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People in the Department of Psychology

Members of the psychology faculty are excellent teachers 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.  On the research side, our faculty are nationally known scholars in areas that include perception, emotion, and attention as they relate to clinical conditions and health; adolescents’ peer and family relationships; risk behaviors and HIV/AIDS; eating disorders and obesity; cancer; tobacco smoking, cardiovascular treatment and rehabilitation; and rehabilitation among persons with serious mental illness.  Detailed information about each of our faculty members can be obtained by clicking the links below.

 

Faculty

Dr. Robin L. Aupperle

Clinical Ph.D. Program Faculty
Assistant Professor
www.aupperlelab.org

My interests are focused on neurobiological and neuropsychological mechanisms related to anxiety disorders and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). My research combines cognitive and translational methods (i.e., translating animal paradigms for use in human research) with functional neuroimaging to probe how anxiety disorders and related treatments influence executive function, decision-making, approach-avoidance processing, and frontal-subcortical network function.

Ph.D., (University of Kansas)
E-Mail: aupperler@umkc.edu
Phone: (816) 235-5865

 

Dr. Kymberly Bennett

Clinical Ph.D. Program Faculty
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 longi-tudinal 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. Jannette Berkley-Patton

Clinical Ph.D. Program Faculty
Assistant Professor
Community Health Research Group
Heartland Health Network (HHN)

Research Interests: HIV education, prevention, and screening interventions in African American churches; sexual health programming for youth in church settings; health communication strategies to increase health service seeking behaviors among underserved populations; translation and dissemination research strategies; and community-based participatory research strategies.
E-Mail: berkleypattonj@umkc.edu
Phone: (816) 235-6362

Dr. Amanda Bruce

Clinical Ph.D. Program Faculty
Assistant Professor
B.R.A.I.N. Lab

Research Interests: Neuroimaging of obesity; Childhood obesity and eating behaviors; Neuroeconomics and neuromarketing; functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI); Feeding interventions for medically complicated children.
E-Mail: bruceam@umkc.edu
Phone: (816) 235-6101

 

Dr. Jared Bruce

Clinical Ph.D. Program Faculty
Associate Professor and Undergraduate Psychology Program Director
Clinical Neuropsychology Lab

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

Clinical Ph.D. Program Faculty
Professor
KC QUEST Research Group

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

Clinical Ph.D. Program Faculty
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

Clinical Ph.D. Program Faculty
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

Clinical Ph.D. Program Faculty
Associate Professor and Chair
Eating, Sleep, and Circadian Rhythm 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

Clinical Ph.D. Program Faculty
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 illness.  
E-mail:  mcdowdj@umkc.edu
Phone:  (816) 235-2490 


Dr. Tamera Murdock

Clinical Ph.D. Program Faculty
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

Clinical Ph.D. Program Faculty
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. Lisa Terre

Clinical Ph.D. Program Faculty
Associate Professor

Research Interests: Health promotion, initiation and maintenance of health-related behaviors, psychological factors affecting medical conditions, illness behavior and health care decision-making, ethical issues in psychology (Ph.D., Auburn University)
E-mail: terrel@umkc.edu
Phone: (816) 235.1066

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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,
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