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Psychology Department
Psychology

Psychology Faculty Research

Jennifer N. Berry, Assistant Professor

B.S., M.S., Ph.D. University of Kentucky, post-doctoral research Purdue University.  Specialty: Behavioral neuroscience/biopsychology.  Dr. Berry’s research focuses on the neurobiological mechanisms involved in the development of substance abuse and dependence using in vivo rodent models.  Additionally, we investigate receptor systems (i.e. nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, stress hormone receptors) that may be targeted in the treatment of substance dependence.  Current projects involve investigations into nicotine and alcohol co-consumption and the role of stress hormones in substance abuse. Dr. Berry can be reached at jnberry1@butler.edu.

John Neil Bohannon III, Professor

W. A. Dunn Distinguished Professor. A.B. Fairfield University, M.A. University of Hartford, Ph.D. State University of New York at Stony Brook. Specialty: The influence of experience, particularly conversations with parents, on language development. The role of emotions in autobiographical memories; e.g., memories for kisses, job firing, marriage proposals, terrorist attacks. For press coverage of Dr. Bohannon's research, see the Sunday New York Times:  Dr. Bohannon can be reached at nbohanno@butler.edu.

Robert H. I. Dale, Professor

B.S. McGill University, M.A. Dalhousie University, B.A., M.A. Oxford University, Ph.D. University of Western Ontario.  Specialty:  Animal behavior, learning and memory processes, history of psychology. Dr. Dale has studied learning and memory processes in several animals—including pigeons, rats, elephants and humans. He is also interested in the sociology and politics of psychology. Dr. Dale can be reached at rdale@butler.edu.

Brian Day, Assistant Professor

B.A., Denison University, M.S., Illinois State University, Ph.D., Clemson University.  Specialties: Human Factors Psychology, Ecological Psychology, Perception and Action, History of Psychology.  Dr. Day's research investigates the relationship between perception and action, especially in regard to the perception of affordances (the behaviors that can be done in the world). His research also focuses on ensuring that products, ranging from simple tools and websites to virtual reality systems and complex technology interfaces, are safe and easy to use. Dr. Day is also interested in the history of psychology, with a focus on the work of William James and other American functionalists and pragmatists. Dr. Day can be reached at bday@butler.edu.

Julie R. Eyink, Future Faculty Teaching Fellow

B.S., The Ohio State University, Ph.D candidate Indiana University. Specialty: Social Psychology. Professor Eyink’s research focuses on tackling common student issues like lack of effort and motivation by targeting self-handicapping behaviors and social norms. Current projects involve the interpersonal consequences of claiming different impediments to success and comparing self-handicapping involving actions vs. inactions. Professor Eyink can be reached at jeyink@butler.edu.

R. Brian Giesler, Associate Professor

B.A. Cornell University, PhD. University of Texas at Austin, post-doctoral fellowship Baylor College of Medicine & Houston Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Specialty: Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine; also Statistics/Methods and Social Psychology. Most of Dr. Giesler's prior work has focused on assessing and improving the quality of life of cancer patients and their families.  The majority of his current research focuses on two areas: the relationship between health and spirituality/religiosity and how health related goals can be activated consciously and non-consciously to help individuals lead healthier lifestyles.  Dr. Giesler can be reached at rgiesler@butler.edu.

Amanda C. Hall, Associate Professor

B.A., Gettysburg College, M.A., Towson University, M.A., PhD., University of Virginia. Specialty: Cognitive psychology. Dr. Hall studies memory errors and the factors that contribute to them.  Her research focuses on how factors such as mood and emotion can impact our ability to monitor accurately the contextual details of our memories. In addition, she is interested in ways to reduce false memories and what reductions in memory errors can tell us about how the memory system works. Dr. Hall can be reached at mhall2@butler.edu.

Tara T. Lineweaver,  Professor.

B.S., B.A., Butler University; M.S., Georgia Institute of Technology;  PhD., San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology; Clinical Internship, University of Chicago Medical Center; Postdoctoral Fellowship, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Specialty: Clinical Neuropsychology. Dr. Lineweaver is trained as a Clinical Psychologist with a specialty in neuropsychology (how the brain impacts cognitive abilities). Her research focuses on memory and visuospatial information processing in patients with neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, and Epilepsy. In addition, she studies the factors that contribute to the opinions healthy individuals have about their memory and their other cognitive skills. Dr. Lineweaver can be reached at tlinewea@butler.edu.

Joel M. Martin,  Professor 

B.S., University of Pittsburgh, M.S., PhD., University of Memphis. Specialty: Clinical and counseling psychology. Dr. Martin studies cognitive, behavioral, and social factors that distinguish the subclinical versions of psychological disorders from full disorders (e.g., normal sadness from major depression). He is also interested in stigma and stereotypes of mental illness, ethical decision-making in therapy, empirically supported psychotherapies, treatment of substance use, and the portrayal of psychotherapy and psychopathology in popular cinema. Dr. Martin can be reached at jmmarti1@butler.edu.

Kathryn A. Morris, Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs, Professor

B.A. Gettysburg College, M.A., Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin.  Dr. Morris is currently serving the university as Provost and is not accepting research students.  Specialty:  Social psychology, psychology of gender.  Dr. Morris is interested primarily in race-and-gender-based prejudice, stereotyping, and discriminatory behavior.  She has also studied other topics within the field of social psychology, including the effectiveness of persuasion techniques in promoting preventive health behaviors and attachment in romantic relationships.  Dr. Morris can be reached at kmorris@butler.edu.

Robert J. Padgett, Professor

B.A. Hanover College, M.A., PhD. Wayne State University. Specialty: Developmental psychology, statistics and measurement. Dr. Padgett has a long-standing interest in how young children learn and remember information from activities in which they participate. In recent years, his work has focused on what children learn and remember from visiting a science museum and from video game play. Dr. Padgett can be reached at rpadgett@butler.edu.

Ian Zimmerman, Instructor

B.A. The College of New Jersey, M.S., Ph.D. Central Michigan University.  Specialties: Consumer Psychology, Implicit Social Cognition.  Dr. Zimmerman’s primary research interests lie in consumer psychology, implicit social cognition, and the intersection between the two.  Much of his research looks at the effects of advertising exposure, particularly how it influences gut reactions to the advertised brands and how it influences attitudes that have implications for health behaviors.  Dr. Zimmerman can be reached at izimmerm@butler.edu.