Bios and Interests
James P. Buchanan, Ph.D.
Chairperson - Associate Professor
Research and Teaching Interests: Dr. Buchanan received his baccalaureate from Johns Hopkins University and his doctorate in developmental psychology from UCLA in 1975. He teaches Childhood and Adolescence and Cognitive Psychology. His research interests include cognitive development, social cognition, and applied cognition.
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Brad A. Alford, Ph.D.
Research and Teaching Interests: Dr. Alford received his baccalaureate from Millsaps College and his doctorate with specialization in clinical psychology from the University of Mississippi. He was a postdoctoral Fellow in cognitive therapy at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and is a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. He teaches Abnormal Psychology and History and Literature of Psychology. His research focuses on cognitive theory of psychopathology and cognitive behavioral therapies.
Bryan R. Burnham, Ph.D.
Research and Teaching Interests: Dr. Burnham received his baccalaureate from Utica College of Syracuse University in 2002 and his masters (2004) and doctorate in cognitive psychology from the University at Albany in 2007. He teaches Fundamentals of Psychology, Sensation & Perception and Cognitive Psychology. His research interests include mechanisms of selective attention, visual attention, interference and executive (conscious) control and object perception/attention.
J. Timothy Cannon, Ph.D.
Research and Teaching Interests: Dr. Cannon received his baccalaureate from the University of Scranton and doctorate in experimental/physiological psychology from the University of Maine in 1977. He did post-doctoral work at UCLA in the fields of pain inhibition and endorphins. He teaches Behavioral Neuroscience and Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences Lab. His research interests include the neuroanatomical and neurochemical bases of pain-inhibition mechanisms, environmental enrichment, stress, and fear.
Additional Information: Director of Neuroscience Program
Thomas P. Hogan, Ph.D.
Research and Teaching Interests: Dr. Hogan received his baccalaureate from John Carroll University and his doctorate in psychology with specialization in psychometrics from Fordham University. For ten years he was Dean of the Graduate School and Director of Research at the University of Scranton. He has also served as Interim Provost/Academic Vice President. He teaches statistics, psychological testing, educational assessment, and research methods, as well as the TA seminar. His research interests include educational and psychological test construction, measures of student development, and mathematics assessment.
Christie Karpiak, Ph.D.
Research and Teaching Interests: Dr. Karpiak earned her baccalaureate, master’s degree, and doctorate (awarded 1999) from the University of Utah, and completed her predoctoral clinical internship at the University of North Carolina Medical Center. She teaches Fundamentals of Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Childhood and Adolescence, Exceptional Child, and Statistics. Her clinical interests include children and adolescents, family therapy, and personality disorders. Her research interests include the role of interpersonal interactions in the following: the development of behavioral and emotional problems in children; psychotherapy process and outcome; and the development of personality patterns.
Barry X. Kuhle, Ph.D.
Research and Teaching Interests: Professor Kuhle received his baccalaureate from Binghamton University in 1997 and his doctorate in evolutionary psychology from The University of Texas at Austin in 2002. He teaches Evolutionary Psychology, Fundamentals of Psychology, Statistics in the Behavioral Sciences, and Research Methods in the Behavioral sciences. His research focuses on the evolved psychological mechanisms that underlie commitment and jealousy in romantic relationships. He is also interested in the evolution and development of both sexual fluidity and reproductive senescence in women.visit website
Jessica M. Nolan, Ph.D.
Research and Teaching Interests: Dr. Nolan received her baccalaureate from Cornell University, her master’s degree from California State University, San Marcos, and her doctorate in experimental psychology (social concentration) from the University of Arkansas in 2008. She teaches Fundamentals of Psychology, Social Psychology, Industrial/ Organizational Psychology, Statistics, and Environmental Psychology. Her research focuses on the application of social psychological tools and principles to understand and solve environmental problems. She also conducts basic research on social norms and social influence processes.
John C. Norcross, Ph.D.
Research and Teaching Interests: Dr. Norcross received his baccalaureate from Rutgers University, earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Rhode Island, and completed his clinical internship at the Brown University School of Medicine. He is a Diplomate in clinical psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology and past president of the APA Society of Clinical Psychology. He teaches Career Development in Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Field Experience in Clinical Settings, and the Senior Seminar. His research interests include psychotherapy, self-help, clinical practice, and graduate training.
Carole S. Slotterback, Ph.D.
Research and Teaching Interests: Dr. Slotterback received her baccalaureate from Wilson College, her master's degree from New Mexico Highlands University, and her doctorate from Northern Illinois University in 1994. She was a postdoctoral fellow in the Elderly Care Research Center at Case Western Reserve University, where she analyzed data sets concerning stress and health in the elderly. She teaches Adulthood and Aging and Childhood and Adolescence. Her research interests include attitudes toward the elderly, older adults' attitudes toward other age groups, and analyzing children's letters to Santa Claus.visit website
Jill A. Warker, Ph.D.
Research and Teaching Interests: Dr. Warker received her baccalaureate from Bucknell University and her doctorate in cognitive psychology from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She was a postdoctoral researcher in the Language Production Lab at the University of California, San Diego. She teaches Cognitive Psychology, Fundamentals of Psychology, and Research Methods. Her research interests include learning, memory, language production, and language acquisition.