Faculty By Research Area


Photo left to right: Marshall Duke, Irwin Waldman, Cynthia Messina, Linda Craighead, Sherryl Goodman, Michael Treadway, Scott Lilienfeld, Elaine Walker, Steve Nowicki, Ann Abramowitz, Ellison Cale, Patricia Brennan, Steve Snow, Jack McDowell and Edward Craighead.

Ann Abramowitz, Ph.D. Professor of Practice. State University of New York, Stony Brook, 1988.
Research Interests: Family and school interventions for disruptive behavior disorders. Multimodal treatment of ADHD. Behavioral and neuropsychological correlates of Fragile x Syndrome.

Nancy Bliwise, Ph.D. Professor of Pedagogy. University of Chicago, 1982.
Research Interests: Adult attachment as a predictor of relationship functioning throughout the adult life course; clinical applications of attachment theory; statistical analysis of change.

Patricia A. Brennan, Ph.D. Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor, Chair. University of Southern California, 1992.
Research Interests: Biological, psychological, and social risk factors for aggression and criminal violence. The effect of parental psychopathology on child outcome from biological, clinical, and developmental perspectives.

W. Edward Craighead, Ph.D. Professor. University of Illinois, 1970.
Research Interests: Major depression and bipolar disorders: Assessment, prevention and treatment. Personality disorders and relapse/recurrence of mood disorders. Cognitive, interpersonal, and behavioral approaches to assessment and intervention for mood disorders among children, adolescents, and college students.

Linda Craighead, Ph.D. Professor. The Pennsylvania State University, 1976.
Research Interests: Psychopathology and interventions related to eating disorders and weight concerns, cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical therapy, and mindfulness-based therapies.

Marshall P. Duke, Ph.D. Charles Howard Candler Professor of Personality and Psychopathology. Indiana University, 1968.
Research Interests: Experimental and theoretical analysis of behavior within a social learning framework. Development and standardization of locus of control measures. Non-verbal behavior development, assessment and remediation, and in situ experience sampling.

Eugene Emory, Ph.D. Professor. University of Florida, 1978.
Research Interests: Developmental psychophysiology and neuropsychology; psychobiological approaches to high risk research, perinatal brain trauma and early stress. Neuropsychology and assessment of developmental disorders, differential diagnosis and court testimony. Cognitive-behavior therapy, parent training. Out-of-home and foster care placement and their effect on psychological and cognitive development.

Sherryl Goodman, Ph.D. Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor. University of Waterloo, 1978.
Research Interests: Testing an integrative model for the development of psychopathology in children with depressed mothers, including four purported mechanisms: heritability, neuroregulatory mechanisms, maladaptive parenting, and stressful environments.

Ami Klin, Ph.D. (Associated Faculty) Director of the Marcus Autism Center, CHOA, Professor and Chief, Division of Autism and Related Disorders, Department of Pediatrics, Emory School of Medicine.
Research Interests: Focuses on understanding the emergence of social mind and to social brain and the disruptions of these processes that lead to autism spectrum disorders, and developing measures to assess early emerging mechanisms of sociability in human infants and non-human primates. Working on new models of health care delivery that involve universal screening of babies and tie screening to early intervention.

Scott Lilienfeld, Ph.D. Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor. University of Minnesota, 1990.
Research Interests: Causes and measurement of personality disorders (especially psychopathic personality); personality assessment; psychiatric classification and diagnosis; pseudoscience and clinical psychology; critical thinking in psychology education.

Jack J. McDowell, Ph.D. Professor. State University of New York, Stony Brook, 1979.
Research Interests: Mathematical and computational models of social behavior. Conformance of naturally occurring human behavior to mathematical and computational theories. Behavior therapy outcome.

Cynthia Messina, Ph.D. Senior Lecturer and Clinic Director of the Psychological Center. Emory University, 1987.

Rohan Palmer, Ph.D. Assistant Professor. University of Colorado, 2010.
Research Interests: Understanding the persistent and transient problems leading to alcohol and other substance use disorders.

Michael Treadway, Ph.D. Assistant Professor. Vanderbilt University, 2012.
Research Interests: Understanding the molecular and circuit-level mechanisms of psychiatric symptoms related to mood, anxiety, and decision-making including multimodal neuroimaging techniques (fMRI, MRS, and PET), behavioral paradigms, computational modeling, and clinical/personality assessment.

Irwin Waldman, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology. University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, 1988.
Research Interests: Main interests are the classification, development, and causes of childhood externalizing problems such as Attention Deficit Disorders, antisocial behavior, and aggression. Other interests include developmental behavior genetics and quantitative methods, especially as applied to childhood behavior problems, intelligence, and personality and adjustment.

Elaine Walker, Ph.D. Charles Howard Candler Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Missouri, 1979.
Research Interests: Developmental precursors of mental illness. Neurodevelopmental and socioemotional factors, cognitive and neuropsychological aspects of psychosis, forensic issues in the defense of psychotic offenders and the application of the insanity plea.

Drew Westen, Ph.D. Professor. University of Michigan, 1985.
Research Interests: Personality and personality disorders in adolescents and adults; eating disorders; classification of psychopathology; psychotherapy effectiveness; integrative and psychodynamic psychotherapy; psychoanalysis and cognitive neuroscience.

Emeritus Faculty

Steve Nowicki, Ph.D. Charles Howard Candler Professor of Psychology. Purdue University, 1969. Diplomate (Clinical) ABPP.
Research Interests: Interpersonal communications as it functions in psychotherapy and the formation of relationships. Measurement and correlates of locus of control of reinforcement within social learning theory.

Jessica Barber, Ph.D. Lecturer. Virginia Commonwealth University, 2012.
Research Interests: Attitude change in political context; relation between political attitudes and ideology, attitude polarization, selective exposure, and the persuasive function of language abstractness.

Patricia Bauer, Ph.D. Asa Griggs Candler Professor. Miami University, 1985. 
Research Interests: Development of memory from infancy through childhood, with special emphasis on the determinants of remembering and forgetting; and links between social, cognitive, and neural developments and age-related changes in autobiographical or personal memory.

Daniel D. Dilks, Ph.D. Associate Professor (as of September 2013).  Johns Hopkins University, 2005. 
Research Interests:  Cortical plasticity in adult human vision, and the functional organization of human visual cortex and its origins.  Methodologies include psychophysics, fMRI, TMS, and neuropsychology.

Robyn Fivush, Ph.D. Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor and Associate Vice-Provost for Academic Innovation. The City University of New York, 1982. 
Research Interests: Early memory with an emphasis on the social construction of autobiographical memory and the relations among memory, narrative, identity, trauma, and coping.

Stephan Hamann, Ph.D. Professor. University of Toronto, 1993. 
Research Interests: Declarative and nondeclarative memory in humans; emotion and emotional memory; methodologies include cognitive tasks, neuroimaging, TMS, and study of neuropsychological patients.

Stella Felix Lourenco, Ph.D. Associate Professor. University of Chicago, 2006. 
Research Interests: Spatial perception and cognition, which includes geometric coding in young children, sex and socioeconomic differences, spatial reasoning in atypical populations, and influences of tool use in spatial representation.

Lynne Nygaard, Ph.D. Professor. Brown University, 1991. 
Research Interests: Mechanisms underlying the perception of speech and auditory events; perceptual learning of talker-specific properties of speech; emotion and language; auditory imagery for spoken language.

Philippe Rochat, Ph.D. Professor. University of Geneva, Switzerland, 1983. 
Research Interests: Development of the perceived self, symbolic functioning, selective imitation, face recognition, cross-cultural differences in the development of the sense of entitlement, ownership, sharing, and negotiation.

Phillip Wolff, Ph.D. Professor. Northwestern University, 1999. 
Research Interests: The representation of relational concepts, computational models of causal meaning and reasoning, and cross-linguistic approaches to the study of word meaning.

Affiliated Faculty

Robert N. McCauley, Ph.D. Professor, Center for Mind, Brain, and Culture. University of Chicago, 1979. 
Research Interests: The philosophy of science and the philosophy of psychology, focusing on cross-scientific relations, the cognitive science of science, and the cognitive science of religion

James Rilling, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology. Emory University, 1998. 
Research Interests: 1) exploring the neural basis of human social cognition with fMRI, and 2) comparing human and non-human primate brains to identify human brain specializations.

Krish Sathian, M.D., Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of Neurology. M.D. University of Madras, 1980; Ph.D. University of Melbourne, 1987. 
Research Interests: Cognitive neuroscience of tactile perception, visual attention and neural plasticity; psychophysics, neuroimaging and neurophysiology.

John Snarey, Ed.D., Professor of Human Development and Ethics, School of Theology, 1987.
Research Interests: Psychology of moral cognition and development; psychology of religion.

Emeritus Faculty

Howard A. Rollins, Ph.D. Professor. University of California, Los Angeles, 1968.

Jocelyne Bachevalier, Ph.D. Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor, University of Paris, 1975.
Research Interests: Learning, memory, and socioemotional development in nonhuman primates and humans. Impact of early insult to the temporal lobe and prefrontal cortex in the maturation of cognitive skills. Plasticity and reorganization of functions in neural systems mediating cognition and behavior. Primate models of developmental neuropsychiatric disorders in humans, such as autism, schizophrenia, ADHD.

Gregory S. Berns, M.D., Ph.D. Distinguished Professor of Neuroeconomics, University of California Davis, 1990.
Research Interests: Neuroimaging of human decision making. Awake fMRI of dogs. Comparative neurobiology.

Frans B. M. de Waal, Ph.D. Charles Howard Candler Professor of Primate Behavior. Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands, 1977.
Research Interests: Social behavior and social cognition emphasizing mechanisms of reconciliation and reciprocity in nonhuman primates.

David Edwards, Ph.D. Charles Howard Candler Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience. University of California, Irvine, 1968.
Research Interests: Psychobiology of motivation. Hormonal activation of neural mechanisms for sexual behavior. Sex differentiation. Human sexuality.

Harold Gouzoules, Ph.D. Professor. University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1980.
Research Interests: Animal behavior; primate social behavior and communication; primate vocal communication; recruitment of support in agonistic encounters; the evolution and ethology of screams in human and nonhuman primates.

Robert Hampton, Ph.D. Professor. University of Toronto, 1995.
Research Interests: Comparative psychology. Neurobiology of learning, memory, and metacognition in nonhuman primates.

Aubrey Kelly, Ph.D. Assistant Professor. Indiana University, 2014.
Research Interests: Neural mechanisms of social behavior; neuroplasticity; individual and species differences in behavior; development of the social brain; evolution of sociality.

Donna Maney, Ph.D. Professor. University of Washington, 1997.
Research Interests: Genetic and neuroendocrine bases of social behavior, hormonal modulation of auditory processing, environmental regulation of reproductive function.

Joseph Manns, Ph.D. Associate Professor. University of California, San Diego, 2002.
Research Interests: In vivo electrophysiological studies of memory in the rat hippocampus. Memory and amnesia in humans.

Darryl Neill, Ph.D. Professor, University of Chicago, 1972.
Research Interests: Brain neurotransmitters and behavior, particularly the role of brain dopamine in behavior. Neuroanatomy and neurochemistry of brain mechanisms for positive reinforcement. Measurement of neurotransmitter release in behaving animals via dialysis perfusion. Brain mechanisms involved in mood disorders and drug abuse.

Hillary R. Rodman, Ph.D. Associate Professor. Princeton University, 1986.
Research Interests: Plasticity, development, evolution and modular organization of cerebral cortex and the visual system, particularly extrastriate cortex. Species and individual differences in the neural substrates of cognition and behavior. Mechanisms of recovery after brain injury. 'Blindsight' and face recognition.

Kim Wallen, Ph.D. Dobbs Professor of Psychology. University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1978.
Research Interests: Social behavior of animals emphasizing nonhuman primates. Social and hormonal influences upon the development and expression of sexual behavior. Development of sexually dimorphic behavior and social roles in nonhuman primates.

Benjamin Wilson, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology and Yerkes National Primate Research Center (beginning March 2020). Newcastle University, UK, 2014. Comparative cognition and neuroscience. The cognitive, neurobiological and evolutionary origins of language. Statistical learning, sequence processing and implicit learning in humans and other primates.

Emeritus Faculty

Ronald Boothe, Ph.D. Candler Professor of Psychology.

Michael Zeiler, Ph.D. Candler Professor of Psychology. New School for Social Research, 1962.
Research Interests: Experimental analysis of learned behavior. Applications of evolutionary theory to acquired behavior. Timing in animals. Control systems in operant behavior. Elimination of behavior with positive reinforcement. Dynamics of response strength and output.