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Western Kentucky University

Psychological Sciences

Psychological Science Concentration Faculty

Core Faculty

Amy Brausch, Ph.D. (Northern Illinois University, 2008), Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences - Research interests: Non-suicidal self-injury, adolescent and young adult suicide, disordered eating and body image, risk-taking behaviors, women's self-objectification, self-esteem, and gender socialization.

Steven Haggbloom, Ph.D. (Purdue University, 1975), Professor of Psychological Sciences - Research interests: Cognitive and behavioral neuroscience, learning, and cognition.

Lance Hahn, Ph.D. (University of Texas at Austin, 1994), Associate Professor of Psychological Sciences - Research interests: Computational neuroscience, reading, visual perception, and dynamic distributed systems.

Elizabeth Lemerise, Ph.D. (New School for Social Research, 1988), University Distinguished Professor of Psychological Sciences - Research interests: Social and emotional development, peer relations, and social information processing.

Diane Lickenbrock, Ph.D. (The University of Notre Dame, 2010), Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences - Research interests: Social and emotional development in infants and children and the development of emotion regulation and parent-child relationships.

Kelly Madole, Ph.D. (University of Texas at Austin, 1992), Professor of Psychological Sciences - Research interests: Infant cognition and the development of object and social categories.

Andy Mienaltowski, Ph.D. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008), Associate Professor of Psychological Sciences - Research interests: Aging and adult development, social judgment, decision making, and emotion regulation.

Sharon Mutter, Ph.D. (George Washington University, 1984), University Distinguished Professor of Psychological Sciences - Research interests: Associative processes in learning and memory, causal learning and judgment, neural correlates of learning and memory, and cognitive aging.

J. Farley Norman, Ph.D. (Vanderbilt University, 1990), University Distinguished Professor of Psychological Sciences - Research interests: Adult human visual perception, cognitive representations of 3-D shape, and object recognition.

Steven O'Connor, Ph.D. (The Catholic University of America, 2010), Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences - Research interests: Suicide prevention, intervention development, mental health services research, U.S. military and veterans' mental health, posttraumatic stress, and compulsive cell phone use.

Matthew Shake, Ph.D. (University of Illinois, 2009), Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences - Research interests: Cognitive aging, language processing and comprehension, and adult development.

Brandy Tiernan, Ph.D. (Iowa State University, 2012), Research Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences - Research interests: Event-related brain potentials (ERPs), neural correlates of emotion regulation, and cognitive control and affective information processing.

Aaron Wichman, Ph.D. (The Ohio State University, 2005), Associate Professor of Psychological Sciences - Research interests: Social cognition and the effects of psychological threats on metacognition and motivation.

Affiliated Faculty

Pitt Derryberry, Ph.D. (University of Alabama, 2001), Professor of Psychology - Research interests: Socio-cognitive development during adolescence and the college years and moral education throughout the lifespan.

Lisa Duffin, Ph.D. (Purdue University, 2009), Assistant Professor of Psychology - Research interests: Educational psychology, psychosocial factors impacting teacher quality and student learning, motivation, and STEM.

Jenni Redifer, Ph.D. (University of Florida, 2012), Assistant Professor of Psychology - Research interests: Cognition and student learning, retrieval strategies, and working memory.

Steven Wininger, Ph.D. (Florida State University, 1998), Professor of Psychology - Research interests: Motivation and emotion, sport and exercise psychology, educational psychology, and measurement.

Qin Zhao, Ph.D. (University of Florida, 2008), Associate Professor of Psychology - Research interests: Accuracy and bias in meta-cognitive judgments, meta-cognitive beliefs about intelligence, and achievement motivation.

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