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Washington State University
College of Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology

Adult Psychopathology Research

FacultyResearch Interest
Stephanie BaumanDr. Stephanie Bauman's Lab examines the quality of life of cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers across the lifespan. In the area of multicultural psychology, my research interests include risk and resiliency of diverse students in educational and career contexts.
David MarcusDr. David Marcus’s Lab is exploring psychopathy and other externalizing disorders, interpersonal factors in psychopathology and psychotherapy, and cognitive factors in health anxiety.
Karen SchmalingDr. Karen Schmaling’s Lab examines three main areas (1) the psychology of chronic illness (e.g., chronic fatigue, chronic pain syndromes such as fibromyalgia, asthma); (2) descriptive and intervention research in depressive disorders; and (3) diversity science, i.e., faculty perceptions of diversity and the effects of policies to diversify the faculty.
Maureen Schmitter-EdgecombeDr. Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe’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.
Walter ScottDr. Walter Scott’s Personality, Psychopathology, and Assessment Lab studies social cognitive approaches to personality/psychopathology, applications of personality science to personality assessment, cognitive self-regulation, depression, memory, and cognitive self-regulation and depression in American Indian Youth.
Sarah TragesserDr. Sarah Tragesser’s Lab studies personality, personality disorders, and substance abuse.