PBS faculty and their trainees conduct cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and are recognized as world-class contributors to their fields. In addition, we have numerous faculty and teaching assistants who have been recognized for excellence in mentoring and teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels. All of these efforts are supported by the outstanding staff and students who are key to the success of our department.

Most members of our department are present in this directory, which can be filtered by Research Areas, Center and Institute Affiliations, and/or Positions. To see groups of researchers with similar interests, regardless of their research areas, try entering relevant search terms below.

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Professor
Technology and learning in preschoolers; early math skills in low-SES children; understanding and preventing academic and behavior problems.
Office: Tobin 405
Research Area:
Developmental Science
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Lecturer
My research uses neuroimaging techniques to explore the relationship between attention and language processing across the life span.
Office: Tobin 539
Research Area:
Behavioral Neuroscience, Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience
Assistant Professor
Our lab focuses on understanding circuit functions for social behavior and social recognition throughout life.
Office: LSL N229
Research Area:
Behavioral Neuroscience
Senior Lecturer
Office: Tobin 631
Research Area:
Social Psychology
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Professor
Teaching of undergraduate statistics, Western philosophical and Eastern mystical approaches to Consciousness. Putting the finishing touches on a text titled Introductory Statistics Using R.
Office: Tobin 410
Research Area:
Developmental Science
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Professor
I study various aspects of visual cognition, focusing on visual attention, visual search, and the interference between targets and distractors in complex visual scenes.
Office: Tobin 432
Research Area:
Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience
Erik Cheries
Lecturer, Honors Program Director
Early conceptual development; Infants' understanding of objects, agents, and the socio-moral behavior of other people.
Office: Tobin 538
Research Area:
Developmental Science
Chuck Clifton
Professor Emeritus
I have been on the UMass faculty since 1968, primarily doing research on sentence comprehension, both reading and listening.
Office: Tobin 435
Research Area:
Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience
Andrew Cohen
Associate Professor
Reasoning, judgment, decision-making, and computational modeling.
Office: Tobin 427
Research Area:
Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience
Candice Colon-Kwedor
Lecturer
Office: Bartlett Hall 07C
Michael Constantino
Professor
Psychotherapy process, outcome, and integration; patient, therapist, and relational factors; patient-centered care; psychotherapy training and dissemination; adult depression and anxiety
Office: Tobin 612
Research Area:
Clinical Psychology
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Assistant Professor
The neural and cognitive mechanisms of memory and visual perception, investigated using computational models, functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), and behavioral studies.
Office: Tobin 431
Research Area:
Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience
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Professor
Prejudice and stereotyping; nonconscious mental processes; social cognition.
Office: Tobin 635
Research Area:
Social Psychology
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Lecturer
My teaching interests include the development of cognitive control and executive functions, and the factors that influence mechanisms underlying these abilities in both typical and atypical cases.
Office: Tobin 416
Research Area:
Developmental Science
Kirby Deater-Deckard
Professor
Child/Adolescent Social-Emotional and Cognitive Development; Self-Regulation; Developmental Psychopathology; Family/Peer Relationships and Environments; Behavioral Genetics and Individual Differences.
Office: Tobin 413
Research Area:
Developmental Science
Katherine Dixon-Gordon
Assistant Professor
Office: Tobin 617
Research Area:
Clinical Psychology
Andrew Farrar
Lecturer
Office: Bartlett Hall 07D
Research Area:
Behavioral Neuroscience
Professor and Interim Dean, College of Education
I study deception and honesty as social presentational strategies in everyday life, as well as examining the factors that underlie and promote academic success in college students.
Office: Whitmore 301
Research Area:
Social Psychology
Marcela Fernandez-Peters
Visiting Assistant Professor
Neural and hormonal mechanisms underlying social behaviors; auditory processing of social calls, social modulation of communication, and motivation to communicate
Office: Tobin 625
Research Area:
Behavioral Neuroscience
Adam Grabell
Assistant Professor
Early childhood psychopathology; normative vs. impaired emotion regulation; functional near-infrared spectroscopy; pediatric irritability; early childhood therapeutic interventions
Office: Tobin 614
Research Area:
Clinical Psychology
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Professor, Rudd Family Foundation Chair
Research focuses on relationships in adoptive families across time, openness in adoption, and on identity development and adjustment in adolescents and young adults.
Office: Tobin 619
Research Area:
Clinical Psychology, Developmental Science
Richard Halgin
Professor
Issues in clinical training and supervision; psychotherapy integration; ethical issues in professional psychology; teaching of psychology; psychology and sports
Office: Tobin 615
Research Area:
Clinical Psychology
Lecturer, Alumni
Office: Bartlett Hall 11B
Research Area:
Behavioral Neuroscience
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Professor
Early development of ADHD and disruptive behavior disorders in preschool children and toddlers. Interests include executive function, emotion regulation, parenting, and culture.
Office: Tobin 613
Research Area:
Clinical Psychology, Developmental Science
Timothy Hope
Lecturer
Office: Bartlett Hall 07D
Research Area:
Clinical Psychology
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Professor, Graduate Program Director
My research focuses on human perception and memory using a variety of experimental methods (e.g., behavior, ERP, and fMRI) and computational models (e.g., Bayesian and Neural Network).
Office: Tobin 425
Research Area:
Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience
Professor
Affect and cognition; social cognition; stigma and mental illness; political psychology.
Office: Tobin 630
Research Area:
Social Psychology
Professor and Associate Dean of the Graduate School
I am an animal behaviorist who works on spiders. Currently, we study the visual system of jumping spiders.
Office: 401 Morrill III
Research Area:
Behavioral Neuroscience
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Assistant Professor
My research focuses on speech perception, with a special emphasis on audiovisual speech perception.
Office: Tobin 433
Research Area:
Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience
Diane Kelly
Adjunct Research Asst. Professor
Office: Bartlett Hall 11C
Research Area:
Behavioral Neuroscience
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Assistant Professor
Reward-based learning and decision making; Motor learning and performance; Developmental changes in adolescence; fMRI; EEG; EMG; eye tracking; hormone assays.
Office: Tobin 411
Research Area:
Developmental Science
Associate Professor
Effects of sex hormones on cognitive function, particularly in the context of aging and menopause.
Office: Tobin 531
Research Area:
Behavioral Neuroscience
Lecturer
Office: Tobin 616
Research Area:
Clinical Psychology
Bernhard Leidner
Associate Professor
After a PhD in social psychology at The New School for Social Research and a postdoc at the University of California at Davis, I joined UMass's Psychology of Peace and Violence Program in 2011.
Office: Tobin 639
Research Area:
Social Psychology
Brian Lickel
Professor
Peace psychology. Emotion, social cognition; intergroup relations.
Office: Tobin 632
Research Area:
Social Psychology
Tara Mandalaywala
Assistant Professor
Development of social cognition across human and nonhuman primates; cognitive bias; intergroup relations; race, gender, social status; stress and resilience
Office: Arriving Fall 2018
Research Area:
Developmental Science
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Director of Psychological Services Center, Lecturer
Dr. Martell's scholarly activity has focused on the development of behavioral activation in the treatment of depression and on applying CBT in an affirmative fashion with LGBT clients.
Office: Tobin 137
Research Area:
Clinical Psychology
Assistant Professor
Brain mechanisms of emotion regulation in older adults; emotion regulation; fMRI; functional connectivity; mindfulness; autobiographical memory; emotion dysregulation in clinical disorders.
Office: Starting Fall 2018
Research Area:
Clinical Psychology
Jennifer M McDermott
Assistant Professor
Learning and the development of attention and executive functions across early to middle childhood; self regulation, emotion processing, and the influence of early adversity on development; EEG; ERP.
Office: Tobin 415
Research Area:
Developmental Science
Christina Metevier
Associate Undergraduate Advisor, Senior Lecturer
My primary role in the department is teaching and advising. My background is in neuroscience and behavior.
Office: Tobin 502
Research Area:
Behavioral Neuroscience
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Professor Emeritus
Office: Tobin 526
Research Area:
Behavioral Neuroscience
Assistant Professor
Cellular and network mechanisms of motivation, learning, and executive functions. Psychiatric diseases resulting from disruption of these neural systems.
Office: Tobin 528
Research Area:
Behavioral Neuroscience
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Professor
Office: Tobin 533
Research Area:
Behavioral Neuroscience, Developmental Science
Picture of Joonkoo Park
Assistant Professor and Honors Faculty
Cognitive, neural (fMRI/EEG), and developmental mechanisms underlying the acquisition and emergence of uniquely human and culturally-transmitted abilities such as reading and mathematics.
Office: Tobin 414
Research Area:
Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience, Developmental Science
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Assistant Professor
Office: Tobin 535
Research Area:
Behavioral Neuroscience
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Professor
Office: Tobin 611
Research Area:
Clinical Psychology, Developmental Science
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Professor
Social cognition; emotion; close relationships.
Office: Tobin 638
Research Area:
Social Psychology
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Professor
As a developmental psychopathologist, my research examines the interaction of neuroendocrine, social, and psychological factors in depression and anxiety disorders throughout the human life span.
Office: Tobin 618
Research Area:
Clinical Psychology
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Associate Chair of Teaching, Learning and Advising; Chief Undergraduate Advisor
Office: Tobin 537
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Professor
Dr. Ready earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Univ of Iowa. Internship and clinical neuropsychology fellowship were at Brown Univ. She is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology.
Office: Tobin 609
Research Area:
Clinical Psychology
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Associate Professor
We study hormone action and production in brain circuits using a variety of approaches.
Office: Tobin 525
Research Area:
Behavioral Neuroscience
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Associate Professor
Office: Tobin 527
Research Area:
Behavioral Neuroscience, Developmental Science
Picture of Caren Rotello
Professor, Department Chair
Recognition memory and reasoning. Research tools include signal detection analyses and event-related potentials.
Office: Tobin 439
Research Area:
Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience
Associate Professor, Associate Chair for Research
Neurocognitive research on basic auditory perception, speech perception, and selective attention with the goal of helping listeners (including children and older adults) understand speech in noise.
Office: Tobin 429
Research Area:
Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience, Developmental Science
Aline Sayer
Professor Emeritus
Research Area:
Clinical Psychology
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Professor
Office: Tobin 610
Research Area:
Clinical Psychology
Associate Professor
Physiology and cognitive functions of sleep in development and aging; learning and memory; sleep (polysomnography); activity monitoring (actigraphy).
Office: Tobin 419
Research Area:
Behavioral Neuroscience, Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience, Developmental Science
Picture of Jeff Starns
Associate Professor
I explore human memory as it unfolds in time by applying computational models that predict both accuracy and response time data. I also investigate methods for improving statistical reasoning.
Office: Tobin 434
Research Area:
Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience
Picture of Adrian Staub
Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Psycholinguistics, including lexical and syntactic processing in comprehension; eye movements in reading.
Office: Tobin 430
Research Area:
Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience
Picture of Rachel Steele
Alumni, Lecturer
Research Area:
Social Psychology
Rebecca Stowe
Senior Lecturer
Office: Tobin 139
Research Area:
Clinical Psychology
Picture of Linda Tropp
Professor
Prejudice reduction, intergroup contact, status inequalities, disadvantage and discrimination, collective action, social change, peace and reconciliation.
Office: Tobin 637
Research Area:
Social Psychology
Ashley Woodman
Lecturer, Program Director DDHS
Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families
Office: Tobin 409
Research Area:
Developmental Science
Lecturer
Office: Tobin 631
Research Area:
Social Psychology
William Zimmer
Lecturer, DDHS
Office: Bartlett Hall 07C