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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.

 

Faculty

Dr. Kymberly Bennett

Assistant Professor

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 years. 
Ph.D., (University of Nevada, Reno)
E-Mail: bennettkk@umkc.edu
Phone: (816) 235-6370

 

Dr. Jared Bruce

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.
E-Mail: brucejm@umkc.edu 
Phone: (816) 235-5429


Dr. Delwyn Catley

Professor
Health Behavior Change Research Laboratory
Research Interests: Psychology and health, nicotine addiction/smoking cessation, motivational interviewing, health promotion in communities of color, ecological momentary assessment.
E-Mail: catleyd@umkc.edu
Phone: (816) 235-1073

 

Dr. Diane Filion

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
E-Mail: filiond@umkc.edu
Phone: (816) 235-1061

 

Dr. Seung-Lark Lim

Assistant Professor
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)..
E-mail: limse@umkc.edu
Phone: (816) 235-1067 

Dr. Jennifer D. Lundgren

Associate Professor and Chair
Lundgren Research Lab
Research Interests: Obesity, Night Eating Syndrome, Eating Disorders and Body Image.
E-mail: lundgrenj@umkc.edu
Phone: (816) 235-5384

 

Dr. Joan McDowd

Professor
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 mental illnesses.  
E-mail:  mcdowdj@umkc.edu
Phone:  (816) 235-2490 


Dr. Tamera Murdock

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).
E-mail: murdockt@umkc.edu
Phone: (816) 235-2488
 

Dr. Melisa Rempfer

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
E-mail: rempferm@umkc.edu
Phone: (816) 235-8850

Dr. Joah Williams

Associate Professor
Research Interests:
E-mail: williamsjoah@umkc.edu

 Phone: (816) 235.1318

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Department of Psychology

Cherry Hall Room 324

5030 Cherry Street

Kansas City, MO 64110

Phone: 816.235.1318

Fax: 816.235.1062

E-Mail: psychology@umkc.edu

Hours: Monday - Friday,
8 am - 5 pm