Primary Faculty

Philip Gable, PhD: Dr. Gable specializes in social and emotional neuroscience. He is the director of the Social Cognitive Emotive Neuroscience (SCEN) Lab, which is devoted to investigating affective processes and the interaction of these processes with cognition and perception. His research integrates multiple measures such as neurophysiology, personality, and behavior. In the lab, he utilizes neurophysiological measures such as electrical brain activity (EEG), facial muscle activation (EMG), and reflex physiology (e.g., PAR) to investigate the interplay of neural processes and behavior. Broadly, his research examines dimensions of emotion and how diverse emotional processes influence human perception, cognition, and performance. Contact information for Dr. Gable is available in our faculty directory.

Jim Hamilton, PhD: Dr. Hamilton received his doctoral training in behavior therapy and behavioral medicine at Case Western Reserve University. His current research interests center on the motivational factors that contribute to unexplained medical symptoms, as observed in functional somatic syndromes, somatoform disorders, and especially factitious disorder. His graduate teaching responsibilities include supervision of the basic psychotherapy practicum, graduate courses in behavior therapy and behavioral medicine, and coordination of the internal medicine practicum experience. Contact information for Dr. Hamilton is available in our faculty directory.

Will Hart, PhD: Dr. Hart’s research focuses on social cognition and attitudes, with an emphasis on the cognitive and motivational processes involved in gathering information about and responding to social stimuli. This program of research involves analyzing how personality interacts with social circumstances to determine action, how language influences thought and action, and how information is sought and used for judgment. Therefore, he examine topics that are of broad interest to psychologists such as attitudes, language, memory, motivation, personality and person perception and topics that are often relevant to improving human performance and decision making. Contact information for Dr. Hart is available in our faculty directory.

Alexa Tullett, PhD: Dr. Tullett’s research focuses on how people make sense of the world. This general fascination has manifested itself in two main lines of research, one focusing on the belief systems that people use to organize the world, and the other focusing on how people come to understand the feelings and thoughts of others. To explore these issues the lab employs a social neuroscience approach, using neuroscientific, psychophysiological, self-report, and behavioral measures in an attempt to obtain a comprehensive understanding of social psychological phenomena. Contact information for Dr. Tullett is available in our faculty directory.

Affiliated Faculty

Joan Barth, PhD: Dr. Barth is a developmental social psychologist interested in social-emotional development, gender differences in science and math education experiences, adolescent risk behaviors, children’s decision making skills, education contexts, and neuro-cognitive development in young children. She is involved in the evaluation of a variety of education initiatives at ISSR. Dr. Barth earned a BS in psychology, an MS in social psychology, and a PhD in developmental psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Andrea Glenn, PhD: Dr. Glenn joined the Psychology Department and the Center for the Prevention of Youth Behavior Problems at the University of Alabama in 2012. She received her PhD in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute of Mental Health in Singapore. Her research examines the biological factors associated with the development of externalizing psychopathology, with a particular emphasis on psychopathic traits. Biological factors are assessed using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), hormone measurements, neuropsychological tests, and genotyping. The goals of this research are to better understand how biological factors moderate intervention effects, and to work toward developing tailored interventions that take biological information into account. Additional areas of interest are in understanding how processes related to moral decision-making, empathy, and emotion differ in individuals with psychopathic traits. Contact information for Dr. Glenn is available in our faculty directory.

Debra McCallum, PhD: Dr. McCallum has served as the director of ISSR for 22 years and is responsible for projects conducted by the Capstone Poll. She is a social psychologist interested in social influence, social-psychological aspects of health behavior and outcomes, safety and well-being of children and youth, and evaluations of education and community intervention programs. Dr. McCallum earned a BA from Furman and a PhD in social psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.