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Faculty Research Interests

Research conducted at the UTSA Department of Psychology spans all of the major areas of experimental psychology.

Faculty research interests are listed below.

Brian E. Armenta, Ph.D.

  • Social Psychology
  • Health Risk Behaviors and Health Disparities
  • Prejudice and Discrimination

Michael Baumann, Ph.D.

  • Group Decision Making
  • Affect in the Workplace
  • Perceiving & Leveraging Expertise
  • Affect in Decision Making

James H. Bray, Ph.D.

  • Family Psychology & Health
  • Adolescent Substance Use
  • Primary Care Psychology

Thomas Coyle, Ph.D.

  • Mental Ability, Intelligence, & IQ
  • Brain Aging & Cerebral Health Markers
  • Academic Aptitude Test (SAT and ACT)

Ephrem Fernandez, Ph.D.

  • Affect Science
  • Psychosomatics
  • Anger Assessment & Treatment
  • Pain

Edward Golob, Ph.D.

  • Spatial Cognition
  • Attention and Working Memory
  • Perception and Action
  • Age-related Neurological Disorders

Willie Hale, Ph.D.

  • Interpersonal Perception
  • Belongingness & Authenticity
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Joseph W. Houpt

  • Cognitive Psychology and Quantitative Methods
  • Cognitive Modeling
  • Intersections between AI and Psychology, Visual Perception, Decision Making

Monica Lawson, Ph.D.

  • Cognitive & Socioemotional Development
  • Child Maltreatment

Itamar Lerner, Ph.D.

  • Cognitive & Computational Neuroscience of Memory & Learning
  • Sleep Effects on Cognition & Emotion

Stella Lopez, Ph.D.

  • Social Perception
  • Social Interaction
  • Academic Success

Mary McNaughton-Cassill, Ph.D.

  • Veteran Students’ Success
  • College Student Adjustment
  • Stress and Coping in the Modern World

Sandra B. Morissette, Ph.D.

  •  Military Health
  • Post-deployment Functional Recovery
  • Trauma, Anxiety and Addictive Behaviors
  • Smoking Cessation

Augustine Osman, Ph.D.

  • Test Construction & Validation
  • Risk & Protective Factors for Mental Health
  • Applied Behavior Analysis

David R. Pillow, Ph.D.

  • Belongingness
  • Attitudes About ADHD & Medication
  • Self & Other Perception
  • Quantitative Methods

Shelby Scott, Ph.D.

  • Couple & Family Psychology
  • Health Disparities
  • LGBTQ Populations

Alicia Swan, Ph.D.

  • Functional Outcomes After Traumatic Brain Injury

Rebecca Weston, Ph.D.

  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Quantitative Methods

Tina Zawacki, Ph.D.

  • Alcohol’s Role in HIV-Related Risk Taking
  • Health Disparities Regarding HIV & Sexual Violence
  • Sexual Assault





Department of Psychology

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The University of Texas at San Antonio
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