department of psychology

306 Chafee Hall, 142 Flagg Road, Kingston, RI 02881

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Whether you are a graduate or undergraduate student, you’ll have lots of opportunities to work with our outstanding faculty, conducting groundbreaking research on a wide range of important topics.

ADHD Research

Dr. Lisa Weyandt is a leading researcher on the effects of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) on young adults. Dr. Weyandt is a Co-Principal Investigator of the TRAC (Trajectories Related to ADHD in College) Project, a 5-year, multi-site, NIH-funded longitudinal study of over 420 college students with and without ADHD. The goal of the TRAC Project is to track the educational, social, emotional, and vocational outcomes of college students with ADHD, and to inform the assessment and treatment of ADHD on college campuses.

Explore the Weyandt Lab
Related story: URI Big Thinker: Lisa Weyandt

Alcohol and Substance Abuse

Dr. Lyn Stein is a licensed clinical psychologist and is Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on several NIDA/NIAAA-funded grants studying assessment and treatment of incarcerated adults and adolescents. Targeted phenomena in these grants include group processes, reduction of substance use and risky sexual behavior, motivation to change, and more. Explore the Behavioral Sciences Research Lab to learn more about Dr. Stein’s work.

Cancer Research and Prevention

Dr. James O. Prochaska is internationally recognized for his work as a developer of the stage model of behavior change. He is the principal investigator on over $70 million dollars in research grants for the prevention of cancer and other chronic diseases. Dr. Prochaska leads on-going research as the Director of the Cancer Prevention Research Center (CPRC).

Early Vocabulary Intervention

Dr. Susan Loftus-Rattan’s research evaluates the effects of a comprehensive program of vocabulary instruction and intervention in kindergarten classrooms within a Response-to-Intervention framework. Dr. Loftus-Rattan currently supervises two undergraduate research assistants and two graduate research assistants.

Emic-Etic Research Lab

Dr. Shanette M. Harris’ research examines culture-specific (i.e. African American) and cross-cultural psychological phenomena related to appearance and body image, physical and psychological health, gender role behavior, and education. Explore the Emic-Etic Research Lab to learn more.

Pediaric and Adolescent Anxiety Lab (PAALs)

Dr. Ellen Flannery-Schroeder’s research studies the development, maintenance, and treatment of anxiety disorders. Explore PAALs to learn more.

Quantitative Methods and Health Psychology

Dr. Joseph Rossi’s research focuses on quantitative methods and health psychology, particularly at the intersection of theory, methods, and substance. A recent study conducted by the Institute for Scientific Information and the American Psychological Society listed Dr. Rossi as the 5th most influential author in psychology.

Study of Trauma, Risk-taking, Emotions, and Stress Symptoms (STRESS) Lab

Dr. Nicole Weiss’ program of research focuses on the role of emotion dysregulation in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the risky, self-destructive, and health compromising behaviors that frequently co-occur with PTSD, most notably substance use and HIV/sexual risk behavior. Explore the STRESS Lab to learn more about Dr. Weiss’ ongoing research.


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