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Department of Psychology
Dr. Rebecca Gilbertson - Neurocognitive Lab
The primary research focus of the UMD Psychology Neurocognitive Lab is to understand health-related factors that influence neurocognitive function including substance use, abuse, and dependence (particularly alcohol). Non-substance use disorders (“behavioral addiction”) and physiological response to stressors are emerging topics of study in the lab. Given the complexity of brain change (primarily in the domains of attention and working memory), a variety of techniques are used including traditional computerized cognitive batteries, physiological and electroencephalographic (EEG) recordings, eye tracking and pencil/paper neuropsychological measures. Lab members also assist with neuroscience outreach to middle and high school students.
Dr. Lara LaCaille & Dr. Rick LaCaille - The Healthy Living and Learn (H2L) Lab
The Healthy Living and Learning (H2L) lab at UMD examines the intersection of psychology with health and learning. A primary emphasis within the lab is placed upon how self-regulation affects mental and physical health. In particular, we examine how various motives for the health behaviors of eating and physical activity are associated with weight management, well-being, and quality of life. A corollary of this work has been to study attentional focus during exercise and sports. Our research employs a variety of populations and approaches, including delivery of interventions to encourage healthy living. More recently, we have begun to also investigate how pedagogical strategies and self-regulation influence student learning.
A goal of the H2L lab is to train students interested in becoming scholars and critical thinkers. Past members of the lab have gone on to doctorate programs in psychology as well as graduate training in public health. Opportunities exist for both undergraduate and graduate students who have interests in clinical, health, or sport psychology. If you are interested in joining the H2L lab, please contact Drs. Lara or Rick LaCaille.
Dr. Alexandra Luong
Our group works on projects related to my primary lines of research: emotions in the work place, judgment and decision-making in recruitment and selection, and workplace meetings. Projects include examining correlates of psychological safety in meetings, preference for intuitive versus analytical methods in hiring, and the role of empathy in decision-making. Graduate and undergraduate students take active roles in various aspects of the research process, from research design to data collection to dissemination of findings.
Dr. Mallory McCord - The Equality, Civility, and Health in Organizations (ECHO) Lab
The Equality, Civility, and Health in Organizations (ECHO) Lab investigates topics relevant to today’s organizations, including workplace mistreatment (e.g., bullying, discrimination), emotional intelligence (e.g., measurement, discrete EI), and leadership (e.g., abusive supervision, gender). The goal of this research is to deepen our understanding of these workplace phenomena and investigate interventions that may improve worker experiences. Click here to visit the lab's website: https://mccordm1.wixsite.com/echolab
Dr. Viann Nguyen-Feng - Mind-Body Trauma Care Lab
The Mind-Body TraumaCare Lab integrates psychology and public health. Our lab aims to increase access to psychotherapeutic care, particularly among in-need groups such as those who have experienced potentially traumatic life events.
Broadly, research in the lab focuses on psychotherapeutic care in these areas:
- trauma, e.g., emotional abuse and other interpersonal traumas;
- the integration of mental and physical health;
- the integration of mind and body approaches;
- exploration of factors that may increase access to psychotherapeutic care.
This research addresses access to care issues in two main ways:
- developing and evaluating technological interventions to get quality psychotherapeutic care to the most individuals possible;
- bringing holistic interventions (e.g., trauma-sensitive yoga, mind-body integration, context-inclusive approaches) to individuals who might not otherwise access them.
We aim to serve at-risk groups, such as those exposed to interpersonal traumas, those who have disabling life experiences, and those with marginalized identities. For more information, visit the lab's website here: z.umn.edu/MindBodyTraumaCare
Dr. Catherine Reich - Psychotherapy and Trauma Research Lab
The Psychotherapy and Trauma Research Lab includes two separate lines of research. The primary line of research investigates why therapy/counseling "works." In other words, what mechanisms are responsible for client change. We often examine verbal and nonverbal behaviors of the therapist for their impact on psychotherapy process and outcome. The second line of research primarily centers around self-blame cognition held by trauma survivors and aims to learn more about the development, function, maintenance, and process of change for these types of thoughts.
Dr. Julie Slowiak - Wellbeing & Behavioral Science Lab
The primary research focus of the Wellbeing and Behavioral Science Lab is to evaluate factors within physical and social environments that influence individual and organizational health, performance, and wellbeing. Topics generally relate to healthy lifestyle behavior change, performance management and improvement, behavior-based coaching, and the application of acceptance and commitment training to health, behavior, and performance coaching. The intention is to design sustainable methods and interventions that improve human wellbeing through research and practice grounded in behavioral science.
Link to website: https://jslowiak.wixsite.com/jslowiakumd/wbs-lab
Dr. Ashley Thompson - Sexuality and Relationship Science Lab
The primary research focus of the Sexuality and Relationship Science Lab is to understand people’s attitudes, judgments, and motives related to sexuality, intimacy, and romantic relationships. This is often done by applying social and cognitive psychological theories and testing them experimentally using sophisticated quantitative techniques.
Link to website: https://sexualityandrelationshipscience.com/