Psychology Faculty

Professor Thomas A. Martin, department head, received his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska. A licensed clinical psychologist, he supervises the department's applied practicum course. He also teaches abnormal psychology and psychological testing. His research focuses on development of psychological tests. Martin works part time as a psychotherapist with a local group practice.

Associate Professor Kathleen R. Bailey received her Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of behavioral neuroscience at the National Institute of Mental Health. She teaches behavioral neuroscience, research methods and a course on the effects of drugs on behavior. Her research focuses on the neurobiological bases of learning and memory and animal models of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's dementia.

Associate Professor Mary Lou Klotz received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She teaches social, personality and environmental psychology, as well as research methods, and she is co-leader of the GO Short programs in Australia and New Zealand. Her current research addresses interpersonal communication, particularly in the areas of complaining and interpersonal relationships.

Associate Professor Gretchen S. Lovas received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis. She teaches developmental psychology; the psychology of gender; and psychology, culture and ethnicity. She is associated with the women's studies and diversity studies programs. Lovas specializes in early social and emotional development and in gender across the lifespan. Her current research focuses on early gender development in the context of parent/infant and parent/toddler interactions.

Assistant Professor Jennifer Asmuth received her Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Northwestern University with a cognitive science specialization. She teaches research methods and cognitive psychology. Asmuth's current research investigates the development of numerical cognition in children, conceptual change and belief revision, concept formation and knowledge representation, and linguistic categories.

Assistant Professor James F. Briggs received his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Kent State University. He teaches statistics and learning processes. Briggs' research focuses on using animal models for the experimental analysis of memory and amnesia, which someday may provide more effective treatment for problems such as psychological trauma.

Assistant Professor Samuel Day received his Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Northwestern University and held a postdoctoral fellowship with the Department of Brain and Behavioral Sciences at Indiana University. He teaches sensation and perception and cognitive psychology. Day is an active researcher whose interests include reasoning and problem solving; the role of perceptually rich computer simulations in learning and education; music cognition; and judgment and decision making.

Visiting Lecturer Erin L. Goedegebuure received her M.A. in clinical and counseling psychology from William Patterson University and has worked as a supervisor in an evidence-based family therapy program. She is trained in the use of multi-systemic therapy to treat adolescents who exhibit delinquent behaviors. She teaches abnormal psychology and introduction to counseling.