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Faculty Research Interests

Most everyone in the Psychology Department, from undergraduates to faculty, actively participates in research. Students are involved extensively in the research process and come away with hands-on training and superb research skills.The interests of the Clinical Psychology faculty and the emphases of the Clinical Training program reflect the most current and relevant trends in the field. The Industrial/Organizational faculty are active in a number of professional associations, and edit or contribute to a substantial number of professional publications.

Collaborative Research

The faculty of the Psychology Department have collaborated with other prominent researchers on campus, in Chicago, across the U.S., and abroad. A few examples include:

  • Dr. Joyce Hopkins as a coinvestigator with Dr. John Lavigne at Children's Memorial Hospital on a federally funded project that investigates risk factors of infant development.
  • Dr. Young collaborating with economists at the University of Alaska and the University of Tennessee on a project investigating seasonal effects on economic risk-taking behavior.
  • Dr. Mitchell with Chicago Kent's Lori Andrews, JD on human issues in emerging technologies.
  • Dr. Mead with industry experts on matters of test security.
  • Dr. Landis with researchers at North Carolina State University and the University of Memphis identifying how learners interact with virtual tutors.
  • Dr. Morris with Dr. Shlomo Argamon in IIT’s Department of Computer Science on a project focused on how individuals from different cultures interpret metaphors.
Counseling and Rehabilitation Science
Faculty Research Interests
Patrick Corrigan
  • Stigma and discrimination experienced by people with health conditions and disabilities
  • Psychiatric disabilities and rehabilitation
Nicole Ditchman
  • Assessing meaningful community engagement
  • School-to-work transition for youth with disabilities
  • Community participation outcomes for individuals with cognitive disabilities
  • Factors that contribute to sense of community, belonging, and reciprocity in social relationships
  • Wellness and positive psychology
Kelly A. Kazukauskas
  • Rehabilitation counselor competency and training
  • Clinical supervision in rehabilitation counselor education and practice
  • Rehabilitation counselor ethics and ethical issues
Frank J. Lane
  • Rehabilitation engineering technology
Jonathon E. Larson
  • Employment for individuals with severe mental illness
  • Evidence-based practice dissemination
  • Psychiatric rehabilitation
  • Staff burnout
  • Rehabilitation leadership
Eun-Jeong Lee
  • Co-existing disability and mental health issues
  • Positive psychology and wellness among people with CID
  • Issues facing family and caregivers of people with CID
  • Multicultural issues related to help-seeking behavior
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Research methodolgy
Industrial Organizational Psychology
Faculty Research Interests
Kemp Ellington
  • Training evaluation and effectiveness
  • Performance appraisal issues such as rater effects, contextual influences, and developmental feedback
Mahima Saxena
  • Self-regulation
  • Emotional experiences at work
  • Mind-wandering
  • Incivility
  • Job-burnout
  • Humanitarian Work Psychology
Clinical Psychology
Faculty Research Interests
Eric Houston
  • The cognitive and emotional factors that influence the self-regulation of health behaviors, including seeking timely medical care, reducing substance use, practicing safer sex, and following a treatment regimen as prescribed
  • Developing interventions and assessment procedures that effectively identify and address idiosyncratic and latent cognitions affecting individual motivation for health behavior change
M. Ellen Mitchell
  • Social support
Michael Young
  • Depression and seasonality
  • Cognitive and cultural models of depression
  • Seasonal affective disorder
  • Statistical modeling of psychopathology
Other Specialties and Undergraduate Advisors
Faculty Research Interests
Jennifer Miller
  • Social network analysis
  • Development of vocal and social behavior in infants
  • Communication
  • Social learning
  • Caregiver behavior
  • Infant development
Arlen C. Moller
  • Technology
  • Social networks
  • Game design
  • Human motivation
  • Developing application and advancing theories related to behavioral health and wellness