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Chair: Margaret Gatz, Ph.D.*


University Professor and William M. Keck Chair in Biological Sciences: Richard F. Thompson, Ph.D.

Dana Dornsife Chair in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences: Hanna Damasio, M.D.

David Dornsife Chair in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences: Antonio Damasio, M.D., Ph.D.

Harold Dornsife Neurosciences Chair: Irving Biederman, Ph.D.

William M. Keck Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience: Zhong-Lin Lu, Ph.D.

Provost's Professor of Psychology and Business: Wendy Wood, Ph.D.

Mendel B. Silberberg Professor of Social Psychology: Norman Miller, Ph.D.

Professors: Elaine Andersen, Ph.D.; Michael A. Arbib, Ph.D. (Computer Science, Biological Sciences); Laura A. Baker, Ph.D.; Antoine Bechara, Ph.D.; Irving Biederman, Ph.D.; Sarah W. Bottjer, Ph.D. (Biological Sciences); Kathleen C. Chambers, Ph.D.; Antonio Damasio, M.D., Ph.D.; Hanna Damasio, M.D.; Gerald C. Davison, Ph.D.* (Gerontology); Michael E. Dawson, Ph.D.; Caleb E. Finch, Ph.D. (Gerontology); Margaret Gatz, Ph.D.; Ernest Greene, Ph.D.; Bob G. Knight, Ph.D. (Gerontology); David G. Lavond, Ph.D.; Steven Lopez, Ph.D.; Zhong-Lin Lu, Ph.D.; Thomas D. Lyon, J.D., Ph.D. (Law); Franklin R. Manis, Ph.D.*; Gayla Margolin, Ph.D.; John J. McArdle, Ph.D.; Sarnoff A. Mednick, Ph.D.; Beth E. Meyerowitz, Ph.D.; Lynn Miller, Ph.D. (Communication); Norman Miller, Ph.D.; Shrikanth Narayanan, Ph.D. (Engineering); Carol A. Prescott, Ph.D.; Stephen J. Read, Ph.D.; Elyn R. Saks, J.D. (Law); Dan Simon, S.J.D. (Law); Steven Yale Sussman, Ph.D. (Institute for Prevention Research, Medicine); Larry Swanson, Ph.D. (Biological Sciences); Richard F. Thompson, Ph.D.; Penelope K. Trickett (Social Work); Rand Wilcox, Ph.D.; Elizabeth Zelinski, Ph.D. (Gerontology)

Associate Professors: JoAnn M. Farver, Ph.D.; Stanley J. Huey, Jr., Ph.D.; Richard S. John, Ph.D.; Brian Lickel, Ph.D.; Stephen A. Madigan, Ph.D.; Bartlett Mel, Ph.D. (Biomedical Engineering); Toben Mintz, Ph.D.; David Schwartz, Ph.D.; Bosco S. Tjan, Ph.D.; David A. Walsh, Ph.D.

Assistant Professors: John Monterosso, Ph.D.; Biing-Jiun Shen, Ph.D.; Justin Wood, Ph.D.

Lecturers: Miranda C. Barone, Ph.D.; Brian Baucom, Ph.D.; Ashley Borders, Ph.D.; Kim Lindsey, Ph.D.

Clinical Professors: A. Steven Frankel, Ph.D.; Ernest R. Katz, Ph.D.; Jonathan S. Kellerman, Ph.D.; Marie Poulsen, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professors: Robert Gore, Ph.D.; Barry S. Reynolds, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professors: Lynne Bernstein, Ph.D.; Joseph Hellige, Ph.D.; Adrian Raine, D.Phil.

Adjunct Associate Professor: Brian Lickel, Ph.D.

Adjunct Assistant Professors: Allen Azizian, Ph.D.; Monique Fleming, Ph.D.; Angela Lau, Ph.D.; Jasmine Tehrani, Ph.D.

Professor (research): Nancy Pedersen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor (research): Susan Luczak, Ph.D.

Assistant Professors (research): Karen M. Hennigan, Ph.D.; Julian Jamison, Ph.D.; Kelly Kadlec, Ph.D.; Jonas Kaplan, Ph.D.; Gui Xue, Ph.D.

Assistant Professors (teaching): Laurence Robert Gore, Ph.D.; Ann Renken, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professors: Norman Cliff, Ph.D.; William W. Grings, Ph.D.; Donald J. Lewis, Ph.D.; Albert R. Marston, Ph.D.

Emeritus Associate Professor: Milton Wolpin, Ph.D.

Academic Program Staff

Clinical Associates: Joel Becker, Ph.D.; Barbara Cadow, Ph.D.; Kenneth Cole, Ph.D.; Berta Davis, Ph.D.; Lisa Davis, Ph.D.; Vivian Fernandez-Credidio, Ph.D.; Beth Leedham, Ph.D.; Karen Meiselman, Ph.D.; Pamella Oliver, Ph.D.; Berta Ortiz, Ph.D.; Cynthia G. Pearson, Ph.D.; Joanne Steuer, Ph.D.; Charles Weinstein, Ph.D.; Marian Williams, Ph.D.

*Recipient of university-wide or college teaching award.

The Department of Psychology offers five topical areas: (1) Cognitive, which analyzes the biological and social bases of phenomena and abilities such as appetitive behavior learning, memory, perception, decision making, social understanding, emotion, intelligence, behavior disorders, language development and language comprehension — among humans and related higher animals; (2) Developmental, which studies changes in behavior — cognitive, linguistic, social and emotional — from childhood through adolescence and adulthood into old age; (3) Clinical, which focuses on the ways people cope, or have difficulty coping, with problems in behavior, emotions, social interaction, aging, health-related behavior, and substance use and abuse; (4) Biological, which examines the biological bases of behavior, including behavioral genetics, behavioral endocrinology, and cognitive neuroscience; and (5) Social, which examines normal human nature and conduct, develops and tests theories concerning the consequences of our social condition and its potential improvement.

In addition, the department offers a joint major in linguistics/psychology and participates in the college's interdisciplinary program in neuroscience.

Research is integral to psychology; it enables the faculty to make contributions in the field and to be more effective teachers. Undergraduate students are encouraged to work with members of the faculty on research projects. The most direct way for students to participate in research is to enroll in a directed research course, but it is also possible to take part in ongoing research in less formal ways.