College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Selected Faculty Publications

The goal of the Department of Psychology at George Mason University is the development and application of scientific psychology to enhance human potential through research-based practice and practice-informed research.

We support research-based practice because we want to bring our research findings into the everyday practice of psychology. We support practice-informed research because we want to attack real-world problems, not problems of interest only to other academics.

This dual focus has led our faculty to conduct research on topics ranging from what makes people happy to what keeps planes from crashing into one another. It has also led our faculty to serve on task forces, national committees (e.g., National Academy of Sciences, the Federal Aviation Administration), and advisory boards (e.g., the Air Force, the Guggenheim Foundation).

Below are our faculty's research interests. To the left, the web pages of the programs and research centers within the department have more information on research currently being conducted by our faculty.

  • Carryl Baldwin

    Research Interests: Transportation and Auditory research

    Selected Publications


    Baldwin, C. L. (2012). Auditory Cognition and Human Performance: Research and Applications.Clermont, FL: CRC Press – Taylor & Francis.

    Journal Articles

    Baldwin, C. L., & Lewis, B. A. (in press). Equating Perceived Urgency across Modalities within a Simulated Driving Context.  Applied Ergonomics.

    Buzzell, G., Roberts, D., Baldwin, C. L., & McDonald, C. (in press).  Electrophysiological Indices of Spatial/ Semantic Conflict in the Auditory Modality: Effect of Individual Differences in Navigational Strategy.  International Journal of Psychophysiology.

    Baldwin, C. L., Eisert, J. L., Garcia, A.J., Lewis, B.,  Pratt, S. M., & Gonzalez, C. (2012). Multimodal Urgency Coding:  Auditory, Visual, and Tactile Parameters and Their Impact on Perceived Urgency. Work41, S1, 3586-3591. doi: 10.3233/WOR-2012-0669-3586.

    Baldwin, C. L., & Penaranda, B. N. (2012). Adaptive training using an artificial neural network and EEG metrics for within- and cross-task workload classification, Neuroimage,49(1), 48-56, doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2011.07.047. 

    Baldwin, C. L. (2011).  Verbal collision avoidance messages during simulated driving: perceived urgency, alerting effectiveness, and annoyance. Ergonomics, 54(4), 328-337.

    Baldwin, C. L., & Ash, I.  (2011). The role of sensory acuity in working memory capacity in young and old adults. Psychology and Aging25(3), 85-91.

    Baldwin, C. L., & May, J. F. (2011). Loudness interacts with semantics in auditory warnings to impact rear-end collisions, Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behavior, 14(1), 36-42. 

    Baldwin, C. L., & Reagan, I. (2009). Individual differences in route-learning strategy and associated working memory resources. Human Factors51, 368-377.

  • Hideko Hamada Bassett

    Selected Publications

    Denham, S. A., Bassett, H. H., & Wyatt, T. (2010). Gender differences in the socialization of preschoolers' emotional competence. In A. K. Root & S. A. Denham (eds.), The role of parent and child gender in the socialization of emotional competence. New Directions in Child Development. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

    Denham, S. A., Wyatt, T., Bassett, H. H., Echeverria, D., & Knox, S. (2009). Assessing social-emotional development in children from a longitudinal perspective. Journal of Epidemiology and Public Health.

    Denham, S. A., Bassett, H. H., & Wyatt, T. (2007). The socialization of emotional competence. In J. Grusec & P. Hastings (Eds.), The handbook of socialization. New York: Guilford Press.

  • Avrama Kim Blackwell

    Research Interests: Department of Molecular Neuroscience: Computational and experimental approaches to the biophysical and biochemical mechanisms of long term memory storage, understanding the cellular and molecular events underlying the discrimination of spatio-temporal patterns by neurons

    Selected Publications

    Synchronized firing of fast-spiking interneurons is critical to maintain balanced firing between direct and indirect pathway neurons of the striatum. Damodaran S, Evans RC, Blackwell KTJ Neurophysiol. 2013 Dec 4. [Epub ahead of print]

    Sensitivity to theta-burst timing permits LTP in dorsal striatal adult brain slice. Hawes SL, Gillani F, Evans RC, Benkert EA, Blackwell KT.  J Neurophysiol. 2013 Aug 7. 110(9):2027-36.

    Dynamic modulation of spike timing dependent calcium influx during cortico-striatal upstates. Evans RC, Maniar YM, Blackwell KTJ Neurophysiol. 2013 Jul 10. 110(7):1631-45.

    Signaling pathways involved in striatal synaptic plasticity are sensitive to temporal pattern and exhibit spatial specificity. Kim B, Hawes SL, Gillani F, Wallace LJ, Blackwell KTPLoS Comput Biol. 2013; 9(3):e1002953.

    Colocalization of protein kinase A with adenylyl cyclase enhances protein kinase A activity during induction of long-lasting long-term-potentiation. Kim, Park, Havekes, Chay, Guercio, Oliveira, Abel, Blackwell. PLoS Comp Biol. 2011; 7: e1002084.

    Modelling the molecular mechanisms of synaptic plasticity using systems biology approaches. Kotaleski and Blackwell. Nat Rev Neurosci. 2010; 11(4):239-51.


  • Deborah A. Boehm-Davis

    Research Interests: How human performance is helped or hindered by the design of tools that help us accomplish everyday tasks.

    Selected Publications


    Remington, R. W., Boehm-Davis, D. A. & Folk, C. L. (2012). An introduction to humans in engineered systems. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

    Boehm-Davis, D. A. (Ed.) (2008). Reviews of Human Factors and Ergonomics, Volume 3. Santa Monica, CA: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

    Gray, W. D. & Boehm-Davis, D. A. (Eds.) (1996). Empirical studies of programmers: Sixth Workshop, Norwood, NJ: Ablex.

    Journal Articles/Book Sections

    Boehm-Davis, D. A. (2012). George Mason University’s Arch Lab. In R. W. Rieber (Ed.), Encyclopedia of the History of Psychological Theories, Springer.

    Cades, D. M., Boehm-Davis, D. A., Monk, C. A. & Trafton, J. G. (2011). Mitigating Disruptive Effects of Interruptions through Training:  What Needs to be Practiced? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, Vol 17(2), 97-109. doi: 10.1037/a0023497 

    Werner, N. E., Cades, D. M., Boehm-Davis, D. A., Peterson, M. S., Alothman, S. J., Zhang, X. (2010). Individual differences in resuming interrupted tasks. Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences, 96 (3), 35-49.

    Boehm-Davis, D. A. & Remington, R. (2009) Reducing the disruptive effects of interruption: A cognitive framework for analysing the costs and benefits of intervention strategies. Accident Analysis and Prevention , 41,1124–1129.

    Cades, D. M., Jones, S. M., Werner, N. E., & Boehm-Davis, D. A. (2008). Knowing When to Switch Tasks: Effectiveness of Internal versus External Cues. Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences. Fall, 93-109.

    Monk, C. A., Trafton, J. G., & Boehm-Davis, D. A. (2008). The Effect of Interruption Duration and Demand on Resuming Suspended Goals. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 14, 299–313.

    Mayfield, T., & Boehm-Davis, D. A. (2008). Applied Methods for Requirements Engineering. In D. Schmorrow, J. Cohn, & D. Nicholson (Eds.) The PSI Handbook of Virtual Environments for Training and Education: Developments for the Military and Beyond. Westport, CT: Praeger Security International.

    Boehm-Davis, D. A. (2008). Discoveries and Developments in Human-Computer Interaction, Human Factors, 50, 560-564.

    Ratwani, R. M., Trafton, J. G., & Boehm-Davis, D. A. (2008). Thinking graphically: Connecting vision and cognition during graph comprehension. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 14 (1), 36-49.

    Refereed Conference Publications

    Werner, N., Nelson, E. Miller, W., & Boehm-Davis, D. A. (2012). Interruptions in the real world: Examining the role of internal versus external interruptions in a hospital pharmacy. Proceedings of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting. Santa Monica, CA: The Human Factors & Ergonomics Society.

    Boehm-Davis, D. A. (2012). Mentoring HF/E: Knowing my students. In Teaching Human Factors and Ergonomics, Beth Blickensderfer (Chair). Proceedings of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting. Santa Monica, CA: The Human Factors & Ergonomics Society.

    Werner, N., Cades, D., Boehm-Davis, D. A., Chang, J., Khan, H., Thi, G. (2011). What makes us resilient to interruptions? Understanding the role of individual differences in resumption.  Proceedings of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting. Santa Monica, CA: The Human Factors & Ergonomics Society.

    Cades, D. M., Boehm-Davis, D. A. & Smith, M. B. (2010). Mitigating the disruptive effects of interruptions on the flight deck. Proceedings of HCI-Aero 2010. Cape Canaveral, FL.

    Medina, M., Sherry, L., Hoppenbrouwers, J. & Boehm-Davis, D. A. (2010). Simulated task environment for HCI analysis of NextGen data-comm.  Proceedings of  HCI-Aero 2010. Cape Canaveral, FL.

    Deborah A. Boehm-Davis, D. A. (2010). What do students want? What does the profession need? In The future of human factors education (Organizer, Christopher Brill). Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society.

    Cades, D. M., Kidd, D. G., King, E. B., McKnight, P. E., and Boehm-Davis, D. A. (2010). Factors affecting interrupted task performance: Effects of adaptability, impulsivity, and intelligence. Proceedings of the 54th Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting. Santa Monica, CA: The Human Factors & Ergonomics Society.

    Boehm-Davis, D. A., Gee, S. K., Baker, K. & Medina-Mora, M. (2010). Effect of party line loss and delivery format on crew performance and workload. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society

    Werner, N., Cades, D. M., Peterson, M., & Boehm-Davis, D.A. (2009). Resuming after Interruption: Exploring the roles of spatial and goal memory. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society.

    Boehm-Davis, D. A., Smith, C. M. and Prada, L. R. (2009). Training for Automated Systems. Proceedings of the International Ergonomics Association Triennial Congress. Beijing, China.

    Cades, D. M., Werner, N., Trafton, J. G., Boehm-Davis, D. A., & Monk, C. A. (2008). Dealing with Interruptions can be Complex, but does Interruption Complexity Matter: a Mental Resources Approach to Quantifying Disruptions. In Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society.

    Grier, R., Wickens, C., Kaber, D., Strayer, D., Boehm-Davis, D., Trafton, J. G., St. John, M. (2008). The Red-Line of Workload: Theory, Research, and Design. In the Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society (Abstract).

    Technical Reports

    Baker, K. M. DiMare, S. K., & Boehm-Davis, D. A. (August 2012). Data Communications Human Factors Task 2:  Flight Deck Procedures Final Report. Technical Report GMU-TR-2012-06. Fairfax, VA: George Mason University.

    Rivera, J., DiMare, S. K., Curtis, M., Boehm-Davis, D. A., & Jentsch, F. (June 2012). Evaluating the Relative Impact of Perceptual and Conceptual Training in Aviation Final Report. Technical Report GMU-TR-2012-05. Fairfax, VA: George Mason University.

    Baker, K. M., Chang, C-H., Gee, S. K., Nelson, E., Thornton, M. R., Benson, W., & Boehm-Davis, D. A. (June 2012). Trajectory Operations Human Factors Study: Disseminating and Entering Trajectory Clearances Final Report. Technical Report GMU-TR-2012-04. Fairfax, VA: George Mason University.

    Baker, K. M., Gee, S. K., Nelson, E. T., Pierson, S., & Boehm-Davis, D. A. (January 2012). Data Communications Human Factors: Shared Information and Situation Awareness Final Report. Technical Report GMU-TR-2012-02. Fairfax, VA: George Mason University.

    Boehm-Davis, D. A. (Rapporteur) (2008, August). Assessing the Research and Development Plan for the Next Generation Air Transportation System: Summary of a Workshop. Washington, DC: National Research Council of the National Academies.

    Lyall, E. A., Boehm-Davis, D. A., & Jentsch, F. (2008, May). Automation Training Practitioners’ Guide. FAA Technical Report, Washington, DC.

    Lyall, E. A., Boehm-Davis, D. A. (2008, April). Summary of Automation Training Research Questions Survey, FAA Technical Report, Washington, DC.

  • Lauren B Cattaneo

    Research Interests: Intimate partner violence, client-centered services, empowerment

    Selected Publications

    Bennett Cattaneo, L. & Chapman, A.R. (2010). The process of empowerment: A model for use in research and practice. American Psychologist.

    Bennett Cattaneo, L. (2010). The role of socioeconomic status in interactions with police among a national sample of women experiencing intimate partner violence. American Journal of Community Psychology, 45, 247-258.

    Bennett Cattaneo, L. & Goodman, L. (2010). Through the lens of therapeutic jurisprudence: The relationship between empowerment in the court system and wellbeing for intimate partner violence victims. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 25, 481-502.

  • Tara Chaplin

    Research Interests: Emotion regulation and the development of psychopathology and substance use in adolescence; Parent-focused interventions; Bio-psycho-social models of emotion

    Selected Publications

    Chaplin, T. M. & Aldao, A. (2013). Gender differences in emotion expression in children: A meta-analytic review. Psychological Bulletin, 139, 735-765.

    Chaplin, T.M., Sinha, R., Simmons, J., Healy, S., Mayes, L.C., Hommer, R. E., & Crowley, M. J. (2012). Parent-adolescent conflict interactions and adolescent alcohol use. Addictive Behaviors, 37, 605-612. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2012.01.004.

    *Liu, J., *Chaplin, T.M., Wang, F., Sinha, R., Mayes, L.C., & Blumberg, H.P. (2012). Stress reactivity and corticolimbic response to emotional faces in adolescents. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 51, 304–312. (* The first two authors contributed equally to the manuscript.)

    Chaplin, T. M., Freiburger, M. B., Mayes, L. C., & Sinha, R. (2010). Prenatal cocaine exposure, gender, and adolescent stress response: A prospective longitudinal study. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 32, 595-604.

    Chaplin, T. M., Gillham, J. E., Reivich, K., Levy-Elkon, A. G., Samuels, B., Freres, D. R., Winder, B., & Seligman, M. E. P. (2006). Depression prevention for early adolescent girls: A pilot study of all-girls verses co-ed groups. Journal of Early Adolescence, 26, 110-126. 

    Chaplin, T. M. & Cole, P. M. (2005). The role of emotion regulation in the development of psychopathology. In B. L. Hankin, & J. R. Z. Abela (Eds.), Development of psychopathology: A vulnerability-stress perspective (pp. 49-74). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

  • Linda Doss Chrosniak

    Research Interests: learning and memory processes in both humans and animals

    Selected Publications

    Kashani, M., Eliasson, A., Chrosniak, L. D., Vernalis, M. (2010). Taking aim at nurse stress: A call to action. Military Medicine, 175, 96-100.

    Chrosniak, L. D., Smith, L. N., Flinn, J. M., McDonald, C. & Jones, B. F. (2006). Effects of enhanced zinc in drinking water on spatial memory and fear conditioning. Journal of Geochemical Exploration, 88, 91-94.

    Riskind, J. H., Williams, N. L., Gessner, T. G., Chrosniak, L. D., & Cortina, J (2000). A cognitive vulnerability to anxiety and danger: Looming maladaptive style. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 29, 837-852.

  • Timothy W Curby

    Research Interests: Classrooms as a context for student learning and development; Teacher-student interactions; Classroom quality and variability; Social-emotional teaching, Fine motor skills; Quantitative Methods.

    Selected Publications

    Curby, T. W., Downer, J. T., & Booren, L. (2014). Behavioral exchanges between teachers and children over the course of a typical preschool day: Testing bi-directional associations. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 29, 193-204.doi:10.1016/j.ecresq.2014.01.002

    Curby, T. W., Brock, L., & Hamre, B. (2013). Teachers’ emotional support consistency predicts children’s achievement gains and social skills. Early Education and Development, 24, 292–309. doi:10.1080/10409289.2012.665760

    Curby, T. W., Rimm-Kaufman, S. E., & Abry, T. (2013). Do emotional support and classroom organization earlier in the year set the stage for higher quality instruction?  Journal of School Psychology, 51, 557-569. doi:10.1016/j.jsp.2013.06.001

    Curby, T. W., Rudasill, K., Edwards, T.*, & Perez-Edgar, K. (2011). The role of classroom quality in ameliorating the academic and social risks associated with difficult temperament.  School Psychology Quarterly. 26(2), 175-188doi:10.1037/a0023042

    Curby, T. W., Grimm, K. J., & Pianta, R. C. (2010). Stability and change in early childhood classroom interactions during the first two hours of a day.  Early Childhood Research Quarterly. 25, 373-384. doi:10.1016/j.ecresq.2010.02.004

    Curby, T. W., Rimm-Kaufman. S. E., & Ponitz, C. C. (2009). Teacher-child interactions and children’s achievement trajectories across kindergarten and first grade. Journal of Educational Psychology, 101(4), 912-925. doi:10.1037/a0016647


  • Reeshad S Dalal

    Research Interests: Examining individual differences in decision-making competence, dynamic performance appraisal (e.g., the impact of instability, such as peaks and troughs, in an employee's job performance), and the impact of situational "strength" on motivational constructs such as goals, implementation intentions, and mood.

  • Susanne A Denham

    Research Interests: Social and emotional development of children

    Selected Publications

    Denham, S. A., Bassett, H. H., Kalb, S. C., Mincic, M., Segal, Y., & Zinsser, K.  (in press).  Observing preschoolers’ social-emotional behavior: Structure, foundations, and prediction of early school success.  Journal of Genetic Psychology.

     Denham, S. A. Bassett, H. H., Mincic, M.M., Kalb, S. C., Way, E., Wyatt, T., & Segal, Y. (in press). Social-emotional learning profiles of preschoolers' early school success: A person-centered approach. Learning and Individual Differences. Special issue on Emotions in the Classroom.

     Denham, S. A., Bassett, H. H., Way, E., Mincic, M., Zinsser, K., & Graling, K.  (in press).  Preschoolers’ emotion knowledge: Self-regulatory foundations, and predictions of early school success. Cognition and Emotion.

     Denham, S. A., & Brown, C. A., & Domitrovich, C. E.  (2010). “Plays nice with others”: Social-emotional learning and academic success.  In special issue, H. Teglasi (Ed.), Overlaps between socio-emotional and academic development, Early Education and Development, 21, 652-680.

    Root, A. K., & Denham, S. A. (2010). The role of parent and child gender in the socialization of emotional competence. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

    Denham, S. A., Wyatt, T., Bassett, H. H., Echeverria, D., & Knox, S. (2009). Assessing social-emotional development in children from a longitudinal perspective. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 63, 37-52.

    Denham, S. A. (2006). Social-emotional competence as support for school readiness: What is it and how do we assess it? Early Education and Development, Special Issue: Measurement of School Readiness, 17, 57-89.

    Denham, S. A., Blair, K. A., DeMulder, E., Levitas, J., Sawyer, K. S., Auerbach-Major, S. T., & Queenan, P. (2003). Preschoolers’ emotional competence: Pathway to mental health? Child Development, 74, 238-256.

    Denham, S. A., Zoller, D. & Couchoud, E. A. (1994). Socialization of preschoolers' emotion understanding. Developmental Psychology, 30, 928-936.

  • Christianne Lee Esposito-Smythers

    Research Interests: adolescent suicide, adolescent depression, adolescent substance abuse, development of cognitive behavioral prevention and intervention programs for adolescent mental health problems

    Selected Publications

    Esposito-Smythers, C., Weismoore, J., Zimmermann, R.P., & Spirito, A. (in press). Suicidal behaviors among children and adolescents. In M. Nock (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of Suicide and Self-Injury. New York: Oxford University Press, Inc.

    Esposito-Smythers, C., Goldstein, T., Birmaher, B., Goldstein, B., Hunt, J., Ryan, N., Axelson, D., Strober, M., Gill, M.K., Hanley, A., & Keller, M. (in press). Clinical and psychosocial correlates of non-suicidal self-injury in a sample of children and adolescents with bipolar disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders.

    Esposito-Smythers, C., Spirito, A., Uth, R., & Lachance, H. (2006). Cognitive behavioral treatment for suicidal alcohol abusing adolescents: Development and pilot testing. American Journal on Addictions, 15(suppl), 126-130.

  • Jane M Flinn

    Research Interests: The role of metals in learning, including fear conditioning and Alzheimer's disease.

    Selected Publications

    Railey, A.M., Groeber, C.M., Flinn, J.M. (2011) The Effect of Metals on Spatial Memory in a Transgenic Mouse Model of Alzheimer's Disease. J. Alzheimer’s Dis. 24(2) 375-381

    Railey, A.M., Micheli, T.L.,Wanschura, P.B., Flinn, J.M. (2010). Alterations in fear response and spatial memory in pre- and post- natal zinc supplemented rats: remediation by copper. Physiology and Behavior. 100(2):95-100.

    Linkous, D. H.. Adlard P.A., Wanschura P.B., Conko K.M. and Flinn J.M. (2009).The effects of enhanced zinc on spatial memory and plaque formation in transgenic mice. J, Alzheimer’s Disease. 18(3) 541-551.

    Linkous, D.H., Flinn, J.M., Koh, J.Y., Lanzirotti, A., Bertsch, P., Jones, B.F., Fredrickson, C.J. (2008). Evidence that the ZNT-3 protein controls the total amount of elemental zinc in synaptic vesicles. J. Histochem. and Cytochem. 56(1):3-6.

  • Pamela M. Greenwood

    Research Interests: The genetic modulation of cognitive and brain change across the adult lifespan by measuring effects of neurotransmission and neurotrophic SNPs, including the Alzheimer susceptibility gene APOE. This also includes the role of cognitive training to heighten everyday functioning.

    Selected Publications

    Greenwood, P.M. , Lin, M.-K., Sundarajan, R., Fryxell, K.J., Parasuraman, R. (2014) Healthy aging increases the cognitive effects of two genes that influence extracellular dopamine. Psychology and Aging, 29(2):363-73. doi: 10.1037/a0036109.

    Strenziok, M., Parasuraman, R., Clarke, E., Cisler, D.S., Thompson J.C., Greenwood P.M. (2014). Neurocognitive enhancement in older adults: Comparison of three cognitive training tasks to test a hypothesis of training transfer in brain connectivity, Neuroimage; DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2013.07.069.

    Greenwood, P.M. & Parasuraman, R. (2012) Nurturing the Older Brain and Mind. MIT Press.

    Greenwood, P. M., Parasuraman, R., & Espeseth, T. (2012). A cognitive phenotype for the nicotinic receptor gene CHRNA4 rs1044396. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 36, 1331-1341.

    Greenwood, P. M., Lin, M. K., Sundararajan, R., Fryxell, K. J., & Parasuraman, R. (2009). Synergistic effects of genetic variation in nicotinic and muscarinic receptors on visual attention but not working memory. Proceeding of the Natlonal Academy of Sciences, USA, 106(9), 3633-3638.

    Greenwood, P.M. (2007). Functional plasticity in cognitive aging: Review and hypothesis. Neuropsychology, 21, 657-673. (Published with open peer commentary).

  • Seth Kaplan

    Research Interests: Exploring individual and team performance in high-reliability contexts.

    Selected Publications

    Kaplan, S., Bradley, J.C., Luchman, J.N., & Haynes, D. (2009). On the role of positive and negative affectivity in job performance: A meta-analytic investigation. Journal of Applied Psychology, 94, 162-176.


    Stachowski, A. 1, Kaplan, S.A.1, & Waller, M.J. (2009). The benefits of flexible team

    interaction during crises. Journal of Applied Psychology, 94, 1536-1543.

  • Todd B. Kashdan

    Research Interests: Anxiety, positive emotions, purpose in life, how personal strengths operate in everyday life, social relationships, and how to foster and sustain happiness and meaning in life.

    Selected Publications

    Kashdan, T.B., Barrett, L.F., & McKnight, P.E. (in press). Emotion differentiation: Transforming unpleasant experience by perceiving distinctions in negativity. Current Directions in Psychological Science 

    Kashdan, T.B., & Rottenberg, J. (2010). Psychological flexibility as a fundamental aspect of health. Clinical Psychology Review

    Kashdan, T.B., & McKnight, P.E. (2010). The darker side of social anxiety: When aggressive impulsivity prevails over shy inhibition. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 19, 47-50.


  • Frank Krueger

    Research Interests: Molecular Neuroscience Department/ Department of Psychology: Social Cognition, Social Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuroeconomics

    Selected Publications

    Krueger F, Hoffman M, Walter H, Grafman J. An fMRI investigation of the effects of belief in free will on third-party punishmentSocial Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 2013; doi: 10.1093/scan/nst092.

    Krueger F, Parasuraman R, Moody L, Twieg P, de Visser E, McCabe K, O'Hara M, Lee M. Oxytocin selectively increases perceptions of harm for victims but not the desire to punish offenders of criminal offensesSocial Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 2012. doi:10.1093/scan/nss026.

    Krueger F, Parasuraman R, Iyengar V, Thornburg M, Weel J, Lin M, Clarke E, McCabe K, Lipsky R. Oxytocin receptor genetic variation promotes human trust behaviorFrontiers in Human Neuroscience 2012; 6 :4. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2012.00004.

    Krueger F, Pardini M, Huey ED, Raymont V, Solomon J, Lipsky RH, Hodgkinson CA, Goldman D, Grafman J. The role of the met 66 BDNF allele in the recovery of executive functioning following combat-related traumatic brain injury. Journal of Neuroscience 2011: 31(2). 598-606.

    Krueger F, Barbey A, McCabe K, Strenziok M, Zamboni G, Solomon J, Raymont V, Grafman J. The neural bases of key competencies of emotional intelligence. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2009, 106(52): 22468-91.

    Krueger F, Barbey AK, Grafman J. The medial prefrontal cortex mediates social event knowledge. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 2009; 13(3): 103-109.

    Krueger F, McCabe K, Moll J, Kriegeskorte N, Heinecke A, Zahn R, Strenziok M, Grafman J. Neural correlates of trust. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2007; 104: 20084-20089.

  • Sandra Llera

    Research Interests: The emotional sequelae of chronic worry in generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)

    Selected Publications

    Llera, S. J., & Newman, M. G. (2010). Worry and emotional avoidance in generalized anxiety disorder: Effects on physiological and subjective reactivity. Emotion, 10(5), 640-650. 

    Newman, M. G. & Llera, S. J. (2011). A new theory of experiential avoidance in generalized anxiety disorder: A review and synthesis of research supporting an avoidance of a negative emotional contrast. Clinical Psychology Review, 31, 371-382.

  • James E Maddux

    Research Interests: My major scholarly interest is the interface of social, clinical, and health psychology, which is concerned with the ways that theory and research from social psychology can help us understand psychological adjustment, psychological disorders, and health-related behavior. I am retired from my fulltime teaching position at George Mason University and therefore will no longer be accepting new doctoral students.

    Selected Publications

    Maddux, J. E. (2008). Positive psychology and the illness ideology: Toward a positive clinical psychology. Applied Psychology: An International Review, 57, 54-70.

    Maddux, J.E., & Tangney, J. P. (Eds). (2010). Social psychological foundations of clinical psychology. New York: Guilford.

    Maddux, J. E., & Volkmann, J. R. (2010). Self-efficacy and self-regulation. In R. Hoyle (Ed.), Handbook of personality and self-regulation. New York: Wiley-Blackwell.

    Maddux, J. E., & Gosselin, J. T. (2011). Self-efficacy. In D. S. Dunn (Ed.), Oxford bibliographies online: Psychology. New York: Oxford University Press.

    Maddux, J.E., & Gosselin, J.T.(2012). Self-efficacy. In M. R. Leary & J. P. Tangney (Eds.), Handbook of self and identity (2nd ed.). New York: Guilford.

    Maddux, J.E., & Winstead, B.A. (Eds.) (2012). Psychopathology: Foundations for a contemporary understanding (3rd edition.). New York: Taylor & Francis.

    Maddux, J.E., Feldman, D. B., & Snyder, C.R. (in press). Promoting mental health and psychological well-being. In T. Gullotta & M. Bloom (Eds), Encyclopedia of primary prevention and health promotion(2nd ed.). New York: Kluwer/Plenum.

    Maddux, J.E., & Dawson, K. (in press). Promoting physical fitness in adulthood: A focus on exercise. In T. Gullotta & M. Bloom (Eds), Encyclopedia of primary prevention and health promotion (2nd ed.). New York: Kluwer/Plenum.

    Maddux J. E. (2014). Mental health and self-esteem. In W. C. Cockerham, R. Dingwall, & S. Quah (Eds.). Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior and Society. New York: Wiley-Blackwell.

    Maddux, J. E., & Dawson, K. (2014).  Psychological models of exercise behavior:  How to reduce the information-intention-behavior gap.  In R. Gomes, R. Resende, & A. Albuquerque (Eds.), Positive human functioning from a multdimensional perspective. New York: Nova Science Publishers. 

  • Craig McDonald

    Research Interests: Executive functioning, feature-based attention and reflexive attentional orienting.

    Selected Publications

    Roberts DM, Fedota JR, Buzzell GA, Parasuraman R & McDonald CG (2014) Prestimulus oscillations in the alpha band of the EEG are modulated by the difficulty of feature discrimination and predict activation of a sensory discrimination process. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 26(8): 1615-1628.

    Buzzell GA, Roberts DM, Baldwin CL & McDonald CG (2013) An electrophysiological correlate of conflict processing in an auditory spatial Stroop task: The effect of individual differences in navigational style. International Journal of Psychophysiology 90: 265-271.

    Fedota JR, McDonald CG, Roberts DM & Parasuraman R (2012) Contextual task difficulty modulates stimulus discrimination: Electrophysiological evidence for interaction between sensory and executive processes. Psychophysiology 49: 1384-1993.

  • Robyn Mehlenbeck

    Selected Publications

    Owens, J., Mehlenbeck, R., Lee, J., & King, M. (2008). Behavioral outcomes in children with sleep disordered breathing: Impact of weight, sleep duration and co-morbid sleep disorders. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 162(4), 313-321.

    Jelalian, E., Hart, C., Mehlenbeck, R., Lloyd-Richardson, E., Kaplan, J., Flynn-O’Brien, K., & Wing, R. R. (2008). Predictors of attrition and weight loss in an adolescent weight control program. Obesity, 16(6), 1318-1323.

    Mehlenbeck, R.S., Jelalian, E.J., Lloyd-Richardson, E.E., and Hart, C. (2009). Effects of Behavioral Weight Control Intervention on Binge Eating Symptoms Among Overweight Adolescents. Psychology in the Schools, 46(8), 776-786.

    Hart, C., Jelalian, E., Raynor, H., Mehlenbeck, R.S., Lloyd-Richardson, E.E., Kaplan, J., Flynn-O’Brien, K., & Wing, R.R. (in press). Early Patterns of Food Intake as Predictors of BMI Change in an Adolescent Weight Loss Trial. Eating Behaviors.

    Jelalian, E., Lloyd-Richardson, E.E., Mehlenbeck, R.S., Hart, C., Flynn-O’Brien, K., Kaplan, J., Neill, M. & Wing, R. (in press). Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Behavioral Weight Control Treatment Combined with Supervised Exercise or Peer Enhanced Activity Intervention for Overweight Adolescents. The Journal of Pediatrics.

  • James L Olds

    Research Interests: Role of signal transduction in memory storage

    Selected Publications

    Olds J.L., Anderson M.D., McPhie, D.L., Staten L.D. and Alkon D.L. Imaging of Memory-Specific Changes in the Distribution of Protein Kinase C in the Hippocampus
    Science. 245:866-869 (1989)

    Devan, B. D., Petri, H. L., Mishkin, M., Stouffer, E. M., Bowker, J. M., Yin, P. B., Buffalari, D. M., & Olds, J. L. (2002). A room with a view and a polarizing cue: Individual differences in the stimulus control of place navigation and passive latent learning in the water maze. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory 78 (1):79-99 JUL 2002.

    Devan, B.D., Stouffer, E.M., Petri H.L., Mcdonald, R.J. and Olds J.L. (2003) Partial Reinforcement Across Trials Impairs Escape Performance but Spares Place Learning in the Water Maze. Behavioral Brain Research 141:91-104.

  • Raja Parasuraman

    Research Interests: Neuroergonomics, Human-Automation interaction, and Molecular genetics of cognition

    Selected Publications

    Clark, V., & Parasuraman, R. (2014). Enhancing brain and mind in health and in disease. NeuroImage, 85, 889-894.


    Coffman, B. A., Clark, V. P., & Parasuraman, R. (2014). Battery powered thought: Enhancement of attention, learning, and memory in healthy adults using transcranial Direct Current Stimulation. NeuroImage, 85, 895-908.


    McKendrick, R., Ayaz, H., Olmstead, R., & Parasuraman, R. (2014). Enhancing dual-task performance with verbal and spatial working memory training: Continuous

    monitoring of cerebral hemodynamics with NIRS. NeuroImage, 85, 1014-1026.


    McKendrick, R., Shaw, T., de Visser, E., Saqer, H., Kidwell, B., & Parasuraman, R. (2014). Team performance in networked supervisory control of unmanned air vehicles: Effects of automation, working memory and communication content. Human Factors, 56, 463-475. doi: 10.1177/0018720813496269.


    Mehta, R., & Parasuraman, R. (2014). Effects of mental fatigue on development of physical fatigue: A neuroergonomics approach. Human Factors, 56, 645-656.


    Nelson, J. T., McKinley, R. A., Golob, E. J., Warm, J. S., & Parasuraman, R. (2014). Enhancing vigilance in operators with prefrontal cortex transcranial direct stimulation. NeuroImage, 85, 907-917.


    Parasuraman, R., & McKinley, A. R. (2014). Using non-invasive brain stimulation to accelerate learning and enhance human performance. Human Factors, 56, 816-824.


    Parasuraman, R., Kidwell, B., Olmstead, R, Lin, M-K., Jankord, R., & Greenwood, P. (2014). Interactive effects of the COMT gene and training on individual differences in supervisory control of unmanned vehicles. Human Factors, 56, 760-771.


    Roberts, D. M. Fedota, J. R., Buzzell, G. A, Parasuraman, R., & McDonald, C. G. (2014). Prestimulus oscillations in the Alpha band of the EEG are modulated by the difficulty of feature discrimination and predict activation of 
a sensory discrimination process. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 26, 1615-1628.


    Strenziok, M., Parasuraman, R., Clarke, E., Cisler, D., Thompson, J. C., & Greenwood, P. M. (2014). Neurocognitive enhancement in older adults: Comparison of three cognitive training tasks to test a hypothesis of training transfer in brain connectivity. NeuroImage, 85, 1027-1039.


    Mehta, R., & Parasuraman, R. (2013). Neuroergonomics applications in physical and cognitive work: A review and discussion. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00889


    Parasuraman, R., & Galster, S. (2013). Sensing, assessing, and augmenting threat detection: behavioral, neuroimaging, and brain stimulation evidence for the critical role of attention. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00273.


    Strenziok, M., Greenwood, P. M., Santa Cruz, S., Thompson, J., & Parasuraman, R. (2013). Differential contributions of dorso-ventral and rostro-caudal prefrontal

    white matter tracts to cognitive control in healthy older adults. PLoS One, 8(12), : e81410. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0081410.


    Falcone, B., Coffman, B. A., Clark, V. P., & Parasuraman, R. (2012). Transcranial direct current stimulation enhances perceptual sensitivity and 24-hour retention in a complex threat detection task. PLoS One, 7(4), e34993. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0034993.


    Fedota, J., McDonald, C., Roberts, D. M., & Parasuraman, R. (2012). Contextual task difficulty modulates stimulus discrimination: Electrophysiological evidence for interaction between sensory and executive processes. Psychophysiology, 49, 1384-1393.


    Fu, S., Fedota, J., Greenwood, P. M., & Parasuraman, R. (2012). Attentional load is not a critical factor for eliciting C1 attentional effect – A reply to Rauss, Pourtois, Vuilleumier, and Schwartz. Biological Psychology,


    Greenwood, P. M., Parasuraman, R., & Espeseth, T. (2012). A cognitive phenotype for the nicotinic receptor gene CHRNA4 rs1044396. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 36, 1331-1341.


    Krueger, F., Parasuraman, R., Iyengar, V., Thornburg, M., Weel, J., Lin, M., Clarke, E., McCabe, K., & Lipsky, R. (2012). Oxytocin receptor genetic variation promotes trust behavior. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6, doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2012.00004.


    Parasuraman, R., de Visser, E., Lin, M.-K., & Greenwood, P. M. (2012). DBH genotype identifies individuals less susceptible to bias in computer-assisted decision making. PLoS One, 7(6). e39675. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0039675.


    Parasuraman, R., & Jiang, Y. (2012). Individual differences in cognition, affect, and performance: Behavioral, neuroimaging, and molecular genetic approaches. NeuroImage, 59, 70-82.


    Thompson, J., & Parasuraman, R. (2012). Attention, biological motion, and action recognition. NeuroImage, 59, 4-13.


    Parasuraman, R. (2011). Neuroergonomics: Brain, cognition, and performance at work. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 20, 181-186.


    Fedota, J., & Parasuraman, R. (2010). Neuroergonomics and human error. Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science, 11(5), 402-421.


    Fu, S., Fedota, J., Greenwood, P. M., & Parasuraman, R. (2010). Dissociation of visual C1 and P1 components as a function of attentional load: An event-related potential study. Biological Psychology, 85(1), 171-178.


    Fu, S., Fedota, J., Greenwood, P. M., & Parasuraman, R. (2010). Early interaction between perceptual load and involuntary attention: an event-related potential study. Neuroscience Letters, 468, 68-71.


    Greenwood, P. M., & Parasuraman, R. (2010). Neuronal and cognitive plasticity: A neurocognitive framework for ameliorating cognitive aging. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 2, doi: 10.3389/fnagi.2010.00150.


    Reinvang, I., Deary, I. J., Fjell, A. M., Steen, V. M., Espeseth, T., & Parasuraman, R. (2010). Neurogenetic effects on cognition in aging brains: A window of opportunity for intervention? Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 2, doi: 10.3389/fnagi.2010.00143.


    Safford, A.S., Hussey, E.A., & Parasuraman, R., & Thompson, J.C. (2010). Object-based attentional modulation of biological motion processing: Spatiotemporal dynamics using fMRI and EEG. Journal of Neuroscience, 30(27), 9064-9073.


    Fu, S., Huang, Y., Luo, Y., Wang, Y., Fedota, J., Greenwood, P. M., & Parasuraman, R. (2009). Perceptual load interacts with involuntary attention at early processing stages: event-related potential studies. NeuroImage, 48, 191-199.


    Greenwood, P. M., Lin, M.-K., Sundararajan R., Fryxell, K. J., & Parasuraman, R. (2009). Synergistic effects of genetic variation in nicotinic and muscarinic receptors on visual attention but not working memory. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), 106, 3633-3638.


    Greenwood, P. M., Sundararajan, R., Lin, M.-K., Fryxell, K. J., & Parasuraman, R. (2009). Both a nicotinic single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) and a noradrenergic SNP modulate working memory performance when attention is manipulated. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 21, 2139-2153.


    Ortigue, S., Thompson, J. C., Parasuraman, R., & Grafton, S. T. (2009).Spatio-temporal dynamics of human intention understanding in temporo-parietal cortex: A combined EEG/fMRI repetition suppression paradigm. PLoS One, 4(9), 1-10.


    Parasuraman, R. (2009). Assaying individual differences in cognition with molecular genetics: theory and application. Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science, 10, 399-416.


    Parasuraman, R., De Visser, E., Clarke, E., McGarry, W. R., Hussey, E., Shaw, T., & Thompson, J. (2009). Detecting threat-related intentional actions of others: Effects of image quality, response mode, and target cueing on vigilance. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 15(4), 275-290.


    Shaw, T. H., Warm, J. S., Finomore, V., Tripp, L., Matthews, G., Weiler, E., & Parasuraman, R. (2009). Effects of sensory modality on cerebral blood flow velocity during vigilance. Neuroscience Letters, 461(3), 207-211.


    Warm, J. S., Matthews, G., & Parasuraman, R. (2009). Cerebral hemodynamics and vigilance. Military Psychology, 21 (Suppl. 1), S75-S100.


    Fu, S., Zinni, M., Squire, P. N., Kumar, R., Caggiano, D. M., & & Parasuraman, R. (2008). When and where perceptual load interacts with voluntary visuospatial attention: An event-related potential and dipole modeling study. NeuroImage, 39, 1345-1355.


    Parasuraman, R., & Wilson, G. F. (2008). Putting the brain to work: Neuroergonomics past, present, and future. Human Factors, 50, 468-474.


    Parasuraman, R., Greenwood, P. M., Kumar, R., & Fossella, J. (2005). Beyond heritability: Neurotransmitter genes differentially modulate visuospatial attention and working memory. Psychological Science, 16(3), 200-207.


    Jiang, Y., Haxby, J. V., Martin, A., Ungerleider, L. G., & Parasuraman, R. (2000). Complementary neural mechanisms for tracking items in human working memory. Science, 287, 643-646.

  • Matthew S. Peterson

    Research Interests: Visual attention, eye movements, working memory, attentional control, aging, brain plasticity, and cognitive training

    Selected Publications

    Wong, J.H., & Peterson, M.S (2012). What we remember affects how we see: Spatial working memory steers saccade programming. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 73(6), 1768-1779.

    Peterson, M.S., & Beck, M.R. (2011). Eye movements and memory. In I. Gilchrist & S. Everling (Eds.) Oxford Handbook on Eye Movements. Oxford, England.

    Wong, J.H., & Peterson, M.S (2011). The interaction between memorized objects and abrupt onsets in oculomotor capture. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics73(6), 1768-1779.

  • Mittie T Quinn

    Selected Publications

    Quinn, M. (2010).  Assessing and intervening with children with speech and language disorders. In D. C. Miller (Ed.), School neuropsychology: Guidelines for effective practice, assessment, and evidence-based intervention (pp. 551-579). Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons.

    Quinn, M. (2007, February). Culturally Competent Interventions.  Workshop Presentation, Illinois Association of School Psychologists Annual Convention, Springfield, IL.


    Quinn, M. (2004, April). Assessing Cultural Influences: School Psychologists’ Perspectives.  Symposium Presentation, NASP Annual Convention, Dallas, TX.


    Quinn, M. ” Developing Cultural Hypotheses in Special Education: Puzzlement or Pathology?” Mini-Skills Workshop presented at NASP Convention, Chicago, IL: February 27, 2002.


    Quinn, M. “Qualitative Research and School Psychology: Odd Couple or Perfect Match.” Paper presented at AERA Convention, New Orleans: April 2, 2002.


    Quinn, M. T. (2000). School Psychologists’ Assessment and Views of Culture in the Special Education Process. (Doctoral Dissertation, George Mason University, 2000). Dissertation Abstracts International, 61, no. 04A., p. 1295.


    Seligman, L. & Quinn, M. (1998) Selecting Effective Treatments for Childhood Mental Disorders. In Seligman, L. Selecting Effective Treatments-Revised (1998). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Inc.

  • Keith D Renshaw

    Research Interests: Anxiety, stress/trauma reactions, and interpersonal relationships, with a particular focus on romantic relationships in which one partner has experienced a traumatic event.

    Selected Publications

    Renshaw, K. D., & *Caska, C. M. (2012). Relationship distress in partners of combat veterans: The role of partners’ perceptions of posttraumatic stress symptoms. Behavior Therapy, 43, 416-426. doi: 10.1016/j.beth.2011.09.002

     Renshaw, K. D., & *Campbell, S. B. (2011). Combat veterans’ symptoms of PTSD and partners’ distress: The role of partners’ perceptions of veterans’ deployment experiences. Journal of Family Psychology, 25, 953-962.

     Renshaw, K. D. (2011). An integrated model of risk and protective factors for post-deployment PTSD symptoms in OEF/OIF era combat veterans. Journal of Affective Disorders, 128, 321-326. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2010.07.022

     Renshaw, K. D., *Blais, R. K., & *Caska, C. M. (2010). Distinctions between hostile and non-hostile forms of perceived criticism from others. Behavior Therapy, 41, 364-374. doi: 10.1016/j.beth.2009.06.003


  • John H Riskind

    Research Interests: Cognitive-behavioral research, treatment, and theory of anxiety, mood, and related disorders.

    Selected Publications

    Riskind, J. H., Black, D., & Shahar, G. (2010). Cognitive vulnerability to anxiety in the stress generation process: Interaction between the looming cognitive style and anxiety sensitivity. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 24, 124-128

    Riskind, J. H., Tzur, D., Williams, N., Mann, B., & Shahar, G. (2007). Short-term predictive effects of the looming cognitive style on anxiety disorder. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 45, 1765-1777.

    Riskind, J. H., & Alloy, L. B. (2006). Cognitive Vulnerability to Psychological Disorders: Theory, Design, and Methods. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 25. 705-725

    His papers have appeared in Behavior Research and Therapy, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Cognitive Therapy and Research, Archives of General Psychiatry, Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, Social Cognition, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, and others.

  • Johannes Rojahn

    Research Interests: Intellectual and developmental disabilities, especially [1] challenging behaviors and other forms of psychopathology (epidemiology, assessment, applied behavior analysis) and [2] socio-emotional development and social adaptation.

    Selected Publications

    Medeiros, K., Curby, T.W., Bernstein, A., Rojahn, J., & Schroeder, S.R. (2013). The progression of severe behavior disorder in young children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34, 3639-36-47. DOI: 10.1016/j.ridd.2013.08.002

    VanDerhei, S., Rojahn, J., Stuewig, J., & McKnight, P. E. (2013). The effect of shame-proneness, guilt-proneness, and internalizing tendencies on non-suicidal self-injury. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. DOI: 10.11 22/sltb.12069.

    Barnard-Brak, L., Rojahn, J., & Wei, T. (2013). Psychometric analysis of the Behavior Problems Inventory using an item-response theory framework: a sample of individuals with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 35, 564-577. DOI: 10.1007/s10862-013-9356-3

    Rojahn, J., Barnard-Brak, L., Richman, D., Dotson, W., Medeiros, K., Wei, T., & Abby, L. (2013). Behavior Problems in Individuals with Cornelia de Lange Syndrome: Population-Specific Validation of the Behavior Problem Inventory-01. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities. DOI: 10.1007/s10882-012-9329-6.

    Rojahn, J., Schroeder, S. R., Mayo-Ortega, L., Oyama-Ganiko, R., LeBlanc, J., Marquis, J, & and Berke, E. (2013). Validity and Reliability of the Behavior Problems Inventory, the Aberrant Behavior Checklist, and the Repetitive Behavior Scale-Revised among Infants and Toddlers at Risk for Developmental Disabilities: A Multi-Method Assessment Approach. Research in 

  • Ellen Rowe

    Research Interests: Areas of assessment and measurement with children.

    Selected Publications

    Rowe, E. W., Kingsley, J. M., & Thompson, D. F. (in press). Predictive ability of the General Ability Index (GAI) versus the Full Scale IQ among gifted referrals. School Psychology Quarterly.

    Rowe, E. W., Kim, S., Baker, J. A., Kamphaus, R. W., & Horne, A. M. (in press). Student personal perception of classroom climate: Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses. Educational and Psychological Measurement.

    Rowe, E. W., Perna, A. M., & Kamphaus, R. W. (2008). Behavioral measures of personality in children. In G. J. Boyle, G. Matthews, & D. H. Saklofske (Eds.), Handbook of personality theory and testing: Vol. 2. Personality measurement and assessment. London: Sage.

  • Tyler H. Shaw

    Research Interests: Vigilance or sustained attention, and automation and team performance.

    Selected Publications

    Shaw, T.H., Matthews, G., Warm, J.S., Finomore, V.S., Silverman, L., & Costa, P.T. (2010). Individual Differences in Vigilance: Personality, Ability and States of Stress. Journal of Research in Personality, 44, 297-308.

    Parasuraman, R., de Visser, E., Clarke, E., McGarry, W.R., Hussey, E., Shaw, T.H., & Thompson, J.C. (2009). Detecting Threat-Related Intentional Actions of Others: Effects of Image Quality, Response Mode, and Target Cueing on Vigilance. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 15, 275-290.

    Shaw, T. H., Warm, J. S., Finomore, V. S., Tripp, L., Matthews, G., Weiler, E., & Parasuraman, R. (2009). Effects of sensory modality on cerebral blood flow velocity during vigilance. Neuroscience Letters, 461, 207-211.

  • Eric B Shiraev

    Selected Publications

    Counting Every Vote: The Most Contentious Elections in American History. (With Robert Dudley). Dullles, VA: Potomac Books

    Cross-Cultural Psychology: Critical thinking and Contemporary Applications (With David Levy). Boston: Allyn & Bacon/Pearson   5th edition. Separate editions in India, Indonesia, and China

    The Soviet Union: Internal and External Perspectives on Soviet Society (with V. Shlapentokh and E. Carroll) New York: Palgrave

    Russian Government and Politics (London/NY: Macmillan). See the table of contents, a sample chapter, and other materials on the book's website.

    Counting Every Vote: The Most Contentious Elections in American History. (With Robert Dudley). Potomac Books

    The Soviet Union: Internal and External Perspectives on Soviet Society (with V. Shlapentokh and E. Carroll) New York: Palgrave

  • Jerome Short

    Research Interests: developing and evaluating mental health promotion programs for children, college students, and the elderly; social support; substance abuse prevention; and mental health policy

    Selected Publications

    Machell, K.A., Kashdan, T.B., Short, J.L., & Nezlek, J.B. (in press). Relationships between meaning in life, social and achievement events, and positive and negative affect in daily life. Journal of Personality.

    Wagner, D.C., & Short, J.L. (2014). Longitudinal predictors of self-rated health and mortality in older adults. Preventing Chronic Disease, 11:130241, 1-8.

    Erb, S.E., Renshaw, K.D., Short, J.L., & Pollard, J.W. (2014). The importance of college roommate relationships: A review and systemic conceptualization. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 51(1), 43-55.

    Short, J.L. (2012). Psychological fitness for older adults: A pilot intervention. Seniors Housing & Care Journal, 20(1), 71-84.

    Han, S.C., & Short, J.L. (2009). Alcohol expectancies as a mediator of the relation between impulsivity and alcohol consumption in Asian Americans. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 8(2), 178-200.

  • Robert F Smith

    Research Interests: The effects of adolescent drug consumption, especially nicotine.

    Selected Publications

    J. Brielmaier, C.G. McDonald, R.F. Smith. Effects of acute stress on acquisition of nicotine conditioned place preference in adolescent rats: A role for corticotropin-releasing factor 1 receptors. Psychopharmacology, 2012, 219(1) 73-82.


    Daniel G. Ehlingera,*, Hadley C. Bergstroma,1, Craig G. McDonalda, Robert F. Smitha. Nicotine induces persistent dendrite remodeling in the insular cortex. Neuroscience Letters, 2012 May 10; Vol. 516 (1), pp. 89-93.


    Laura L. Locklear, Craig G. McDonald, Robert F. Smith, Karl J. Fryxell, Adult Inbred Mice Voluntarily Progress to Nicotine Dependence in an Oral Self-Selection Assay. Neuropharmacology, 2012, 63, 582-92.


    Tracey Wheeler, Laura N Smith, Susan E Bachus, Craig G McDonald, Karl J Fryxell, Robert F Smith. (2013) Low-dose adolescent nicotine and methylphenidate have additive effects on adult behavior and neurochemistry. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, 103(4),723-34.


    Adriana M Falco; Craig G McDonald.; Susan E Bachus; Robert F Smith. Developmental alterations in locomotor and anxiety-like behavior as a function of D1 and D2 mRNA expression. Behavioural Brain Research, 2014, 260(1), 25-33.


    Adriana, M. Falco, Craig G. McDonald, Robert F. Smith. 2014. Anxiety status affects nicotine- and baclofen-induced locomotor activity, anxiety, and single-trial conditioned place preference in male adolescent rats. Developmental Psychobiology 56(6), 1352-64.

  • Maren Strenziok

    Research Interests: Neuroanatomical changes associated with video game training in older adults

    Selected Publications

    Pardini M, Krueger F, Hodgkinson C, Raymont V, Ferrier C, Goldman D, Strenziok M, Guida S, Grafman J (2011). Prefrontal cortex lesions and MAO-A modulate aggression in penetrating traumatic brain injury, Neurology; 76:1038-45.

    Strenziok M, Pulaski SJ, Krueger F, Zamboni G, Clawson D, Grafman J (2011). Regional Brain Atrophy and Impaired Decision Making on the Balloon Analogue Risk Task in Behavioral Variant Frontotemporal Dementia, Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology; 24:59-67.

    Strenziok M, Krueger F, Deshpande G, Lenroot RK, van der Meer E, Grafman J. Fronto-Parietal Regulation of Media Violence Exposure in Adolescents: A Multi-Method Study, Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience; online advance access (October 7, 2010:

    Strenziok M, Krueger F, Zamboni G, Pulaski SJ, Openshaw AE, van der Meer E, Grafman J. Lower Lateral Orbitofrontal Cortex Density Associated with More Frequent Exposure to Television and Movie Violence in Male Adolescents, Journal of Adolescent Health; 46: 607-9.

    Strenziok M, Krueger F, Heinecke A, Lenroot RK, Knutson KM, van der Meer E, Grafman J (2009). Developmental Effects of Aggressive Behavior in Male Adolescents Assessed with Structural and Functional Brain Imaging, Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience; online advance access (September 21, 2009:

    Krueger F, McCabe K, Moll J, Kriegeskorte N, Zahn R, Strenziok M, Heinecke A, and Grafman J (2007). Neural correlates of trust, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; 104: 20084.

    Lewis DO, Yeager CA, Blake P, Bard B, and Strenziok M (2004). Ethics questions raised by the neuropsychiatric, neuropsychological, educational, developmental, and family characteristics of 18 juveniles awaiting execution in Texas, Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law; 32: 408-29.

  • Jeffrey B Stuewig

    Research Interests: Developmental psychopathology, the moral emotions of shame and guilt, family violence, evaluation, and more generally centering around the topic of risk and antisocial behavior.

    Selected Publications

    Stuewig, J., Tangney, J., Kendall, S., Folk, J., Meyer, C. R., & Dearing, R. (in press). Children’s proneness to shame and guilt predict risky and illegal behaviors in young adulthood. Child Psychiatry and Human Development.

    Tangney, J. P., Stuewig, J., & Martinez, A. G.  (2014). Two faces of shame: The roles of shame and guilt in predicting recidivism. Psychological Science,25(3), 799-805.

    Stuewig, J., Tangney, J. P., Heigel, C., Harty, L. & McCloskey, L. A. (2010). Shaming, Blaming, and Maiming: Functional links among the moral emotions, externalization of blame, and aggression. Journal of Research in Personality, 44(1), 91-102.

    Tangney, J. P., Mashek, D., & Stuewig, J. (2007). Adventures at the social-clinical-community-criminology interface: The GMU Inmate Study. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 26(1), 1-21.

    Stuewig, J., & McCloskey, L. (2005). The impact of maltreatment on adolescent shame and guilt: Psychological routes to depression and delinquency. Child Maltreatment, 10, 324-336.

  • June P Tangney

    Research Interests: Working at the interface of clinical psychology, social psychology, and criminology. Studying moral emotions and cognitions associated with crime, substance abuse, HIV risk behavior, and rehabilitation. Developing novel interventions for 'general population' jail inmates drawing on restorative justice, mindfulness, and motivational interviewing.

    Selected Publications

    Furukawa, E., Tangney, J. P., & Higashihara, F. (in press).  Cross-cultural continuities and discontinuities in shame, guilt, and pride:  A study of children residing in Japan, Korea and the U.S.  Self and Identity.
    Leary, M., & Tangney, J.P.  (Eds.)  (in press).  Handbook of self and identity, second edition.  New York:  Guilford Press. 
    Tangney, J. P., Stuewig, J., & Hafez, L.  (in press).  Shame, guilt and remorse: Implications for offender populations.  Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology.
    Dearing, R. L., & Tangney, J. P.  (Eds.)  (2011).  Shame in the Therapy Hour.  Washington DC:  APA Books. 
    Hastings, M. E., Krishnan, S., Tangney, J. P., & Stuewig, J.  (2011).  Predictive and incremental validity of Violence Risk Appraisal Guide scores with male and female jail inmates.  Psychological Assessment, 23, 174-183.
    Tangney, J. P., Stuewig, J., Mashek, D., & Hastings, M. (2011).  Assessing jail inmates’ proneness to shame and guilt: Feeling bad about the behavior or the self?   Criminal Justice and Behavior, 38, 710-734.
    Conn, C., Warden, R., Stuewig, J., Kim, E. H., Harty, L., Hastings, M., & Tangney, J. P.  (2010).  Borderline Personality Disorder among jail inmates: How common, and how distinct?  Corrections Compendium, 4, 6-13.
    Maddux, J. E. & Tangney, J. P. (Eds.)  (2010.) Social Psychological Foundations of Clinical Psychology. New York: Guilford Press.  

    Stuewig, J., Tangney, J. P., Heigel, C., Harty, L. & McCloskey, L. A. (2010). Shaming, blaming, and maiming: Functional links among the moral emotions, externalization of blame, and aggression. Journal of Research in Personality, 44, 91-102.

    Tangney, J.P., Mashek, D., & Stuewig, J. (2007). Working at the social-clinical-community-criminology interface: The George Mason University Inmate Study. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 26, 1-21.

    Tangney, J. P., Stuewig, J., & Mashek, D. J. (2007). Moral emotions and moral behavior. Annual Review of Psychology, 58, 345-372.

  • James C Thompson

    Research Interests: Examining how we recognize human movement and make sense of other peoples' actions and how this can be applied in specialized settings such as surveillance and in conditions in which human movement recognition may be impaired.

    Selected Publications

    Wheaton KJ, Thompson JC, Syngeniotis A, Abbott DF, Puce A. (2004) Viewing the motion of human body parts activates different regions of premotor, temporal, and parietal cortex. Neuroimage 22:277-88.

    Thompson JC, Clarke M, Stewart T, Puce A. (2005) Configural processing of biological motion in human superior temporal sulcus. J Neurosci. 25:9059-66.

  • Kari J Visconti

    Research Interests: Peer relationships and social cognition in childhood

    Selected Publications

    Visconti, K. J., Kochenderfer-Ladd, B., & Clifford, C. (in press). Children's attributions for peer victimization: A social comparison approach. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology.
    Visconti, K. J., Sechler, C. M., & Kochenderfer-Ladd, B. (2013). Coping with peer victimization: The role of children's attributions. School Psychology Quarterly, 28, 122-140.
    Visconti, K. J., Ladd, G. W., & Kochenderfer-Ladd, B. (2013). The role of moral disengagement in the longitudinal associations between children's social goals and aggression. Presentation for the Society for Research on Child Development's Biennial Meeting. Seattle, Washington.
    Visconti, K. J., & Troop-Gordon, W. (2010). Walking away, fighting back, and getting help: Prospective relations between behavioral responses to peer victimization and socioemotional adjustment. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 31, 261-272. 
  • Patricia B Wanschura

    Research Interests: human development and statistics, with a particular  interest in children's thinking and memory strategies

    Selected Publications

    Linkous, David H., Adlard, Paul A., Wanschura, Patricia B., Conko, Kathryn M., and Flinn, Jane M. (2009). The effects of enhanced zinc on spatial memory and plaque formation in transgenic mice. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 18, 564-579.

    Railey, A., Micheli, T., Wanschura, P.,& Flinn, J. (2010). Alterations in fear response and spatial memory in pre-and post-natal zinc supplemented rats: Remediation by copper. Physiology and Behavior, 100, 95-100.

  • Eva Wiese

    Research Interests: Social Robotics and Embodied cognition in HCI

    Selected Publications


    Wiese, E., & Wiese, L. (2012). Design Problem-Solving with External Representations. In: J.Adenauer & J. Petruschat (Eds.) Prototype! physical, virtual, hybrid, smart (Form+ Zweck Verlag, Berlin), pp. 160-185.

    Journal Articles

    Wiese, E., Wykowska, A., & Müller, H.J. (in prep.). The spatial specificity of gaze cuing is modulated by facial expression.

    Wiese, E., Wykowska, A., & Müller, H.J. (under review). What we observe is biased by what other people tell us: Beliefs about the reliability of gaze behavior modulate attentional orienting to gaze cues. PLoS One.

    Wykowska, A.*, Wiese, E.*, & Müller, H.J. (under review). Readiness to engage in social interactions depends on beliefs about the minds of others, an EEG study. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.

    Wiese, E., Zwickel, J., & Müller, H.J. (2013). The importance of social context information on the spatial specificity of gaze cuing. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 75(5), 967-982.

    Wiese, E.*, Wykowska, A.*, Zwickel, J., & Müller, H.J. (2012). I see what you mean: How attentional selection is shaped by ascribing intentions to others. PLoS One, 7(9): e45391. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0045391.

    Wiese, E., Israel, J.H., Meyer, A., & Bongartz, S. (2010). Investigating the Learnability of Immersive Free-Hand Sketching. In: M. Alexa & E. Do (eds.) EUROGRAPHICS SBIM, 135-142.

    Wiese, E., Zwickel, J., Müller, H.J. (2009). Im Auge des Anderen – Wie uns die Anwesenheit anderer beeinflusst. In: In-Mind-Magazine, 2, 1-8.

    Bachinger, S., Wiese, E., Israel, J.H. (2009). Establishing a semantic differential on product prototype aesthetics: a research approach. In: MMI Interaktiv, Special Issue Human-Machine Interaction, 1-8.

    Israel, J.H., Wiese E., Mateescu, M., & Stark, R. (2009). Investigating three-dimensional sketching for early conceptual design – Results from expert discussions and user studies. Computer & Graphics, 33(4), 462-473.

  • Adam Winsler

    Research Interests: Children's transition to school, development of self-regulation, private speech, Vygotskian sociocultural theory, bilingualism and early schooling for English-language learners

    Selected Publications

    Winsler, A., Burchinal, M., Tien, H., Peisner-Feinberg, E., Espinosa. L, Castro, D.C., LaForett, D., Kim, Y.K., & De Feyter, J. (in press). Early development among dual language learners: The roles of language use at home, maternal immigration, country of origin, and sociodemographics. Early Childhood Research Quarterly
    Winsler, A., Gupta, Karkhanis, D., Kim, Y., & Levitt, J. (2013). Being Black, male, and gifted in Miami: Prevalence and predictors of placement in elementary school gifted education programs. Urban Review, 45, 416-447. DOI: 10.1007/s11256-013-0259-0
    Winsler, A., Hutchison, L., De Feyter, J.J. Manfra, L., Bleiker, C., Hartman, S., & Levitt, J. (2012). Child, family, and childcare predictors of delayed school entry and kindergarten retention among linguistically- and ethnically-diverse children. Developmental Psychology, 48, 1299-1314. doi: 10.1037/a0026985
    Winsler, A., Ducenne, L., & Koury, A. (2011). Singing one’s way to self-regulation: The role of early music and movement curricula and private speech. Early Education and Development, 22, 274-304.
    De Feyter, J.J., & Winsler, A. (2009). The early developmental competencies and school readiness of low-income, immigrant children: Influences of generation, race/ethnicity, and national origins. Early Childhood Research Quarterly. 24, 411-431. doi: 10.1016/j.ecresq.2009.07.004
    Winsler, A., Fernyhough, C., & Montero, I. (Eds.). (2009). Private speech, executive functioning, and the development of verbal self-regulation. Cambridge University Press.

    Winsler, A., Tran, H., Hartman, S., Madigan, A.L., Manfra, L., & Bleiker, C. (2008). School readiness gains made by ethnically-diverse children in poverty attending center-based childcare and public school pre-kindergarten programs. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 23, 314-329.

    Winsler, A., Abar, B., Feder, M., Rubio, D.A. & Schunn, C. (2007). Private speech and executive functioning among high functioning children with autistic spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 37. 1617-1635.

    Winsler, A., Manfra, L., & Diaz, R.M. (2007). “Should I let them talk?” Private speech and task performance among preschool children with and without behavior problems. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 22, 215-231.

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