People in the Department of Psychology
Members of the psychology faculty are excellent educators and productive researchers. Three faculty members have received the Dean’s Outstanding Teaching Award and others are active participants in the New Faculty Teaching Scholars Program, the Curriculum Diversity Program, and the campus program
(FaCET) promoting excellence in teaching.
As researchers, our faculty are nationally known scholars in areas that include perception, emotion, and attention as they relate to clinical conditions.
As well as health, adolescents’ peer and family relationships, risk behaviors
in relation to HIV/AIDS, eating disorders and obesity, cancer, tobacco/smoking,
cardiovascular treatment and rehabilitation among persons with serious mental illnesses.
Detailed information about each of our faculty members can be
obtained by clicking on a faculty member's name.
My general research interests involve the impact of social
cognition on health. In particular, I’m interested in how
causal attributions shape physical and psychological health.
I’m currently collecting data on a six-wave longitudinal study of
cardiac rehabilitation patients. I’m interested in how patient
attributions for a cardiac event shape their recovery during and
after these programs. My study follows patients during their
outpatient rehab programs, then at six-month intervals for two
Ph.D., (University of Nevada, Reno)
Phone: (816) 235-6370
Associate Professor and Director, Undergraduate Psychology Program
Clinical Neuropsychology Research Laboratory
Faculty Mentor- PhD Class of 2008
Research Interests: Neuropsychology, multiple sclerosis, treatment of cognitive disorders, adherence to complex medication schedules, traumatic brain injury, dementia, delirium, functional brain imaging.
Phone: (816) 235-5429
Behavior Change Research Laboratory
Research Interests: Psychology and health, nicotine addiction/smoking cessation, motivational interviewing, health promotion in communities of color, ecological momentary assessment.
Phone: (816) 235-1073
Professor & Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
Cognitive Psychophysiology Research Group
Research Interests: Physiological measures of attention and emotion, attentional function and dysfunction, aging and psychopathology
Phone: (816) 235-1061
L.L.ANN: Lim Lab for Affective Neuroscience and Neuroeconomics
Research Interests: My research utilizes computational, behavioral and functional neuroimaging (EEG and fMRI) techniques to understand the neural mechanisms of cognitive-affective interactions and decision-making in the brain and their implications for affective-behavioral dysregulation in normal and clinical populations (e.g., affective disorder, addiction, eating disorder)..
Phone: (816) 235-1067
Associate Professor and Chair
Lundgren Research Lab
Research Interests: Obesity, Night Eating Syndrome, Eating Disorders and Body Image.
Phone: (816) 235-5384
Director, Experimental Health Psychology Ph.D. Program
Research Interests: My interests are in cognitive aging, particularly in attention and
memory processes. I am interested in inhibitory function as it
relates to selective attention and the complex control processes
called “executive function”. In addition, I have a line of
work underway that employs eye-tracking methodology to capture
on-line cognitive processes during reading. Although primarily
interested in healthy aging, I have also applied methods from
cognitive psychology to understanding cognition in stroke,
Alzheimer's disease, and Parkinson’s disease, as well as in severe
Phone: (816) 235-2490
Professor and Director, KC-AERC and Adolescent Transitions Group
Research Interests: My interests include achievement motivation and emotional/social development among children and adolescents, as well as contextual influence on these processes (e.g. microinfluences such as parents, peer and teachers and macro-contextual effects, such as gender, ethnicity and social class).
Phone: (816) 235-2488
Associate Professor and Clinical Training Director
Research Interests: Serious mental illness, disability and rehabilitation, neurocognition and community outcomes for individuals with psychiatric disabilities, community-based participatory research
Phone: (816) 235-8850
Phone: (816) 235.1318