Heather Gunn, Assistant Professor

407 Gordon Palmer Hall | (205) 348- | hegunn@ua.edu

Interpersonal behaviors, relationships, sleep, and health

Lauren Kois, Assistant Professor

407A Gordon Palmer Hall | (205) 348-7802 | lekois@ua.edu

– Forensic mental health assessment, particularly competence to stand trial and mental state at the time of the offense

– Competence restoration programming

– Assessment of effort and cognitive functioning in forensic contexts

– How social science can inform public policy


Joan Barth, Senior Research Social Scientist

ISSR | (205) 348-2851 | jbarth@ua.edu


  • social-emotional development
  • gender differences in science and math education experiences
  • adolescent risk behaviors
  • children's decision making skills
  • education contexts
  • neurocognitive development in young children

Philip Gable

Philip Gable, Associate Professor, Director of Experimental Programs

356-B Gordon Palmer Hall | (205) 348-7028 | pgable@ua.edu


  • emotional/social neuroscience
  • cognition-emotion interaction
  • EEG, EMG, reflex physiology
  • approach motivation, reward processing, motor preparation
  • attentional scope, memory, time perception

Jennifer Cox

Jennifer Cox, Assistant Professor

255-A Gordon Palmer Hall | (205) 348-7908 | jennifer.m.cox@ua.edu


  • the interplay between psychological assessment and the legal system
  • conceptualization and assessment of psychopathic personality (psychopathy)
  • influence of psychological expert testimony on legal decision making
  • how legal decision makers understand and consider psychopathy evidence during the trial process

James Hamilton

James C. Hamilton, Associate Professor

375 Gordon Palmer Hall | (205) 348-0189 | jchamilt@ua.edu


  • motivational explanations for excessive medical illness behavior
  • dynamics of the victim role
  • social psychology of death attitudes and death acceptance

Pat Parmelee

Patricia A. Parmelee, Professor and Director of Alabama Research Institute on Aging

207 Osband Hall | (205) 348-1499 | pparmelee@ua.edu


  • the interrelations of physical and mental health
  • quality of long-term care, and particularly staffing issues in residential care settings
  • interventions to support family caregivers