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College of Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology
FacultyContactResearch Interests
celestina_barbosa-ThumbCelestina Barbosa-Leiker
Associate Professor in College of Nursing
(509) 324-7747
SNRS 414b, Spokane
My main areas of interest are in structural equation modeling of health related data with emphasis on models of change over time and invariance testing across gender and occasion.
Belenky_Greg-ThumbGreg Belenky
Research Professor in Sleep & Performance Research Center
(509) 358-7738
Sleep HSB 280I, Spokane
My research includes sleep, sleep deprivation and continuous operations; combat stress reactions and post-traumatic stress disorder; and the neurobiology of human behavior and adaptation.
thomas_brigham-ThumbTom Brigham
Professor Emeritus, Retired
(509) 335-4634
Johnson Tower 353, Pullman
I am interested in self-management theory and procedures. My research is focused on using these procedures to reduce the personal and societal costs of common self-control problems such as over consumption of alcohol, high-risk sexual behavior over eating, anger difficulties.
Rajal_G_Cohen-ThumbRajal Cohen
(University of Idaho)
(208) 885-4102
Buchanon Engineering 118, Moscow
-Cognitive and neural factors underlying control of posture and action
-Changes in mobility due to age, experience, training, neurological disease, and expertise
-The role of executive function (especially inhibition) in motor planning
-The Alexander Technique
-Parkinson's disease
Dyck-Dennis-ThumbDennis Dyck
(509) 358-7618
Sac 503p, Spokane
My research interests include stress, health, and behavior, and interactive relationships among individual differences in behavior, lifestyle, and health.
Brian-Dyre-ThumbBrian Dyre
(University of Idaho)
(208) 885-6927
Student Health 8B, Moscow
Visual Psychophysics, Mathematical Modeling of Visual Processes, and Visual Displays and Virtual Environments.
kimberly_honn-ThumbKimberly Honn
Assistant Research Professor
(509) 358-7850
Center for Clinical Research and Simulation 702F, Spokane
Research interests:
-Sleep deprivation effects on cognition
-Sleep and performance in shiftworkers
-Sleep and circadian rhythms following stroke
Matthew_Layton-ThumbMatthew Layton
Clinical Associate Professor in Medical Sciences
(509) 358-7502
HSB 320F, Spokane
Active research projects include the study of neuroactive steroid hormones known to modulate glutamate and GABA receptors during acute smoking cessation, as well as during psychostimulant withdrawal from methamphetamine, in comparison to healthy control subjects.
mclaughlin-ryan-thumbRyan J. McLaughlin
(Washington State University)
(509) 335-6448
VBR 211, Pullman
A central aim of my research is to study the role of the endocannabinoid system in the neurophysiological and behavioral response to stressful and aversive stimuli, and subsequently, to determine the extent to which this system is involved in the etiology and treatment of stress-related illnesses.
sterling_mcpherson-ThumbSterling McPherson
Assistant Professor in College of Nursing
(509) 324-7459
SNRS 314C, Spokane
Development of evidence-based substance use disorder treatments, innovative analytical methods to answer research questions in psychopharmacology and substance abuse, and substance use disorder as a complicating co-morbidity.
frances_mcsweeney-ThumbFrances K. McSweeney
Regents ProfessorRetired
(509) 335-5581
Johnson Tower 337, Pullman
Research Interests:
-Operant and Classical Conditioning
-The Matching Law
-Behavioral Contrast
-Within-Session Changes in Responding
James Miller
JT 337, Pullman
Affiliated Faculty for Psychology 401 for Fall 2018
John_Roll-ThumbJohn Roll
Associate Dean of Research in College of Nursing
(509) 358-7836
SAC 503f, Spokane
thomas_tripp-ThumbThomas Tripp
Professor in Management Information Systems & Entrepreneurship
(360) 546-9754
CL 308E, Vancouver
-Organizational Justice
-Workplace Conflict (including revenge and forgiveness)
VanDongen_Hans-ThumbHans Van Dongen
Director, Research Professor in Sleep & Performance Research Center
(509) 358-7755
Sleep HSB 702c, Spokane
Currently recruiting graduate students for the Experimental Psychology PhD Program.
Dr. Van Dongen's research portfolio is broad, including two particular focus areas in which he is recognized as an international leader. The first involves inter-individual differences in cognitive impairment resulting from sleep deprivation, which he showed to constitute a human phenotype. The second is mathematical and statistical modeling of performance impairment due to fatigue, and the application thereof in fatigue risk management systems.
Steffen-Werner-ThumbSteffen Werner
(University of Idaho)
(208) 885-9241
Student Health 8A, Moscow
-Human-Machine Interaction
-User Experience/Usability
-Automotive User Interfaces
-Applied Cognitive Psychology
-Spatial & Visual Cognition
-Cognitive Neuroscience
jay_wright-ThumbJohn W. Wright
Regents Professor Emeritus, Retired
(509) 335-2329
Johnson Tower 317, Pullman
Research Interests:
-Alzheimer's Disease
-Neurochemistry of Memory Consolidation
-Parkinson's Disease
-Stroke related motor dysfunctions

Kayla Zeal
Psych 445 Instructor, Licensed Psychologist
Washington Building, Room 302, Pullman
Washington State University