Psychological and Brain Sciences Faculty Research Labs and 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Center for Weight, Eating and Lifestyle Science (WELL Center)
Faculty: Evan Forman, PhD, Meghan Butryn, PhD, Adrienne Juarascio, PhD
An interdisciplinary clinical research center which aims to develop, test and disseminate new behavioral and technological solutions to the problems of obesity, poor diet, sedentariness and disordered eating.
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.