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
Gary L. Creasey

Gary L. Creasey, Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University

Research interests:
  • Attachment
  • Intimacy and romantic relationships
  • Development of coping skills across the life span
  • Family influences on development
  • Emotional regulation
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 Hund

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 Reese-Weeber

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
Rocio Rivadeneyra

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
Renee Tobin

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
Laura Berk

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