Lauren Kois, Assistant Professor

407A Gordon Palmer Hall | (205) 348-7802 |

– 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


Pat Parmelee

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

207 Osband Hall | (205) 348-1499 |

  • 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

Kristina McDonald

Kristina McDonald, Assistant Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies

257AA Gordon Palmer Hall | (205) 348-6320 |

  • 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 |

  • 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)