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College of Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology
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celestina_barbosa-ThumbCelestina Barbosa-Leiker
Associate Professor
College of Nursing
celestina@wsu.edu
(509) 324-7747
SNRS 414B, Spokane
My main areas of interest are in gender differences in opioid use, the transition from pregnancy to parenthood in women with substance use disorders, and perceptions of risks and benefits of cannabis use during pregnancy.
Belenky_Greg-ThumbGreg Belenky
Research Professor
Sleep & Performance Research Center
belenky@wsu.edu
(509) 358-7738
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
brigham@wsu.edu
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.
naomi_chaytor-ThumdNaomi Chaytor
Associate Professor
Department of Medical Education and Clinical Services
naomic@wsu.edu
(509) 368-6775
HERB 454, Spokane
My research is broadly focused on the neuropsychology of type 1 diabetes. Currently funded projects include 1) ecological momentary assessment of cognition, emotion and stress, coupled with continuous glucose monitoring in adults with type 1 diabetes, and 2) a clinical trial of automated insulin delivery in older adults with type 1 diabetes with and without mild cognitive impairment. Other interests include the validation of mobile neuropsychological assessment and ecological validity of neuropsychological assessment in patients with chronic disease.
Rajal_G_Cohen-ThumbRajal Cohen
Adjunct
University of Idaho
rcohen@uidaho.edu
(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
kimberly_honn-ThumbKimberly Honn
Assistant Research Professor
kimberly.honn@wsu.edu
(509) 358-7850
CCRS 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
Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
layton@wsu.edu
(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.
Michael McDonell
Associate Professor, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
Director, Behavioral Health Innovations
mmcdonell@wsu.edu
(509) 368-6967
HERB 408, Spokane
Dr. McDonell is a clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience developing, testing, and implementing strength-based interventions for people with addiction and mental illness in community settings. He is an Associate Professor in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine and Director of the Behavioral Health Innovations research group in Spokane, Washington.
mclaughlin-ryan-thumbRyan J. McLaughlin
Adjunct
Washington State University
ryanmclaughlin@vetmed.wsu.edu
(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-Thumb
Sterling McPherson
Associate Professor and Director
Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
sterling.mcpherson@wsu.edu
(509) 324-7459
ROP 313, Spokane
My research areas include:
1) Development of evidence-based drug/alcohol use disorder treatments, including the use of experimental technologies;
2) Innovative analytical methods to answer novel research questions in psychopharmacology, drug/alcohol use, and nephrology; and
3) Drug/alcohol use disorders as a co-morbidity in high risk populations (e.g., kidney disease patients, severely mentally ill adults, and methadone maintained patients).
frances_mcsweeney-ThumbFrances K. McSweeney
Regents Professor, Retired
fkmcs@wsu.edu
(509) 335-5581
Johnson Tower 319, Pullman
Research Interests:
• Habituation
• Operant and Classical Conditioning
• The Matching Law
• Behavioral Contrast
• Within-Session Changes in Responding
andrew_perkins-ThumbAndrew Perkins
Associate Professor of Marketing and International Business
Director of Center for Behavioral Business Research
a.perkins@wsu.edu
(509) 335-0940
Todd 390, Pullman
Research Interests:
• Consumer self-identity
• Implicit processes and behavior
• Embodied cognition
• Consumer behavior in virtual environments
John_Roll-ThumbJohn Roll
Associate Dean of Research
College of Nursing
johnroll@wsu.edu
(509) 358-7836
SAC 503F, Spokane
David-Rossi-ThumbDavid Rossi
Associate Professor
Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience
david.rossi@wsu.edu
(509) 335-7671
VBR 355, Pullman
Research Interests:
Neural mechanisms of drug and alcohol abuse. In particular we use rodent models to study what predisposes (genetic or environment) individuals to abuse drugs and alcohol, how chronic abuse of drugs and alcohol affects the brain to promote and maintain further abuse, and how drugs and alcohol affect the developing brain.
thomas_tripp-ThumbThomas Tripp
Professor
Management Information Systems & Entrepreneurship
ttripp@vancouver.wsu.edu
(360) 546-9754
CL 308E, Vancouver
• Organizational Justice
• Workplace Conflict (including revenge and forgiveness)
• Negotiations
VanDongen_Hans-ThumbHans Van Dongen
Director, Research Professor in Sleep & Performance Research Center
hvd@wsu.edu
(509) 358-7755
HSB 702C, Spokane
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.
brendan_walker-ThumbBrendan M. Walker
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry
University of South Florida
bwalker@health.usf.edu

Research Interests:
• Neurobiology of Motivational Systems
• Excessive Self-Administration resulting from Alcohol and Drug Dependence
• Chronic Alcohol and Drug-Induced Depression and Anxiety
• Alcohol and Drug-Induced Alterations in Impulsivity
• Plasticity Associated with Negative Reinforcement Mechanisms
• Molecular and Genetic Determinants of Chronic Alcohol and Drug-related Altered Behavioral Regulation
• Adolescent Exposure to Alcohol and Drugs of Abuse
Steffen-Werner-ThumbSteffen Werner
Adjunct
University of Idaho
swerner@uidaho.edu
(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
wrightjw@wsu.edu
(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
kayla.zeal@wsu.edu
Washington Building, Room 302, Pullman
Washington State University