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Faculty Research Interests

Faculty Research Interests
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
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
Robert Schleser
  • The disparity between chronological age and developmental age in school children
  • Educational evaluation
  • Child developmental issues
Michael Young
  • Depression and seasonality
  • Cognitive and cultural models of depression
  • Seasonal affective disorder
  • Statistical 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
  • 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
Roya Ayman
  • Cross-cultural research
  • Leadership in the workplace
  • Women and minorities in management
  • Work and family interface
  • Work attitudes and behaviors
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

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; KoƧ 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