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Dr. Grant Benham

Dr. Grant Benham

  • The impact of emotion suppression on health

What happens when adults suppress their emotions? Dr. Benham's latest research is examining this question. Specifically, he's exploring the notion of crying as a physically cathartic experience.

Dr. Russell Eisenman

Dr. Russell Eisenman

  • Human Sexuality
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Crime
  • Creativity

Dr. Eisenman studies attitudes about sex, such as sex differences between males and females, and other topics such as creativity in criminals.

Dr. Fred Ernst

Dr. Fred Ernst

  • New Models of "Psychopathology"

Are current conceptions of mental health and illness still valid? Dr. Ernst examines factors leading many to consider the mental health treatment enterprise badly broken because it is based on a fundamentally flawed model.

Michiyo Hirai

Michiyo Hirai

  • Trauma and anxiety disorders

How can anxiety and distress best be treated? Dr. Hirai is studying the effectiveness of expressive writing in people who experience distress after a traumatic event and whether retraining people's attention might reduce their anxiety symptoms.

Dr. Wendy James-Aldridge

Dr. Wendy James-Aldridge

  • Primate behavior

Dr. James-Aldridge's research supports the psychological well-being of the great apes living at the Gladys Porter Zoo.

Dr. Jerwen Jou

Dr. Jerwen Jou

  • Memory and cognition

How do people distinguish between real and false memories? Dr. Jou's research focuses on memory issues using computer-based reaction time approach.

Dr. Alfonso Mercado

Dr. Alfonso Mercado

  • Clinical Psychology

Dr. Mercado's research focuses on multicultural clinical interventions with mental health populations and the etiology of clinical disorders in Latino groups. Currently, he is working on a Spanish adaptation of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) via a group treatment modality and developmental factors associated with ADHD in Latino children.

Dr. Jason Popan

Dr. Jason Popan

  • The psychology of civic engagement

What motivates people to vote and to become active in improving their communities? Dr. Popan's research examines the psychological factors that best predict voter turnout and civic engagement.

Dr. Amy A. Weimer

Dr. Amy A. Weimer

  • Social Cognitive Development

How do cultural, family, and linguistic factors affect children's understanding of the mind? Dr. Weimer's research explores the development of social cognitive awareness and its effect on children's social engagement and academic success.