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Psychology Department

Psychology Faculty Research

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

Andrew J. Butler, Visiting Assistant Professor

B.A. Butler University; Ph.D. Indiana University. Specialty: Cognitive Neuroscience, Multisensory and Active Learning. Dr. Butler's research focuses on the relationship between memory and both perception and action in terms of brain processes and behavior. Most recent studies have involved using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and behavioral measures of memory to compare active versus passive learning of audiovisual information. He is also interested in the relationship between emotion and memory as well as in understanding how different types of visual information are translated into actions during musical performance. Dr. Butler can be reached at

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

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

Amanda C. Gingerich, Associate Professor

B.A., Gettysburg College, M.A., Towson University, M.A., PhD., University of Virginia. Specialty: Cognitive psychology. Dr. Gingerich 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. Gingerich can be reached at

Tara T. Lineweaver, Associate 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

Joel M. Martin, Associate 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

Kathryn A. Morris, Professor

B.A. Gettysburg College, M.A., PhD. University of Texas at Austin. Specialty: Social psychology, psychology of gender. Dr. Morris currently serves as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Alison L. O'Malley, Assistant Professor

B.A., Butler University; M.A., PhD., The University of Akron. Specialty: Industrial/Organizational psychology, psychology of emotion. Dr. O'Malley's research interests tend toward the more social 'O' side of I/O. She studies people's judgments about their future emotional experience, leadership processes, employee development behavior, and work-related attitudes. Dr. O'Malley can be reached at

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