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Department of Psychology

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Psychology Research Facilities and Opportunities

The UW Department of Psychology maintains top-rate research programs for faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, and K-12 students interested in a variety of topics.  Learn more by perusing this section of our website!

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 Research Laboratories

 The Department of Psychology maintains active research laboratories, all listed below with more information.

Addictive Behaviors Lab

Principal Investigator: Dr. Alison Looby

  • College student substance use (e.g., prescription stimulants, alcohol, marijuana)
  • Cognitive mechanisms (e.g., expectancies, motives) underlying substance use
  • Prevention and intervention

Anxiety and Trauma Research Group

Principal Investigator: Dr. Joshua Clapp

  • The impact of trauma exposure on emotion regulation and interpersonal functioning
  • Issues related to the conceptualization and assessment of trauma-related psychopathology
  • Lay theories of trauma and its consequences
  • Patterns of response to psychosocial intervention

Attention and Learning Laboratory

Principal Investigator: Dr. Cynthia Hartung

  • Evaluating treatments for ADHD in college students
  • Providing school-based support for secondary student with ADHD
  • Establishing developmentally sensitive criteria for ADHD in emerging adults
  • Understanding bystanders' behaviors in response to bullying

Cognitive Plasticity Lab

University of Wyoming's Department of Psychology's research labs

Principal Investigator: Dr. Meredith Minear

  • Training and transfer of executive functions
  • Research on mindful awareness and contemplative practices
  • The effects of media consumption and media multi-tasking on impulsiveness and executive function
  • The effects of stress on working memory capacity and academic performance in first-year college students
  • The relationship between normal variations in tidiness and preference for organization and individual differences in personality and cognitive performance

Conceptual and Social-Cognitive Development

Principal Investigator: Dr. Karen Bartsch

  • Conceptual development (theory of mind, theory-theory, recognition of learning)
  • Development of social cognition (application to persuasion)
  • Moral development (moral reasoning and environmental issues)

Couple And Family Relationships Lab

Principal Investigator: Dr. Robin Barry

  • Emotion regulatory processes during couple interactions
  • Conceptualization, operationalization and utility of relationship values
  • Enhancement of individual attention to relationship values

Eating Behaviors Lab

Principal Investigator: Dr. Kyle De Young

  • Eating behaviors, particularly as they are relevant to eating disorders
  • Weight management, and physical activity

Emotion and Cognition Laboratory

Principal Investigator: Dr. Benjamin Wilkowski

  • Goal self-regulation
  • Emotion
  • Personality

Health and Aging Lab

Principal Investigator: Dr. Christine McKibbin

  • Oral health among adults with serious mental illness (SMI)
  • Delivery of mental health services to rural adults with SMI
  • Physical and mental health treatment knowledge and preferences among older adults
  • Knowledge and confidence of Certified Nursing Assistants for the management of behavioral disturbances in nursing home settings

Motivation and Cognition Lab

Principal Investigator: Dr. Sean McCrea

  • Anticipatory thought processes in self-handicapping
  • Constructual level effects on procrastination
  • Effectiveness of planning in the reduction of self-protective behavior
  • The role of expertise in probability judgements
  • Motivational benefits and costs of counterfactual thinking

Psychology and Law Research Lab

Principal Investigators: Dr. Narina Nunez

  • Civil jury decision-making
  • The effect of victim impact statements on jury decisions
  • Performance of serial killers on standardized psychological measures
  • Generation of alibis by innocent defendants
  • Discrimination of true false alibis and evaluation of alibis in legal settings
  • Social cognitive processes in juror decision making

Stress and Mood Laboratory

Principal Investigator: Dr. Carolyn Pepper

  • Interpersonal Theory of Suicide
  • Suicide in the Mountain West
  • Functions of non-suicidal Self-injury (NSSI)
  • Perfectionism, rumination and depressed mood

Trauma and Sexual Assault Prevention Laboratory

Principle Investigator: Dr. Matt J. Gray

  • Sexual assault prevention development and evaluation
  • Correlates and consequences of rape ryths and rape supportive beliefs
  • Partner violence etiology and intervention
  • Emotional consequences of trauma exposure and perpetration

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