Rachel F. Barr
Professor – Infant Cognition
Interests: Transfer of learning skills by infants, utilization of information sources available to infants for learning including television, books and touchscreens, role of parent-child interactions during learning, bilingual and monolingual memory development.
Adam E. Green
Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor – Cognitive Neuroscience
Interests: Relational Thinking and Reasoning; Creativity; Educational Neuroscience (especially in real-world STEM classrooms); Spatial Cognition; Intelligence; Learning; Neural Representation and Representational Change; Cognitive Neurogenetics; The Cognition of Belief; Facilitating creative intelligence via cognitive and neural interventions.
Assistant Professor – Psychology of Health and Well-Being
Interests: Subjective well-being; health; interpersonal communication; social relationships; human-computer interaction; human-centered computing; ubiquitous computing; computer-mediated communication; basic human needs; social capital; stress; sleep.
Assistant Professor – Cognitive Neuroscience
Interests: Numerical cognition; mathematical thinking and learning; math anxiety; math education – social, cognitive and emotional factors; acquisition of symbolic systems – numerical symbol representation; cognitive development; cognitive neuroscience.
Fathali M. Moghaddam
Professor – Social, Cultural, & Political Psychology
Director, Interdisciplinary Program in Cognitive Science
Interests: Professor Moghaddam’s research explores the cognitive and cultural foundations of political behavior, with specific focus on democracy and democratization, rights and duties, conflict, terrorism, and minority-integration.
W. Gerrod Parrott
Professor – Human Emotions
Interests: Functional and dysfunctional aspects of emotion; cultural variability of emotions; history of emotion theory and research; envy, jealousy, shame, guilt, and embarrassment; interdisciplinary research involving psychology and the humanities.
Deborah A. Phillips
Professor – Developmental Psychology
Affiliated Faculty, McCourt School of Public Policy
Co-Director, Center for Research on Children in the United States
Interests: Developmental psychology; child development and public policy; effects of early care and education on early development.
Rebecca M. Ryan
Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor – Human Development & Public Policy
Co-Director of Graduate Studies
Interests: Early child development; environmental influences on development (parenting, family structure, and socioeconomic context); developmental perspectives on child and family policy.
Deborah C. Stearns
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Chandan J. Vaidya
Professor – Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
Vice Provost for Faculty
Interests: Neurobiological basis of normal and disordered development of executive control (e.g. Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism) using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and behavioral methods.
Jennifer L. Woolard
Associate Professor – Developmental, Community, & Law
Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown Law Center
Interests: Developmental and community psychology; law and social policy; adolescent and school violence; judgment and decision-making in legal contexts; attorney-client interactions and ethical violations; intimate violence victimization.