Faculty Research

Our faculty have a wide range of research interests and enjoy mentoring both doctoral and undergraduate students who are interested in working with their team!

Below is a brief overview of their  research interests along with links to their research labs where you can get much more detailed information.  A * designates that this faculty member does not admit students in either Ph.D program.

Kymberly Bennett, Ph.D.

  • The impact of social cognition on health. In particular, she’s interested in how causal attributions shape physical and psychological health.
  • Lab: Social Cognition and Social Health.

Diane Filion, Ph.D.

  • Her research interests focus on physiological measures of attention and emotion, attentional function and dysfunction, aging and psychopathology
  • Lab: Cognitive Psychophysiology Research Group

Oh-Ryeong Ha, Ph.D.

  • Infant and child development utilizing behavioral and physiological techniques (eye-tracking, mouse-tracking, economic games), with a particular focus on eating decisions, self-control, resilience to advertising effects in children with and without obesity, identifying risk factors for developing obesity in infant-parent dyads, prosocial decision-making in parent-child dyads, as well as impacts of stress, rejection, inequity contexts on adults’ prosocial and eating decisions.
  • Lab: Child Lab

Erin Hambrick, Ph.D.

  • Children who have been exposed to trauma or adversity. Specific lines of research include identifying risk and protective factors following exposure to trauma or adversity, identifying helpful ways for caregivers to talk to children about disasters, and evaluating the effectiveness of available trauma treatments in community-based settings.
  • Lab: lab PANDA

Lark Lim, Ph.D.

  • Utilizing 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
  • Lab: Lim Lab for Affective Neuroscience & Neuroeconomics

Jennifer Lundgren, Ph.D.

Jacob Marszalek, Ph.D.

  • Translational methodology, motivational theories (e.g., flow, anxiety, reactance), measurement, social justice advocacy, evaluation of institutional/educational programs for minority outreach and support.

Ricardo Marte, Ph.D.*

  • Risk and protective factors surrounding adolescent problem behaviors (e.g., delinquency, aggression, and drug use).

Joan McDowd, Ph.D.

  • Cognitive aging, particularly in attention and memory processes. Although primarily interested in healthy aging, she also applies methods from cognitive psychology to understanding cognition in stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease, as well as in severe mental illness.
  • Lab: SilverRoo Lab

Johanna Nilsson, Ph.D.

Alexis Petri, Ed.D.

  • Young adults from marginalized populations, often having experienced trauma, and college-going. Specific focus on educational policy, experiential and applied learning, high impact learning strategies, and universal design for learning.
  • PROPEL Program: www.umkc.edu/propel

Melisa Rempfer, Ph.D.

  • Serious mental illness, disability and rehabilitation, neurocognition and community outcomes for individuals with psychiatric disabilities, and community-based participatory research.
  • Lab: Serious Mental Illness & Community Functioning Research Lab

Joah Williams, Ph.D.