Heather Gunn, Assistant Professor

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

Interpersonal behaviors, relationships, sleep, and health

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

Kristina McDonald

Kristina McDonald, Assistant Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies

257AA Gordon Palmer Hall | (205) 348-6320 | klmcdonald2@ua.edu


  • precursors and consequences for youth who endorse hostile social motivations
  • how friendship interactions may influence social cognitions
  • how social context (e.g., school diversity) may affect peer relationships
  • how physiological reactivity to social threat interacts with social cognitions to predict behavior

Ansley Gilpin

Ansley Tullos Gilpin, Associate Professor

192 Gordon Palmer Hall | (205) 348-9903 | agilpin@ua.edu


  • fantasy orientation and pretend play
  • executive functions
  • school readiness
  • children's use of testimony (information from other people) to learn about the world
  • imaginary companions (mean and nice)
  • children's understanding of fantasy/reality,
  • development of religiosity
  • pretend play's role in early childhood intervention (ASD)