschoolers to university students. He relies primarily on methodologies from clinical and experimental neuropsychology (e.g., standardized tests, computerized tasks). Dr. Mano also conducts clinical research within the Dyslexia Assessment & Diagnostic Services, of which Dr. Mano is the Director. The ultimate purpose of his research program is to develop novel neuropsychological tests and treatments.

Mitchell, Monica Johnson

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Behavioral Medicine (CCHMC) Associate Professor, Department or Psychology (UC) Co-Director, Community Engagement Core Co-Director of INNOVATIONS Associate Profe

Childrens Hospital Bldg R



Monica Mitchell’s research investigates child and family coping with chronic illness, and their relation to health status and outcomes, particularly in African-American populations. She also conducts community engagement projects with schools and non-profit agencies to ensure evidence-based practice related to mental health, obesity and school readiness.

Peteet, Bridgette J

Assistant Professor

4150I EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center



Bridgette Peteet’s research interests include substance abuse and education disparities with an emphasis on mental health outcomes within ethnic minority populations.

Richardson, Michael

4150D EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center


Dr. Michael J. Richardson is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the Center for Cognition, Action and Perception at the University of Cincinnati. He is an expert in complex dynamical systems, time-series analysis, social coordination and ecological psychology and has written numerous research articles and book chapters on these topics. His research is focused on identifying and modeling the lawful dynamics that shape and constrain human perception, action and cognition, with an emphasis on social and multi-agent coordination, and seeks to understand how human behavior emerges from the dissipative and reciprocal processes that characterize animal-environment systems.

Website: http://www.xkiwilabs.com/

Riley, Michael A.


4150C EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center



Michael Riley studies human perceptual-motor behavior from the perspectives of complexity science and ecological psychology. He has taught many undergraduate and graduate courses including Research Methods in Perception & Action, History of Psychology, Human Factors, and Control and Coordination of Action. His research is supported by the National Science Foundation.

Shear, Paula

Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry

4150J EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center



Paula Shear’s research interests are in the neuropsychological effects of  neuropsychiatric disorders; affective and social cognition; neuropsychology of epilepsy; neuroimaging; and cognitive assessment.  Her teaching interests are in clinical psychology, psychopathology, psychological assessment, and neuropsychology.

Shockley, Kevin

Professor & Head

4130-R EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center



Kevin Shockley focuses primarily on haptic perception, interpersonal postural coordination, affordance perception, and nonlinear time series analysis methods. His teaching experience covers undergraduate courses such as Research Methods in Perception & Action; and graduate classes such as Computational and Ecological Approaches to Perception, Computer Programming for Psychological Research, and Nonlinear Dynamics.

Solomon, Matia B

Assistant Professor of Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience

4150 EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center



The Solomon laboratory overall research efforts are directed towards understanding sex differences in the neurobiology of affective disorders and neurocognitive disorders including Alzheimer's disease.  For more information about our laboratory please visit: www.solomonlaboratory.com

Stough, Cathleen Christine

Asst Professor

4150P EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center



Cathy Stough is a pediatric psychologist with clinical and research interest in child eating behaviors, nutrition, and obesity. Her past research has examined eating behaviors among children with autism spectrum disorder and evaluation of outcomes of family-based weight management programs for children and adolescents. She is particularly interested in weight management and eating behaviors of young children, including preschoolers, toddlers, and infants. Her current research projects are focused on whether child appetite characteristics (e.g., satiety responsiveness, food responsiveness) and parental feeding behaviors (e.g., using food to calm the child) or beliefs (e.g., fear of the child being underweight) predict high weight-for-length percentiles during infancy (a risk factor for future obesity). Additionally, Dr. Stough is investigating whether infants with high weight-for-length display delays in obtainment of developmental milestones (e.g., delayed motor skills). 

Strakowski, Stephen

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

870 Care/Crawley



DR. STEPHEN STRAKOWSKI is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the UCCOM; he also serves as Senior Vice President for Strategic Planning for UC Health. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a B.S.E. in 1984 and Alpha Omega Alpha from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine with an M.D in 1988. He completed his residency training at McLean Hospital/Harvard University School of Medicine in 1992. Upon completing residency, he moved to the University of Cincinnati as an Assistant Professor, where he has remained and has been promoted to his current positions. He has received a number of awards, most notably the Gerald L. Klerman Award from the NDMDA. He has over 250 peer-reviewed publications and a number of chapters, published abstracts and solicited reviews.

Dr. Strakowski’s work focuses on using neuroimaging techniques to study the problems in the brain that cause bipolar disorder. He frequently lectures on this and related topics.

Vanderelst, Dieter

Asst Professor

45150Q EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center



SBBE, Sensory ecology, models of bat echolocation and flight control, robotic and computational models of animal behaviour and perception. Models of human cognition.

Whitton, Sarah W

Associate Professor

4150G EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center



Dr. Whitton's research aims to better understand modern couples and families and to help them build and maintain the types of strong, stable relationships that promote health and well-being.  She is particularly interested in understudied and marginalized groups, including sexual and gender minorities. Dr. Whitton conducts basic research to identify factors that promote strong relationships in the face of adversity, and uses the findings to develop couple-based interventions to promote individual, couple, and family health.

Educator Faculty

Green, Erinn Leary

Associate Professor, Educator

5120M EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center



Erinn Green is a social psychologist who specializes in program evaluation of non profit programs and organizations.  Specifically, she uses participatory evaluation, organizational development and program theory methods to help organizations transform from within.

Hall, Marla I.


5130 F EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center



Dr. Hall is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology in the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Cincinnati.  She teaches courses in Psychology and Organizational Leadership.

Dr. Hall received her Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialization in Behavior Analysis from West Virginia University where she conducted both basic and applied research in learning, motivation, and Performance Management.  She also holds an M.A. degree in Psychology from West Virginia University and B.S. degrees in both Psychology and Biology from Montana State University.

Dr. Hall has been at the University of Cincinnati for 23.5 years.  Prior to becoming a faculty member of her current department, she was a faculty member in the College of Applied Science and then served as the founding (Interim) Director of the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards.

In addition to teaching, Dr. Hall has been very involved in Faculty Governance at the University of Cincinnati.  She has served as the Chair of the University Faculty, as a Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustees, as the Secretary of the University Faculty,as both an at-large and college senator, as a member of the Faculty Senate Cabinet, as chair of the Faculty Senate Governance Committee, as chair of the Faculty Senate Human Relations Committee, as Chair of the Faculty Senate Committee on Committees, as a member of the Ohio Faculty Council and as a member of numerous additional committees and councils including the President's cabinet, the Academic Coordinating Committee, two Presidential Search Committees, a Provostal search committee, the Just Community Steering committee, the Grievance committee, the Student Appeals committee and many others.

King, Kenneth R.

Associate Professor

4130E EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center



Kenneth King is a psychobiologist with a particular interest in how small primitive areas in lower brain regions exert great influence over higher mental functions. In addition to Introductory Psychology and Statistics/Methods, his courses include Psychobiology, Psychopharmacology, Brains on Drugs, and Broken Brains.

Mobley, Thomas

Asst Professor - Educator

5130E EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center



Tom is currently employed by the University of Cincinnati as an Assistant Professor - Educator  in their Organizational Leadership/Human Resource Management Program.  A 1990 UC MALER graduate of with over 25 years of experience, Thomas Mobley, SPHR is a respected expert in the HR field. As a Human Resource Consultant and University Professor he has demonstrated his ability to transfer knowledge and provide others with the tools they need to succeed. In Mobley Human Resource Consulting Tom has combined his corporate and teaching experience to create workshops and presentations that are both practical and effective.  His HR Certification Prep Course has had several sessions where 100% of those who took the course passed their test.  He was honored to be recognized as one of three finalists for Miami University’s 2013/14 Distinguished Teaching Award.
Tom’s broad background includes work with Fortune 100 firms, government agencies, start-ups, and international companies. His expertise has been sought out and included in articles in USA Today, CNBC, MSNBC, and Dow Jones’ MarketWatch. In addition to being part of the faculty at Miami University, Tom is a past State Council Director for the Ohio State Council of SHRM and has served on the SHRM Board of Director’s Membership Advisory Council Representative for SHRM’s North Central Region. In 2011, he co-founded GETDOT Cincy – a non-profit professional networking group which aids its members and has raised over $11,000 for local children’s charities.

He has been to China twice in the last two years to teach Human Resource Management and Negotiation Courses for the International MBA and Graduate School for Dalian University of Technology (ranked in the top 10 for MBA programs in China).  While there he has also presented Leading Through Change for HP, Emotional Intelligence for FESCO and Overcoming Bias.

Rogers, Nancy E

Undergraduate Program Director, Organizational Leadership; Professor - Educator

5130A EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center



Nancy Rogers’ scholarly interests include the development of course evaluations that can be used formatively as part of continuous improvement processes. She also collaborates with community-, school-, and hospital-based programs to provide program evaluations for use in data-driven decision making.

Shyan-Norwalt, Melissa Robin

Asst Professor - Educator

5140B EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center



Dr. Shyan-Norwalt received her Doctorate in Experimental Psychology at the University of Hawaii in Comparative Cognition. After a two-year postdoctoral fellowship on research in primate cognition at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston, she taught for two years at Southwest Texas State University, and then moved to Butler University in Indianapolis, where she taught experimental methods, learning, and cognition for 13 years. She has been a college professor, published scientist, animal shelter manager, and animal behaviorist. She is an Educator Assistant Professor in the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Cincinnati and runs a private practice in companion, domestic, and exotic animal behavior.

Speybroeck, Sara

Asst Professor - Educator

EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center



Weast, Julie Ann

Assistant Professor, Educator

5130H EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center



Department of Psychology
Center for Cognition, Action and Perception
Perceptual Motor Dynamics Laboratory

Lab website: http://homepages.uc.edu/~rileym/pmdlab/

Adjunct Faculty

Santana, Marie-Vee

Assistant Professor-Adjunct

Dyer Hall


Marie-Vee Santana studies the cognitive and perceptual factors that affect consumers’ choices and actions both at the store and in home use. Specific areas of interests are tactile and olfactive perception. She also teaches technical methods and psychophysics short courses.

Sinha, Debjani

Associate Professor - Adjunct & Private Practice, Psychologist

EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center

513- 79-3 7974


Debjani Sinha's clinical practice interests lie in cognitive behavior therapy, health and wellness, adult ADD, mood and anxiety disorders, industrial injuries, and recovery of function after traumatic brain injury and other neurological conditions.  She has been teaching a variety of courses including cognitive neuropsychology, brains on drugs, psychological testing and measurement, abnormal psychology, and child and adolescent development.  Dr. Sinha is currently a member of the OPA Ethics Comittee.  She is past President and Ethics Chair of the Cincinnati Academy of Professional Psychology.
Sport psychology is Barbara Walker’s area of expertise.

Emeriti Faculty

Bluestein, Venus



Burlew, Kathy

McMicken Professor

4130D EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center



Kathy Burlew is a substance abuse researcher. Her current and recent projects include (1) the development  and testing of  culturally tailored interventions to reduce HIV risk among substance abusing males and females and  (2) the evaluation of interventions  for  African American substance abusers and (3) the evaluation of the long term benefits of participation in family therapy for substance using adolescents.

Foreman, Milton E


Lindner Center



Ginn, Charles W.

Associate Professor

EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center



The current research interest of Charles Ginn focuses on the adoption of alternative course content systems including e-texts, publisher platforms, and open resource materials. For his teaching, he has repeatedly received the Excellence in Teaching Award as well as the Senior Class award for Inspiring Students. In 2011 Dr. Ginn received an Ohio Innovator Award from the Ohio Board of Regents for his efforts to reduce content costs for students.

Graham, Dee


429-C Dyer Hall


Honeck, Richard P





Hovanitz, Christine A


5120M EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center



Christine Hovanitz’ research interests are the psychological mechanisms underlying regulation and dysregulation of physiological states; the theological and philosophical origins of the mind/body dualism; and the psychophysiological, affective, and motivational mediators of psychological and physical disorders. Her teaching interests lie in Health Psychology, Personality, and personality assessment.

Howe, Steven R

Professor Emeritus

5140C EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center



My work is concerned with system improvement through evaluation, policy research, and planning. I am particularly interested in systems that serve children at risk, that serve persons in poverty, and that promote economic empowerment,

Lundgren, David Cramer

Professor Emeritus

1001 Crosley Tower




Meyers, William R





Norton, Aurelia E.


316 Dyer Hall


Oseas, Leonard




Payne, Paul A




Rawlings, Edna I



Schumsky, Donald A


230 Dyer Hall



Senter, Roderick J



Steffen, John J


EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center



Strathern, Catherine


4130P EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center



Catherine Strathern’s current research is a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning project: a participatory action research group investigating scholarly teaching issues. Her teaching expertise covers the following topics: establishing rapport in the classroom, active learning, classroom management and writing across the curriculum.  She also gives workshops in the community on the grieving process, communication issues and conflict resolution. 

Stutz, Robert M.


EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center



Robert Stutz is interested in psychological and vocational assessment, especially the psychometric predictors of vocational success in disabled persons. His teaching interests include topics related to the biological bases of behavior. Courses include: Broken Brains, Introduction to Psychobiology, Abnormal Psychology.

Taylor Jr., Purcell


4150 M EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center



Research interests of Purcell Taylor include stress and its psycho physiological effects and phenomenology.  Dr Taylor is also interested in the treatment of chemical dependency, sex offenders, HIV?AIDS  and their victims.  Also cyber sex among college students and the development of chemical dependency screening instruments.Visit the Declare Therapy Center.

Vesprani, George J


Dyer Hall


Warm, Joel S

Integration: default posi



Post-Doc Fellows / Research Associates

Lamb, Maurice J

Post Doc Fellow

EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center



I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cincinnati. My research focuses on developing cooperative dynamical algorithms to facilitate human-artificial agent interactions. The aim is to use nonlinear dynamical models of human behaviors and interactions as a basis for algorithms guiding the behavior of artificial agents.

Visit Lamb's website.


Logan, Sarah

Program Coordinator

4150N EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center



Ogden, Juli

Business Manager

4130S EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center