​Faculty Research and Lab Programs​

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Faculty research activities

All SPFC faculty members engage in research, present scholarly papers at national and international conferences, and author scientific publications (articles, chapters, or books). Manuscripts often include undergraduate and graduate students as co-authors.

Faculty research interests vary widely and include topics such as psychosocial adjustment to chronic illness, psychology of volunteerism and service-learning, women’s health, stress, and mindfulnes, parenting effects on children’s emotional control, theology, stigma, and mental health, drama therapy in family counseling, ethnic identity and ethnic conflict, depression in adolescent girls, development of children on the autism spectrum, spirituality in collaborative health care, substance abuse in high-risk adolescents, trauma psychology, effective mentoring in organizations, leadership development, and more.

Learn more about individual faculty member research interests.

Behavioral and clinical laboratory programs

A.C.E. Lab

Our research team is particularly interested in parent-child relationships and parental emotion socialization during childhood and adolescence. Previous projects have focused on aggression; however, more recent projects examine the influence of parent-child relationships on symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Learning and Cognition Laboratories

Social Cognition Lab

What shapes your impression of strangers? How can mental imagery change the way you judge yourself? These are just a few of the questions we ask as we seek to better understand how people think about themselves and others as well as the judgments and behaviors that follow.

Study of Autism and Self-Regulation

Amy Mezulis

Why I Teach at SPU

Amy Mezulis, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology

“I teach at SPU because of its balanced perspective on training both scientists and practitioners of clinical psychology. Mentorship is also a key component of our PhD program, and I strongly value the opportunity to participate in a meaningful way in the professional development of our students.”