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.
Meghan Butryn, Ph.D.
Obesity and eating disorders treatment and prevention; Behavioral interventions; Acceptance and commitment therapy
Douglas Chute, Ph.D.
neuropsychology and rehabilitation; technological applications for the cognitively compromised and those with acquired brain injuries
Brian P. Daly, Ph.D.
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 & resiliency in urban youth; school mental health promotion
David DeMatteo, J.D., Ph.D.
psychopathy, forensic mental health assessment, testing in forensic assessment contexts, and drug policy research
Evan Forman, Ph.D.
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, Ph.D.
neuropsychology of aging and dementia; neurocognitive correlates of goal-directed activities; behavioral and psychological symptoms associated with dementia
Pamela Geller, Ph.D.
clinical and health psychology; stressful life events and mental and physical health outcomes particularly in the area of women's reproductive health
Naomi Goldstein, Ph.D.
Forensic assessment development, juvenile delinquency; Intervention development with female juvenile offenders, anger management, Miranda rights comprehension
Kirk Heilbrun, Ph.D.
Forensic mental health assessment; Violence risk assessment; Risk management; Interventions to reduce risk
James Herbert, Ph.D.
Anxiety disorders; Cognitive behavior therapy; Acceptance and mindfulness based psychotherapies; Teletherapy; the role of empiricism in clinical psychology
Thomas Hewett, Ph.D.
Human computer interaction; Cognitive engineering; Design of computing systems to support creative work
Jacqueline Kloss, Ph.D.
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, Ph.D.
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, Ph.D.
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, Ph.D.
Recognition, 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, Ph.D., 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, Ph.D., 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
Ludo Scheffer, Ph.D.
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, Ph.D.
Neurorehabilitation; Application of technology to psychology; Virtual reality technology; Driving capacity after neurological compromise; Rehabilitation of functional, everyday activities
Jennifer Schwartz, Ph.D.
Adult Psychopathology; Evidence-Based Practice; Competency-Based Training; Competency-Based Clinical Supervision
Myrna Shure, Ph.D.
Child development; Problem-solving interventions with children; Prevention programs
Chris Sims, Ph.D.
Learning and decision-making under uncertainty; Visual memory and perceptual expertise; Sensorimotor control and motor learning; Computational models of cognition
Mary V. Spiers, Ph.D.
Clinical neuropsychology and medical psychology; Memory and practical applications for memory disorders in the elderly; Cognitive health of women
J. Michael Williams, Ph.D.
Cognitive neuroscience; Clinical applications (fMRI); Memory disorders; Neuropsychological assessment; Rehabilitation
Eric A. Zillmer, Psy.D.
Neuropsychological and personality assessment; Sports psychology; Psychiatric and neurological disorders; Behavioral medicine