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Chair: Margaret Gatz, Ph.D.*


University Professor and William M. Keck Chair in Biological Sciences: Richard F. Thompson, Ph.D.

Dana Dornsife Chair in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences: Hanna Damasio, M.D.

David Dornsife Chair in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences: Antonio Damasio, M.D., Ph.D.

Harold Dornsife Chair in Neurosciences: Irving Biederman, Ph.D.

William M. Keck Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience: Zhong-Lin Lu, Ph.D.

Provost’s Professor of Psychology and Business: Wendy Wood, Ph.D.

Mendel B. Silberberg Professor of Social Psychology: Norman Miller, Ph.D.

Professors: Elaine Andersen, Ph.D.; Michael A. Arbib, Ph.D. (Computer Science, Biological Sciences); Laura A. Baker, Ph.D.; Antoine Bechara, Ph.D.; Irving Biederman, Ph.D.; Sarah W. Bottjer, Ph.D. (Biological Sciences); Peter Carnevale, Ph.D. (Business); Kathleen C. Chambers, Ph.D.; Antonio Damasio, M.D., Ph.D.; Hanna Damasio, M.D.; Gerald C. Davison, Ph.D.* (Gerontology); Michael E. Dawson, Ph.D.; JoAnn M. Farver, Ph.D.; Caleb E. Finch, Ph.D. (Gerontology, Biological Sciences); Margaret Gatz, Ph.D.*; Ernest Greene, Ph.D.; Andrea Hollingshead, Ph.D. (Communication); Bob G. Knight, Ph.D. (Gerontology); David G. Lavond, Ph.D.; Steven Lopez, Ph.D.; Zhong-Lin Lu, Ph.D.; Thomas D. Lyon, J.D., Ph.D. (Law); Franklin R. Manis, Ph.D.*; Gayla Margolin, Ph.D.; John J. McArdle, Ph.D.; Beth E. Meyerowitz, Ph.D.*; Lynn Miller, Ph.D. (Communication); Norman Miller, Ph.D.; Shrikanth Narayanan, Ph.D. (Engineering); Carol A. Prescott, Ph.D.; Stephen J. Read, Ph.D.; Elyn R. Saks, J.D. (Law); Dan Simon, S.J.D. (Law); Steven Yale Sussman, Ph.D. (Institute for Prevention Research, Medicine); Larry Swanson, Ph.D. (Biological Sciences); Richard F. Thompson, Ph.D.; Penelope K. Trickett (Social Work); Rand Wilcox, Ph.D.; Elizabeth Zelinski, Ph.D. (Gerontology)

Associate Professors: Stanley J. Huey, Jr., Ph.D.; Laurent Itti, Ph.D. (Computer Science); Richard S. John, Ph.D.; Stephen A. Madigan, Ph.D.; Mara Mather, Ph.D. (Gerontology); Bartlett Mel, Ph.D. (Biomedical Engineering); Toben Mintz, Ph.D.; David Schwartz, Ph.D.; Bosco S. Tjan, Ph.D.; David A. Walsh, Ph.D.

Assistant Professors: Jesse Graham, Ph.D.; Mary Helen Immorodino-Yang, Ph.D. (Education); John Monterosso, Ph.D.*; Biing-Jiun Shen, Ph.D.; Justin Wood, Ph.D.

Lecturers: C. Miranda Barone, Ph.D.; Brian Baucom, Ph.D.; William Breland, Ph.D.

Clinical Professors: A. Steven Frankel, Ph.D.; Ernest R. Katz, Ph.D.; Jonathan S. Kellerman, Ph.D.; Richard Woodcock, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor: Marian Williams, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professors: Lynne Bernstein, Ph.D.; Adrian Raine, D.Phil.

Adjunct Associate Professors: Brian Lickel, Ph.D.; Joanne Steuer, Ph.D.

Adjunct Assistant Professors: Allen Azizian, Ph.D.; Monique Fleming, Ph.D.; Angela Lau, Ph.D.; Christine Reed, Ph.D.; Jasmine Tehrani, Ph.D.

Professor (research): Nancy Pedersen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor (research): Susan Luczak, Ph.D.

Assistant Professors (research): Karen M. Hennigan, Ph.D.; Kelly Kadlec, Ph.D.; Jonas Kaplan, Ph.D.; David Neal, Ph.D.; Gui Xue, Ph.D.

Assistant Professors (teaching): Laurence Robert Gore, Ph.D.; Ann Renken, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professors: Norman Cliff, Ph.D.; William W. Grings, Ph.D.; Albert R. Marston, Ph.D.; Sarnoff A. Mednick, Ph.D.

Emeritus Associate Professor: Milton Wolpin, Ph.D.

Academic Program Staff

Clinical Associates: Caroline Bailey, Ph.D.; Joel Becker, Ph.D.; Barbara Cadow, Ph.D.; Kenneth Cole, Ph.D.; Vivian Fernandez-Credidio, Ph.D.; Karen Finello, Ph.D.; Beth Leedham, Ph.D.; Michael Maloney, Ph.D.; Karen Meiselman, Ph.D.; Pamella Oliver, Ph.D.; Berta Ortiz, Ph.D.; Cynthia G. Pearson, Ph.D.; Joanne Steuer, Ph.D.; Charles Weinstein, Ph.D.

*Recipient of university-wide or college teaching award.

The Department of Psychology offers five topical areas: (1) Cognitive, which analyzes the biological and social bases of phenomena and abilities such as appetitive behavior learning, memory, perception, decision making, social understanding, emotion, intelligence, behavior disorders, language development and language comprehension — among humans and related higher animals; (2) Developmental, which studies changes in behavior — cognitive, linguistic, social and emotional — from childhood through adolescence and adulthood into old age; (3) Clinical, which focuses on the ways people cope, or have difficulty coping, with problems in behavior, emotions, social interaction, aging, health-related behavior, and substance use and abuse; (4) Biological, which examines the biological bases of behavior, including behavioral genetics, behavioral endocrinology, and cognitive neuroscience; and (5) Social, which examines normal human nature and conduct, develops and tests theories concerning the consequences of our social condition and its potential improvement.

In addition, the department offers a joint major in linguistics/psychology and participates in the college’s interdisciplinary program in neuroscience.

Research is integral to psychology; it enables the faculty to make contributions in the field and to be more effective teachers. Undergraduate students are encouraged to work with members of the faculty on research projects. The most direct way for students to participate in research is to enroll in a directed research course, but it is also possible to take part in ongoing research in less formal ways. Further options for research training include the honors program for psychology majors and the progressive degree program that permits students to complete all requirements for both the B.A. and the M.A. degrees in psychological science in five years.