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Daniel R. Berry Ph.D. 

Social psychology; social and affective neuroscience; prosocial emotions and behaviors; mindfulness and its training; intergroup processes and relations; stress resiliency.

Berry, D. R., Cairo, A. H., Goodman, R. J., Quaglia, J. T., Green, J. D., & Brown, K. W. (2018). Mindfulness increases prosocial responses toward ostracized strangers through empathic concern. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 147(1), 93-112.           

Berry, D. R., & Brown, K. W. (2017). Reducing separateness with presence: How mindfulness catalyzes intergroup prosociality. In J. Karremans & E. Papies (Eds.), Mindfulness in Social Psychology. New York: Routledge.

Haylee K. DeLuca Bishop, Ph.D.

Developmental psychology; peer, romantic, and sexual relationships in adolescence and young adulthood; the impact of family transitions and dissolutions on adolescent and young adult outcomes; measurement and methodology for developmental and dyadic data;

DeLuca, H. K., Claxton, S. E., Baker, E. A., & van Dulmen, M. H. (2015). I get by with a little help from my friends: Examining the peer context of satisfaction with casual sexual relationships and experiences. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 12(5), 565-578.

 DeLuca, H. K., Claxton, S. E., & van Dulmen, M. H. (2018). The peer relationships of those who have experienced adoption or foster care: A meta‐analysis. Journal of Research on Adolescence.

Sara J. Bufferd, Ph.D. 

Clinical psychology; developmental psychopathology; assessment of young children's emotional and behavioral problems, temperament, psychosocial functioning, and stressors; parental behavior and psychopathology; mood and anxiety.

Bufferd, S. J., Dougherty, L. R., Olino, T. M., Dyson, M. W., Laptook, R. S., Carlson, G. A., & Klein, D. N. (2014). Predictors of the onset of depression in young children: A multi- method, multi-informant longitudinal study from ages 3 to 6. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 55, 1279-1287.

Bufferd, S. J., Dougherty, L. R., & Olino, T. M. (2017). Mapping the frequency and severity of depressive behaviors in preschool-aged children. Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 48, 934-943.

Nancy  G. Caine, Ph.D. 

Comparative psychology; behavior of nonhuman primates; antipredator and sensory adaptations in mammals.

Wombolt, J.R., & Caine, N.G. (2016). Patterns on serpentine shapes elicit visual attention in marmosets (Callithrix jacchus). American Journal of Primatology, 78, 928-936.

Mulholland, M.M., Olivas, V., & Caine, N.G. (2018). The nose may not know: Dogs’ reactions to snake odours. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 204, 108-112.

Dustin P. Calvillo, Ph.D. 

Higher-order cognition; false memory; eyewitness memory; judgment and decision making; reasoning; visual attention; applied cognitive psychology.

Calvillo, D. P., Flores, A. N., & Gonzales, L. C. (2018). A brief mindfulness induction after encoding decreases false recognition in the Deese-Roediger-McDermott paradigm. Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice, 5, 131-139.

Calvillo, D. P., & Mills, N. V. (2018). Bilingual witnesses are more susceptible to the misinformation effect in their less proficient language. Current Psychology. Advanced online publication.

Nate C. Carnes, Ph.D. 

Social and moral psychology; group dynamic mechanisms of economic inequality, violent conflict, and political polarization; adaptive function of morality for group life; behavioral economic methodology and advanced quantitative modeling.

Carnes, N. C., Lickel, B., & Janoff-Bulman, R. (2015). Shared perceptions: Morality is embedded in social contexts. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 41(3), 351-362.

Carnes, N. C., & Lickel, B. (In Press). Moral binding: How emotions, convictions, and identity fusion shape progroup behavior. Self and Identity.

Kimberly L. D'Anna-Hernandez, Ph.D. 

Cultural psychology and behavioral neuroscience; underlying neural mechanisms of maternal behavior and depression in human and mouse models; maternal defense and care behavior in mice, human maternal psychosocial and biological stress systems (cortisol) in pregnancy and the role of acculturation-related processes on mental health risk in the mother-infant dyad in Mexican-American women.

D'Anna-Hernandez K.L., Hoffman M.C., Zerbe ,G.O., Coussons-Read M., Ross R.G., & Laudenslager, M.L. (2012). Acculturation, maternal cortisol, and birth outcomes in women of Mexican descent. Psychosomatic Medicine, 74(3):296-304.

 D'Anna, K.L. & Gammie, S.C. (2009). Activation of corticotropin-releasing factor receptor 2 in lateral septum negatively regulates maternal defense. Behavioral Neuroscience, 123(2), 356-368.

Maureen Fitzpatrick, Ph.D. 

Lifespan developmental psychology; socioemotional development of infants and young children; emotional competence; parent-child interactions, including grandparent- grandchild relationships; gender development.

Fitzpatrick, M. J., & Hamill, S. B. (2011). Elder abuse: Factors related to perceptions of severity and likelihood of reporting. Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, 23, 1-16.

Fitzpatrick, M. J., & McPherson, B. J. (2010) Coloring within the lines: Gender stereotypes in contemporary coloring books. Sex Roles, 62, 127-137.

Gerardo M. González, Ph.D. 

  • Attended: California School of Professional Psychology, Fresno
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Clinical psychology; multicultural mental health issues, computer-assisted psychological assessment, prevention/treatment of depression, and computer- assisted teaching tools.

Muñoz, R.F., González, G.M., et al. (2016).  Depression prevention and treatment interventions: Evolution of the San Francisco Latino Mental Health Research Program. In N. Zane, G. Bernal & F.T.L. Leong (Eds.), Evidence-based psychological practice with ethnic minorities: Culturally informed research and clinical strategies.  American Psychological Association.  Washington, D.C.

O’Donnell, K, Botelho, J., Brown, J., González, G.M., & Head, W. (2015). Undergraduate research and its impact on student success for underrepresented students.  In M. Malachowski et al. (Eds.), Enhancing and expanding undergraduate research: A systems approach.  Council for Undergraduate Research.  Washington, DC.

Elisa J. Grant-Vallone, Ph.D.

Organizational psychology; work and family issues; work environments and employee health and well-being; faculty development.

Grant-Vallone, E.J. & Ensher, E.A. (2017). 2017. Re-crafting careers for mid-career faculty: A qualitative study. Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice, 17(5), 10-24.

Grant-Vallone, E.J. & Ensher, E.A. (2011). "Opting in between": Strategies used by professional women with children to balance work and family. Journal of Career Development, 38(4), 331-349.

Sharon B. Hamill, Ph.D. 

Developmental psychology; the impact of Alzheimer’s Disease on the family; multigenerational family relationships among middle-aged adults and adolescent children (i.e., the “sandwich” generation); the development of personal responsibility in adolescents and emerging adults; palliative care.

East, P. L. & Hamill, S. B. (2013). Sibling caretaking among Mexican American youth: Conditions that promote and hinder personal and school success. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Science, 35, 532-564.

Hamill, S.B. (2012). Caring for grandparents with Alzheimer’s Disease: Help from the “Forgotten” Generation. Journal of Family Issues, 33(9) 1195–1217.

Sasha Y. Kimel, Ph.D.

Social and cultural psychology; factors that impact conflict between diverse cultural groups; how our cultures (e.g. nation, race/ethnicity, religion) shape thought, feeling, and behavior.

Kimel, S. Y., Mischkowski, D., Kitayama, S., & Uchida, Y. (2017). Culture, emotions, and the cold shoulder: Cultural differences in the anger and sadness response to ostracism. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology48(9), 1307-1319.

Kimel, S. Y., Huesmann, R., Kunst, J. R., & Halperin, E. (2016). Living in a genetic world: How learning about interethnic genetic similarities and differences affects peace and conflict. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin42(5), 688-700.

Kim Pulvers, Ph.D., MPH

Clinical health psychology with a focus on tobacco and marijuana use; emerging products such as electronic nicotine delivery systems; smoke and tobacco free policies; and health disparities

Pulvers, K., Romero, D. R., Blanco, L., Sakuma, K.-L., Ahluwalia, J. S., & Trinidad, D. R.  (2015). Light and intermittent smoking among African American, Latino, and non-Hispanic White men and women. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 17, 755-759.

Pulvers, K., Emami, A. S., Nollen, N. L., Romero, D. R., Strong, D. R., Benowitz, N. L., & Ahluwalia, J. S. (2016). Tobacco consumption and harm exposure of cigarette smokers using electronic cigarettes. Nicotine & Tobacco Research. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntw333. [Epub ahead of print]

Wesley Schultz, Ph.D. 

Social psychology; applied social psychology; conservation and environmental psychology.

Jaeger, C., & Schultz, P. W. (2017). Coupling social norms and commitments: Testing the underdetected nature of social influence. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 51, 199-208.

De Dominicis, S., Schultz, P. W., & Bonaiuto, M. (2017). Protecting the environment for self-interested reasons: Altruism is not the only pathway to sustainability. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 1-13. Open access publication available online at:

Miriam W. Schustack, Ph.D.


Cognitive psychology; the development of literacy; reasoning and problem solving; cognition and personality.

Friedman, H. S. & Schustack, M. W. (2017). Personality: Classic Theories and Modern Research (6th edition). Boston: Pearson/Allyn & Bacon.

 Blanton, W. E., Mayer, R. E., McNamee, G., & Schustack, M. W. (2006). The quantitative effects of Fifth Dimension participation on children’s cognitive and academic skills. In M. Cole and the Distributed Literacy Consortium (Eds.), The Fifth Dimension: An After-School Program Built on Diversity. New York: Russell Sage.

Keith A. Trujillo, Ph.D.

Pharmacology and toxicology; behavioral neuroscience and psychopharmacology in animal models, with a focus on drugs of abuse, adolescents, opioids, stimulants, dissociatives, and antidepressants. Also very involved in the preparation of students for graduate study and increasing diversity in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.

Trujillo, K.A. (in press). Basic information on psychotropic drugs, receptor systems and the brain. In: Suzette M. Evans and Kenneth M. Carpenter (Eds). APA Handbook of Psychopharmacology. American Psychological Association.

Rocha, A., Hart, N. & Trujillo, K.A. (2017). Differences between adolescents and adults in the acute Effects of PCP and ketamine and in sensitization following intermittent administration. Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior, 157, 24-34.

Kimmie Vanderbilt, Ph.D.

Social cognitive development, developmental psychology, the development of selective trust in preschool children, children’s understanding of mental states, children’s understanding of deception and bias in other’s testimony, cognitive, social and conceptual development, sociocultural influences on development.

 Vanderbilt, K. E., Liu, D., & Heyman, G. D. (2011). The development of distrust. Child Development, 82, 1372-1380.

Vanderbilt, K. E., Heyman, G. D., & Liu, D. (2014). In the absence of conflicting testimony young children trust inaccurate informants. Developmental Science, 17, 443- 451.

Carrick Williams, Ph.D.

Cognitive psychology; visual search; attention; memory; eye movements; scene and object perception.

Antonelli, K. B, & Williams, C. C. (2017). Task relevant perceptual features can define categories in visual memory too. Memory & Cognition, 45(8), 1295-1305.

Williams, C. C., & Burkle, K. A. (2017). The case of the missing visual details: Occlusion and long-term visual memory. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 43(10), 1567-1580