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Faculty Research and Labs

Sylvia Beyer, Ph.D.

Sylvia Beyer

  • Gender differences in the accuracy of self-evaluations
  • Causes of the underrepresentation of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
  • Gender stereotypes

This research is conducted in the Social Psychology Lab (Mol. 212). This lab has 10 computers for data collection. It also serves as a work room for Independent Study students.

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To download Dr. Beyer's publications and presentations visit and search for Sylvia Beyer


Edward Bowden, Ph.D.

  • Connection between tendency to form false memories and  tendency to solve problems with insight
  • Whether binaural beats change brain wave patterns and whether these changes are correlated with changes in problem-solving style
  • How problem-solving style and outcome influence a person’s willingness to take risks


Aaron Carlstrom, Ph.D., L.C.P.

  • Vocational psychology within the broader area of counseling psychology, including the effect of gender, socioeconomic status and race/ethnicity on science interests, math and science interests, self-confidence, and goals of middle school students
  • Work value priorities of young adults
  • Influence of career decision-making course on both career-specific and general psychological factors of college students


Ann Friesema, Ph.D., L.C.P.C.

Ann Friesema

  • Counselor Education & Supervision 
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Domestic violence and mental health integrated care
  • Trauma-informed practice 
  • Crisis and trauma counseling
  • Relational-cultural theory in counseling practice and clinical supervision 


Melissa Gregg, Ph.D.

Melissa Gregg

  • Psychological and neural mechanisms by which human listeners process auditory information, including its perception, recognition, and encoding into memory
  • How listeners perceptually parse complex acoustic signals and recognize distinct sound sources, such as voices and phones ringing, despite difficult, noisy sensory input and limited perceptual and memory systems
  • How closely auditory perceptual representations match the actual physical properties of the world

This research is conducted in the Auditory Perception and Cognition Lab in MOLN 315F. The lab contains 3 computers/headphones for running subjects, 2 computers for students to work on, sound editing/analysis software, SPSS, presentation by neurobehavioral systems (experiment presentation software), and Matlab for creating stimuli, sound-level meter, and software for analyzing ERPs.

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Michael Gurtman, Ph.D.


  • Interpersonal models of personality and psychopathology, including applications of the circumplex structural model
  • Assessment of personality and value priorities
  • Agentic and communal values in personal narratives
  • Interpersonal and gender factors related to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (collaboration).


Meredith McGinley, Ph.D.

  • Investigating the social, emotional, cognitive, and cultural predictors of helping behaviors in youth.
  • Examining how chronic victimization in education and the workplace contributes to mental and physical well-being across the lifespan.
  • Applying advanced statistical techniques to understand the multidimensionality and growth trajectories of prosocial behaviors and victimization.



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