2013-14 General Catalog

273 Social Sciences 2 Building
(831) 459-2002

Program Description | Course Descriptions

Faculty and Professional Interests


Nameera Akhtar
Cognitive and social cognitive processes in early language development, social-cognitive development in young children, bilingual development

Margarita Azmitia
How culture, peers, family, and schools provide a context for children’s and adolescents’ development. Special emphasis on how close relationships influence the educational pathways and identity development of ethnically and socioeconomically diverse populations and the role of friends and peers in adolescents and young adults' development

Douglas Bonett
Psychometrics and statistics

Heather E. Bullock
Poverty and economic inequality, welfare policy, feminist psychology, intersections of classism, racism, and sexism

Maureen A. Callanan
Cognitive and language development in the social context of family activities, development of word meanings and concepts, the construction of causal explanations in parent-child conversations

Faye J. Crosby
Gender, social identity, and social justice, especially affirmative action

Jean Fox Tree
Psycholinguistics: production and comprehension of spontaneous speech and writing, including discourse markers, prosody, gestures, the effects of communicative technologies on how people communicate, and other topics

Raymond W. Gibbs Jr.
Language, thought, and embodiment; special emphasis on metaphor, pragmatics, and cognitive science

Craig W. Haney
Applications of social psychological principles to legal settings, assessment of the psychological effects of living and working in institutional environments, social contextual origins of violence, development of alternative legal and institutional forms

Campbell Leaper
The developmental and social psychology of gender in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood; self-concept and social identity; language and social interaction; social relationships, academic achievement; the media; perceptions and consequences of sexism

Anthony R. Pratkanis
Social influence; attitude structure, function, and change

Barbara Rogoff
Human development in sociocultural activity; informal and formal arrangements for learning; adult/child and peer communication in families and schools in diverse cultural communities (especially in Guatemala Mexico and the U.S.); learning through observation and collaboration

Avril Thorne
Identity and personality development in adolescence and young adulthood, especially in the context of conversations with family and friends; autobiographical memories; intergenerational storytelling and the development of a sense of self

Stephen J. Whittaker
Human Computer Interaction: Psychological models of computer use. The design, development and evaluation of computational tools to support memory and conversation

Eileen L. Zurbriggen
Connections between power and sex; sexual aggression and abuse; trauma; sexual decision-making; sexuality and media, the sexualization of girls and women; power in romantic relationships; adolescent sexual development; authoritarianism; feminist political psychology; motivation, especially power and affiliation-intimacy motives; quantitative methods in social psychology

Associate Professor

Phillip L. Hammack
Social and political context of sexual identity development; political conflict and identity; narrative discourse and interpretive theory and methods; issues of history, theory, and paradigm in psychology

Alan H. Kawamoto
Empirical and computer simulation approaches to the study of perceptual and cognitive processes, reading, speech production

Regina D. Langhout
School-community-university collaboration; how schooling and neighborhood experiences are informed by social class, race, and gender; young people and empowerment; participatory action research

Travis L. Seymour
Role of immediate memory, consciousness, and executive control on the human performance of laboratory and applied tasks; cognitive processes amenable to strategic control and how they influence the way in which we maintain situational awareness; high levels of performance in complex and cognitive tasks

Su-hua Wang
Cognitive development, infant cognition, theory of mind, how experience shapes early learning, parental child-rearing beliefs, cross-cultural perspectives on children’s learning, young children's use of new technology

Margaret L. Wilson
Visual, spatial, and embodied cognition, with a particular emphasis on how we analogize between domains of thought, using sensory or motor brain resources in the service of other tasks. Specific interests include synaethesia, working memory, sign language, perception of body movement, dance cognition and the evolution of cognition.

Assistant Professor

Nicolas Davidenko
Cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, high-level perception, face recognition, mathematical modeling

Shelly A. Grabe
Structural and individual components of women's rights violations and social justice in the context of globalization; partnership with grassroots women's organizations; embodied oppression

Benjamin Storm
Remembering and forgetting in human memory; creative cognition; autobiographical memory; memory and metamemory considerations in learning and education


David A. “Tony” Hoffman, Ph.D.
Child and adolescent development, developmental psychopathology, school psychology, pediatric psychology, chidren and war, children in high risk contexts

Ralph H. Quinn
Clinical psychology, moral development, psychology and religion, existential-humanistic psychology

Donald T. Saposnek
Childhood psychopathology, parenting and family interactions, children and divorce, family mediation, conflict resolution

Veronica K. Tonay
Clinical psychology, psychotherapy outcome, community mental health, dreams, personal narratives, creativity


Elliot Aronson, Emeritus
Bruce Bridgeman, Emeritus
Martin M. Chemers, Emeritus
Catherine R. Cooper, Emerita
G. William Domhoff , Emeritus
Per F. Gjerde, Emeritus
David M. Harrington, Emeritus
Michael Kahn, Emeritus
Pavel Machotka, Emeritus
Dominic W. Massaro, Emeritus
Melanie J. Mayer, Emerita
Barry McLaughlin, Emeritus
Thomas F. Pettigrew, Emeritus

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Dane Archer, Professor Emeritus, Sociology

Sri Kurniawan, Associate Professor, School of Engineering
Human-computer interaction; human factors and ergonomics; accessibility; assistive technology; usability; empirical studies; user-centered design

Jerome Neu, Professor, Humanities
Philosophy of mind, emotions and culture, philosophy of law, psychoanalytic theory

Roland G. Tharp, Professor Emeritus, Education and Psychology

Revised: 09/01/13