Dr. Kazuko Behrens, Coordinator
Associate Professor, Developmental Psychology
Dr. Behrens’ research mainly focuses on parent-child attachment in US and cross-culturally. Secure attachment predicts better social relationships and general well-being in the course of development. She thus hopes to conduct attachment-based intervention studies to promote attachment security. Her collaborative research investigates attachment and brain activities, utilizing EEG equipment.
Dr. Andrew C. Gallup
Associate Professor, Biopsychology
Dr. Gallup holds diverse interests in ethology and evolutionary psychology. His ongoing research spans a variety of topics, including the adaptive function(s) of yawning, brain thermoregulation and vigilance, collective behavior and social cognition, aggression and sexual conflict, the evolution of cooperation, sports and athletic competition from an evolutionary perspective, biomarkers of Darwinian fitness, Snake Detection Theory, and the adaptive benefits of laterality.
Dr. Joanne M. Joseph
Professor, Social/Clinical psychology
Dr. Joseph has diverse interests in the areas of adverse childhood experiences, trauma, resilience and physical health. Her current research studies focus on the effects of adverse childhood experiences on pregnancy outcomes, epigenetics, PTSD in military veterans and bullying. Dr. Joseph is the recipient of a number of teaching and service awards including the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Service. As a practicing clinician, Dr. Joseph regularly consults for health care agencies and K-12 schools.
Dr. Rebecca Weldon
Assistant Professor, Cognitive Psychology
Dr. Weldon’s research spans topics in cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience. She uses survey, experimental, and neuroscience techniques to examine risky decision making. Her research interests include the behavioral and neural mechanisms of cognitive control, individual differences in reward sensitivity, and the determinants of risky decision making.