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Nancy  G. Caine, Ph.D. (University of California, Davis)

Comparative psychology; evolutionary basis of behavior; behavior of nonhuman primates; captive animal welfare; antipredator and sensory adaptations in mammals.

*Jensen, C.H., & Caine, N.G. (2021). Preferential snake detection in a simulated ecological experiment. American Journal of Biological Anthropology (formerly American Journal of Physical Anthropology), 175(4), 895-904

 Caine, N. G., Muñoz, R., & *Mulholland, M. M. (2020). Does rattling deter? The case of domestic dogs. Ethology126(5), 503-508.

Dustin P. Calvillo, Ph.D. (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Cognitive psychology; false memory; judgment and decision making; fake news; reasoning.

Calvillo, D. P., Ross, B. J., Garcia, R. J. B., *Smelter, T, J., & Rutchick, A. M. (2020). Political ideology predicts perceptions of threat of COVID-19 (and susceptibility to fake news about it). Social Psychological and Personality Science, 11(8), 1119-1128. 

Calvillo, D. P., Garcia, R. J. B., *Bertrand, K., & *Mayers, T. (2021). Personality factors and self-reported political news consumption predict susceptibility to fake political news. Personality and Individual Differences, 174, 110666.

Haylee K. DeLuca Bishop, Ph.D. (Kent State University)

Developmental psychology; peer, romantic, and sexual relationships in adolescence and young adulthood; the role of close relationships in college adjustment; 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., Baker E. A., & van Dulmen, M.H.M. (in press). The role of friends and romantic partners in college-attending emerging adults’ engagement and GPA. Emerging Adulthood.

Gerardo M. González, Ph.D. (California School of Professional Psychology, Fresno)

Clinical psychology; multicultural mental health issues, computer-assisted psychological assessment, prevention/treatment of depression, and computer- assisted teaching tools.

González, G.M.  (2021).   Abnormal psychology: Intersections.  Dubuque, IA: Great River Learning.

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.

Elisa J. Grant-Vallone, Ph.D. (Claremont Graduate University)

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

Grant-Vallone, E.J. & Ensher, E.A. (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.

Lisa V. Graves, Ph.D. (San Diego State University/University of California San Diego) 

Lisa V. Graves, Ph.D. (San Diego State University/University of California San Diego) ( Neuropsychology; aging; mild cognitive impairment; Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (ADRD); using sensitive neuropsychological and functional measures to improve diagnostic accuracy across the ADRD continuum, and examining influences of risk and protective factors on cognitive and functional changes, in culturally diverse and underrepresented populations.

Graves, L. V., Edmonds, E. C., Thomas, K. R., Weigand, A. J., Cooper, S., Stickel, A. M., Zlatar, Z. Z., Clark, A. L., & Bondi, M. W. (2021). Diagnostic accuracy and differential associations between ratings of functioning and neuropsychological performance in non-Hispanic Black and White older adults. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 36(2), 287-310.

Graves, L. V., Edmonds, E. C., Thomas, K. R., Weigand, A. J., Cooper, S., & Bondi, M. W. (2020). Evidence for the utility of actuarial neuropsychological criteria across the continuum of normal aging, mild cognitive impairment, and dementia. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 78, 371-386.

Sharon B. Hamill, Ph.D. (University of California, Irvine)

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.

Hamill, S. B. (2021). Assessing young caregivers' feelings about helping: Pilot test of a new scale. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 38, 571-582.

Chew, S. L., Neufeld, G., Hamill, S., Taylor, A. & Macias III, S.  (2020). Assessing goal 4 communication skills for Psychology across audience, purpose, and context. Teaching of Psychology, 47(4), 296-404. 


Alex C. Huynh, Ph.D.(University of Waterloo, Canada)

Social and cultural psychology; cultural change; ethnic diversity and intergroup relations, social class and social inequality, first-generation college student experiences, reasoning and wisdom

Huynh, A. C., Oakes, H., Shay, G., & McGregor, I. (2017). The wisdom in virtue: Pursuit of virtue predicts wise reasoning about personal conflicts. Psychological Science, 28, 1848-1856. doi: 10.1177/0956797617722621

 Huynh, A. C., & Grossmann, I. (2020). Rising ethnic diversity in the United States accompanies shifts toward an individualistic culture. Social Psychological and Personality Science


Allison Jobin, Ph.D., BCBA-D (University of California, San Diego)

Behavioral psychology/applied behavior analysis; developmental psychology; implementation science; autism spectrum disorder (ASD), with a focus on examining methods to promote the delivery of high-quality interventions in community-based settings and adaptations to improve fit within varied contexts

Jobin, A. (2020). Varied treatment response in young children with autism: A relative comparison of structured and naturalistic behavioral approaches. Autism: An International Journal, 24, 338-351.

Dickson, K.S., Lind, T., Jobin, A., Kinnear, M., Lok, H., & Brookman-Frazee, L. (2021). A systematic review of mental health interventions for ASD: Characterizing interventions, intervention adaptations, and implementation outcomes. Administration and Policy in Mental Health, Advance online publication.


Sasha Y. Kimel, Ph.D. (University of Michigan)

Social and cultural psychology; understanding conflict between groups (e.g. national, racial/ethnic, religious) and how to reduce it; how our diverse cultures shape our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

  Kimel, S. Y., Mischkowski, D., Miyagawa, Y., & Niiya, Y. (2021). Left out but “in control”? Culture variations in perceived control when excluded by a close other. Social Psychological and Personality Science.

 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.


Aleksandria Perez Grabow, Ph.D. (University of Oregon)

Clinical/counseling psychology; developmental psychology; understanding the long-term outcomes of trauma and violence exposure through an ecological framework.

Perez Grabow, A., Khurana, A., Natsuaki, M. N., Neiderhiser, J. M., Harold, G. T., Shaw, D. S., Ganiban, J. M., Reiss, D., & Leve, L. D. (2017). Using an adoption–biological family design to examine associations between maternal trauma, maternal depressive symptoms, and child internalizing and externalizing behaviors. Development and Psychopathology, 29(5), 1707-1720.

 Woods, C. R., Chronister, K. C., Perez Grabow, A., Woodley, K., & Woods, W. (2021). Racial battle fatigue: The experiences of Black/African American, Biracial Black, and Multiracial Black Identified graduate students.  Journal of Black Psychology.


Janice N. Phung, Ph.D. (University of California, Irvine)

(University of California, Irvine) ( Developmental psychology; developmental processes in children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD); challenges in ASD (e.g., executive functioning, sleep quality, social deficits, etc.) on the family/community systems; optimal development and well-being outcomes in individuals with ASD.

Phung, J. N., & Goldberg, W. A. (2021). Mixed martial arts training improves social skills and lessens problem behaviors in boys with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 83, 101758.

 Phung, J. N., Abdullah, M. M., & Goldberg, W. A. (2018). Poor sleep quality among adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder is associated with depressive symptoms, problem behaviors, and conflicted family relationships. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 34(3), 173-182.


Kim Pulvers, Ph.D., MPH (University of Kansas)

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

Leavens, E. L., Nollen, N. L., Ahluwalia, J. S., Mayo, M. S., *Rice, M., Brett, E. I., & Pulvers, K. (2022). Changes in dependence, withdrawal, and craving among adult smokers who switch to nicotine salt pod-based e-cigarettes. Addiction117(1), 207-215.

Pulvers, K., *Rice, M., Stewart, S. L., & Tong, E. (2022). Tobacco Tracker: A new tool to support college smoke and tobacco free policies. Nicotine and Tobacco Research24(2), 241-249.


Yasmine Sherafat, Ph.D. (University of California, Irvine)

Behavioral neuroscience; addiction neuroscience; learning and memory; using behavioral neuroscience techniques such as intravenous self-administration, immunohistochemistry, and conditioned place preference to understand the biological basis of addiction disorders with an emphasis on learning and memory. 

Sherafat, Y., Chen, E, Lallai, V., Bautista, M., Fowler, J., Chen, Y. C., Miwa, J., & Fowler, C.D.  (2021). Differential expression patterns of Lynx proteins and involvement of Lynx1 in prepulse inhibition. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 15

Sherafat, Y., Bautista, M., Fowler, J., Chen, E., Ahmed, A., & Fowler, C.D. (2020). The interpeduncular-hippocampal pathway mediates active stress coping and natural reward. eNeuro.

Kimberly Vanderbilt, Ph.D. (University of California, San Diego)

Social cognitive development, developmental psychology, the development of skepticism in children, children’s understanding of other people's thoughts and intentions, children’s understanding of deception from other people and advertisements, children's understanding of sharing and fairness, moral 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., Ochoa, K. D., & Heilbrun, J. (2018). Consider the source: Children link the accuracy of text-based sources to the accuracy of the author. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 36(4), 634-65.  


Carrick Williams, Ph.D. (Michigan State University)

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

Williams, C. C., & Castelhano, M. S. (2019). The changing landscape: High-level influences on eye movement guidance in scenes. Vision, 3, 33.

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.

Yu Zhang, Ph.D. (University of California, Santa Cruz)

Developmental, cognitive, and cultural psychology; children's learning experience in diverse sociocultural contexts; parent-child interaction; cognitive development from infancy to middle childhood (e.g., analogical reasoning, early math/spatial understanding); learning beliefs and motivation in children and adolescents.

Zhang, Y., Wang, S.-H., & Duh, S. (2021). Directive guidance as a cultural practice for learning by Chinese-heritage babies. Human Development, 65(3), 121–138.

Wang, S., Zhang, Y., & Baillargeon, R. (2016). Young infants view physically possible support events as unexpected: New evidence for rule learning. Cognition, 157, 100–105.