Department of Psychology at Illinois State University


Faculty Research Interests

Raymond M. Bergner

  • Descriptive Psychology
  • Clinically useful conceptualizations of psychopathologies
  • Psychotherapy
  • Research on love and sexuality
  • Psychotherapy integration

John F. Binning

  • Assessing person-job fit
  • Affective determinants of voluntary employee turnover
  • Factors affecting the employment interview process
  • Conceptual and technical requirements for test validation
  • Personnel selection and training methodologies

Gregory S. Braswell

  • Children's museums
  • Literacy and Play in early childhood
  • Adult beliefs about children

Salvatore J. Catanzaro

  • Dynamics of mood states and mood regulation
  • Stress, coping, and health across the life span
  • Anxiety, depression, and suicidal behavior
  • Measurement of personality and psychopathology
  • Cognitive-social learning theories of personality

Gary L. Cates

  • Data-based decision making
  • Prevention and remediation of academic skills deficits
  • Applied behavior analysis in educational settings
  • Curriculum based assessment/measurement

Thomas S. Critchfield

  • Human learning
  • Choice and decision
  • Stimulus class formation and concept learning
  • Theories of punishment and negative reinforcement
  • Small-N research method

Stephen F. Croker

  • Development of scientific reasoning
  • Cognitive dynamics
  • Knowledge and understanding of health and illness
  • Development of temporal visual attention

J. Cooper Cutting

  • Psycholinguistics
  • Language production
  • Quantitative methods in psychology
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Figurative language

Eros R. DeSouza

  • Personality and culture (cross-cultural research)
  • Multiculturalism and diversity issues
  • Prejudice and discrimination based on gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, and disability
  • Workplace incivility and sexual harassment
  • Reaction to governmental aggression and abuse

Karla J. Doepke

  • Suicide assessment and prevention
  • Treatment outcome research with children
  • Autism

Valeri A. Farmer-Dougan

  • Experimental and applied analysis of behavior
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Disequilibrium models of reinforcement
  • Canine cognition and behavior
  • Developmental disabilities

Paul A. Garris

  • Parkinson's disease
  • Drug abuse
  • Dopamine signaling
  • Microsensor instrumentation development

Suejung Han

  • Attachment theory and attachment-based therapy
  • Binge eating and other disordered eating behaviors
  • Health behavior changes
  • Minority students/individuals adjustment
  • Multicultural competence/openness to differences

Byron A. Heidenreich

  • Behavioral neuroscience
  • Neuropsychopharmacology of monoamine neurotransmitters
  • Neuropharmacology of drugs of abuse and psychotherapeutic medications
  • Extracellular electrophysiology
  • Anatomical techniques including immunocytochemistry

Matthew S. Hesson-McInnis

  • Covariance Structure Modeling (SEM)
  • Exploratory and Confirmatory Factor Analysis
  • Multidimensional Scaling
  • Numerical and Taxonomy (Cluster Analysis)
  • Application of above techniques to data on a range of topics

Alvin E. House(Emeritus)

  • Mindfulness
  • Positive psychology
  • Empathy & executive functions
  • DBT, ACT and third wave behavior therapies
  • Adult development and aging

Alycia M. Hund

  • Cognitive development during early and middle childhood
  • Executive functioning
  • Academic and social skills
  • School readiness
  • Spatial cognition (memory, language, wayfinding)

Alexandra Ilie

  • Occupational health psychology (stressor-strain relationship, employee well-being, violence and aggression)
  • Counterproductive work behaviors
  • Unethical pro-organizational behaviors
  • Cross-cultural psychology

Dan Ispas

  • Individual Differences in the Workplace: how personality, cognitive ability, emotions, and vocational interests impact important organizational outcomes.
  • Criteria - Job Performance: rater motivation, performance management and appraisal, OCB, CWB.
  • Career and Employment Issues (especially in relation to voluntary turnover): overqualification – underemployment, psychological contracts, employability, commitment, mentoring.
  • Understanding and Improving Survey Research: identified employee surveys, study design features that reduce common method variance, reducing social desirability biases in employee surveys.

J. Scott Jordan

  • Human interaction dynamics
  • Perception and action
  • Spatial perception
  • Consciousness

Jeffrey H. Kahn

  • Emotional expression and emotion regulation
  • Self-disclosure and well-being
  • Professional help seeking behaviors
  • Scientific training in applied psychology
  • Social-cognitive models of educational and career outcomes

Steven E. Landau

  • Attention-deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Children's disturbed peer relations
  • Bullying and bystanders to bullying

Dawn M. McBride

  • Prospective memory
  • Implicit/automatic memory
  • False memory
  • Explanations of the picture superiority effect
  • Forgetting

Adena B. Meyers

  • Contextual influences on child development
  • School-based preventive interventions
  • Mental health consultation

Margaret M. Nauta

  • Career development
  • Women's vocational experiences
  • Educational retention and persistence
  • Role model influences
  • Family-work conflict

Leandra N. Parris

  • Peer-victimization
  • Coping and stress management
  • Crisis intervention/prevention

John B. Pryor(Emeritus)

  • Social cognition
  • Sexuality
  • Attitudes
  • Prejudice and discrimination
  • Stigma

Amrita M. Puri

  • Visual perception and cognition
  • Attention and expectation
  • Top-down influences on sensory processing
  • Perception in populations with atypical neurodevelopment
  • Multisensory Integration

Glenn D. Reeder(Emeritus)

  • Mind reading and perceiving the motives of other people
  • Impression formation and attribution processes
  • Prejudice and stigma

Marla J. Reese-Weber

  • Sibling and dating violence
  • Child sexual abuse/sexual assault
  • Romantic relationships
  • Adolescent development
  • Family processes

Rocío Rivadeneyra

  • Media influences on adolescents' self-concept, achievement, and attitudes
  • Media portrayals of ethnic, racial, and gender stereotypes
  • Role of media on adolescent sexuality
  • Role of stereotypes on the academic achievement and motivation of minority youth
  • Latino/Latina youth

Kimberly T. Schneider

  • Sexual and ethnic harassment
  • Job stress
  • Organizational climate and culture
  • Organizational withdrawal
  • Job attitudes and job behaviors
  • Volunteer Program Assessment

W. Joel Schneider

  • Individual differences in cognitive abilities and personality
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Statistics

Susan K. Sprecher

  • Compassionate love
  • Mediators of attraction
  • College students' sexuality
  • Social network influence on romantic relationships
  • Internet match-making

Michael J. Stevens(Emeritus)

  • International psychology
  • Ethics
  • Terrorism
  • Existential psychology
  • Behavioral medicine

Mark E. Swerdlik

  • Alternative service delivery systems/multi-tiered systems of support
  • Reintegration of combat veterans: impact on children and families
  • Impact of deployment on children-implications for schools
  • Psychological assessment
  • Student support teams/interdisciplinary team functioning
  • School law as it relates to special education
  • Supervision in school psychology
  • Professional training issues in school psychology

Renée M. Tobin

  • Emotion regulation
  • Personality and social development
  • Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) programs
  • Linking research to practice

Jeffrey B. Wagman

  • Perception-action; ecological psychology
  • Haptic perception and tool use
  • Perceptual learning
  • Perception of affordances

Eric D. Wesselmann

  • Social influence
  • Ostracism/exclusion
  • Stigma
  • Religion/Spirituality
  • Harassment and anti-social behavior

Corinne Zimmerman

  • Development of scientific reasoning
  • Scientific literacy
  • Students' understanding of scientific concepts
  • Inductive inference