University of Texas at El Paso
Psychology Department

Bangert, Ashley
Mechanisms of timing, attentional control and event cognition; impact of normal and pathological aging on cognition and learning; individual differences and processes that mitigate age-related declines; relationships between timing, action, and cognition

Castañeda, Edward
Dopamine neurochemistry of basal ganglia function; neurotransmitter release; compensation during neurodegeneration in Parkinson's disease and following brain injury; behavioral and neurochemical sensitization related to stimulant drug addiction.

Cohn, Lawrence D.

Adolescent risk-taking; Stereotypic images of accident victims; Developmental changes in children's understanding of chance and uncertainty.

Cooper, Theodore V.

Disease prevention and health promotion. More specifically, the prevention and treatment of clinical health including: tobacco use and cessation, other addictive behaviors, cancer prevention, obesity and sedentary behavior, and sexual risk.

Crites, Stephen L., Jr.

Cognitive and neural processes underlying attitudes, prejudice, and stereotypes; moral attitudes; social neuroscience and event-related brain potentals; lie detection; and how attitudes affect decision making.

Eno Louden, Jennifer

Criminal justice and mental health; Community Corrections; Stigma of mental disorder and criminal justice involvement.

Fetterman, Adam K.
Conceptual metaphor theory; wrongness admission and intellectual humility; emotion and motivation; politics and religion; cooperation and competition; linguistic analysis; video gaming and virtual reality; evolution; meaning

Field, Craig A.
Development and evaluation of brief motivational interventions in the medical setting to promote health behavior change and improve health outcomes among Latinos and the underserved.

Francis, Wendy S.

Bilingual language and memory organization; Implicit memory and transfer processes; Mathematical modeling of cognitive processes; Effects of language proficiency on memory processes.

Iñiguez, Sergio D.

Preclinical models of affective disorders; Neurobiology of major depressive disorder; Developmental psychopharmacology; Behavioral neuroscience.

Ivanova, Iva

Bilingualism; language production (lexical access and sentence production; language comprehension (sentence processing); (dual) language decline in Alzheimer's disease; working memory

Jones, Daniel N.

Dark triad of personality; White collar crime, Organizational deviance/malevolence; Moral Machiavellianism and antisocial tactics in the service of the greater good; Emotional promiscuity and criminal behavior in the service of romantic partners.

Lloyd, Caleb D.

Process of offender change in criminal justice and corrections environments; how offenders become crime-free in the context of rehabilitation programs; parole officer-offender relationships; self-motivated desistance from crime.

Morera, Osvaldo F.

Behavioral decision theory, increasing patient participation in the medical decision making process; health psychology; applied measurement and psychometrics.

O'Dell, Laura E.

Neural mechanisms that mediate addiction to drugs of abuse.  Combine various neurochemical techniques with behavioral models to study the neural basis of addiction.

Schwartz, Ana I.

The cognitive nature of bilingual and multilingual language processing; The cognitive architecture of the bilingual lexicon; Individual differences in first and second language reading skill; Lexical suppression and its implications for reading speed; Preschool emergent literacy; Application of eye-tracking methodology towards understanding bilingual reading.

Serafine, Katherine M.
The factors that contribute to increased vulnerability to drug abuse, including age, sex, and diet. Examination of the impact of diet (e.g., type and amount of food consumed) on drug sensitivity and abuse vulnerability using behavioral pharmacological assays including unconditioned behavior as well as classical and operant conditioning assays.

Wiebe, John S.
Psychosocial adjustment to severe chronic illness; adherence to medical self-care regimens; depression; end-of-life issues.

Wood, James M.

1.  Interrogations and investigative interviews (role of rapport building; effects of conducting interviews through language interpreters)   2.  Child forensic interviews, child suggestibility and decision-making in child abuse cases.  3. Prediction of negative outcomes in clinical and forensic settings (examples: predicting early discharge in the military or criminal recidivism among juvenile delinquents)

Zárate, Michael A.

Cognitive processes underlying prejudice and stereotyping; Determinants of social categorizations; Stereotypic trait inferences; Racial, ethnic, and gender categorization and stereotyping.


Psychology faculty receive award from the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects

Faculty preparing for graduation

Faculty and PhD graduates Fall 2010

Drs. O'Dell, Cooper and Schwartz at the newly tenured faculty celebration, 2010