Faculty Research, Teaching and Professional Interests
Cheryl A. Armstead, Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Associate Professor
Emotion and physiological response, particularly cardiovascular functioning; racism and hypertension; health psychology.
Meeta Banerjee, Ph.D., Michigan State University, Assistant Professor
Dr. Banerjee’s research examines the interaction between ecological contexts (e.g., schools, families, neighborhoods, communities and racial discrimination) and parenting practices and how these processes directly and indirectly influence psychosocial and educational outcomes. She is particularly interested how race-related processes in the family (e.g., parental ethnic-racial socialization, parents’ racial identities) influence adjustment in ethnic minority youth. Dr. Banerjee is particularly interested how race-related processes in the family (e.g., parental ethnic-racial socialization, parents’ racial identities) influence adjustment in ethnic minority youth.
Kimberly D. Becker, Ph.D., University of Arizona, Associate Professor
Child and adolescent mental health and school-based preventive interventions targeting disruptive behaviors and substance abuse.
Jessica Bradshaw, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, Assistant Professor
Autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities, early intervention, education for parents and siblings of young children with autism.
Michelle Desir, Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Assistant Professor
Dr. Desir uses a developmental psychopathology framework to: (1) understand how interpersonal relationships influence victimized children’s risk for developing adverse socioemotional outcomes and (2) elucidate biopsychosocial factors that influence treatment outcomes for victimized children.
Kate Flory, Ph.D., University of Kentucky, Professor and Associate Chair
Dr. Flory's primary research focuses on: (1) understanding the mechanisms that may explain why children with ADHD are at greater risk than peers for cigarette smoking and use/abuse of other substances, (2) understanding the social and academic impairment of children with ADHD, (3) understanding other negative health outcomes associated with ADHD, including risky sexual behavior and unintentional injuries, and (4) the epidemiologCy of child and adolescent emotional and behavioral health concerns.
Bret Kloos, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Professor and Director of Clinical-Community Training
Community psychology; recovery from serious mental illness; mutual support and self-help; meaning-making after major life disruptions; transactional models of risk and protection; qualitative methods.
Mariah Kornbluh, Ph.D., Michigan State University, Assistant Professor
Dr. Kornbluh employs innovative mixed-methods, network analysis, and community-based research to: (1) examine factors promoting young people’s health, and wellness. (2) document key leverage points for meaningful youth engagement in systems, services, and settings that promote health equity. (3) improve methods to enhance the dissemination of health intervention efforts.
Pamela Martin, Ph.D., Michigan State University, Professor
Dr. Pamela Martin is a proud alumna of the University of South Carolina. She recently joined the faculty at her alma mater as a tenured Professor of Psychology and African American Studies in January 2021. She is currently the Director of the African American Faith Communities Project. Influenced by ecological theory, Dr. Martin’s research focuses on examining the person-environmental fit between social institutions such as churches and behavioral outcomes. More specifically, her research investigates the role of theology in shaping the daily experiences of African Americans. Her research has led to the creation of African American church-based health interventions that support a continuum of health services from prevention to linkage to health care among congregants and community members.
Ron Prinz, Ph.D., State University of New York, Stony Brook, Carolina Distinguished Professor
Child clinical psychology; prevention and treatment of conduct disorders; family intervention; clinical research methodology.
Jane Roberts, Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Professor
Etiology of cognitive and behavioral functioning in children and adults with neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism; fragile X syndrome; and AD/HD.
Jeffrey C. Schatz, Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis, Professor
Pediatric neuropsychology, cognitive development in children with chronic health conditions (especially sickle cell disease), functional impact of neuropsychological deficits in children.
Suzanne Swan, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Professor
Intimate partner violence, with a current emphasis on women's use of violence against male intimate partners; the role of race/class/culture in intimate partner violence; predictors of men's violence against women; women's use of resources to deal with domestic violence.
Mark D. Weist, Ph.D., Virginia Tech, Professor
Children, adolescents and families; school mental health; positive behavior intervention and support; evidence-based practice; cognitive behavioral therapy; trauma focused intervention; systems analysis and change; policy influence.
Dawn Wilson, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, Professor
Research on understanding family dynamics/interactions in promoting healthy diet and physical activity in underserved adolescents; ecological and social cognitive theoretical models for understanding family connectedness, social support and role modeling in promoting health behavior change in youth; family-based interventions for promoting healthy diet and physical activity among underserved adolescents.
Guillermo Wippold, Ph.D., University of Florida, Assistant Professor
Health psychology, health disparities, community-based participatory research (CBPR), resilience, perceived stress, health-related quality of life, and healthcare.
Nicole Zarrett, Ph.D., University of Michigan, Associate Professor
Developmental Systems models and pattern-centered approaches to the study of youth in context; Processes within the individual and between the individual and their multiple environments (family, school, peer, and neighborhood); The relation between youth participation in constructive (e.g., sports, school clubs) and unconstructive (e.g., television) extracurricular activities and healthy developmental pathways; Promoting healthy diet and physical activity in underserved adolescence; Motivational development in adolescents.
Rosemarie Booze, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, Professor
Dopaminergic/Parkinsonian-type deficits in HIV-1 and drugs of abuse; neurochemical and neuroanatomical basis of dementia and other neurocognitive disorders.
Shauna M. Cooper, Ph.D., University of Michigan, Associate Professor
African American family processes; Father involvement and engagement; Positive development among African American youth; Race-related Experiences (e.g., racial socialization; racial discrimination) and youth well-being; Developmental transitions and school/psychological adjustment; Family-, school- and community-level risk and protective factors; the interplay between education and health.
Keith E. Davis, Ph.D., Duke University, Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Social psychology; friendship and intimate relationships; community and organizational psychology; health promotion; social gerontology.
Amanda Fairchild, Ph.D., Arizona State University, Professor
Intersection of mediation and moderation models and how the integration of these models aids in program evaluation; effect size measures for mediation; measurement and evaluation of programs and outcomes; and statistical pedagogy.
Steven Harrod, Ph.D., Kent State University, Professor
Processes by which prenatal nicotine exposure alters drug motivated behavior in offspring; novel drugs’ potential ability to decrease drug taking behaviors; whether the sex of the animal influences various drug effects.
Kimberly Hills, Ph.D., University of South Carolina, Clinical Professor
Autism diagnosis, psychological assessment, prevention and intervention for at-risk youth, and positive psychology.
Matt Sanders, Ph.D., University of Queensland, Professor
Parenting and Family Support Center; prevention and treatment of psychopathology in children and adolescents; parent training and family intervention.
Brad Smith, Ph.D., University of Arizona, Professor
Mentoring and talent development programs; motivational interviewing; service-learning; after-school and summer programs.
Allison Sweeney, Ph.D. Stony Brook University, Assistant Professor
Community-based health promotion intervention development; Social environmental supports for health behavior change; Mechanisms of health behavior change (social, cognitive, environmental); Motivation (individual differences and tailoring approaches)
Abraham H. Wandersman, Ph.D., Cornell University, Professor Emeritus
Community psychology; environmental and ecological psychology; citizen participation; community coalitions; program evaluation.
Douglas Wedell, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, Professor
Representations and consequences of affect; context effects on music memory and preference; bias in spatial memory; judgment and choice; probability judgment.
Sara Wilcox, Ph.D., Washington University, Professor, Department of Exercise Science, University of South Carolina