Department of Psychology at Illinois State University



Recent Faculty Research

Gregory Braswell

Gregory S. Braswell, Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Research interests:

Role of social interaction in cognitive development

Effects of adult beliefs on interactions with children and on child development

Role of variability in development

Steve Croker

Steve Croker, Ph.D., University of Nottingham

Research interests:

Development of scientific reasoning

Children's knowledge and understanding of health and illness

Cognitive dynamics

Alycia M. Hund, Ph.D., The University of Iowa

Research interests:

Cognitive development

Spatial memory and language

Executive functioning

Cognitive flexibility

Theories of development

Marla J. Reese-Weber, Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Research interests:

Sibling and dating violence

Development of conflict resolution skills

Romantic relationships during adolescence

Family processes

Sexuality in adolescence

Rocío Rivadeneyra, Ph.D., University of Michigan

Research interests:

Gender and sexual socialization in adolescence

Media portrayals and their role in gender, ethnic, and sexual socialization

Latino youth development

Renée M. Tobin, Ph.D., Texas A&M University

Research interests:

Emotional regulation

Personality and social development

Adult-child interactions

Linking research to practice

Corinne Zimmerman

Corinne Zimmerman, Ph.D., University of Alberta

Research interests:

Development of scientific reasoning

Students' understanding of scientific concepts and conceptual change

Development of scientific literacy, in particular, factors influencing the evaluation and interpretation of popular press articles reporting scientific research

Distinguished Professor Emerita — Laura Berk, Ph.D., University of Chicago

Research interests:

Vygotsky's sociocultural theory and implications for children's learning and development

Development and functional significance of private (self-directed) speech in typical children and children with learning and behavior disorders, especially attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

Benefits of make-believe play in early childhood, with special focus on self-regulation

Parent-child engagement in early and middle childhood and consequences for development

Effects of educational intervention with at-risk preschoolers