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  • Psychology Faculty Research Labs:
    Opportunities for Faculty-Student Collaborations

    Our faculty members are active scholars in the field who conduct research on a variety of psychological phenomena. In the Department of Psychology we pride ourselves in fostering faculty-student collaboration through our faculty research labs. In these labs, students not only get first hand experience with psychology research, but also get the opportunity to co-author presentations at regional and national research conferences, and even serve as co-authors on research publications.


    Animal Behavior/Fish Lab

    Dr. Jack Demarest

    Current research focuses mostly on mating systems, especially sexual strategies in animal and human populations. My animal research includes studies on personality traits in fish, and intrasexual male-male aggression and its impact on mate choice of/by females in wild type and domestic Betta splendens (Siamese Fighting Fish).


    Clinical Psychology Research Center

    Dr. Christine Hatchard, and Dr. Jamie Goodwin, Howard 116

    The mission of the Clinical Psychology Research Center is to conduct innovative, ethical research and engage in scholarly activities to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the field of Clinical Psychology and its role as an interdisciplinary and applied science. We strive to create a collaborative and supportive environment for all members of the team and to provide exemplary mentoring to undergraduate research assistants to prepare them for graduate study and professional careers.

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    Family Dynamics Lab

    Dr. Michele Van Volkom

    My current research program focuses on relationships within the family, most recently the sibling relationship among emerging adults (those ages 18-25). My research assistants and I study topics such as closeness and rivalry among siblings, various types of communication between siblings, and the impact of parental factors on the adult sibling bond. We also examine the effects of birth order on personality as well as how birth order affects the sibling relationship.


    Gender Development Lab

    Dr. Lisa Dinella, Howard 103B

    The Gender Development Laboratory focuses on scientifically exploring gender development across the lifespan. Dr. Dinella and her research team work collaboratively with researchers at the University of Wisconsin and Washington and Lee University to investigate how gender stereotypes and gender identity are actively created in preschool and elementary school children. Additionally investigated are how these factors and societal constructions of gender influence career paths. Dr. Dinella actively trains and mentors undergraduate students to conduct empirical investigations. Undergraduate research team members participate in the design, data collection, data analysis, synthesis, and the presenting and publishing of research.

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    Play, Culture, and Development Lab

    Dr. Robyn Holmes

    In this lab, students gain experience working with participants across the life span (primarily childhood and late adulthood) from diverse ethnic heritages in real life settings, for example preschools, extended care programs, senior centers, and senior residential facilities. Research assistants engage in ethnographic (participation, interview, observation) and other methodological approaches. Assistants also code and analyze both qualitative and quantitative raw material. Research questions have applied value and inform the literature on play and developmental outcomes. Current studies explore the relationship between children's play, development, and literacy skills; and adult play, social attraction, and well-being.


    Relationship Science Lab

    Dr. Gary Lewandowski, Howard 106B

    We conduct research generally on how the self influences romantic relationships, primarily in the context of self-expansion. This work focuses on a variety of relationship processes such as: attraction, relationship initiation, relationship maintenance, infidelity, break-up, as well as the benefits of self-expansion in non-relational contexts.

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    Self and Identity Lab

    Dr. Natalie Ciarocco, Howard 105B

    This lab focuses on the role of self-regulation in everyday life using the theory that self-control is a limited resource. Current projects focus on the role of self-regulation in intimate relationships.

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    Applied Developmental Psychology Lab

    Dr. Janice Stapley, Howard 101B

    My programs of research focus on challenges in living during adolescence through emerging adulthood. Adjustment to college, the college experience for special populations, the lived experience of student athletes and best practices for college advising comprise one topic area. Another focus is on psychology in the workplace, Industrial Organizational Psychology and Human Resource issues related to age and generation/cohort of the worker.


    Social Influence Lab

    Dr. David Strohmetz, Howard 103A

    The primary emphasis of the Social Influence Lab is investigating social factors that affect expressions of generosity, particularly with respect to tipping and other forms of gratuity. The Lab provides undergraduates with hands-on opportunities to conduct experiments and other research studies leading to publications and conference presentations.

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