Accepting Students

Joan Barth, Senior Research Social Scientist

306 E. Paul Bryant Drive Office 201 | (205) 348-5083 |

  • 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

Sheila R. Black, Associate Professor

183 Gordon Palmer Hall | (205) 348-5083 |

Cognitive Aging

Racial Disparities in Cognitive Aging

Contributions of African Americans to the field of psychology


Ansley Gilpin

Ansley Tullos Gilpin, Associate Professor and Director of Experimental Psychology

192 Gordon Palmer Hall | (205) 348-5083 |

  • 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)

Andrea Glenn

Andrea Glenn, Associate Professor

101-E McMillan Building | 205-565-8352 |

  • Disruptive behavior problems and antisocial behavior, in youth and adults
  • Reducing inequality in youth outcomes through mental health intervention programs
  • Biologically-informed prevention and intervention
  • Mild traumatic brain injury as a risk factor for behavior problems

James Hamilton

James C. Hamilton, Associate Professor

387 Gordon Palmer Hall | (205) 348-5083 |

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

Caitlin M Hudac, Assistant Professor Core Faculty in CYDI

101G McMillan Building | (205) 348-2123 |

  • Brain development across the lifespan
  • Infant, child, and adolescent cognition and socio-emotional development
  • Social motivation and affective responses to ostracism
  • Genetic factors of neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability)

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Debra McCallum, Director of ISSR, Director of the Capstone Poll, Senior Research Social Scientist

ISSR | (205) 348-3820 |

  • social influence
  • social-psychological aspects of health behavior and outcomes
  • safety and well-being of children and youth
  • evaluations of education
  • community intervention programs

Kristina McDonald, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate 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

Ian M. McDonough, Assistant Professor

410-A Gordon Palmer Hall | (205) 737-3442 |

  • episodic memory
  • intelligence
  • aging
  • structure and functional neuroimaging
  • dynamic fluctuations of brain activity
  • biomarkers of preclinical Alzheimer’s disease
  • intervention
  • Health Disparities

Edward Merrill, Professor Emeritus

195 Gordon Palmer Hall | (205) 348-5083 |

  • cognitive development
  • developmental disabilities
  • down syndrome and language
  • down syndrome and wayfinding
  • implicit cognition and decision making
  • sex differences in cognitive abilities
Jeffrey Parker

Jeffrey G. Parker, Associate Professor

202 ISSR | (205) 348-5083 |

Peer Relationships

Adolescent Friendship Quality

Jealousy in Friendships

Beverly Roskos

Beverly Roskos, Associate Professor

364-C Gordon Palmer Hall | (205) 348-5083 |

  • comprehension, representation, and use of spatial information, including group and individual differences
  • wayfinding
  • sex differences in spatial ability
  • media comprehension
  • visual creativity
  • perceptions of temporary spaces

Mengya Xia, Assistant Professor

169 Gordon Palmer Hall | (205) 348-5083 |

-Family systems processes and adolescent well-being

-Contextual and individual factors that promote individual competence and social-emotional development

-Mixture modeling (e.g., LPA/LCA), multilevel modeling, dynamical systems models, and other methods for intensive longitudinal data design

-Family-centered preventive intervention on individuals positive development