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Faculty Research Interests

Faculty Research Interests
Gregory S. Chasson
  • Obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, particularly obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and hoarding disorder, across the lifespan
  • Autism spectrum disorders, specifically high-functioning adult manifestations
  • Anxiety disorders and trauma-related conditions
Steve N. Du Bois
  • Health and health behaviors related to HIV, sex, adherence, exercise; coping; depression
  • Individual health in romantic and sexual partnerships, including partnership among sexual and gender minorities (SGM); and, long-distance relationships
  • Health research methodology; recruitment and retention of racial/ethnic minorities in health research
Rachael L. Ellison
  • Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Intersection of neuroscience and social justice
  • Cognitive Rehabilitation
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Race-based stress
Alissa Haedt-Matt
  • Etiology
  • Maintenance and treatment of eating disorders
  • Intersection of mood dysregulation and eating pathology
  • Classification of eating disorders, particularly Purging Disorder
Joyce Hopkins
  • High-risk infants and toddlers
  • Infant and maternal attachment
  • Risk factor for behavioral and emotional disorders in young children
M. Ellen Mitchell
  • Social support
Michael Young
  • Depression and seasonality
  • Cognitive and cultural models of depression
  • Seasonal affective disorder
  • Network modeling of psychopathology

Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling

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
  • Clinical rehabilitationand clinical mental health counselor competency and training
  • Clinical supervision in rehabilitation and mental health counselor education and practice
  • Ethics and ethical issues in clincial rehabilitation and clinical mental health counseling
Frank J. Lane
  • Rehabilitation engineering technology
Jonathon E. Larson
  • Employment for Veterans with PTSD
  • Employment for individuals with severe mental illness
  • Health disparities within individuals with severe mental illness
  • Practitioner application of electroencephalography treatment
Eun-Jeong Lee
  • Co-existing disability and mental health issues
  • Positive psychology and wellness among people with chronic illness and disability (CID)
  • Issues facing family and caregivers of people with CID
  • Multicultural issues related to help-seeking behavior
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Research methodolgy
Lindsay Sheehan
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Disclosure of suicidal thoughts and behaviors
  • Stigma related to mental illness, suicidality, and suicide loss
  • Ethnic health disparities and disability-related health disparities
  • Peer services in behavioral health
  • Supported education and supported employment for people with mental illness

Industrial Organizational Psychology

Faculty Research Interests
Roya Ayman
  • Leadership and group dynamics
  • Cross-cultural research
  • Diversity and gender issues in the workplace
  • Work-family interface
  • Role of social support and cultural adjustment
Kristina Bauer
  • Training and development
  • Self-regulation
  • Individual differences
Ronald S. Landis
  • Quantitative research methods
  • Measurement
  • Philosophy of science
  • Personnel selection
  • Individual and team performance
  • Recruitment
Scott Morris
  • Personnel selection
  • Bias and discrimination in employee selection
  • Adverse impact analysis
  • Quantitative and research methodology
  • Meta-analysis/validity generalization
  • Differential item functioning and measurement equivalence
  • Computer adaptive testing
Mahima Saxena
  • Occupational Health Psychology (Incivility, job-burnout, recovery experiences)
  • Self-regulation
  • Mind-wandering
  • Emotional experiences at work
  • Meditation and resource conservation
  • Experience sampling methods
  • Humanitarian work psychology

Other Specialties and Undergraduate Advisors

Faculty Research Interests
Nicole Legate
  • Stigma and prejudice
  • Social exclusion
  • Disclosure and concealment
  • Disparities in mental and physical health
  • Self-Determination Theory
Jennifer L. Miller
  • Social network analysis
  • Development of vocal and social behavior in infants
  • Communication
  • Social learning
  • Caregiver behavior
  • Infant development
Arlen C. Moller
  • Human motivation, behavioral health, and wellness
  • Financial incentives
  • Social networks and social support
  • Technology (e.g., wearable activity trackers)
  • Game design
  • Habit formation
  • Advancing theories related to behavioral health and wellness
  • Death reflection
  • Gun violence

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.
  • Dr. Roya Ayman is working with a 10-country, 13-scholar team of researchers this team is known as project 3535 on work family interface. Objectives of the study were: 1) to achieve a comprehensive understanding of W-F conflict, its antecedents, and its outcomes, 2) to test and extend current theory on the W-F interface in an international context, and 3) to provide guidance to individuals, organizations, and policy makers regarding how to best alleviate the negative consequences of W-F conflict. It includes researchers from Illinois Institute of Technology, USA; University of Guelph, Canada; Koç University, Turkey; University of Haifa, Israel, Monash University, Australia; Soochow University, Taiwan; University of Surabaya, Indonesia; Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China; New Delhi Institute of Management, New Delhi, India; EADA Business School, Spain; St Mary's college IN, USA;   Portland State University, USA. The project website is