As part of the 2010 program, PSYCHOLOGY INSPIRE interns will have an opportunity to
work with and be “mentored” by faculty and graduate students from the University of
Memphis Department of Psychology. Some former faculty mentors include:
Charles Blaha, Ph.D., University of Oregon Professor, Director of Experimental ProgramExperimental
(Behavioral Neuroscience)Psychology Building, Room 416901.678.1560 (telephone)901.678.2579
(fax)firstname.lastname@example.orgDr. Blaha’s research interests focus on neurological and psychiatric disorders, drug
addiction research using state of the art in-vivo electrochemical and microdialysis
recording techniques, and systems neuroscience approaches to understanding the neurobiological
bases of incentive-motivated behavior.
Melloni Cook, Ph.D. 1996, Penn State University
Experimental, Behavioral Neuroscience
Psychology 406, 678-1516
Dr. Cook is interested in the genetic basis of complex traits.
Scotty Craig, Ph.D. 2005, University of MemphisProject Coordinator IIIExperimental, CognitivePsychology
email@example.comDr. Craig research focuses on how to enhance children’s learning and cognitive processes.
He is particularly interested in using deep level reasoning to help students master
Rick Dale, Ph.D. 2006, Cornell University)Assistant ProfessorExperimental, CognitivePsychology
firstname.lastname@example.orgDr. Dale’s research interests include language evolution, learning, and processing,
Neural network and dynamical systems models of cognition, and the Philosophy of cognitive
Art Graesser, Ph.D. 1977, U. California San Diego
FIT 436, 678-4857
Dr. Graesser is interested in cognitive science, discourse processing, artificial
intelligence, information processing, knowledge representation and organization, computational
procedures, text comprehension, reading, question asking and answering, tutoring,
inference generation, conversation, memory, learning, problem solving, human and computer
tutoring, writing, expert systems, design of educational software, and human-computer
Xiangen Hu, Ph.D. 1993, U. California Irvine
Psychology 371, 678-3608
Dr. Hu is interested in human learning and memory, mathematical modeling and statistical
analysis in psychology.
Ron Landis, Ph.D. 1995, Michigan State University
Associate Professor/Director of Graduate Program in Industrial and Organizational
Psychology 440, 678-4690
Dr. Landis has research interests in the areas of research methodology and measurement
as well as employee selection and work performance.
Max Louwerse, Ph.D. 2001, University of Edinburgh
Psychology 212, 678-2143
Dr. Louwerse is interested in cognitive science, psycholinguistics, computational
linguistics, and discourse processing.
Danielle S. McNamara, Ph.D. 1992, University of Colorado
Psychology 434, 678-2326
Dr. McNamara is interested in text comprehension, learning from text, reading skill,
human memory, knowledge, individual differences, expertise, computer automated reading
strategy training, cognitive applications to educational practice, and human factors.
James G. Murphy, Ph.D. Auburn UniversityAssistant ProfessorDirector of Clinical Health AreaPsychology
Building, Room 348901.678.2630 (telephone)901.678.2579 (fax)email@example.comDr. Murphy’s research interests focus on addictive and health risk behaviors, co-morbidity
of substance abuse with PTSD and depressions, brief interventions with young adult
populations, including college students and military veterans, and behavioral economic
and genetic analyses of addictive and health risk behaviors.
Meghan McDevitt-Murphy, Ph.D. Auburn UniversityAssistant ProfessorClinical (Psychotherapy)Psychology Building,
Room 356901.678.2891 (telephone)901.678.2579 (fax)firstname.lastname@example.orgDr. McDevitt-Murphy’s research interests includes work related to posttraumatic stress
disorder, substance abuse, and cognitive behavioral therapy.
Theresa Montgomery Okwumabua, Ph.D. 1980, University of Memphis
Clinical, Child and Family
Psychology 369, 678-3677
Dr. Okwumabua is interested in child and adolescent risk behavior prevention and reduction,
particularly positive youth development and ethnocentrically based ("Rites of Passage")
Gilbert Parra, Ph.D. 2004, University of Missouri-Columbia
Clinical, Child and Family
Psychology 338, 678-4682
Dr. Parra uses a developmental psychopathology perspective with an emphasis on family-systems
principles guides his work. His current research is designed to increase understanding
of emotion socialization processes (e.g., parental responsiveness to distress) during
adolescence. He is also interested in how these processes contribute to the development
of emotion regulation skills (e.g., regulation of emotional expression) and symptoms
of psychopathology (e.g., deliberate self-harm).
Leslie A. Robinson, Ph.D. 1990, University of Memphis
Clinical, Behavioral Medicine
Psychology 334, 678-1667
Dr. Robinson is involved with the Memphis Health Project and is interested in smoking
cessation treatments designed for young people, tobacco prevention programs, and quantitative
Jim Whelan, Ph.D. 1989, University of Memphis
Director, Psychological Services Center
Director of Clinical Training
Psychology 126, 678-3736
Dr. Whelan is interested in problem gambling, psychotherapy training and outcome,
and health and exercise psychology.