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
- Human Sexuality
- Evolutionary Psychology
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
- 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.
- 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. James-Aldridge's research supports the psychological well-being of the great apes living at the Gladys Porter Zoo.
Dr. Jerwen Jou
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. 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
- 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
- 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.
- Clinical Psychology
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Values and Mindfulness Processes
Dr. Flynn's research interests lie in developing interventions that are designed to help people live rich and meaningful lives by teaching them to consistently engage in values-based action even when unwanted thoughts, feelings, and memories are present. In particular, her research focuses on values, mindfulness, and the concept of psychological flexibility.