Independent Study Chart
Dr. Amit Almor
Language and Memory in Aging and Dementia; Referencial Processing
Research in the Language and Cognition alab generally examines the relation between memory, attention and language. Specific areas of research are the processing of referential expressions, the attentional requirements of communication and language, and memory impairments. The lab uses a combination of methodologies to look at behavior and its underlying neural processes. These include behavioral measures, eye tracking, EEG/ERP, and fMRI.
Dr. Cheryl Armstead
Health Psychology; Ethnicity; Cardiovascular Psychophysiology; Blood Pressure; Heart Rate; Stress; Racism; Hostility; Gender; Socioeconomic Status; Cardiovascular Disease; STD Prevention
Current projects in the Health Equity Laboratory include studies of laboratory reactions to psychological stress; debt stress and health; African American Greek Organizations and health; risky sexual behaviors and life stress; obesity, hair stress and exercise among African American women; and academic stress and coping. Dr. Armstead also does research with the South Carolina Cancer Disparities Community Network. This includes studies of obesity prevention among pastors; nutrition and physical activity health promotion in churches; inflammatory responses to chronic psychological stress among African American women; metabolic syndrome, reactivity to stress, and obesity; and racism and cancer risk.
Dr. Rose Booze
ADHD; Drug Use and Effects; Sex Differences in the Brain; Viral Infections of Neurons; Drug Abuse During Pregnancy; Obesity and Motivation
Contact Dr. Booze to inquire about any possible opportunities for independent study.
Dr. Shauna Cooper
Youth and Adolescents; Race and Ethnicity; African Americans; Families; Schools; Youth Development
Dr. Cooper runs the African American Youth Development Research Lab. To find out about the lab's current projects, visit: www.aaydlab.com
Dr. Scott Decker
Cognitive Neuroscience; School Psychology; ADHD; Learning Disabilities; Technology
The Applied Cognitive Neuropsychology Lab conducts research studies that bridge technological advances in cognitive neuroscience with school applications for children and adolescents with learning difficulties. Ongoing projects include neurofeedback treatment studies for students with ADHD, development and norming of an original online memory test for screening and intervention progress monitoring, and EEG data collection with children with Specific Learning Disabilities. Students interested in working with us should first browse our web site at https://sites.google.com/site/acnlabatusc/, and then contact Dr. Decker.
Dr. Rutvik Desai
Concepts and Meaning in the Brain; Language; Cognitive Neuroscience; Neuroimaging
Investigation of brain bases of language and meaning. More information: http://www.mccauslandcenter.sc.edu/delab/
Dr. Amanda Fairchild
Quantitative Methods; Effect Size Measures for Mediation; Measurement/Evaluation of Programs and Outcomes; Statistical Pedagogy
Dr. Fairchild's research interests involve the intersection of mediation and moderation models and how the integration of these models aids in program evaluation. Contact her to inquire about any potential opportunities for independent study.
Dr. Kate Flory
Children with ADHD; Social Impairment
Undergraduate research assistants help with all aspects of the study, such as recruitment, data collection, data entry, and other lab duties. Requirements of interested students include: a GPA of at least a 3.5, some experience working with children, and availability during the evenings and on weekends. **Note: Dr. Flory's lab is full for Spring 2014 but is accepting applications for Summer 2014 and beyond.
Dr. Jessica Green
Attention; Multisensory Perception; Cognitive Control; Neuroimaging
The overarching aim of Dr. Green's research is to understand the neural and psychological mechanisms of human attention and perception. For more information about current projects, visit her lab website: http://www.mccauslandcenter.sc.edu/green/
Dr. Steven Harrod
Behavioral Neuroscience; Motivation; Prenatal Nicotine; Drug Self-Administration
The focus of Dr. Harrod's research is to understand the neurodevelopmental changes of brain motivational systems in animals prenatally exposed to nicotine. Drug self-administration, drug conditioning, and neurochemical changes are investigated. Contact Dr. Harrod to inquire about any possible opportunities for independent study.
Dr. Kimberly Hills
Developmental Psychology; Exceptional Children; School Psychology
Dr. Hills' current research interests focus on autism diagnosis, psychological assessment, prevention and intervention for at-risk youth and positive psychology. Contact Dr. Hills to inquire about any possible opportunities for independent study.
Dr. Scott Huebner
School Psychology; Children's Positive Psychological Well-Being
Contact Dr. Huebner to inquire about any possible opportunities for independent study.
Dr. Sandra Kelly
Research opportunities in the Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory include conducting research on animal models of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and also on the neurobiology of social behavior in wild mice. Undergraduate students would work on on-going projects in the laboratory and acquire skills in experimental design, behavioral testing of rodents, neurochemistry and neuroanatomy. Students should have taken either PSYC 460 (Biopsychology) or SCHC 330P (Introduction to Neuroscience) and other sciences courses are a plus.
Dr. Michelle Kitchen
Theories of Learning; Mental Health Counseling; Life Applications to Psychology; Crisis/Trauma Interventions
Independent study topics can vary based on student interest. Past topics include how LGBT issues are covered in psychology textbooks; the psychopathology of serial killers; ADHD case studies, treatments, and interventions; treatment and interventions of PTSD in the military population; and the study methods of pre-med students for the MCAT. Contact Dr. Kitchen for more details.
Dr. Bret Kloos
Community Psychology; Mental Illness Recovery; Homelessness; Community Integration; Social Work
Dr. Kloos's current work focuses on how housing and neighbhorhood environments can support recovery and community integration of persons with psychiatric disabilities. He is also looking at how communities can respond to homelessness. His lab is called the Housing and Adapative Function Lab. You can get more information about it at http://artsandsciences.sc.edu/psyc/faculty/Bret_Kloos
Dr. Charles Mactutus
Drug Use and Effects
Dr. Mactutus's major research interests are in the areas of drug abuse neurotoxicity, addictive processes and NeuroAIDS. Contact him directly to inquire about any possible opportunities for independent study.
Dr. Rhea Merck
Contact Dr. Merck directly to inquire about any possible opportunities for independent study.
Dr. Robin Morris
Eye Tracking; Reading; Cognitive Psychology
Contact Dr. Morris to inquire about any possible opportunities for independent study.
Dr. Melanie Palomares
Visual Perception and Attentional Selection; Perceptual Organization; Subitizing; Letter Recognition/ Visual Development in Children
Dr. Palomares runs the Child Perception and Attention Lab. For more information about her current projects, visit http://people.cas.sc.edu/palomare/c-panda_Lab.html.
Dr. Ron Prinz
Child Psychology; Children and Families
Dr. Prinz is part of the Research Consortium on Children and Families. Contact him directly to inquire about possible opportunities for independent study.
Dr. John Richards
Infant Attention; Infant Memory; EEG; Brain Development; Psychophysiology
The Infant Development Laboratory is a research facility focused on the development of attention and memory in young infants. Researchers study infants while they are presented with video pictures or movies. They record heart rate and brain activity to see how the infant brain functions when the infant is attending to interesting visual presentations. These data are used to study the development of attention in young infants. More information: infantlab.mindandbrain.sc.edu.
Dr. Jane Roberts
Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Young Children; Autism; Williams Syndrome
Dr. Roberts runs the USC Neurodevelopmental Disability Research Project. For information about current projects, visit www.uscdevlab.com
Dr. Chris Rorden
Brain Injury; Neurological Disorders; Speech and Perception
Dr. Rorden examines the behavioral difficulties people experience after brain injury. Contact him directly for information about possible opportunities for independent study.
Dr. Jeff Schatz
Sickle Cell; Children and Families
Contact Dr. Schatz to inquire about possible opportunities for independent study.
Dr. Svetlana Shinkareva
Quantitative Methods; fMRI; Neural Basis of Semantic and Affective Representation; Quantitative Neuroimaging
Dr. Shinkareva's research focuses on the development and application of quantitative methods to neuroimaging data. Her current interests include applying machine learning methods to fMRI data to study the neural basis of semantic knowledge representation and the representation of affect.
Dr. Suzanne Swan
Interpersonal Violence and Aggression; College Students; Women's and Gender Studies
Dr. Swan's program of research follows the tradition of Kurt Lewin's dictum that "there is nothing so practical as a good theory.'' Her research interests are in the field of interpersonal violence and aggression, with a focus on interpersonal violence on college campuses, including dating violence, sexual violence, and drugging (i.e. putting a drug into someone's drink when they are unaware). Dr. Swan's lab also examines interventions to prevent violence. Visit http://www.psych.sc.edu/faculty/Suzanne_Swan for information about Dr. Swan's current research.
Dr. Jennifer Vendemia
Deceptive Behavior; Stress and Anxiety; Misinformation; Executive Function During Emotional Processing
Dr. Vendemia runs the Deception Lab. Visit http://www.catdd.psych.sc.edu/ for information about the lab's latest research.
Dr. Abe Wandersman
Community Psychology; Environmental and Ecological Psychology; Citizen Participation; Community Coalitions; Program Evaluation
Contact Dr. Wandersman to inquire about possible opportunities for independent study.
Dr. Doug Wedell
Judgment and Decision Making; Probability; Bias in Estimation
Contact Dr. Wedell to inquire about possible opportunities for independent study.
Dr. Mark Weist
School Mental Health; Adolescents with Social/Emotional/Behavioral Disorders
Contact Dr. Weist to inquire about possible opportunities for independent study.
Dr. Dawn Wilson
Physical Activity; Diet; Adolescent Well-being
You can view Dr. Wilson's current project summaries on her website at https://sites.google.com/site/dkwilsonusc/. Contact her directly about possible opportunities for independent study.
Dr. Shawn Youngstedt
Exercise Science; Public Health; Health Psychology; PTSD; Sleep
Dr. Youngstedt's lab investigates health topics like the psychological effects of sleep deprivation, PTSD, the psychological effects of exercise, etc. Dr. Youngstedt is a professor in the Exercise Science department but is available to work on indepenednt studies with Psychology students.
Dr. Nicole Zarrett
Adolescent Development; Health Psychology
Contact Dr. Zarrett to inquire about possible opportunities for independent study.