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Washington State University
College of Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology


Principal InvestigatorLabSummary

Child Externalizing Behaviors Lab

Tammy Barry
Dr. Tammy Barry's Child Externalizing Behaviors Lab examines child externalizing behaviors, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and aggression and disruptive behavior disorders in children and adolescents.

Neuropsychology and Aging Lab

Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe
Dr. Maureen Schmitter-Edgecomb's Neuropsychology and Aging Lab has a goal to develop cognitive interventions that will help older individuals with progressive dementia (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease) delay functional disability and increase their quality-of-life. Participants in many of our studies are healthy older adults and early-stage dementia patients who complete standardized neuropsychological tests and cognitive experimental tasks that assess different cognitive skills (e.g., memory, problem-solving). We are currently investigating the relationship between memory deficits and everyday functional disabilities, and experimenting with a memory notebook and smart environment technologies to help persons with dementia compensate in their daily lives for declining memory.

Traumatic Brain Injury Neuropsychology Research Lab:
Difficulties with memory, attention and complex problem-solving are common cognitive problems that can occur after someone experiences a traumatic brain injury (TBI). By bridging basic science research with rehabilitation techniques, our work is designed to help persons with TBI overcome cognitive difficulties. Participants in our studies complete standardized neuropsychological tests and cognitive experimental tasks that assess many different types of cognitive abilities. In conjunction with St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute in Spokane, we are currently investigating the recovery process of several important cognitive abilities (e.g., time perception, prospective memory, focused and divided attention, and metamemorial abilities) following a TBI.