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Psychology Faculty Research Labs & Programs

Applied Neuro-Technologies Lab

Faculty: Maria Schultheis, PhD, Doug Chute, PhD
The goal of the Applied Neuro-Technologies laboratory is to harness the opportunities offered by innovative technologies (e.g., virtual reality, neuroimaging) to address the needs of individuals with neurological compromise (e.g., brain injury, multiple sclerosis, dementia, etc). Our team studies, develops, and applies new technologies to address current challenges in understanding human behavior and improve neurorehabilitation techniques.

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Biobehavioral Study of Eating and Weight

Faculty: Meghan Butryn, PhD, Michael Lowe, PhD
The Program in Eating Disorders and Obesity Research conducts research on the contribution of dieting to disordered eating as well as the treatment of eating disorders; the treatment and prevention of obesity using nutrition-focused interventions; and the physiological and neurophysiological underpinnings of weight and eating disorders.

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Computational Cognitive Science Laboratory

Faculty: Chris Sims, PhD
The goal of the CCSL is to develop computational models of cognition in order to understand how the human mind works. Recent research has focused on perception, memory, and decision making. Our lab combines behavioral experiments (including eye tracking and motion capture) with ideas and theories developed in machine learning research.

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DeMatteo Research Lab

Faculty: David DeMatteo, JD, PhD
The DeMatteo Lab’s research focus is on the intersection of law and psychology, with a particular interest in research that has policy implications.

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EEG Lab

Faculty: John Kounios, PhD
Kounios' EEG lab conducts research in a variety of areas in cognitive neuroscience, in particular, the neural basis of problem solving and creativity. It is fully equipped for high-density electroencephalogram (EEG) and event-related potential (ERP) research, including two 96-channel Brain Products data-acquisition systems and several software packages for the analysis of electrophysiological data.

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Goldstein Delinquency Intervention and Assessment Lab

Faculty: Naomi Goldstein, PhD
Goldstein's Delinquency Intervention and Assessment Lab focuses on the (in)consistencies between legal policy and social science research on adolescent decision-making in criminal contexts. The lab's research involves forensic measurement development, evaluation of adolescent suspects' functioning during police interrogations, creation and evaluation of legal education programming for youth, and the development, implementation, and evaluation of an anger management intervention designed to reduce the frequency of aggressive behaviors and recidivism among female juvenile offenders.

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Health and Sleep Psychology Research Team

Faculty: Jacqueline Kloss, PhD
Our research team is interested broadly in clinical health psychology, with a focus on behavioral sleep medicine, especially cognitive and behavioral principles and management of insomnia; written emotional expression and health; skin cancer prevention; women's health psychology.

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Heilbrun Research Lab

Faculty: Kirk Heilbrun, PhD
The Heilbrun Research Lab describes the research of Kirk Heilbrun, PhD, and all graduate students who are currently working with him from the Clinical Psychology PhD program, the JD/PhD Law-Psychology program, and the MS program.

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Laboratory for Innovations in Health-Related Behavior Change

Faculty: Evan Forman, PhD, Meghan Butryn, PhD
The Behavioral Weight Loss Program investigates theoretical constructs governing eating, physical activity, food craving and obesity, and develops and evaluates innovative behavioral interventions to promote health and weight control.

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LADDER Developmental Neuropsychology Lab

Faculty: Nancy Raitano Lee, PhD
The Drexel LADDER (Learning And Developmental Disorders Educational Neuropsychology Research) Lab focuses on refining descriptions of the neuropsychological and neuroanatomical underpinnings of typical and atypical cognitive and social development, with a particular emphasis on youth with different genetic disorders such as Down syndrome. The long-term goal of this research is to advance knowledge about the causes of learning difficulties in order to identify new targets of treatment to improve outcomes in individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders.

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Nezu Stress and Coping Research Lab

Faculty: Arthur M. Nezu, PhD, Christine Maguth Nezu, PhD
The Nezu Stress and Coping Research Lab focuses on the continued adaptation and subsequent evaluation of Problem-Solving Therapy (PST) to treat various chronically ill medical patient populations, as well as U.S. veterans and active service members. PST is an evidenced-based transdiagnostic intervention shown to be effective across multiple patient populations, diagnoses, and clinical problems. An additional major research focus involves suicide risk reduction.

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Pediatric and Child/Adolescent Psychology Lab (PCAP)

Faculty: Brian P. Daly, PhD
The Pediatric and Child/Adolescent Research Program focuses on the investigation of emotional, behavioral, and social problems in at-risk children, psychosocial correlates and evidence-based interventions associated with childhood chronic illness (sickle cell disease and cancer), and risk-taking health behaviors in adolescents.

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Quantitative Psychology and Statistics Lab

Faculty: Fengqing (Zoe) Zhang, PhD

The quantitative psychology and statistics lab focuses on the development and application of advanced statistical models to analyze complex and high dimensional data (e.g. neuroimaging data, complex behavioral data). Many traditional methods that perform well for moderate sample size or low dimensional data do not scale to massive data or high dimensional data. New statistical thinking and computational approaches are required to handle these challenges. In particular, we have been focused on neuroimaging data analysis, data mining, Bayesian modeling and high dimensional data analysis.

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Women's Cognitive Health Research Lab

Faculty: Mary Spiers, PhD
The Women's Cognitive Health Research Team investigates variation in brain functioning through the influence of sex and gender, the menstrual cycle, genetics/handedness, experience and culture. We also seek to understand the neuropsychological issues that have been understudied and/or are unique to women.

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Women's Health Psychology Lab

Faculty: Pamela Geller, PhD
The Women's Health Psychology Lab investigates issues relevant to women's mental and physical health with a special focus on reproductive health. In addition to ongoing work surrounding the perinatal period (e.g., emotional consequences of pregnancy loss, postpartum depression) and the development of medical education in Ob/Gyn, other issues of current focus include coping with fertility problems, HIV and intimate partner violence, African American women's experience of pregnancy loss, and parentless parenting.

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