Psychology Department Welcomes Six New Faculty

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The psychology department is pleased to announce the addition of six faculty members for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Aaron Wilber(Neuroscience) received his doctorate in 2010 from Indiana University and completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Lethbridge and the University of California, Irvine. Aaron's research focuses on understanding the brain dynamics that allow us to derive a sense of location from a body-centered view of the world and how these brain systems participate in learning and memory. This work informs parallel research on how these neural networks are altered by mental and memory disorders such as Alzheimer's disease.

Alexandria (Alex) Meyer(Clinical) received her PhD in 2016 from Stony Brook University. Her research focuses on identifying and validating neural biomarkers to elucidate the underlying etiopathogenesis of anxiety disorders. She has examined error-related brain activity in an effort to better understand trajectories of risk for anxiety and thereby illuminate novel treatment and prevention methods.

Derek Nee(Cognitive) received his PhD in 2008 from the University of Michigan and completed postdoctoral fellowships at Indiana University, the University of Michigan and, most recently, the University of California, Berkeley. Derek uses fMRI and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to examine the neural mechanisms underlying cognitive control and working memory.

Joe Franklin(Clinical) received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University. His work aims to provide new insights into psychopathology (especially suicidal and non-suicidal self-injury) and to leverage technology to transform these insights into major declines in mental illness.

Therese Kemper(Associate Director of Psychology Clinic) received her PhD in Clinical Psychology in 2006 from Florida State University. From 2012 through last month, Therese was the Psychologist in Residence at the Clinic and provided therapy and assessment supervision to graduate student therapists. Therese will continue to supervise students and will take on administrative tasks at the Clinic.

Tiffany Hardy(Associate Chair of Psychology) received her PhD in Social Psychology from the Ohio State University in 2011. Tiffany will work with the current Associate Chair, Ellen Berler, during the coming year and will take over the responsibilities associated with that position when Ellen retires in August 2017.