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Faculty Research Interests

The faculty in Drexel’s Department of Psychology is involved in a wide range of exciting research projects. Much of this research falls into the following categories, however, please check out the individual listings of each faculty member to learn more about their specific research areas.

Forensic Psychology
Health Psychology
Cognitive Neuroscience
Psychopathology

Neuropsychology
Psychotherapy Process and Outcome
Developmental Psychology
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy


Cathy Bolton, PhDProgram Evaluation in healthcare, supportive housing, and government-based social services; Design of performance metrics for quality assessment and clinical outcomes; Development of Quality Assurance Programs; Leadership for moving organizations toward decision making that is data informed; Management of Analytic and Performance Improvement Teams in Healthcare; Implementing Systems and Change Leadership to sustain Compliance with Regulatory Bodies; Advocacy for the Creation o and Use of Integrated data that brings information together to drive development of best practices for specialized populations and cohorts of healthcare and social service users
Meghan Butryn, PhD

Obesity and eating disorders treatment and prevention; Behavioral interventions; Acceptance and commitment therapy

Douglas Chute, PhD

neuropsychology and rehabilitation; technological applications for the cognitively compromised and those with acquired brain injuries

Brian P. Daly, PhD

pediatric psychology; pediatric neuropsychology; clinical and health psychology; assessment and treatment of children with chronic illness; adolescent risk behaviors; evidence-based psychosocial interventions for youth; prevention and resiliency in urban youth; school mental health promotion

Paige Davis, PhDThe development of imagination in children; Private speech; Theory of mind and executive functioning; Mental state commentary and mind minded parenting; Audio verbal hallucinations
David DeMatteo, JD, PhD

psychopathy, forensic mental health assessment, testing in forensic assessment contexts, and drug policy research

Evan Forman, PhD

clinical psychology: mechanisms and measurement of psychotherapy outcome, cognitive-behavioral and acceptance based psychotherapies, the development and evaluation of acceptance-based interventions for health behavior change (for problems of obesity and cardiac disease) as well as mood and anxiety disorders; neurocognition of eating

Jennifer L. Gallo, PhD

neuropsychology of aging and dementia; neurocognitive correlates of goal-directed activities; behavioral and psychological symptoms associated with dementia

Pamela Geller, PhD

clinical and health psychology; stressful life events and mental and physical health outcomes particularly in the area of women's reproductive health

Naomi Goldstein, PhD

Forensic assessment development, juvenile delinquency; Intervention development with female juvenile offenders, anger management, Miranda rights comprehension

Kirk Heilbrun, PhD

Forensic mental health assessment; Violence risk assessment; Risk management; Interventions to reduce risk

James Herbert, PhD

Anxiety disorders; Cognitive behavior therapy; Acceptance and mindfulness based psychotherapies; Teletherapy; the role of empiricism in clinical psychology

Thomas Hewett, PhD

Human computer interaction; Cognitive engineering; Design of computing systems to support creative work

Adrienne Juarascio, Ph.D.

Enhancing treatment outcomes for eating disorders and obesity; Acceptance-based behavioral treatments; Evaluating mechanisms of action in behavioral treatments

Jacqueline Kloss, PhD

Health psychology specifically, the relationship between emotional expression and physical health; use of writing to promote behavior change; Behavioral medicine including behavioral treatments for insomnia, sleep quality and menopause

John Kounios, PhD

Cognitive psychology/cognitive neuroscience, focusing on human memory, problem solving, intelligence, and creativity; Specialization in electrophysiological methods (EEG, ERP), and other behavioral and neuroimaging methods (e.g., fMRI)

Michael Lowe, PhD

Psychobiology of eating and weight regulation (dieting, treatment and prevention of eating disorders and obesity); Social cognition (empirical study of conscious and unconscious cognitive processing)

Dan Mirman, PhDRecognition, comprehension, and production of spoken words; Organization and processing of semantic knowledge; Computational models of brain and behavior; Statistical methods for analysis of time course data
Arthur M. Nezu, PhD, ABPP

Applications of Problem-Solving Therapy to treat a variety of health and mental health problems, particularly depression comorbid with a medical disorder (e.g., heart failure, cancer, diabetes); Stress and coping, particularly the role of social problem solving as a mediator and moderator of the relationship between stress and negative health/mental health outcomes; Prevention of psychopathology and enhancement of well-being among Veterans and their families

Christine Maguth Nezu, PhD, ABPP

Cognitive behavioral assessment and treatment; PST (Problem-Solving Therapy) for mood, personality, stress-related disorders in the veterans and their families; Psychosocial treatment for persons with heart disease and cancer; Clinical case formulation; Integrative psychotherapy approaches; Emotionally focused interventions and CBT; Departmental concentration areas of cognitive behavioral and health psychology

Nancy Raitano Lee, PhDNeuropsychological and neuroanatomic correlates of intellectual and developmental disabilities; Verbal memory and language difficulties in Down syndrome and other genetic disorders; Comorbid autism spectrum disorder symptoms in youth with genetic disorders; Neuroanatomic correlates of individual differences in typical and atypical cognition
Ludo Scheffer, PhD

Meta-cognitive development, writing, and computers; Language and literacy development in the early years in the context of family and schooling; Youth-at-risk; School violence and bullying; Program/intervention effectiveness

Maria T. Schultheis, PhD

Neurorehabilitation; Application of technology to psychology; Virtual reality technology; Driving capacity after neurological compromise; Rehabilitation of functional, everyday activities

Jennifer Schwartz, PhDAdult Psychopathology; Evidence-Based Practice; Competency-Based Training; Competency-Based Clinical Supervision
Myrna Shure, PhD

Child development; Problem-solving interventions with children; Prevention programs

Chris Sims, PhDLearning and decision-making under uncertainty; Visual memory and perceptual expertise; Sensorimotor control and motor learning; Computational models of cognition
Mary V. Spiers, PhD

Clinical neuropsychology and medical psychology; Memory and practical applications for memory disorders in the elderly; Cognitive health of women

J. Michael Williams, PhD

Cognitive neuroscience; Clinical applications (fMRI); Memory disorders; Neuropsychological assessment; Rehabilitation

Fengqing Zoe Zhang, PhDNeuroimaging data analysis; Data mining; Bayesian inference; High dimensional data analysis
Eric A. Zillmer, PsyD

Neuropsychological and personality assessment; Sports psychology; Psychiatric and neurological disorders; Behavioral medicine