2018-19 General Catalog

273 Social Sciences 2 Building
(831) 459-2002

Program Statement | 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 adolescents and young adults' development; specific directions for research involve: how close relationships with friends and family influence the educational pathways and identity development of ethnically and socioeconomically diverse adolescents and young adults; how adolescents and young adults manage school transitions, such as the transition to middle school and the transition to college; first-generation college students' adjustment and transition to college; the intersections between gender, ethnicity/race, and gender in young adults' identities and development

Douglas Bonett
Psychometrics and statistics

Heather E. Bullock
Social class, 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 E. 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

Phillip L. Hammack
Sexual identity, society, and social policy; sexual and gender identity diversity; social change and the life course of sexual and gender identity minorities; gay men’s health and identity; sexual subcultures; masculinities; non-normative relationships, including same-sex, polyamorous, and kink/fetish; narrative and identity; qualitative methods

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

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

Campbell Leaper
The developmental and social psychology of gender in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood; specific interests include gender-related variations in the following: self-concept and social identity; intersectionality; language and social interaction; social relationships, academic achievement (including STEM); the media; awareness 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 by obervation and pitching in to family and community endeavors

Su-hua Wang
Cognitive development, theory of mind, learning through action, parent-child interaction, cross-cultural research, children and technology

Steve Whittaker
Human Computer Interaction: Psychological models of computer use. The design, development and evaluation of computational tools to support memory, regulate emotion and change behavior

Eileen L. Zurbriggen
Connections between power and sex; trauma, sexual aggression and sexual abuse; gender roles and violence; sexuality and media; the sexualization of girls and women; power in romantic relationships; adolescent sexual development; objectification and dehumanization; authoritarianism; privacy and surveillance; feminist political psychology

Associate Professor

Audun Dahl
Moral development; the early acquisition of moral norms through social interactions; helping behavior in young children; children's and adults' concerns with morality; emotional development

Shelly A. Grabe
Social movements, activism, and justice: Women’s resistance/activism/empowerment; Human rights; Globalization/neoliberalism; Transnational intersectionality/Decolonial feminism; Structural inequities; partnerships with grassroots organizations

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

Travis L. Seymour
Role of short-term 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 cognitive tasks

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

Leila Takayama
Psychological aspects of interacting with non-human agents (e.g., autonomous and semi-autonomous robots). Re-embodied cognition of being mediated through computational systems (e.g., telepresence, ubiquitous computing)

Assistant Professor

Courtney Bonam
Racial stereotyping as it shapes perceptions and judgments relevant to racial inequalities in health, wealth, and well-being; physical spaces and multiracial people; how racial stereotyping and discrimination processes reinforce environmental inequality and social identity threat, and how social justice education can mitigate these social problems

Saskias Casanova
Cultural psychology; sociocultural contexts of learning; stigmatization; discrimination; social identity; immigration and migration; microaggressions; youth development; educational equity of diverse learners; resilience; Latinx intragroup differences; Indigenous Mexican-origin students; English language learners

Rebecca Covarrubias
Culture, self, and identity; social representations of race, gender, and social class in educational/health contexts; student performance, belonging, and well-being; community and school interventions

Nicolas Davidenko
Cognitive psychology, perception, face recognition, apparent motion, high-level perception, computational modeling, cognitive neuroscience, virtual reality

Adriana Manago
Cultural developmental psychology, communication technologies, cultural change, social and identity development during adolescence and the transition to adulthood

Jason Samaha
The cognitive neuroscience of attention, perception, consciousness, and decision-making


Kimberly Cardilla
Clinical neuropsychology, developmental psychopathology, personality development

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


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
Avril Thorne, Emerita
Meg Wilson, Emerita

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

Roland G. Tharp, Professor Emeritus, Education and Psychology

Revised: 07/15/18