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Student & Faculty Research

Our students are active researchers in psychology laboratories and research groups. The Department of Psychology offers many opportunities for students to gain research experience, including the ability to earn course credit for working in a research lab. Previous research experience is NOT necessary!



WKU Study Board

The Study Board is an automated online system for scheduling research participation in the Department of Psychological Sciences and the Department of Psychology. The information on these pages assists students, course instructors, and researchers in using the Study Board.

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Student Research Opportunities in the Department of Psychology

Contact any of the faculty below to learn more about how you can get involved with their research.

Faculty Name Faculty Research Interests Lab Name
Mel Baker My empirical research focuses on the application of social-cognitive psychology to questions and issues related to law and the legal system. Psychology, Law, Emotions, and Attitudes (PLEA) Lab
Pitt Derryberry My research interests pertain to socio-cognitive development during adolescence and the college years with specific emphases on the development of moral judgment and self-understanding. Research of Ethical and Social Topics (REST) Lab
Lisa C. Duffin My research interest spans the factors that impact academic quality at many different levels (i.e., program-level, group-level, and individual-level) and in many different contexts (i.e., university, K-12 schools, lab). The Academic Quality (TAQ) Lab
Rick Grieve My research interests lie in the area of eating disorders, and right now I am investigating men's eating disorders, especially muscle dysmorphia. I am also interested in sport fan behaviors. I have a number of studies going in both areas through the Clinical/Applied Research (CAR) Group.  Clinical/Applied Research (CAR) Group
Thomas Gross

The Behavior in Education, Assessment and Results (BEAR) Lab focuses on applied research with child, family, and learner support systems. There are currently a few ongoing projects:

  1. Broadening Participation Research Project: Investigating the Integration of Mathematics into Biology by Reciprocal Course Content Exchange (NSF Grant #1719262).
  2. The Good Behavior Game and Student Motivation.
  3. School Psychology Diversity Training and Training Assessment.
  4. Family and Youth Assessments and Behavioral Outcomes in School and Community Settings.
Behavior in Education, Assessment and Results (BEAR) Lab
Sungjin Im

My research focuses on bridging the gap between cognitive neuroscience and clinical science by applying a wide range of cutting-edge approaches including fMRI, EEG, ECG, EDA, EMG, impedance cardiograph, and computerized behavioral tasks. Current research projects involve:

  1. Mechanisms of change that underlie post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use disorders, and severe mental illness
  2. Efficacy of mindfulness-based interventions, especially their impact on cognitive function
  3. Transdiagnostic processes that cut across multiple psychological disorders
  4. Integration of multi-method approaches to improving our understanding of diagnostic categories and nature of psychopathology
Translational Neuroscience Lab (TNL)
Sally Kuhlenschmidt I work primarily with graduate students and have a variety of research interests that engage me in many types of projects. In terms of populations older adults are a special focus with a sample graduate student project being mindfulness in older adults. I also have an interest in technological applications and implications for clinical practice. I enjoy evaluation of psychological assessments which is a key component of most research topics. Currently I am working on projects involving mindfulness practices. Abilities Research Group
Sarah Ochs My research examines how we can most accurately identify youth at risk for a variety of academic, behavioral, and mental health concerns. This includes improving measurement through studies of technical adequacy and practical utility. I am also interested in how we can use technology and other novel assessment approaches to improve accuracy, particularly for diverse student populations. Measurement and Intervention Team
Tony Paquin My general research interests include: (1) The impact of culture on workplace behavior (e.g., productivity/organizational effectiveness, leadership, incivility) in traditional and nontraditional organizations; (2) Cross-cultural perceptions of date rape; (3) Psychometric issues in the translation and design of cross-cultural instruments; and (4) Rater agreement in the context of performance appraisal.  Cross-cultural Psychology Lab
Jenni Redifer My research examines cognitive factors related to student learning and achievement. I am interested in how working memory capacity (the limited attentional resources we have available during effortful tasks) influences problem-solving and retrieval of information from long-term memory. Part of this work investigates methods for teaching effective strategies to individuals with low working memory capacity (i.e., fewer attentional resources). Attention and Memory Lab
Tim Thornberry My research relates to primary care psychology topics, especially parenting, prevention, and public health. Ongoing projects include: examining the utility of analog behavior observations of parent-child interactions; implementation of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) with rural families; and behavioral health problem prevention and intervention (e.g., smoking cessation, substance abuse, pediatric obesity). Parent Child Research Lab
Steve Wininger

My research interests are in motivation and performance psychology within the contexts of exercise, sport, and education. Primary independent variables include attentional focus, cognitive processing (especially multi-tasking), and goal types. Usual dependent variables assessed are performance, self-selected intensity/pace, perceived effort, and cognitive load.

Recent studies include:

  • Impact of Attempting to Multi-Task on Self-Selected Exercise Intensity
  • Effect of Goal Type (distance vs. time) on Self-Selected Exercise Intensity
  • Effect of Student Classroom Cell Phone Usage on Teachers
Motivation Lab
Qin Zhao My current research interest involves how top-down metacognitive processes (e.g., beliefs/mindsets, self-perceptions, expectancies) influence student learning, motivation, and psychological well-being. I am also interested in reducing common bias (e.g., anchoring, overconfidence) in metacognitive judgments. Metacognition Lab



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