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Here at Arizona State University, Department of Psychology faculty conduct innovative, use-inspired research that sets a standard for the discipline and makes a difference in peoples lives. From work that examines the underlying neuroscience of aging and stress, to studies that explore the mechanisms that underlie effective prevention of behavior disorders in children, research in psychology at ASU spans topics of novel theoretical and empirical interest that extend our understanding of the human condition and promote well being.

Want to truly begin to understand the mind, brain and human behavior? Get involved in a research project with one of our esteemed faculty members. Research is where psychologists get a first-hand look into the minds and behaviors of others. And with 40 state-of-the-art labs available to you — all being utilized for different projects — there’s sure to be a topic that will excite and engage you.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Research Labs Faculty

Research by Faculty

Cooperation and Conflict Lab (Aktipis)
Dynamics of Perception, Action, & Cognition (Amazeen)
Dissemination and Implementation for Health Equity (Berkel)
Behavioral Neuroscience of Memory & Aging (Bimonte-Nelson)
EEG Lab (Blais & Brewer)
Memory and Attention Control Lab
Pathways of Risk and Resilience Lab (Chassin)
CARMA Lab (Cohen)
Behavioral Alcohol Research for Clinical Advancement (Corbin)
Parent Child Relations Lab (Crnic)
Emotion Regulation & Health (Davis)
Relationship Dynamics Lab (Dishion)
Adolescent Stress and Emotion Lab (Doane)
Theory of Mind / Father and Divorce Labs (Fabricius)
Neurobiology and Behavior in Addiction Lab (Gipson-Reichardt)
Laboratory for Embodied Cognition (Glenberg)
Memory & Language Lab (Goldinger)
Culture and Prevention Research Lab (Gonzales)
Health and Developmental Methods Lab (Grimm)
Prototype Abstraction Lab (Homa)
Healthy Aging and Life Events Lab (Infurna)
Embodied Games Lab (Johnson-Glenberg) - Cognitive Science Affiliate
Karoly Lab (Karoly)
Evolutionary Social Cognition Lab (Kenrick-Neuberg-Becker)
Culture and Decision Science Network Lab (Kwan)
Child Emotion Center (Lemery-Chalfant)
Health and Coping Lab (Luecken)
Fostering Resilience (Luthar)
Research in Prevention Laboratory (MacKinnon)
Perception, Ecological Action, Robotics & Learning Lab (McBeath)
Decision Neuroscience Laboratory (McClure)
Science of Learning and Educational Technology (McNamara)
Substance Use, Health and Behavior Lab (Meier)
Neuberg Lab (Neuberg)
Addiction Neuroscience Laboratory (Olive)
Social Addictions Impulse Lab (Patock-Peckham)
Eating Pathology Lab (Perez)
Courage (Pina)
Basic Behavioral Processes Lab (Sanabria)
SPLAT Lab (Shiota)
Applied Behavior Analysis Lab
Culture and Ecology Lab (Varnum)
Parenting Young Children Lab (Winslow)
Prevention Programs for At-risk Youths (Wolchik)
Canine Science Collaboratory (Wynne)

Research by Lab

Keywords: adolescence, romantic relationships, multidisciplinary research, developmental psychopathology, culture, health, stress physiology

Keywords:  drug addiction; psychostimulants; opiates; alcohol; glutamate; behavioral pharmacology; optogenetics; preclinical models

Keywords:  adolescence; transition to college; stress physiology; sleep; health behaviors; ecological momentary assessment

Research Areas:

  • Language Assessment and Development (Generativity)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • PEAK Relational Training System
  • Relational Frame Theory (RFT)
  • Functional Assessment
  • Functional Analysis Technologies
  • Organizational Behavior Management (OBM)
  • Behavioral Skills Training (BST)
  • School-Based Interventions

Join the Lab: 

if you are interested in joining the lab, please contact Dr. Adam D. Hahs at and/or Dr. Don Stenhoff at

Keywords:  learning; time perception; response inhibition; choice; animal models; computational models

Keywords: alcohol, college, subjective response, prevention, self-control, personality, expectancies, context, comorbidity

Keywords:  learning; memory; behavior; estrogen; progesterone; hormone; menopause; maze

Keywords:  stress; spatial memory; hippocampus; neural plasticity; anxiety; corticosterone; rodent behavior; PTSD

Keywords:  dog; wolf; human-dog interaction; behavior; welfare; cognition, Going to the Dogs

Culture, Adaptation, Religion, Morality, Anthropomorphism

Keywords:  behavior genetic; twin; development; risk; resilience; temperament; psychopathology; sleep; pain; health

Keywords:  evolution of cooperation; human sharing; cancer evolution; genetic conflict; microbiome and behavior

Keywords:  anxiety; children; adolescents; prevention; treatment; culture; diversity; minority; ethnicity

Keywords:  self; culture; social psychology; personality; anthropomorphism; cyberpsychology; sustainability

Keywords: culture; social class; cultural change; neuroscience; ecology; evolution

Keywords:  culture; context; prevention; family; development; children & youth; mental health; achievement; Latino

Keywords:  cognitive neuroscience; fMRI; reward; decision-making; learning

Keywords: dissemination & implementation research; health disparities; prevention; culture; primary care; parenting

Keywords: complexity; coordination; vision; touch; motor skills; physiological processes; handedness; learning; attention

Keywords: Body Project; body acceptance; body dissatisfaction; eating disorders; minorities; childhood obesity; prevention; eating

Event related potentials; EEG; cognitive neuroscience; social neuroscience; cognitive control; selective attention; memory; SES

Games for learning and health, STEM education, cognitive change, Virtual Reality (VR) therapies during hospital stays,  Nutrition science, Efficacy related to XR experiences

Keywords:  chronic pain; resilience; mindfulness; well-being

Keywords:  resilience; affluence; motherhood; prevention; parenting

Keywords:  childhood adversity; cortisol; health; culture; self-regulation

Keywords: Longitudinal data analysis, data mining, structural equation modeling, mixture modeling

Keywords: resilience to major life stressors; adult development and aging; psychosocial and health development; lifespan development; longitudinal research methodology

Keywords:  goal cognition; chronic pain; self-regulation

Keywords:  embodied cognition; language comprehension; embodied reading comprehension intervention (EMBRACE); cognitive neuroscience; joint action and mirror neuron system

Keywords: cognitive development, word learning, attention, language acquisition, statistical learning, bilingualism

Keywords: visual attention, face perception, eye-tracking, pupillary changes, language processing. 

Undergraduate Research Opportunities:

Our research projects investigate human memory and attention capabilities and how they support a wide range of behaviors.

Research in the Memory and Attention Control Laboratory entails attending lab meetings, scoring cognitive data, and helping participants complete experiments.  These experiments are typically conducted in the laboratory on personal computing stations.

Keywords:  stereotypes, prejudices, and discrimination; stigma; fundamental social motives and social cognition; religion and conflict; evolutionary approaches to social behavior; ecology and culture; female sociality; happiness and meaning in life

Keywords:  addiction, nicotine, relapse, glutamate, synaptic plasticity

Keywords:  parent-child interaction; family stress; risk processes; emotion regulation; early childhood mental health

Keywords:  prevention; parenting skills; intervention engagement

Keywords:  alcohol; cigarette smoking; longitudinal studies; intergenerational transmission

Keywords:  parental divorce; at-risk youth; preventive interventions

Keywords:  category theory, dynamic scene processing, attention, face processing, attention, memory search

Keywords:  Dual acquisition EEG; direct observations; social interaction patterns; social neuroscience; psychophysiological neurocognitive assessments; relationship dynamics; romantic relationships; peer relationships; parent-child relationships

Keywords:  knowledge acquisition; reading comprehension; writing; strategies; self-explanation; writing assessment; intelligent tutoring systems; tutoring; games; computational linguistics; learning analytics

Keywords:  Alcohol, Impaired Control Over Drinking, Parenting Styles, Self-regulation, Trait and State Impulsivity, Trauma, Secrets, Resiliency, and Social Influence.

Keywords: emotion; close relationships; psychophysiology; nonverbal expression; social cognition; positive psychology

Keywords:  cannabis/marijuana; substance use; psychosis; retinal imaging 

Keywords: theory of mind; social cognitive development; divorce; fathers; parent-child relationships

Research by the numbers

$13.3 million

research grant monies


active research grants


in publications in top 30 journals across aspirational peer universities

Featured research

Research opportunities

We encourage undergraduates to get involved in research. You’ll apply the knowledge you’ve gained in the classroom to real-world situations and gain invaluable experience.

Psychology centers and institutes

Our research extends beyond the walls of our psychology labs. Find out about Research and Education Advancing Children’s Health and the Veterans Wellness Research Center.

Research advancement office

The goal of the Research Advancement Team is to provide information and assistance that will help our faculty locate funding, apply for grants and manage their sponsored projects.