Research

Our Scholarship

65,000+

scientific citations in the last 5 years

Our Impact

$17 million

in Grant funding in the last 5 years

With our faculty as Principal Investigators and Co-Investigators

Our Labs & Centers

Faculty in the department maintain active research labs and centers that focus on a variety of topics. Below are some of the collaborative labs that are conducting cutting-edge basic and applied research. Consult the “Faculty and Staff” tab above to access the full list of faculty members and their areas of research interest.

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Adult Cognition Lab

We are interested in understanding how people learn new things and maintain their skills through the lifespan. When we understand the characteristics of cognition and aging, we can design better learning opportunities for mature adults.

Led by Dr. Dayna Touron (Cognitive)

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Borderline Personality Disorder Lab

The main focus of the Nelson-Gray research lab has been the relationship between personality variables, environmental variables, and psychopathology.

Led by Dr. Rosemery Nelson-Gray (Clinical)

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CAMINOS Lab

The CAMINOS Lab attempts to identify individual, familial, and cultural processes that place minoritized youth at risk for maladaptive psychological and educational outcomes, with a focus on immigrant and Latinx populations. 

Led by Dr. Gabriela Livas Stein (Clinical)

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Cognitive, Learning and Memory Lab

As a human memory lab, the C.L.A.M. lab focuses on peoples’ ability to control their own memory and learning through imagination, reflection, and beliefs. 

Led by Dr. Peter Delaney (Cognitive)

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Close Relationships Lab

The Close Relationships Lab investigates how people can resolve problems in their close relationships.

Led by Dr. Levi Baker & Dr. Michelle Russell (Social)

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Cognitive and Neuroscience of Learning Lab

The CNSL lab investigates fundamental principles of human learning from a multi-disciplinary perspective. In particular, we use techniques of cognitive psychology, neuropsychology, and neuroscience to address questions of interest to basic science, but which also have practical implications for Education research.

Led by Dr. Robert Wiley (Cognitive)

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Cognition, Psychopathology, and Emotion Lab

The CoPE lab’s research primarily focuses on cognitive biases and emotion regulation processes in emotional disorders, particularly depression and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Led by Dr. Blair Wisco (Clinical)

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Depression Treatment and Research Program

The DTRP lab is dedicated to improving the lives of people suffering from depression through innovative research and clinical services. Our research focuses on cognitive, affective, and motivational processes in depression and how short-term therapy can help people recover.

Led by Dr. Kari Eddington (Clinical)

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Development, Culture, and Health Lab

At the Development, Culture, & Health Lab, we are interested in learning more about how children learn about the world, how their experiences shape their beliefs and attitudes, and how their knowledge and concepts change across ages.

Led by Dr. Jasmine DeJesus (Developmental)

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Development & Understanding of Children’s Knowledge Lab

Our research helps us learn how children think about the world around them and our findings are relevant to educational policies and programs that are aimed at improving children’s lives.

Led by Dr. Janet Boseovski & Dr. Stuart Marcovitch (Developmental)

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Genes, Environment, and Emotion Lab

Our research examines the roles of genetic polymorphisms and several types of life stress, working alone and in interaction, on depression and related outcomes such as affective information processing measures.

Led by Dr. Suzanne Vrshek-Schallhorn (Clinical)

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Individual Differences in Executive Attention Lab

The I.D.E.A. Lab investigates individual differences in executive attention using experimental, psychometric, and experience-sampling methods.

Led by Dr. Michael Kane (Cognitive)

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Interactions and Relationships Lab

Our lab at UNCG seeks to understand the ways in which young people’s social contexts and relationships impact their mental health and risk taking behaviors.

Led by Dr. Michaeline Jensen (Clinical)

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Memory and Cognition Lab

Led by Dr. Chris Wahlheim (Cognitive)

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National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families

Dr. Julia Mendez (Clinical), Dr. Danielle Crosby, & Dr. Heather Helms (Department of Human Development and Family Studies)

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Parenting and School Readiness Lab

We are a community-engaged lab focused on conducting research with low-income preschool and elementary school students to determine factors that contribute to children’s resilience and early school adjustment.

Led by Dr. Julia Mendez (Clinical)

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RIGHT TRACK

The team is currently looking at how self-regulation, our ability to manage our emotions and behaviors appropriately, in childhood impacts cardiometabolic risk development in adolescents and young adults.

Led by Dr. Susan Keane & Dr. Susan Calkins (Clinical, Developmental)

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Self and Social Perception Lab

We examine the influence of social comparison information on self-evaluations and whether some comparisons have a stronger influence than others. 

Led by Dr. Ethan Zell (Social)

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Social Cognition Lab

Research in our lab incorporates behavioral studies, eye-tracking, and brain imaging (fMRI) to provide converging evidence for mechanisms underlying how people evaluate, understand, and remember other people.

Led by Dr. Brittany Cassidy (Social)

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Toddler Affect, Language & Communication Lab

The TALK lab is interested in learning more about how parents and young children interact and communicate in everyday life.

Led by Dr. Margaret Fields-Olivieri (Clinical)