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FacultyDisciplineResearch InterestsHow to ContactWebsite
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Allen, BenBiological• Brain Structure and Function (fMRI & EEG)
• Effects of cardiovascular disease risk factors on the brain and cognition
• Hypertension, Obesity
Email: ballen50@utk.eduhttp://psychology.utk.edu/faculty/ballen.php
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Allen, KristyClinical• Etiology, prevention, and treatment of child anxiety
• Intergenerational transmission of anxiety
• Cognitive-affective processing associated with anxiety
• Parenting behavior in anxious parent-child dyads
• Cognitive bias modification
Email: kallen51@utk.eduhttp://psychology.utk.edu/faculty/allen.php
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Baghdoyan, HelenBiological• Neurochemical regulation of sleep and wakefulness
• Mechanisms of general anesthesia
• Mechanisms underlying the relationship between sleep disruption and psychiatric disorders
Email: hbaghdoy@utk.eduhttp://psychology.utk.edu/faculty/baghdoyan.php
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Baldwin, DeboraBiological• Stress and Well-being in adult and elderly populations
• Biomarkers of positive affect
• Neuroendocrine and immunological outcomes as a function of stress and anxiety
• Optimism and resiliency as psychological resources
• Stress and Subjective well-being in African-Americans
Email: dbaldwin@utk.eduhttp://psychology.utk.edu/faculty/baldwin.php
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Bolden, JennifarClinical • The complex interplay among memory, behavior, and learning to inform psychological science
• The development of impairment-specific interventions for individuals diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Review website and Email RA application to ball@utk.eduhttp://www.utkbehaviorandlearninglab.org/
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Burghardt, GordonBiological• Play behavior
• Reptile behavior
• Chemoreception
• Social and predatory behavior
• Behavioral development
• Origins of ritual and religion
Email: gburghar@utk.eduhttp://psychology.utk.edu/faculty/burghardt.php
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Buss, AaronDevelopmental• Creation of an integrated understanding of the behavioral and neural dynamics of executive function over developmentEmail: Abuss@utk.eduhttp://abclabutk.weebly.com/
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Cooper, MatthewBiological• Animal models of social stress, dominance relationships, and aggression
• Cellular and molecular mechanisms of stress resilience and coping strategies
Email: mcoope10@utk.eduhttp://cooperlab.weebly.com/
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Corbetta, DanielaDevelopmental• Developmental, Perceptual & motor development in infancy
• Infant eye-tracking in the context of goal-directed action
• Visual attention, action selection, and action planning
• Object exploration and learning in infancy
• Sensory-motor development in the first year of life
Email: dcorbett@utk.eduhttp://ipal.utk.edu/
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Datta, SubimalBiological• The cellular and molecular mechanisms of sleep-wake states
• Sleep-dependent memory processing
• States of consciousness
• Anxiety disorders
Email: sdatta1@utk.eduhttp://psychology.utk.edu/faculty/datta.php
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Elledge, ChrisClinical • Etiology and prevention of child aggression and bullying
• Interventions for chronically bullied children
• Youth mentoring as a form of selective prevention
• Parent-child, sibling, and peer relationships of children at risk for socio-emotional dysfunction
Email: lelledge@utk.eduhttp://psychology.utk.edu/faculty/elledge.php
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Freeberg, ToddBiological• Vocal communication with a focus thus far on bird species by using a combination of field and laboratory approaches
• Research seeks to understand the development, function, and evolution of vocal signals and signaling
Email: tfreeber@utk.edu Office Phone: 865-974-3975http://web.utk.edu/~tfreeber/
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Gaertner, LowellSocial• The Social Psychology of groups, self, and violenceEmail: gaertner@utk.edu Call: 974-3348 Stop by his office: 303E in Austin Peay.http://psychology.utk.edu/faculty/gaertner.php
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Gonzalez, KirstenCounseling• The psychological well-being of individuals with marginalized identities including racial/ethnic minorities and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people
• The use intersectional theory to explore the experiences of marginalized communities across race/ethnicity, gender, and sexuality
• Social justice ally work
• The development and study of the efficacy of interventions designed to reduce prejudice and build social justice allies in privileged communities
Email: kirstenagonzalez724@gmail.com or take a class with herhttp://psychology.utk.edu/faculty/gonzalez.php
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Gordon, KristinaClinical • Developing and maintaining relationship health
• Brief couple interventions
• Impact of relationships on physical and emotional health
• Relationship traumas (e.g., infidelity, IPV) and forgiveness
• Mindfulness and relationship functioning
Email: kgordon1@utk.eduhttp://web.utk.edu/~kgordon1/
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Grzanka, PatrickCounseling• Intersectionality
• Emotions
• The psychosocial dimensions of race and racism
• Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues and psychotherapy
• Mental health, science, and society
• Multicultural feminist theories and research practices
Take a class with Patrick Grzankahttp://psychology.utk.edu/faculty/grzanka.php
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Hardin, ErinCounseling• Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
• Vocational psychology
• Self-construal
• Self-discrepancies
Email: erin.hardin@utk.eduHttp://pipes.utk.edu
http://aspire.utk.edu
http://psychology.utk.edu/faculty/hardin.php
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Hay, JessicaDevelopmental• Infant language acquisition
• Speech perception
• Perceptual learning
• Perceptual & cognitive development
Email: jhay@tennessee.eduhttp://infantlanguagelab.utk.edu/
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Larsen, JeffSocial• The understanding of the nature of emotional experience
• Mixed emotions indicates that it might be useful to think about positive and negative affect as separable dimensions in a bivariate space rather than opposite ends of a single dimension
• Identifying what the events that elicit mixed emotions have in common and whether some people are more likely to experience mixed emotions than others
Email: jeff.larsen@utk.eduhttp://affectandemotionlab.weebly.com/
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Levy, JacobCounseling• The intersection of personal characteristics with environmental demands, especially as it relates to career development, multicultural counseling, and counseling gifted and talented populations.
• The study of the Big Five Personality Factors and select narrow personality traits (most notably Self-Directed Learning, Sense of Identity, and Work Drive) in relation to career and educational satisfaction and performance
• The sub-culture of the gifted and talented, especially the issues related to the health and well-being of athletes and performing artists
Email: jlevy4.utk.eduhttp://psychology.utk.edu/faculty/levy.php
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Lewis, JioniCounseling• Multicultural psychology, diversity, and social justice issues
• Issues of race and racism, microaggressions, racial and gender identity, intersectionality, and Black women's issues
Email: jalewis@utk.eduhttp://psychology.utk.edu/faculty/lewis.php
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Lydic, RalphBiological• Understanding the cellular and neurochemical mechanisms regulating states of consciousness and state-dependent changes in physiologyEmail: rlydic@utk.edu
https://psychology.utk.edu/faculty/lydic.php
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Macfie, JennyClinical • Opioid misuse in pregnancy and infant development
• Effect of maternal borderline personality disorder on offspring
• Child maltreatment
• Developmental psychopathology
Email: macfie@utk.eduhttp://macfie.utk.edu/
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Miles, JoeCounseling• The process and outcomes of intergroup dialogue and group counseling
• Multicultural education
• Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues
• Health equity
Email: joemiles@utk.eduhttp://psychology.utk.edu/faculty/miles.php
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Moore, ToddClinical • Substance use
• Intimate partner violence
• Gender role stress
• Men’s health
Email: tmoore24@utk.eduhttp://psychology.utk.edu/faculty/moore.php
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Olson, MichaelSocial• The Social Psychology of attitude change and social cognition • Implicit cognition
• Implicit measures (IAT, priming)
• Racial, sexual, and sexual orientation prejudice
Email: molson2@utk.eduhttp://web.utk.edu/~molson2/Home.html
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Owens, GinaCounseling• Combat trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
• Meaning-making
• Trauma-related cognitions
Email: gowens4@utk.eduhttp://psychology.utk.edu/faculty/owens.php
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Reynolds, GregDevelopmental• Developmental cognitive neuroscience of infant cognitive development
• The development of attention and memory in infancy
• Investigations of brain-behavior relations in early development using: behavioral measures, eye-tracking, EEG, and event-related potentials
• Perceptual development in infancy, including: intersensory processing, face processing, and processing of native and non-native audiovisual speech
Email: greynol3@utk.edu or speak directly with himhttp://dcnlab.utk.edu/
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Ross-Sheehy, ShannonDevelopmental• The co-development of visual attention and other cognitive systems
• Interactions between attention and short-term memory, and how these dynamics drive infant visual exploration and experience
• Exploration of typical and atypical development to determine how attention influences important skills like working memory, recognition memory and encoding speed
Fill out a form on my website http://ivclab.utk.edu
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Schulz, KalynnBiological• The impact of external factors such as stress and internal factors such as gonadal steroid hormones on brain and behavioral developmentEmail: kschulz3@utk.edu
https://kalynn-schulz.squarespace.com/info
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Shteynberg, GarriySocial• The understanding of the emergence of novel cultural norms and their role in regulating human behavior
• Shared experiences with our social groups influence what we remember, the goals we pursue, and the things we value
• Comparison of the power of cultural norms and personal values as drivers of human behavior
• The psychological consequences of cultural norm conflict—that is, how people negotiate their way out of normative conflict, and what the consequences of such conflict are for one's personal identity, values and beliefs
Email: gshteynb@utk.eduhttp://thegablab.com/
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Stuart, GregClinical • Etiology, prevention, and treatment of intimate partner violence, relationship distress, and substance misuse/addictive behaviors
• Overlap between relationship aggression and substance misuse
• Women’s violence perpetration and victimization
• Subtypes of partner violent perpetrators
• Family violence across the life span
• Effectiveness and treatment outcome research
• Sexual assault and sexual behaviors of college students
• Etiology and prevention of general violence among college students
• Mental and physical health consequences of violence
Email: gstuart@utk.edu Also please email Graduate Students: mbrem@vols.utk.edu cwolfor2@vols.utk.edu aflorimb@vols.utk.edu agarne21@vols.utk.edu hannahgrigorian11@gmail.com If possible, take his class PSYC 481, Intimate Partner Violence.http://psychology.utk.edu/faculty/stuart.php
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Szymanski, DawnCounseling• Heterosexism and LGB persons’ psychosocial health
• Sexism/sexual objectification and women’s psychosocial health
• Additive, interactive, and intersectional influences of multiple oppressions
• Gender role socialization processes (e.g., masculine and feminine norms)
• Positive identity, resilience, and activism among marginalized groups
• Socio-cultural identity development among privileged groups
Email: dszymans@utk.eduhttp://psychology.utk.edu/faculty/szymanski.php
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Welsh, DeborahClinical • Adolescent and emerging adult romantic relationships
• The transition to college
• Balance in emerging adulthood
• Mindfulness in adolescents and emerging adults
• Sexual behavior in adolescents and emerging adults
Email: dwelsh@utk.edu Email Graduate Students: amorri58@vols.utk.edu jbisho22@vols.utk.eduhttp://psychology.utk.edu/faculty/szymanski.php
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