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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Psychology


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.

Behavioral Research for Anxiety InterVention Efficiency (BRAVE) Lab
Michelle Rozenman, PhD, Director
Our research group aims to improve treatments for children and adolescents with anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and related problems. We study processes that underlie these conditions, including how youth think, feel, and act, and then adapt or develop treatments to modify these processes. Our ultimate goal is to help kids and teens feel brave so that they can do the things they want and have to do.

Biology, Environments, and Mood Studies (BEAMS) Lab
Erika Manczak, PhD, Director
Our lab examines how features of social relationships interact with biological processes to predict mental and physical health in families. We are particularly interested in how important relationships affect immune processes in ways that increase risk for depression during adolescence; however, we also examine risk across other developmental periods (e.g., prenatal, young childhood, adulthood) and consider additional biological pathways (e.g., epigenetic modifications, somatic fitness, metabolomic profiles) that may confer or buffer risk.

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.

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.

L.E.a.R.N Lab
Lauren McGrath, PhD, director
We focus on understanding the cognitive, genetic, and environmental contributions to learning disabilities and related developmental disorders.

Motivation, Affect, and Cognition Lab
Kimberly S Chiew, PhD, director
We investigate the psychological and neural mechanisms by which motivation and affect influence human cognition and behavior, with a specific focus on cognitive control and episodic memory processes.

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

Angela Narayan, PhD, director
We focus on understanding how to promote resilience in parents and children by deterring the intergenerational transmission of maltreatment, violence exposure, and poverty in low-income families. Current projects center on the pregnancy and early childhood periods and also examine family processes such as romantic relationship functioning, parenting behavior, the transition to fatherhood, and infant attachment.

The Relationship Center
Wyndol Furman, PhD, director
Phone: 303-871-3806
The Relationship Center studies children's and adolescent's relationships with friends, parents, siblings, and romantic partners in order to understand and improve them.

Social Detection Lab
E. Paige Lloyd, PhD, director
Our lab investigates the determinants and consequences of person perception, with an emphasis on implications for social inequality and discrimination.

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 Sokol-Hessner Lab
Peter Sokol-Hessner, PhD, director
This lab studies the Psychology and neuroscience of affect and decision-making.

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
The TSS Group pursues several lines of research with both youth and adults to understand the consequences of trauma, particularly violence exposure.

Truth and Trust Lab
Leanne ten Brinke, PhD, director
Phone:  303-871-6772
This lab studies whether humans can accurately discriminate friend from foe, how this process unfolds, and the conditions under which we are persuaded to place our trust in others.

Visual Perception, Emotion, and Cognition Lab
Tim Sweeny, PhD, director
Phone 303-871-2191
The VPEC Lab studies visual perception in order to understand how neural and cognitive mechanisms shape what we see and hear, and how perceptual processes guide our social and emotional behaviors.