Jason Braasch, assistant professor in cognitive, received his Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from
the University of Illinois, Chicago. His most recent position was postdoctoral research
fellow in the Department of Educational Research at the University of Oslo. Braasch
is a member of Society for Text and Discourse and American Educational Research Association.
Kathryn Howell, assistant professor in clinical, earned her doctorate in clinical psychology at
the University of Michigan. She completed a postdoctoral training program in the Department
of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School and attended the Frankel
Psychotherapy Training Program on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at the University of
Michigan Depression Center.
Stephanie Huette, assistant professor in cognitive, received her Ph.D. in cognitive and information
sciences from the University of California, Merced, and is a member of the American
Association for the Advancement of Science and the Cognitive Science Society. She
recently co-authored “Drawing From Memory: Hand-eye Coordination at Multiple Scales”
in PLoS ONE.
Idia Thurston, assistant professor in clinical, received her doctorate in clinical psychology with
a concentration in pediatric psychology from the University of South Florida. Her
most recent positions were assistant in psychology at Boston Children's Hospital and
instructor in psychology (psychiatry) at Harvard Medical School.
LaVaire Lockhart is the department's new LSP II. He previously worked in Residence Life for almost ten years. Before coming to the U of M he was at LeBonheur's
Children's Hospital for two years and with the Navy for 20 years.
DiAnne Dunn is now office coordinator in the PSC. Before coming to the U of M she
worked at FedEx.
Nellie Pierron is clerical assistant in the PSC. Her most recent job was at Mid-South
The University of Memphis Psychology Department consists of approximately 30 full-time
faculty members, 20 adjunct faculty (psychologists in the community who teach and/or
supervise our students), 5 postdoctoral fellows, 90 doctoral students, 58 masters
students, and over 700 undergraduate majors and minors.
The Department is also the home of the Center for Applied Psychological Research,
one of the most successful of the centers created under the State of Tennessee's Centers
of Excellence program.