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Why Pursue Graduate Study in Experimental Psychology at the University of Toledo?

As the field of psychology has matured, the boundaries between its various sub-disciplines (e.g., clinical, cognitive, developmental, social) have grown increasingly permeable: clinical, developmental and social psychologists use cognitive theories; cognitive psychologists now address clinical and developmental issues, and everybody makes contact with neuroscience research. Accordingly, in addition to the traditional “areas” of psychology, the Experimental Psychology Program at the University of Toledo is also organized along a number of different integrative thematic areas which are listed below.

Although our experimental students do work with their advisors in a particular “area” of psychology, our graduate curriculum is designed to feature a strong interdisciplinary focus. This provides our graduate students with two specific advantages: (i) it allows our students to increase their research productivity (and hence their chances of landing good jobs) by providing ready opportunities to collaborate with multiple faculty on various research projects during their time in our program, and (ii) it provides a broad background in all areas of psychology that helps our students enter the job market with the competitive advantage of being able to teach courses in multiple topic areas of psychology.

Our graduate program is also characterized by a number of other valuable features:

Thematic Areas

Applied Psychology

Stephen Christman

- individual differences in everyday memory and decision making
J.D. Jasper
- consumer behavior

Kamala London Newton

- forensic developmental psychology
Jason Rose
- culture and self
*Mojisola Tiamiyu  
- minority social service issues
**Sudershan Pasupuleti
- cognitive aging

Health Psychology


*Wesley Bullock

- mental health recovery process; criminal recidivism reduction
Stephen Christman
- individual differences in eating disorder symptomatology
*Jon Elhai
- assessment, mechanisms, and treatment of PTSD
Andy Geers
- social-cognitive basis for health beliefs and behavior
Henry Heffner   
- tinnitus
J.D. Jasper
- decision making in medical domains

Kamala London Newton

- children with autism
*Greg Meyers  
- reliability and validity of personality tests
Jason Rose
- perceived vulnerability/risk and health-related behaviors
*Mojisola Tiamiyu
- Promotion of strength-based interventions (e.g.,
gratitude list/diary) and their impact on subjective/psychological well-being


***Imran Ali

- neurology of epilepsy
Harvard Armus - learning in neural vs non-neural organisms
Stephen Christman
- cerebral hemispheric asymmetries; handedness
***Michael Dennis
- brain imaging
J.D. Jasper
- neural bases of decision making biases
Henry Heffner
- neural bases of audition
Rickye Heffner
- evolution of sound localization and its relation to vision
***John McSweeny
- psychosocial functioning in medical patients

Social Cognition


Stephen Christman

- individual differences in attitude change
Andy Geers
- interplay of feelings, cognition, and motivation
J.D. Jasper
- attitude and belief formation
Jason Rose
- Social comparison and comparative judgment

*   - member of the Clinical Psychology faculty
** - member of the Social Work faculty
*** - member of the Health Science campus faculty