Dr. Barbot’s research interests include: individual differences in development with a focus on creativity development in adolescence (age 12 to 18+); how creativity supports identity formation and may prevent externalizing and delinquency-related problems. General research topics include (1) Creativity and Innovative Behaviors in various domains (e.g., writing and visual arts), (2) Conative Dimensions important for Creativity (personality traits, self-concepts, and motivational factors), and (3) Psychological adaptation and Psychosocial Risks in Adolescence (Externalizing problems, juvenile delinquency). View Dr. Barbot's Research Group.
Dr. Boyraz’s research aims to better understand the risk factors that increase individuals’ vulnerability to adversity, as well as the protective factors that promote positive psychological, educational, and health outcomes among vulnerable populations, in order to inform prevention and intervention efforts. Her recent research projects have focused on: 1) understanding the risk and protective factors that influence individuals’ responses to traumatic life experiences, such as childhood maltreatment, life threatening illnesses or accidents, exposure to violence, and bereavement, 2) exploring the effects of trauma exposure and mental health on college students’ development, 3) identifying the individual and societal factors that influence health and health disparities. View Dr. Boyraz's Research Group.
Multicultural and gender perspectives’ research activities include (1) reexamination of major theories in psychology in light of multicultural and gender perspectives, (2) review the literature on gender and to increase the participants’ awareness of the impact of gender on the psychosocial experience of men and women, the psychosocial experience of gays, lesbians and bisexuals and the impact of racism, anti-Semitism, sexism, classism, homophobia, stereotyping and discrimination on the psychological development and functioning of people, (3) examine the literature on the impact of these perspectives on psychological assessment, and intervention strategies with children, adolescents, adults, and families, (4) review the literature on cultural competencies for mental health practitioners and research on graduate training programs. View Dr. Chisholm's Research Group.
Dr. Dickerson's research integrates psychological and biological levels of analysis by applying theories of social and emotional processes to the context of stress and disease. She examines how social-evaluative threat and accompanying self-conscious emotional responses affect physiological outcomes, and how individual differences may heighten vulnerability to these psychological and physiological changes.
Dr. Godfrey’s research activities include (1) Technology user behavior among mental health providers/services (2) Achievement among historically underrepresented groups in higher education (3) Urban community health program development and evaluation and (4) Adult and older adult health disparities, particularly within communities of color and among older LGBT populations. View Dr. Godfrey's Research Group.
Dr. Hart’s research has developed two measures, including the Profile of Adolescent Depression and Individuation and the Inventory of Parental Representations.Dr. Hart coordinates the clinic data base, which includes the above measures, the Personality Assessment Inventory (used in Dispo which yields diagnostic profiles), Loevinger’s Sentence Completion measure of ego development, trauma, defense structure, attachment, and working alliance as seen by the patient and therapist. Dr. Hart has published in the area of ego development related to adolescent strengths and turmoil, adolescent sexual behavior, and adolescent depression. She has also published extensively on how men have constructed women in opera (myth and literature) and what that says about the masculine unconscious, and the remarkable stability of these representations from ancient to modern times.
Dr. McCarthy’s publications are in the areas of psychotherapy with adolescents and adults with personality disorders and psychosis, developmental psychopathology, child and adolescent psychotherapy, and thought disorder in children. His research interests include: severe psychopathology in adults and children; child and adolescent psychotherapy; trauma in childhood; thought disorder; cognitive weaknesses in psychopathology. His recent publications and research projects have focused on psychosis in childhood and adolescence, the continuum of psychosis, and symptom severity and cognitive deficits associated with Major Depression and Bipolar Disorder.
Dr. Mowder’s research interests include early childhood and infant psychology, parenting and parent role development, parenting behaviors and child developmental outcomes, promoting empathy and violence prevention. Her research involves the examination of child development outcomes in the context of parenting activities, the comparison of parent assessment measures in terms of psychometric and other qualities, and the development of norm information regarding Mowder’s parenting questionnaires. View Dr. Mowder's Research Group.
Dr. Myszkowski is involved in lab group Individual Differences in Development (IDiD), and his work notably focuses on (1) the measure and the function of the conative and cognitive sides of aesthetic and creative competence, (2) social and emotion related personality traits (self-monitoring, emotional overexcitability, alexithymia, etc.), (3) quantitative research methodology and psychometrical issues, and (4) business-applied psychology (negotiation, leadership, work motivation, etc.). View Dr. Myszkowski's Research Group.
Dr. Niu’s research focuses on creativity, cross-cultural psychology, educational testing, and comparative education. Her recent publications include (a) Creativity in later life: factors associated with the creativity of the Chinese elderly; and (b) Cultural difference in stereotype perceptions and performances: comparison of German and Chinese students.
Dr. Rafferty’s research interests include child development, social policy, and global perspectives on life experiences of children and youth.Dr. Rafferty’s recent publications have focused on (a) child trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation; (b) Adolescent motherhood and developmental outcomes of children in Early Head Start; (c) Maternal depression and parental distress among families in the Early Head Start Research and Evaluation Project: Risk factors within the family setting; (d) Parenting behaviors among low-income mothers of preschool age children in the United States (e) Benefits and risks of inclusion for preschoolers with and without disabilities: Perspectives of parents and providers; (f) Academic achievement among formerly homeless adolescents and their continuously housed peers; and (g) AIDS prevention and condom availability in an urban school system: Facilitating factors and program challenges.
Dr. Rosenthal's research focuses on stigma and social justice. Her work seeks to understand how experiences with prejudice, discrimination, stereotyping, marginalization, and inequality contribute to gender, racial/ethnic, and other academic and health disparities. View Dr. Rosenthal's Research Group.
Dr. Sossin’s research incorporates several interrelated projects including: (1) infant-parent interaction patterns, (2) emotional availability and early relational assessment, (3) embodied intentionality, theory of mind, pretend, play, “mentalization,” and attachment-qualities, (4) Autism Spectrum Disorders, (5) stress, trauma and loss, (6) Maternal Depression and the Nonverbal Channel, and (7) The Kestenberg Movement Profile (KMP), Laban-anchored Movement Systems, in relation to Developmental and Psychological Functioning. View Dr. Sossin's Research Group.
Dr. Stokes’ research interests primarily revolve around topics related to children and adolescents, with a focus on issues related to psychological assessment. Most recent research publications include topics such as: understanding parent-child discrepancies in report of psychopathology in pre-adolescents; response-bias and convergent validity between the Rorschach and MMPI-A in adolescent patients; preparation of faculty for a school psychology training program in Vietnam; exploration of the correlates of the MMPI-A PSY-5 Scales in an adolescent inpatient population; cognitive decline in adolescents after the onset of psychosis; and, clinical methods in the assessment of thinking problems in children.
Dr. Suchday directs the The Heart, Mind, Spirit, & The Globe Research Institute. Her work emphasizes the mind-body-spirit and culture connection and the impact of stress on the mental, physical, spiritual health of individuals; Beginning with her early studies on anger, her research incorporates effects of chronically stressful circumstances such as immigration, low socioeconomic status, resource-poor urban neighborhoods, and globalization anger and hostility. Anger leads to emotional, cognitive, physiological reactions which may be harmful to physical and mental health. An important aspect of anger is that it is harmful to individuals who experience it as well as the people around them frequently resulting in acts that range from interpersonal anger to violence against individuals and society as a whole. Since anger can harm not just the person experiencing it but also society, most cultures in the world have regulated anger. Similarly, most spiritual traditions have emphasized on modulating the experience and expression of anger. Dr. Suchday’s research done in the lab emphasizes all these various dimensions of anger including how lack of material and non-material resources and inequity which are part of the immigration and globalization experience influence the experience/expression of anger, the harm that anger can cause to the person and society, and how culture (collectivist versus individualist) and aspects of spirituality (e.g., forgiveness) modulates anger and buffers its impact. Communities studied in the lab include ethnic groups including Indian, Chinese, and Latinas as they acculturate to the United States. Studies include adolescents, emerging adults, college populations, and community samples. Diverse methodology used in the lab includes experimental studies of stress reactivity, surveys, interviews, and qualitative studies on stress and its psychosocial correlates. Currently there are studies ongoing on stress and health habits amongst college students and stress experienced by Middle-Eastern and Asian immigrant women. International studies in the lab include studies in India on globalization, spirituality, stress, anger, and health among college students and middle school students. Students are intimately involved in these activities are an integral part of all research being conducted. View Dr. Suchdays's Research Group.
Dr. Trub’s research investigates the intersection between psychology and new technologies of the 21st century, including cell phones, social media, text messaging and other online profiles and virtual realities. Her research focuses on how these technologies affect our conceptions of ourselves and our relationships with others, as well as the underlying psychological and emotional needs they meet. View Dr. Trub's Research Group.
Dr. Yasik’s primary area of research has been posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children and more generally the effects of violence and trauma on children and their families. More generally, Dr. Yasik also has research interests in assessment issues; families/parenting; as well as the practice of psychology with infants, toddlers, and young children.
Dr. Zaccario’s research focuses on developmental outcomes of high risk and premature infants; diagnostic assessment of children and adolescents; family adjustment and coping to pediatric medical diagnoses; neuropsychological outcomes of pediatric brain injury.