Faculty Research Specializations

Elizabeth Bonawitz, PhD., Assistant Professor (Developmental)

MIT.  Cognitive development and computational modeling; causal, social inference; conceptual change.


Paul Boxer, PhD., Associate Professor (Developmental)

Bowling Green. Violent and non-violent antisocial behavior; evidence-based interventions for conduct problems and delinquency; juvenile justice practices and policies; socialization  and social development; influence of violence in communities, the media, families, and peer groups on individual behavior and mental health.


Mei-Fang Cheng, PhD., Emeritus Professor (Neuroscience)

Bryn Mawr. Social factors in adult neurogenesis.


Mauricio Delgado, Ph.D., Associate Professor (Neuroscience)

Pittsburgh. Behavioral and neural correlates of reward-related processing, with an emphasis on how the affective properties of outcomes or feedback influence choice behavior. using neuroimaging and behavioral and psychophysiological methods.


Alan Gilchrist, Ph.D., Professor (Perception/Cognition)

Rutgers. Visual cognition; surface-color perception.


Will Graves, Ph.D., Assistant Professor (Neuroscience)

Iowa. Functional brain imaging of language and reading. Tracking in both space (using magnetic resonance imaging) and time (using magnetoencephalography) how the brain computes sound and meaning from what we see.


Stephen José Hanson, Ph.D., Professor (Neuroscience)

Arizona State. Computational neuroimaging, memory and learning, connectionist models, categorization, big data modeling.


Kent D. Harber, Ph.D., Associate Professor (Social)

Stanford. Interracial feedback biases; the effects of resources (e.g., social support, self worth) on perception and judgment; how self-esteem promotes attention to emotions; the effects of emotional disclosure on social judgment; and how emotional disclosure leads to news broadcasting.


Barry R. Komisaruk, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor (Neuroscience)

Rutgers. Brain activity related to genital stimulation, sexual response, orgasm, and analgesia in women and men, measured by functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).


Ken Kressel, Ph.D., Professor (Social)

Columbia. Social and interpersonal conflict; behavior and unconscious cognitive schema of professionals who mediate conflict; expertise in mediation and related fields (e.g marital therapy; organizational ombudsman).


Vanessa LoBue, PhD., Assistant Professor (Developmental)

Virginia. Cognitive, emotional, and perceptual development in infants and young children; threat perception; fear learning.


Luis Rivera, PhD., Assistant Professor (Social)

Massachusetts-Amherst. Implicit social cognition; effect of stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination on stigmatized individuals' self-concept and identity, and mental and physical health.


Harold I. Siegel, Ph.D., Professor (Social)

Rutgers. Attachment theory; adult attachment; attitudes toward mother and other adult relationships.


Elizabeth Tricomi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor (Neuroscience)

Pittsburgh. Functional neuroimaging of learning and decision making; the influences of affective information on cognitive processing, neural basis of goal-directed behavior.


Gretchen Van de Walle, Ph.D., Associate Professor (Developmental)

Cornell. Conceptual understanding of physical objects and numbers and the interaction between conceptual development and linguistic abilities, particularly the relationship between children's ability to categorize and label classes of objects.