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Department of Psychology

Research

Research Labs

The AACT Lab
Kateri McRae, PhD, director
The laboratory for the study of automaticity, affect, control and thought (AACT) uses behavioral and brain-based methods to answer questions about how we feel (affect), how we think (thought), and how feelings and thoughts can change each other.

Center for Marital and Family Studies
Howard Markman, PhD, and Scott Stanley, co-directors
Phone: 303-871-3062
This center explores such marital and family topics as cohabitation, commitment, risk factors for divorce and relationship education.

Child Health & Development Lab
Sarah Watamura, PhD, director
Phone: 303-871-7774
In this lab, we study the many factors that affect children's health and development—from observing children in care centers to assessing and measuring health and stress levels in our lab.

Developmental Neuropsychology Lab
Bruce F. Pennington, PhD, director
Phone: 303-871-4403
In our lab, we study the genetics and neuropsychology of developmental disorders, mainly dyslexia and ADHD. We also study the comorbidity among developmental disorders.

Emotion and Coping Lab
Daniel N. McIntosh, PhD, director
We study social influences on emotion, ranging from basic processes such as facial mimicry of emotion to cultural influences such as religion's role in coping and adjustment.

Family and Child Neuroscience Lab
Pilyoung Kim, PhD, director
Using a fMRI method, we study how early experience in family influences the development of a child's brain that involves in emotion regulation. We also investigate how exposure to stress influences parental brain and emotional bond to their children.

The GEM Study
Benjamin L. Hankin, PhD, director
We study genetic, biological, cognitive, interpersonal, and emotional vulnerabilities to depression and co-occurring problems (e.g., anxiety) in children and adolescents.

Neurodevelopmental Research Program
Elysia Davis, PhD, Director
We study the role of the prenatal and postnatal environments on health and development across the lifespan.  Our lab evaluates psychological and biological processes during pregnancy and the influence this has on cognitive functioning, stress and emotional regulation, and brain development during infancy, childhood and adolescence.

Perception-Action Lab
Rob Roberts, PhD, director
Phone: 303-871-3675

Reading & Language Lab
Janice Keenan, PhD, director
Email: jkeenan@du.edu
We study language processing in twins to assess how genes and poor learning environments contribute to language problems, such as reading disability, comprehension disorders and attention deficit disorders.

The Relationship Center
Wyndol Furman, PhD, director
Phone: 303-871-3806

Services for At-Risk Youth & Families Lab
Omar Gudino, PhD, director
Phone: 303-871-2582
The SAYF Lab conducts research that aims to understand and meet the needs of children and adolescents who are at high risk of developing mental health problems due to exposure to trauma or other forms of adversity.

Social Context and Development Lab
Julia Dmitrieva, PhD, director
Phone: 303-871-3979
We are a group of researchers and students interested in learning more about how the people we interact with, our biology, and the experiences we have shape development, particularly during adolescence.

The SPA Lab
Max Weisbuch, PhD, director
Phone 303-871-4893
The Social Perception and Attitudes (SPA) Lab examines how attitudes, stereotypes, and personality are shaped by visual perception of the social world. We have discovered that individuals' self-esteem, attitudes, and stereotypes are shaped by the patterns of facial expressions, clothing, and facial diversity encountered by those individuals.

Traumatic Stress Studies Group
Anne P. DePrince, PhD, director
Phone: 303-871-7407

Visual Perception, Emotion, and Cognition Lab
Tim Sweeny, PhD, director
Phone 303-871-2191