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Faculty Research Descriptions

Dr. Pamela Ansburg

Dr. Pamela Ansburg

Dr. Ansburg focuses on understanding the cognitive processes involved in remembering and using knowledge. In particular, she investigates how both task demands (task familiarity, working memory load, etc.) and individual differences (age, attentional focus, etc.) can impact the ability to learn, access, and apply information.

Dr. Ansburg is currently recruiting research assistants ansburg@msudenver.edu 

Dr. Lisa Badanes

Dr. Lisa Badanes

Dr. Badanes examines the links between early and current life stress on symptoms of depression and anxiety. She is particularly interested in sources of resilience, including emotion regulation and emotional acceptance. She measures cortisol as an index of physiologic stress responsivity.

Dr. Badanes is currently recruiting research assistants lbadanes@msudenver.edu 

Dr. Cynthia Erickson

Dr. Cynthia Erickson

Dr. Erickson’s research involves studying how the brain changes with learning. In some studies, she looks at the interplay between memory, attention and experience. Hopefully, this research will lead to better study strategies for students and memory improvement for aged individuals.

Dr. Erickson is current recruiting research assistants. cerick21@msudenver.edu 

Dr. Maureen Flynn

Dr. Maureen Flynn

Dr. Flynn researches processes that may help reduce psychological suffering and increase valued living (e.g., psychological flexibility, values, defusion, mindfulness, acceptance). 

Dr. Flynn is current recruiting research assistants mflynn13@msudenver.edu 

Dr. Linda Lockwood

Dr. Linda Lockwood

Dr. Lockwood’s research centers on psychoneuroimmunology and the role of neurobiology in development.  She has a particular interest is in neuroplasticity in adjusting to the aging process.

Dr. Lockwood is not currently recruiting research assistants lockwool@msudenver.edu 

Dr. Kristy Lyons 2012

Dr. Kristy Lyons

Dr. Lyons examines the development of self-regulation, metacognition and decision-making. She also study’s ways to foster these skills in young people, including the impact of mindfulness training on children and adolescents.

Dr. Lyons is not currently recruiting research assistants klyons7@msudenver.edu 

Dr. Chad Mortensen

Dr. Chad Mortensen

Dr. Mortensen’s primary research interests include Social Influence (how people influence the behaviors of others) and Ego Depletion (the depletion of one's capacity to use willpower).

Dr. Mortensen is not currently recruiting research assistants cmorten2@msudenver.edu 

Dr. Michael Rhoads

Dr. Michael Rhoads

Dr. Rhoads interests are in the fields of educational psychology and sport psychology. He is currently conducting research on the effects of exercise on cognition. Additionally, he is examining the role of movement-integrated activities on learning.

Dr. Rhoads is currently recruiting research assistants mrhoads2@msudenver.edu 

Dr. Aaron Richmond

Dr. Aaron Richmond

Dr. Richmond conducts several studies per year which focus on the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) which is aimed at improving evidence-based teaching practices in higher education. His second focus is in developmental educational psychology. Dr. Richmond researches the use of cognitive and metacognitive learning strategies in preK- high school to improve student learning and executive functioning and self-regulation.

Dr. Richmond is currently recruiting research assistants arichmo3@msudenver.edu 

Dr. Robert Schatz

Dr. Robert Schatz

Dr. Schatz's conducts research on group identity and intergroup relations. His specific focus is national identity and the effects of exposure to national flags on attitudes toward out-groups.

Dr. Schatz is not currently recruiting research assistants schatz@msudenver.edu 

Dr. Randi Smith

Dr. Randi Smith

Randi Smith’s latest research explores the growing problem of homelessness among college students, and how universities can best respond to the physical, emotional, and social needs of students facing housing insecurity. Other research interests include professional ethics, sexuality education, and the effects of personal electronic devices on our mental health.

Dr. Smith is not currently recruiting research assistants rsmit216@msudenver.edu 

 

 


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