Kathy Binder is keenly interested in how adults with low literacy skills learn to read. She has examined how these readers use various “codes” of language - phonological codes (sounds), orthographic codes (spelling patterns), and morphological codes (roots and affixes). She examines how these codes influence spelling, vocabulary, and comprehension abilities. Kathy teaches a CBL course in which her students become adult literacy tutors to better understand readers’ strengths and weaknesses. This work has been funded by the NIH and IES.
Mara Elizabeth Breen
Francine M. Deutsch is a social psychologist whose research focuses on the gendered division of domestic labor: how couples can create equality in family work. Her collaborations with students include investigations of how couples make decisions about jobs, the effects of stay-at-home fatherhood on men’s constructions of masculinity, and the work/family plans of college students. She is currently working on a global project on equally sharing couples, and a series of studies on low-wage preschool teachers’ pursuit of higher education.
Corey Flanders’ research interests focus on issues of identity and health equity, particularly as they relate to the experiences of queer and trans people. She uses qualitative and quantitative approaches together with community-based research principles to understand how structural, community and individual factors like stigma and social support may impact people’s health and other lived experiences.
Mike Flynn leads the Master of Arts in Mathematics Teaching program. Flynn's latest book, Beyond Answers: Exploring Mathematical Practices with Young Children centers on creating interactive and engaging online learning. He also designed the dynamic hybrid learning model which blends on-campus and online students for live, interactive learning in mathematic classrooms. Flynn also travels around the country providing professional learning experiences for K-8 teachers.
Amy W. Grillo
Gail Hornstein’s research focuses on the history and practice of 20th-century psychology, psychiatry, and psychoanalysis; the psychotherapy of psychosis; first-person narratives of madness; and the psychiatric survivor movement. Unlike most scholars who study psychopathology, she has always been as interested in the ideas of those with first-hand experience as in doctors’ theories, and her research and teaching highlight the contributions that people with lived experience can make to understanding psychology. She works closely with psychiatric survivor groups, is actively involved in training and research to expand the Hearing Voices Network in the US, and speaks widely about mental health issues across the US, UK, and Europe.
Jennifer Wallace Jacoby
Jennifer Wallace Jacoby is an education researcher with an extensive professional background as a public school teacher. Her research is focused on supporting teachers to develop language and literacy skills among groups of linguistically diverse children. Jacoby and her students conduct mixed-methods research in local early childhood and elementary school classrooms. She teaches courses in education and child development. Jacoby is also a National Board certified teacher who taught grades K through 2 in Oakland and East Palo Alto, California.
Will J. Millard
Becky Wai-Ling Packard
Becky Wai-Ling Packard's expertise in the areas of mentoring and diversity, examining how individuals experience organizations when they are underrepresented and how organizations can improve the climate for underrepresented groups. She has conducted professional workshops, designed mentoring programs, and conducted climate assessments for numerous organizations. Packard has particular expertise in STEM persistence, with a book, over 30 published articles, and over a million dollars in funding to support her work in this area. The founding director of the teaching and learning program, and an educational psychologist by training, Packard uses community-based partnerships and case scenarios to create relevant and authentic experiences for students.
Using preclinical models, Jared Schwartzer studies the interaction of the immune system and nervous system during brain development in utero, and the effects of these interactions on behavior during postnatal development. Much of his research is inspired by clinical and epidemiological trends observed in individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders. In the Schwartzer Lab, specialized techniques from neuroimmunology and behavioral neuroscience come together to explore how changes in the mother’s immune system influence social behavior in offspring.
Natasha meets with students who need help with statistics in psychology and the SPSS software program. She also attends the lectures and labs to assist students and provides support for the lecturer.
Kathleen (Katie) Byrne
Jamie helps design, conduct, and analyze data from experiments in Jared Schwartzer's lab. She also mentors undergraduate researchers in the Schwartzer lab in regards to both research projects and professional development. Her research interests include how the environment, diet, and exercise influence interactions between the nervous and immune systems.
Janelle L. Gagnon
Janelle serves as a research consultant for the Department of Psychology and Education. As part of this role, she provides both qualitative and quantitative research support to honors projects and co-teaches the Seminar in Psychological Research. Additionally, she serves as the SONA Administrator and is responsible for advertising student and faculty research on campus. Lastly, she is the course manager for Introduction to Psychology. As a doctoral candidate at American International College, her research interests include studying how various social identities such as race and social class shape students’ experiences attending Mount Holyoke College.
Nicole Gilbert Cote
Nicole teaches three sections of the Research Methods labs and provides behind-the-scenes support for Statistics. She also teaches summer courses through PaGE, including Introduction to Psychology and Social Psychology. Nicole is a social psychologist by training and her early research focused on gender stereotypes and construction. While working as a Research Associate with Dr. Kathy Binder, she studied literacy skills among children and adults learning to read.
Cheryl Lee's primary interests in the area of psychology involve the processes of learning – particularly as these processes pertain to literacy development. In addition, she is passionate about scientific investigation and research methodology. From the planning and development phases to data analysis and presentation, scientific research inspires, stimulates, and motivates her career. Lee's teaching philosophy combines her passion for research with in-depth classroom discussions and hands-on activities that, hopefully, demystify scientific investigation.
Kat manages Kathy Binder's Reading and Cognition Lab. Her responsibilities include supervising Kathy Binder's student research assistants and those working on independent studies and theses, coordinating data collection and tutoring placements at various ABE (Adult Basic Education) programs and schools in the area, and managing certain aspects of Kathy Binder's NIH Grant. Kat's research interests include literacy skills in adult basic education students as compared to other populations.
Joseph Cohen's research interests include vision and visual perception and he has how we use visual information depending on whether we are trying to judge what the objects around us are or whether we are acting on those objects, for example, walking towards them or grasping them. To Cohen, perception and action seem to use visual information in different ways. Of particular interest were stroke patients with damage in the inferotemporal cortex of the brain that are unable to use vision to recognize the objects in their environment, yet they can accurately reach out and grasp them.
Patricia Ramsey's research and teaching are focused on early social and attitudinal development. Along with her students, she has studied many aspects of young children's peer relationships: how they initiate contact, resolve conflicts, avoid cross-sex peers, and show concern for each other. They also studied how children develop early attitudes about gender, race, and social class and how teaching from a multicultural perspective affects children's early awareness and attitudes about groups of people that are unfamiliar to them. In addition, she is interested in the effects of media on children’s attitudes and children’s awareness of the natural environment.
Robert Shilkret has specialized in personality development and abnormal psychology. His research focus has been exploring how students develop, accomplish goals and overcome unconscious obstructions. He is also interested in the connection between early parenting experiences and college adjustment.