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Behavioral Laboratory of Emotion and Psychophysiology
Dr. James Diller & Dr. Kristalyn Salters-Pedneault
Dr. Diller is a behavior analyst and Dr. Salters-Pedneault is a clinical psychologist. Together, they engage in transdisciplinary research, exploring the interactions between psychophysiology and behavior.
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Health and Human Performance Laboratory
Dr. Jenna Scisco
This lab combines health psychology, biopsychology, and human factors psychology with the goal of helping people to improve their health, performance, and overall quality of life.
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The Laboratory of Cognition, Attention, and Search
Dr. Lyndsey Lanagan-Leitzel
This lab primarily investigates visual search and surveillance among lifeguards. Other projects examine the role of attention and cognition in everyday life, including threat detection and email use.
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Life-span Developmental Psychology Lab
Dr. Jennifer Pickard Leszczynski
This lab focuses on how self-perceptions and stereotypes about others' gender and age change in different situations and across the lifespan. My research also examines how gender and age affect our perceptions about love and romance.
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Organizational Research Group
Dr. Peter Bachiochi
This group conducts research on campus and in organizations addressing the workplace attitudes and behaviors of employees as well as Eastern students.
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The Social and Evolutionary Psychology Lab
Dr. Alita Cousins & Dr. Madeleine Fugère
This lab explores how evolution has shaped our minds and behavior. Most of this lab's research centers around conflict in romantic relationships.

All Faculty Research Interests

  • Research Interests:

    • Organizational Diversity Management
    • Organizational Surveys
    • Team Leadership

    Professional Activity:

    • Habitat for Humanity

     

    Recent Publications and Presentations:

    • Bachiochi, P., & Everton, W. (2019). Team Leadership and Group Dynamics. In J. Borland, G. Kane, & L. Burton (Eds.), Sport Leadership in the 21st Century (2nd Edition). Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning.
    • Bielonko, K., Bachiochi, P., Calvo, A., & Pereira, A. (2019). Employee resource groups, occupational health outcomes, and intent to quit. Poster presented at the 34th Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, National Harbor, MD.
    • Bachiochi, P.D., Everton, W.J., Evans, M.E., Fugere, M., Escoto, C., Letterman, M., & Leszczynski, J. (2010). Using empirical article analysis to assess research methods courses. Teaching of Psychology, 38, 5-9.
  • Research Interests:

    • Work as a Calling
    • Intrinsic Motivation
    • Work-Life Issues
    • Burnout & Workaholism

    Professional Activities:

    • Member SIOP
    • Member SOHP
    • SIOP's Lee Hakel Doctoral Student Consortium Planning Committee (2019)

    Recent Publications and Presentations:

    • Sassaman, L., Dalal, D. K., & Calvo, A. J. (2019). How much weight do organizational personality inferences have on judgments of organizations? Journal of Research in Personality, 82, 103858.
    • Robertson, M. M., Tubbs, D., Henning, R. A., Nobrega, S., Calvo, A., & Murphy, L. (2018, August). Designing an Organizational Readiness Survey for Total Worker Health® Workplace Initiatives. In Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (pp. 437-445). Springer, Cham.
    • Calvo, A. J. & Nastasi, A. K. (2019, November). How does “work as a calling” relate to occupational health psychology? Poster presented at the 13th International Conference on Occupational Stress and Health, in Philadelphia, PA
  • Research Interests:

    • Cognitive Reading Strategies
    • Cognitive Testing
    • Parent-Child Interactions
    • Cognitive Development

    Recent Publications and Presentations:

    • Cordón, L. (2013, February). Margaret Cavendish and the evolution of materialist natural philosophy. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Austin, TX.
    • Cordón, L. (2012). Freud's world: An encyclopedia of his life and times. Westport, CT: Greenwood.
    • Cordón, L. (2012, February). Mesmerized: Science, pseudoscience, and the eighteenth-century invention of sundry key elements of the modern clinical trial. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Asheville, NC.
  • Research Interests:

    • Mate Guarding in Romantic Relationships
    • Conflict in Romantic Relationships

    Recent Publications and Presentations:

    • Cousins, A. J., Fugère, M. A., & Riggs, M. (2015). Resistance to Mate Guarding Scale in women: Psychometric properties. Evolutionary Psychology, 13, 106-128.
    • Cousins, A. J., Beverage, L., & Fugère, M. A. (2019, June). Validity of the Mate Guarding Scale in women. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society Conference, Boston, MA.
    • Niazi, M., Frankinburger, E., Cousins, A. J., Blydenburg, D., & Fugère, M. A. (2017, June). Experimental manipulation of perceived mate availability: Assessment of intrasexual competition and mate retention tactics. Poster presented at the Northeastern Evolutionary Psychology Society Meeting, Binghamton, NY.
  • Research Interests:

    • Child Psychopathology
    • The Relationship Between Oppositional Behavior and ADHD

    Professional Activities:

    • Licensed Psychologist
    • Member of the American Psychological Association

    Recent Publications and Presentations:

    • Danforth, J. S. (2016). A Flow Chart of Behavior Management Strategies for Families of Children with Co-Occurring Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Conduct Problem Behavior. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 6, 64-76. DOI: 10.1007/s40617-016-0103-6
    • Danforth, J. S., Connor, D. F., & Doerfler, L. A. (2016). The Development of Comorbid Conduct Problems in Children with ADHD: An Example of an Integrative Developmental Psychopathology Perspective. Journal of Attention Disorders, 20, 214-229. DOI: 10.1177/1087054713517546
    • Doerfler, L. A., Danforth, J. S., & Connor, D. F. (2015, November). Is Depression Associated with Higher Levels of Aggression in Youth Who Are Diagnosed With ADHD? Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Chicago, IL.
  • Research Interests:

    • Behavioral Economics
    • Maladaptive Choice
    • Philosophy of Radical Behaviorism

    Professional Activities:

    • Board Certified Behavior Analyst - Doctoral
    • Member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International
    • Member of the Connecticut Association for Behavior Analysis

    Recent Publications and Presentations:

    • DeFelice, K. A. & Diller, J. W. (2019). Intersectional feminism and behavior analysis. Behavior Analysis in Practice. doi: 10.1007/s40617-019-00341-w
    • Diller, J. W. (2018, October). Sustainable behavior. Invited address at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Association for Behavior Analysis, Chattanooga, TN.
    • Apel, A. B. & Diller, J. W. (2017). Prison as punishment: a behavior-analytic evaluation of incarceration. The Behavior Analyst, 40(1), 243-256. doi: 10.1007/s40614-016-0081-6
  • Research Interests:

    • Health Psychology
    • Human Sexuality
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Personality and Psychoneuroimmunology

    Professional Activities:

    • ECSU Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Coordinator
    • Council of Undergraduate Research Executive Board Member
    • Council of Undergraduate Research Councilor, Chair Internationalization Task Force
    • Council of Undergraduate Research Councilor, Psychology Division

    Recent Publications and Presentations:

    • Reiter, K., Escoto, C.A. & Reiter M. (2019) Suggestions and resources for incorporating internationalization engagement. Poster session presented at the biennial meeting Undergraduate Research Programs Conference, Columbus, Ohio.
    • Reiter, M., Escoto, C.A. & Sims, J. (2018) Developing a foundation for international undergraduate research cooperation: A discussion. Faculty Session presented at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Norman, Oklahoma.
  • Research Interests:

    • Attraction and Romantic Relationships

    Professional Activity:

    • Member of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology

    Recent Publications and Presentations:

    • Fugère, M. A., Madden, S., & Cousins, A. J. (2019). The relative importance of physical attractiveness and personality characteristics to the mate choices of women and their fathers.  Evolutionary Psychological Sciences, https://doi.org/10.1007/s40806-019-00195-z
    • Fugère, M. A., Doucette, K. Chabot, C., & Cousins, A. J. (2017a). Similarities and differences in mate preferences among parents and their adult children. Personality and Individual Differences, 111, 80-85.
    • Fugère, M. A., Leszczynski, J. & Cousins, A. J. (2015). The Social Psychology of Attraction and Romantic Relationships. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Research Interests:

    • Parent-Child Relationships Across Cultures
    • Racial and Ethnic Socialization
    • Adolescent Academic Outcomes

    Professional Activities:

    • Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE)
    • Member of the Society for Research on Child Development (SRCD)
    • Member of the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA)
    • Member of the National Council of Family Relations (NCFR)

    Recent Publications and Presentations:

    • Gullotta, T.P., Plant, R.W., & Evans, M. (Eds.) (2015). Handbook of adolescent behavioral problems: Evidence-based approaches to prevention and treatment (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Springer.
    • Evans, M., & Brown, T.L. (2014). The healthy development of African American youth. In T.P. Gullotta & M. Bloom (Eds.), Encyclopedia of primary prevention and health promotion (2nd ed., Vol 3, pp. 1194-1202). New York, NY: Springer
    • Fouts, H.N., Roopnarine, J.L., Lamb, M.E., & Evans, M. (2012). Infant social interactions with multiple caregivers: The importance of ethnicity and socioeconomic status. Journal of Cross Cultural Psychology, 43 (2), 328-348.
  • Research Interests:

    • Decision Making and Impulsive Behavior
    • Health, Sport, and Fitness
    • Application of Behavioral Principles to Address Problems of Social Significance

    Professional Activities:

    • Board Certified Behavior Analyst
    • Member of California Association for Behavior Analysis
    • Member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International

    Recent Publications and Presentations:

    • Otalvaro, P.A, Krebs, C.A., Brewer, A.T., Leon, Y., Steifman, J.S. (Accepted). Reducing Requests for Attention by Adults with Intellectual Disabilities using a DRL Schedule. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. doi: 10.1002/jaba.603
    • Ford, D., Krebs, C.A., Guidry, S. (May 2019). Joint Control used to Teach Following Multi-Step Directions with Conditional Discriminations. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. Chicago, IL.
    • Nyein, K., Krebs, C.A. (May 2018). Self-Tailored Deposit Contracts Increase Minutes Exercised in Adults. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. San Diego, CA.
  • Research Interests:

    • Lifeguarding and Other Visual Search Tasks
    • Change Detection
    • Email Use & Performance
    • Pedagogy

    Professional Activity:

    • Member of the Psychonomic Society

    Recent Publications and Presentations:

    • Lanagan-Leitzel, L. K. (2019). An examination of the severity of aquatic incidents. The International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education, 10, 1-14. doi: 10.25035/ijare.10.04.07
    • Lanagan-Leitzel, L. K., & Diller, J. W. (2018). Teaching psychological critical thinking using popular media. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology, 4, 120-125. doi: 10.1037/stl0000112
    • Grandhi, S. A., & Lanagan-Leitzel, L. K. (2016). To reply or to reply all: Understanding replying behavior in group email communication. Proceedings of the 19th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing (pp. 560-569). New York, NY: ACM. doi: 10.1145/2818048.2819981
  • Research Interests:

    • Social-Emotional Development in Schools
    • Child and Adolescent Mental Health
    • Dissemination and Implementation of Evidence-Based Interventions

    Recent Publications and Presentations:

    • Lee, P., Lang, J. M., & Marshall, T. (2019, March). Evidence-based Practices in Outpatient Child Mental Health Clinics: Relation between Treatment Type and Diagnosis. Paper presented at Annual Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health, Tampa, FL.
    • Lee, P. & Bierman, K. L. (2018). Longitudinal trends and year-to-year fluctuations in student-teacher conflict and closeness: Associations with aggressive behavior problems. Journal of School Psychology, 70, 1-15.  doi: 10.1016/j.jsp.2018.06.002
    • Heatly, M. C. & Lee, P. (2018). Conduct disorder. In A. Maragakis & W. O’Donohue (Eds.), Principle-based stepped care and brief psychotherapy for integrated primary care settings. New York, NY: Springer.
  • Research Interests:

    • Contextual Influences on Masculinity and Femininity
    • Feminist Beliefs and Self-Identification
    • Love and Gender Stereotypes Across the Life-Span

    Recent Publications and Presentations:

    • Leszczynski, J. (2009). A state conceptualization: Are individuals’ masculine and feminine personality traits situationally influenced? Personality and Individual Differences, 47, 157-162.
    • Andreoletti, C., Leszczynski, J. P., & Disch, W. B. (2015). Gender, race, and age: The content of compound stereotypes across the lifespan. The International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 81, 27-53.
    • Leszczynski, J. P., Cousins, A. J., & Casuccio, J. (2019). Generational differences in feminist self-identification & liberal feminist beliefs. Presented at the Association for Women in Psychology’s Annual Conference, Newport, RI. 
  • Research Interests:

    • Memory, Learning, and Teaching Methods and Styles
    • Multicultural Issues in Education & Acculturation

    Recent Publications and Presentations:

    • Bachiochi, P., Everton, W., Evans, M., Fugère, M., Escoto, C., Letterman, M., & Leszczynski, J. (2011). Using empirical article analysis to assess research methods courses. Teaching of Psychology, 38 (1), 5-9.
    • Fugère, M. A., Daniels, J. R., Cousins, A. J., Leszczynski, J. P., Letterman, M., & Escoto, C. (2010). Common challenges and best practices for teaching gender and sexuality courses. In J. Stanovic & M. Lali (Eds.), Sexuality Education and Attitudes. Hauppague, NY: Nova Science Publishers.
    • Letterman, M., Clifford, M., & Brown, J. (2010, April). The Psychology of Major Choice and Wage Differentials Between Black Women and White Women in Connecticut. Presented at the CSU Faculty Research Conference.
  • Research Interests:

    • Anxiety and Trauma-Related Disorders

    Professional Activity:

    • Licensed Psychologist

    Recent Publications and Presentations:

    • Shipherd, J. C., & Salters-Pedneault, K. (2018). Do acceptance and mindfulness moderate the relationship between maladaptive beliefs and posttraumatic distress? Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 10(1), 95-102. doi: 10.1037/tra0000248
    • Shipherd, J. C., Salters-Pedneault, K., & Fordiani, J. (2016). Evaluating post-deployment training for coping with intrusive cognition: A comparison of training approaches. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 84(11), 960-971.
    • Diller, J. W., Salters-Pedneault, K., & Gallagher, A. (2014). Effective dissemination requires effective talk: A comparison of behavior-analytic journals. Behavior Analysis in Practice.
  • Research Interests:

    • Occupational Health
    • Eating Behavior
    • Psychophysiology

    Professional Activities:

    • Undergraduate Research Task Force, Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP)
    • Member of the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior
    • Member of the New England Psychological Association

    Recent Publications and Presentations:

    • Scisco, J. L. (2019). Cyberbullying in the workplace: A review of the research. In G. W. Giumetti & R. M. Kowalski (Eds.), Cyberbullying in schools, workplaces, and romantic relationships: The many lenses and perspectives of electronic mistreatment (pp. 81-97). New York, NY: Routledge.
    • Scisco, J. L., Giumetti, G. W., Bodinger, J. F., Randall, K. J., & Shemanskis, R. N. (in press). The impacts of face-to-face and cyber incivility on performance, helping behavior, counterproductive behaviors, and physiological activity. Occupational Health Science.
    • Scrivano, R. M., Scisco, J. L., & Giumetti, G. W. (2017). The impact of applicants’ weight and education about obesity on applicant ratings. Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research, 22(4), 278-285. https://doi.org/10.24839/2325-7342.JN22.4.278