Research Labs

List of Research Labs


Brain Lab Faculty: Chung-Yiu Peter Chiu
Topic: Neural Correlates of Cognitive Processes and their Development; Decision Making and Consumer Psychology
Populations: Adolescents, Adults; Diverse Clinical Populations
Method: Behavioral and Laboratory-based Measures, functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), neuropsychological assessment                                                        



Child and Adolescent Health Research Laboratory
Faculty: Kristen Jastrowski Mano
Topics: Pediatric chronic pain, pain catastrophizing, anxiety, cognitive-behavioral interventions, mindfulness-based interventions, multicultural issues in measurement
Populations: Children and adolescents with chronic pain, emerging adults, parents Method: Child and adolescent self-report, parent proxy report, laboratory based experimental tasks



Children's Cognitive Research Lab (CCRL)  
Faculty: Heidi Kloos
Topic: Children's Learning and Development
Populations: Children, young adults, children with autism
Method: Structured interviews, activities for children, computer tasks                                                             



Complexity Group Faculty: Jay Holden
Topic: Understanding Cognitive Activity as a Complex System
Populations: Children, young adults, elderly, mice
Method: Time-series analysis, motion-tracking                                                                             



Evaluation, Policy, and Program Planning
Faculty: Steve Howe
Topic: Improve organizational services with social science data and methods Populations: Organizations
Method: Evaluation research, policy research and analysis, strategic planning, statistical modeling, and logic models



Human Resources and Workplace Effectiveness
Faculty: Stacie Furst-Holloway
Topic: Analysis of individual and workgroup behavior and performance; use of HR analytics to identify key performance drivers; design of HR and OD interventions to boost individual, group, and organizational performance Populations: Adults; Organizations
Method: Assessment; Surveys; Observation; Interviews and Focus Group



Laboratory of Behavioral Neuroendocrinology 
Faculty: Matia B. Solomon
Topic: Effects of chronic stress on depression, anxiety, and complex social behavior in females and males; neural correlates of depression and anxiety; genetic rodent models of depression; lab webpage
Populations: Mice and rats
Method: pharmacological, molecular, behavioral and genetic approaches



Laboratory for Cognitive & Affective Neuropsychology
Faculty: Quintino R. Mano
Topics: Reading and dyslexia, cognition-emotion interactions, adult learning disability, working memory
Populations: Adolescents, adults, individuals with dyslexia Method: Neuropsychological assessment, computerized tasks, eye-tracking, self-report measures


Center for Organizational Leadership
Faculty: Donna Chrobot-Mason; Stacie Furst-Holloway
Topic: Employee effectiveness and satisfaction
Populations: Working adults
Method: Surveys, interviews, focus groups, organizational archival data                                                           



Partnerships for Intervention and Treatment of Child Health (PITCH)
Faculty: Farrah Jacquez Topic: Child Health               Disparities                                                              
Populations: Children and families Method: Community-based Participatory Research                                                                                      


Perception, Memory, and Emotion
Faculty: Valerie Hardcastle
Topic: Conscious awareness, attention, pain processing, implicit memory                                         
Populations: Healthy adults
Method: Neuroimaging (fMRI, ERP), reaction time/behavioral methods


pmd lab

Perceptual-Motor Dynamics Laboratory (PMD Lab)
Faculty: Michael Riley, Kevin Shockley
Topic: Understanding perception, cognition, and action under the ecological and dynamical systems approaches.
Populations: Adults, children, and some clinical populations (e.g., Parkinson's, motor disorders and injuries, autism)
Method: Motion tracking, eye tracking, behavioral measures



Resilience & Disparities Lab Faculty: Kathy Burlew; Bridgette Peteet
Topic: Exploration of psychological issues, development of resiliency models and cultural adaptations of HIV and substance abuse interventions for diverse populations experiencing health disparities
Populations: Adolescents, adults, college students and substance users
Method: Prevention and intervention studies; focus groups; survey administration



Innovations in Community Research and Program Evaluation lab
Faculty: Monica Mitchell
Topic: Research and program evaluation services provided to the community to reduce physical and mental health disparities
Populations: Community agencies that support underserved families
Method: Community health research, community-participatory research, program consultation; comprehensive program evaluation



Stress and Health Faculty: Christine Hovanitz
Topic: Effects of Stress on Health
Populations: Headache prone; cancer; cardiac disease
Method: Psychophysiological measures, self reports, and laboratory stressors; we have also included blood analyses of immune response and cardiac measures typically obtained during routine physical exams



Today's Couples and Families Research Program
Faculty: Sarah Whitton
Topic: Links between close relationships and mental health                                                                      
Populations: Families
Method: Surveys; Observations, clinical outcome trials