Supervised Research

PSYX 290 & 390

Below are the faculty members participating in supervised research, Psyx 290 and 390.  Also included are examples of their research interests and research project(s) open to student work and participation.  Please note that, since these are "apprenticeship" courses in research psychology, it is necessary that the projects be those which the professors are specially qualified to handle. The present list is not exhaustive, but will give students a clear indication of the research areas in which the faculty are interested and are currently conducting research. Students should keep in mind that the work undertaken by faculty for PSYX 290 and 390 is in addition to the faculty members' teaching assignments, and that such work can only be continued if students participate with enthusiasm, ideas, a desire to learn, and a sense of responsibility. PSYX 120 is not a prerequisite for PSYX 290 or 390.

The number of credits students sign up for is variable. Each credit translates into 3 hours the student gives to the lab per week. So, if a student signs up for 3 credits then he/she is supposed to work 9 hours per week. Typically students do 2 credits or 6 hours. Students can take a total of 6 credits of 290, allowing them to work more than one semester in a lab.

Supervised Research Opportunities 2017-2018

Will work with selected students.  Projects depend on current opportunities.

  1. School-based crisis prevention and intervention
  2. International school psychology
  3. Bereavement and trauma in school-age children
  4. Resilience in school-age children

Dr. Jacqueline Brown's webpage

On Sabbatical for Academic Year 2016 - 2017

  1.  Barriers to depression care: Stigma and depression treatment; stigma activation as a result of specific treatment modalities (medication v. psychotherapy); attitudes and beliefs about depression and depression treatment options
  2.  Primary Care-Mental Health Integration efforts; health psychology; the healthcare system

Dr. Duncan Campbell's webpage

Will work with selected students. Please contact Dr. Cochran for research lab application.

  1. Sexual minority (LGBT) mental health
  2. Gender Nonconformity
  3. Substance abuse and dependence
  4. Prescription drug misuse

Dr. Bryan Cochran's webpage

Will work with 6-12 selected students. For more information on Dr. Conway's lab click on "join the lab."

  1. Political and Social Psychology
  2. Causes and consequences of cognitive complexity (relevant to politics, culture, and mental health)
  3. Causes and consequences of shared beliefs (e.g., collectivism, stereotypes, etc.)

Dr. Luke Conway's webpage

Will work with selected students.

  1. Mathematical psychology; statistics; data analysis; statistical and methodological consulting; statistical software; calculus; algebra; linear and matrix algebra; differential equations; philosophy of science; history of statistics and mathematics; decision analysis; psychometrics; elementary real analysis; quantitative problem-solving; legal statistics; medical/health statistics

Dr. Daniel Denis' webpage

Will work with 3-5 students.

  1. Projects related to intimate partner violence and dating violence on campus

Dr. Christine Fiore's webpage

Will work with several students. For more information about the lab

  1. Culturally responsive practices in school psychology
  2. Native American youths' mental health and academic performances

Dr. Anisa Goforth's webpage

Will work with several students.

  1. Secondary influences on neuropsychological test performance such as effort, expectations and diagnosis threat.

Dr. Stuart Hall's webpage

Research Professor; Rural Institute

Will work with 1-2 selected students.

  1. Pain, depression, and resilience in people with spinal cord injury
  2. Interpersonal violence against people with disabilities
  3. Unintended pregnancy in women with disabilities
  4. Reproductive and pelvic health of women with disabilities
  5. Psychological health promotion for women with spinal cord injury

Dr. Rosemary Hughes' webpage

Will work with selected students.

  1. Investigation of rodent social behavior/cognition (physical and vocal interactions in degus)
  2. Analysis of neural activity recorded from socially interacting degus

Dr. Nathan Insel's webpage

Will work with selected students.

  1. Human cognition:  priming effects, learning strategies and memory, confidence (over and under confidence), judgments and decision making (heuristics), emotion and cognition, etc.; and applying cognitive science to education
  2. Helping to run cognitive psychology experiments
  3. Learning how to design, develop, and conduct your "own" experiments if interested - full support will be offered to the student researchers

Dr. Yoonhee Jang's webpage

Sabbatical 2017-18

Will work with selected students.

  1. Positive behavior supports in schools
  2. Judgments of responsibility in cases of chronic peer harassment/bullying
  3. Bully prevention efforts in public schools
  4. Social determinants of bullying behavior

Dr. Greg Machek's webpage

Will work with 1 or 2 students.

  1. Parent/infant interactions
  2. Interventions with at-risk parents/infants
  3. Teen parenting and outcomes for children

Dr. Nicole McCray's webpage

Will work with selected students. Please contact Dr. McFarland for lab application.

  1. Prospective memory
  2. Cognitive Rehabilitation
  3. Prospection--imaging future situations
  4. Neuropsychology of Aging

Dr. Craig McFarland's webpage

Will work with 1 or 2 students.

  1. Development and testing of a tablet-based behavioral medicine intervention for people with disabling chronic illness and injury
  2. Person-Environment fit in rural communities
  3. Pain, barriers and community participation
  4. Measuring community participation with IPods, GPS, etc.

Dr. Craig Ravesloot's webpage

Sabbatical spring 2018

Will work with several students.

  1. Research on dynamic changes in emotion and other self-rated characteristics
  2. Research on health and mental health services
  3. Research on psychological well-being
  4. Research on school-based interventions for child traumatic stress
  5. Additional projects conducted by Professor and Graduate research team

Dr. David Schuldberg's webpage

Will work with selected students. Please see Dr. Severson’s Lab website ( for more information and click “Join the Lab” to apply.

1. Anthropomorphism: Attributions of minds, internal states, and other animate characteristics to inanimate entities (e.g., nature and technologies).

2. Social perspective taking: Selective social learning, perspective taking biases/limitations.

3. Environmental moral reasoning: Development of moral conceptions of the natural world.

Dr. Severson's faculty website (

Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology 

See Dr. Sun to apply to work in her lab; register through the Psychology Department, PSYX 290/390

  1. Examine how emergent leadership naturally evolves in children's collaborative learning and facilitates the group's argumentation and problem-solving
  2. Examine what individual characteristics, social factors (e.g., peer relationships), and contexts (instructional approaches, culture) impact children's school engagement
  3. Cross-cultural examination of American and Chinese children's social and emotional development in collaborative learning, and teachers' struggles and growth in scaffolding dialogic-rich discussions.
  1. Resilience in American Indian populations
  2. Trauma/Violence in Indian Country
  3. Grief
  4. Social determinants of health in Indian Country

Dr. Gyda Swaney's webpage

Sabbatical spring 2018

Will work with up to 8 students.

  1. Investigation of psychopharmacological effects of serotonin activation on choice behavior in Betta splendens (Siamese fighting fish)

Dr. Allen Szalda-Petree's webpage