Faculty in the Department of Psychology direct active labs that offer students opportunities to gain research experience. Students and faculty produce a large number of scientific publications and presentations each year. The directory of faculty research labs can be found below.
Director: Abbey Mann
The Community Health Psychology Lab is engaged in community-based research on healthcare access, primarily with sexual and gender minority groups. Current projects include analysis of data from Transgender Access to Comprehensive Care Experiences Study in South Central Appalachia (TransACCESS); and collaborating on the Viewpoints on Improving Bonds Between Health Experts and Sexual and Gender Minority Youth (VIBES) study with researchers in Florida.
Recent presentations and publications:
Altschuler, B. & Mann, A. K. (2023). The development of accessible and sustainable transgender health education for rural-serving medical providers in Appalachia. Rural and Remote Health, 23(2), 7827. https://doi.org/10.22605/RRH7827
Mann, A., Fredrick E. G., & Wilkins B. (2023). Growing up in a rural area social support, and internalized transphobia: Understanding Appalachian transgender mental and physical health. Stigma & Health, TBD https://doi.org/10.1037/sah0000425
Mann, A. (June, 2023) Quantitative analysis of timeline interviews about transgender healthcare experiences. Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, Denver, CO.
Director: Rob Wickham
Flavors added to electronic nicotine delivery systems, such as e-cigarettes and vapes, as well as to traditional combustible cigarettes can exacerbate their addictive potential. Aside from their actions on our palate, flavors themselves can also enter the brain when using these products. Our research is exploring how flavors act at the palate as well as within the brain using rodent models of reward-learning, anxiety, and chemosensation.
Lehr, M., Mitchell, L., Kline, K., Kerr, L., & Wickham, R. J. (2021). Comparing taste preference for menthol stereoisomers in adolescent Sprague–Dawley rats. Psychology & Neuroscience, 14(3), 335–342. https://doi.org/10.1037/pne0000249
Director: Michael Nees
Research in the HFPC lab examines theoretical and applied aspects of human interactions with technology. Current research topics and interests include auditory displays, human interactions with automation (especially for driving), driving safety, and effects of interruptions on multitasking performance.
Nees, M.A., & Liebman, E.** (in press). Auditory icons, earcons, spearcons, and speech: A systematic review and meta-analysis of brief audio alerts in human-machine interfaces. Accepted for publication in Auditory Perception & Cognition 5.24.2023. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/25742442.2023.2219201
Nees, M.A., & Liu, C.(L’23) (2022). Mental models of driver monitoring systems: Perceptions of monitoring capabilities. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 91, 484-498. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trf.2022.10.012
Director: Lauren J. Myers
The Lafayette Kids Lab conducts research about developmentally appropriate use of digital media by infants and children under the age of 5 years. Current research examines families’ use of video chat technology to connect across long distances, and is funded by an R15 grant from the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development. We also collaborate with investigators and students at the University of South Dakota, Georgetown University, Vanderbilt University and Penn State-Brandywine.
Zosh, J., Strouse, G., Myers, L.J., Chi, X., Stuckelman, Z. McClure, E., Troseth, G., & Barr, R. (2023). Virtual grandparenting: Identifying barriers to supportive video chat between grandparents and grandchildren. Human Behavior and Emerging Technologies, advance online publication. DOI: 10.1155/2022/9454654
Piper, D., Malik, S., Badger, A., Strouse, G.A., Myers, L. J., McClure, E., Troseth, G.L, Zosh, J., & Barr, R (2023). Sharing culture in a tech world: Grandparent-grandchild cultural exchanges over video chat. Translational Issues in Psychological Science, advance online publication. DOI: 10.1037/tps0000358
Director: Jennifer Talarico
MemLab studies how individuals remember personally-experienced events (i.e., autobiographical memory). Broadly speaking, our research questions examine the relationship between event features and how those events are later remembered and how what we remember is influenced by how a memory is brought to mind.
Talarico, J. M. (2022). A tetrahedral model of autobiographical memory research design. WIREs Cognitive Science. [pdf]
Talarico, J. M., Bohn, A. & Wessel, I. (2019). The role of event relevance and congruence on flashbulb memory formation. Memory, 27, 985-997.[pdf]
Director: Susan Wenze
The Mood Processing and Treatment (MPAT) Lab conducts research on mood disorders and related conditions. Specifically, we study cognitive and emotional processes in individuals with sub-threshold and threshold-level mood and anxiety symptoms. We also conduct research on mental health treatment needs and outcomes for affective disorders, anxiety, stress, and related concerns, with a focus on perinatal mental health care.
Recent representative publication:
Wenze, S.J., Battle, C. L., Huntley, E. D., Gaugler, T. L., & Kats, D. (L ‘19) (2023). Ecological momentary assessment of postpartum outcomes in mothers of multiples: Lower maternal-infant bonding, higher stress, and more disrupted sleep. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 26, 361-378. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00737-023-01317-0
Recent representative presentation:
Brait Amorosino, B. (L ‘22) & Wenze, S. J. (2022). Predictors of Reactivity and Adherence in Ecological Momentary Assessment Studies. Poster presented at the 56th annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York City, NY.
Director: Luis F. Schettino
The motor control and motor cognition lab explores the neural bases of sensorimotor behavior through kinematic and gaze analysis in humans and how spatial perception affects our cognition.
Furmanek, M.P., Schettino, L.F., Yarossi, M., Kirkman, S., Adamovich, S.V., Tunik, E. (2019) Coordination of reach-to-grasp in physical and haptic-free virtual environments. Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation 16(1):78.
Steinberg, N. J., Brown, A. A., Schettino, L. F. (2019) Target capture strategy selection in a simulated marksmanship task. Scientific Reports 9:14057.
Director: Jessie L. Greenlee
Research in the Neurodiversity Lab aims to understand factors associated with the socioemotional well-being of neurodiverse children and youth and their families. We use multiple methods to explore how and why some neurodiverse individuals do well (build resilience) while others are at increased risk for mental health challenges. Current research topics include using electrodermal activity as a biomarker for child dysregulation, measuring social threat in autistic children, and parenting experiences in the context of autism.
Greenlee, J. L., Hickey, E., Stelter, C. R., Huynh, T., & Hartley, S. L. (2023). Profiles of the parenting experience in families of autistic children. Autism, 0(0). https://doi.org/10.1177/13623613221147399
Director: Susan Hannan
The Reactions to Traumatic Stress Lab has historically conducted research on identifying and understanding risk and resiliency factors associated with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms following trauma exposure. Our current focus is shifting to a more qualitative understanding of other traumatic stress reactions aside from PTSD, such as manic and psychotic experiences.
Recent representative publications:
Hannan, S. M., & MacDonald, G. (L ‘23). (2022). Exposure to an Anonymous Survivor Instagram Account is linked to Institutional Betrayal among Campus Sexual Misconduct Survivors. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 38, 2207-2217.
Hannan, S. M. & Orcutt, H. K. (2020). Emotion regulation in undergraduate students with posttraumatic stress symptoms: A multi-method study. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 12, 643-651.