College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Department of Psychology

Research Labs

The Psychology department has 12 active faculty research labs located in Heron Hall. These labs are led by full time tenure-track faculty members in Psychology and cover topics across a variety of domains (i.e., clinical, biological, social, cognitive, developmental, and health).

Clinical & Forensic Evaluation (CAFE) Lab

CAFE Lab students at conference

The CAFE lab focuses on the validation of psychological assessment instruments, with a special focus on scales that detect invalid test responding.

Faculty: Danielle Burchett, Ph.D.

Heron Hall 159

DeMiguel Lab

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Faculty: Zurine De Miguel, Ph.D.

Heron Hall

Dyer-Seymour Developmental Science (DS2) Lab

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The DS2 lab uses a variety of methods to examine perspective-taking (when we see the world through another person's eyes). We are specifically interested in how to improve perspective-taking abilities.

Faculty: Jennifer Dyer-Seymour, Ph.D.

Heron Hall 172 & 191

Perplexing Questions Lab

We investigate deep conceptual change through struggle - our creativity, moments of insight, quandaries of morality, appreciating emotion, and the power of teaching and parenting to transform our lives.

Faculty: Katie Grobman, Ph.D.

Heron Hall 169 & 195

Child Health & Wellness Research Lab

a group of students and Dr. Lovell in the lab looking at a computer screen

The Child Health and Wellness Research Lab collaborates with the local community to improve the mental and physical health of children, adolescents, and families.

Faculty: Jennifer Lovell, Ph.D.

Heron Hall 111

Media & Social Cognition (M&SC) Lab

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The M&SC lab examines how people are portrayed in mass media as well as how people think, reason, and communicate about physical and social space.

Faculty: Justin Matthews, Ph.D.

Heron Hall 171

Applied and Basic Cognitive (ABC) Research Laboratory

a headshot of Dr. Renee Penalver in a black jacket with glasses.

The ABC Laboratory focuses on the impact of bilingualism on cognition, and investigating cognition in the local community.

Faculty: Renee Penalver, Ph.D.

Heron Hall

Liberation, Resistance, and Healing Lab

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This lab examines structural oppression, strategies for resistance, and how our liberation depends on all our relations (i.e., the interconnections between humans, plants, and animals).

Faculty: Christine Rosales, Ph.D.

Heron Hall 136

Social Psychology Lab: Inequality & Social Justice

Dr. Sinha and a student standing in front of a research poster at a conference

The lab uses qualitative and quantitative methods to conduct research aimed at understanding systemically based social inequalities in contemporary U.S. society as they relate to race, class, gender, and sexuality.

Faculty: Mrinal Sinha, Ph.D.

Heron Hall 160

Support Young People Project

Students and Dr. Snapp standing in a group outside their lab

The Support Young People Project identifies factors that support underrepresented and minoritized youth’s healthy development.

Faculty: Shannon Snapp, Ph.D.

Heron Hall 194

Trauma Outcomes & Recovery (TOAR) Lab

Students and Dr. Valdez standing in front of a research poster at a conference

The TOAR Lab focuses on uncovering factors that increase risk for violence and the development of posttraumatic stress reactions. Our goal is to improve treatments for trauma survivors by enhancing currently validated therapies and creating theoretically grounded interventions.

Faculty: Christine Valdez, Ph.D.

Heron Hall 111

Memory & Perception (MAP) Lab

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The MAP Lab studies eyewitness memory, face perception, and false memory. We investigate how false memories are created for semantically related words and how recall may be influenced by collaboration.

Faculty: Jill Yamashita, Ph.D.

Heron Hall 132 & 134