2015 APS Rising Stars

The Rising Star designation recognizes outstanding psychological scientists in the earliest stages of their research career post-PhD whose innovative work has already advanced the field and signals great potential for their continued contributions.

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Aknin, Lara B. Simon Fraser University

Aknin examines the relationship between prosocial behavior and well-being using multiple methods and samples.


Aldao, Amelia The Ohio State University

Aldao's research examines the impact of emotion regulation strategies as a transdiasnostic predictor of multiple forms of mental disorders.


Anestis, Michael D. University of Southern Mississippi

Anestis’s work identifies mechanisms underlying suicide risk in civilians and soldiers and has decisively countered several widely believed myths.

Aviezer, Hillel Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Aviezer investigates real-life facial expressions in their natural context, studying both healthy and neuropsychological populations.


Bailey, Drew H. University of California, Irvine

Bailey studies the contributions of domain-general cognitive abilities and children’s specific mathematical skills to children’s mathematical development.


Baskin-Sommers, Arielle R. Yale University

Baskin-Sommers is noted for her original and rigorous research on the neurobiological mechanisms underlying disinhibitory psychopathology and their treatment.


Bedford, Rachael King's College, London

Bedford's research focuses on the application of advanced statistical methods to understand the processes/mechanisms that drive atypical development.

Bergelson, Elika University of Rochester

Bergelson studies language acquisition and the social/cognitive capacities that allow infants to learn word meanings earlier than previously thought.


Bernard, Kristin Stony Brook University, The State University of New York

Bernard examines how early experiences influence children’s behavioral, socioemotional, and neurobiological development.


Bhatia, Sudeep University of Pennsylvania

Bhatia has offered an ingenious theory of preferential choice that accounts for a wide range of effects in choice behavior.


Bleidorn, Wiebke University of California, Davis

Bleidorn’s broad and innovative research has led to important advances in our understanding of the nature and development of personality.


Boswell, James F. University at Albany, State University of New York

Boswell’s research spans two overlapping areas: psychotherapy process and outcome, and the integration of science and practice.


Brady, Timothy F. University of California, San Diego

Brady's research uses behavioral and computational methods to explore the nature of the representations that are stored in visual memory.


Brewer, Gene Arizona State University

Brewer uses converging operations to explore cognitive processes involved in prospective memory, working memory, and retrieval-enhanced learning.


Brock, Rebecca L. University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Brock’s research is aimed at understanding the development of psychopathology with a focus on the family context and its etiological significance.

Brooker, Rebecca J. Montana State University

Brooker investigates the physiological underpinnings of emotional regulation during young children’s development.


Brubacher, Sonja Deakin University

Brubacher has significantly advanced our understanding of the ways in which children remember and recall multiple instances of repeated events.

Buckholtz, Joshua W. Harvard University

Buckholtz studies brain circuits involved in legal decision making and the mechanisms underlying self-control failures in psychopathy and impulsivity.


Buhrmester, Michael D. University of Oxford

Buhrmester's work explores identity-related processes, especially those underlying extreme pro-group behavior including self-sacrifice.

Christian, Michael University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Christian's research examines self-regulation as a concept linking experiences such as sleep deprivation and sickness with engaged or unethical work behavior.


Cikara, Mina Harvard University

In prejudice, social neuroscience, social policy, and psychometrics, Cikara discovered intergroup schadenfreude and dehumanization of sexualized women.


Cole, Shana Rutgers University, New Brunswick

Cole studies goal-promoting perception in the service of regulating self-control conflicts.


Conradt, Elisabeth University of Utah

Using novel epigenetic methods, Conradt studies how the biological embedding of early life stress may influence child problem behavior.


Cook, Richard City University London

Cook is a social-cognition specialist whose research is on social perception, mirror neurons, imitation, and the visuomotor correspondence problem.


Corriveau, Kathleen H. Boston University

Corriveau asks what children can learn about the world by listening – with both discrimination and credulity – to what others say.


Crockett, Molly J. University of Oxford

Crockett studies human morality and economic decision making using theory and methods from social psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and behavioral economics.


Davis, Katie University of Washington

Davis studies how the worlds of adolescents are being remade – in both promising and troubling ways – by digital media, and the conditions that catalyze positive outcomes.


Depaoli, Sarah University of California, Merced

Depaoli's work aims at improving the accuracy of estimating latent-variable models through the Bayesian estimation framework.


Dixon-Gordon, Katherine University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Dixon-Gordon’s research focuses on the role of emotional processes in the development and maintenance of psychopathology, with an emphasis on borderline personality disorder.


Dotsch, Ron Utrecht University

Dotsch studies visualization of mental representations involved in social perception and stereotyping using psychophysical, data-driven approaches.


Drake, Jennifer E. Brooklyn College, The City University of New York

Drake has reinvigorated our understanding of the emotion-regulation benefits of everyday art making.


Dvorak, Robert D. University of Central Florida

Dvorak created theoretically novel, practical, and innovative interventions to reduce self-destructive behaviors such as smoking and alcohol intoxication.


Eaton, Nicholas R. Stony Brook University, The State University of New York

Eaton studies how best to conceptualize psychopathology and applies these advances to understanding mental health disparities in minority groups.


Eich, Teal S. Columbia University Medical Center

Eich’s research focuses on age-related changes to cognitive inhibition, both in healthy aging and as a function of neurodegenerative diseases.

Elison, Jed University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Elison is a developmental scientist who uses neuroimaging, eye tracking, and behavioral methods to elucidate typical and atypical development.


Fagundes, Christopher P. Rice University

Fagundes studies how the mind and body interact to affect individuals confronted with stressful life events and relationships across the life span.

Farr, Rachel H. University of Kentucky

Farr investigates child and adolescent development in context of adoptive family environments, with an emphasis on the role of parental sexual orientation.

Fischer-Baum, Simon Rice University

Fischer-Baum studies people who have suffered neural injury and aims to develop better treatments for individuals with neural damage.


Fleming, Steve M. University College London

Fleming’s research aims to understand the psychological, neural, and computational basis of self-awareness and metacognition.


Forbush, Kelsie University of Kansas, Lawrence

Forbush’s research focuses on developing empirically based, clinically useful methods of assessing and diagnosing eating and weight disorders.


Franchak, John M. University of California, Riverside

Franchak pioneered head-mounted eye tracking in mobile infants and discovered surprising findings about what children see and attend to.


Franklin, Joseph C. Vanderbilt University

Franklin’s work integrates cognitive-affective neuroscience and experimental psychopathology to understand self-injurious behavior.

Freeman, Jonathan B. New York University

Freeman's work illuminates the process of split-second social perception in the brain, cognition, and behavior, from an integrative multilevel approach.


Gervais, Will University of Kentucky

Gervais’s research focuses on the cognitive, evolutionary, and cultural forces that facilitate supernatural beliefs – and how these beliefs, in turn, affect cognition, evolution, and culture.


Goldschmidt, Andrea B. Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Goldschmidt’s work focuses on psychological and behavioral factors that predict weight outcomes among individuals who are overweight (e.g., binge-eating disorder).

Graham, Bronwyn University of New South Wales

Graham investigates the neurobiological basis underlying the regulation of fearful emotions in rats and humans.

Graham, Jesse University of Southern California

Graham investigates the foundations of morality and their application to moral judgments and behaviors.


Grossmann, Igor University of Waterloo

Grossman presents groundbreaking research on the study of wisdom and seminal research in cultural psychology.


Gunderson, Elizabeth A. Temple University

Gunderson’s work uncovers the cognitive and socioemotional factors that influence math learning in preschool and elementary school.


Hamlin, J. Kiley University of British Columbia

Hamlin researches the earliest developmental origins of humans’ sociomoral judgments in infancy, guided by theories of the evolution of cooperation.


Hart, Sara Florida State University

Using the first large-scale, representative twin sample, Hart has discovered larger roles for environments in explaining individual differences.


Heller, Aaron S. University of Miami

Using a combination of behavioral and biological methods, Heller is making highly novel contributions about the affective chronometry.


Hickey, Clayton University of Trento

Hickey investigates the role of reinforcement and motivation in human cognition, with a focus on reward-based learning in vision.


Hostinar, Camelia University of California, Davis

Hostinar investigates how the social environment shapes children’s stress-response systems, immune function, and long-term physical and mental health.


Human, Lauren J. McGill University

Human studies the causes and consequences of interpersonal impressions, examining psychological, social, and biological functioning.


Hurd, Noelle University of Virginia

Hurd studies natural mentoring as a mechanism to improve outcomes for at-risk youth in poverty and from racial/ethnic minority groups.


Hyde, Luke W. University of Michigan

Hyde researches mechanisms linking early risk to adolescent antisocial behavior, interactions between risk factors; subgrouping approaches to identify youth with similar developmental trajectories.


IJzerman, Hans Vu University Amsterdam

IJzerman conceptualizes attachment bonding from an embodied perspective, emphasizing social thermoregulation as an organizing principle of social relationships.


Infurna, Frank J. Arizona State University

Infurna examines how older adults adapt resiliently to the developmental challenges and other life stressors that they face.


Jaremka, Lisa University of Delaware

Jaremka utilizes a social-psychological approach to understand negative social experiences and their effects on physiology and health.


Jayawickreme, Eranda R. Wake Forest University

Jayawickreme’s research has contributed to a rich diversity of topics, including posttraumatic growth, morality, creativity, and well-being.


Kern, Margaret L. University of Melbourne

Kern's research incorporates a life-span perspective and advanced quantitative techniques to investigate personality, well-being, and longevity.


Kosinski, Michal Stanford University

Kosinski applies machine-learning computational methods to enormous data sets, allowing him to address previously unanswered questions about complex real-world human behavior.


Kouchaki, Maryam Northwestern University

Kouchaki's research focuses on ethical decision making and behavior in the workplace – specifically, how individuals experience ethical and unethical situations.

Lerner, Matthew D. Stony Brook University, The State University of New York

Lerner's research is focused on understanding how people connect to one another and helping to develop new ways to help them do so.


Lewis, Cara C. Indiana University

The central focus of Lewis’s work is investigation of the implementation of cognitive behavioral therapy and measurement-based care for depression in community settings.


Libertus, Melissa E. University of Pittsburgh

Libertus works on a highly significant problem for children’s learning of mathematics by focusing on the nonsymbolic, approximate numerical system.

Lin, Zhicheng The Ohio State University

With insightful theorization and innovative methodology, Lin illuminates the fundamental spatiotemporal structures of human cognition.

Liu, Richard T. Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Liu’s research focuses on risk factors underlying depression and suicidality, with a particular emphasis on the role of stress.


Lloyd-Fox, Sarah Birkbeck, University of London

Lloyd-Fox has pioneered the use of functional near-infrared spectroscopy for studying human infant brain function.


Lyons, Ian M. University of Western Ontario

Lyons studies numerical cognition, math thinking, learning, education and anxiety, symbolic number systems, cognitive development, and cognitive neuroscience.

Matzke, Dora University of Amsterdam

Matzke is a mathematical psychologist who works on developing, testing, and promulgating Bayesian methods, focusing on issues in cognition.


Meier, Madeline H. Arizona State University

Meier seeks to elucidate causes, course, and consequences of substance-use disorders and advance a neurobiological understanding of schizophrenia.


Mickes, Laura B. Royal Holloway, University of London

Mickes investigates the theoretical and applied aspects of human memory (e.g., signal-detection theory, simultaneous vs. sequential lineups).


Miller, Holly C. KU Leuven

Miller’s work is a mix of basic science and translational research directed toward understanding and alleviating impulsive behavior.


Molina, Kristine M. University of Illinois at Chicago

Molina's research focuses on stress, resilience and health, and elucidating the ways in which discrimination-based stress relates to health in Latinos.

Morgan, Amy La Trobe University

Morgan has pioneered trials of web-based promotion of self-help strategies for common mental health problems.


Moss-Racusin, Corinne A. Skidmore College

Moss-Racusin's research explores stereotyping, diversity, gender roles, implicit social cognition, and evidence-based diversity interventions.

Motyl, Matt S. University of Illinois at Chicago

Motyl studies intergroup conflict and distancing, civility, and best research practices/reproducibility.


Mulvey, Kelly Lynn S. University of South Carolina

Mulvey conducts research on children’s social and moral development in intergroup contexts, including the origins of prejudice and social exclusion.


Nelson, Brady Stony Brook University, The State University of New York

Nelson examines multiple psychophysiological measures of reward and threat sensitivity to understand anxiety, depression, and risk.

Norman, Greg J. University of Chicago

Norman’s research explores social contributions to stress reactivity, emotion, and health through studies ranging from molecular neurobiology to social neuroscience.


North, Michael New York University

North's research focuses primarily on age, ageism, intergenerational tension, and related management and policy applications.


Palmer, Rohan H. Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Palmer is leading the way with his application and development of new analytic techniques in behavior genetics.


Phillips, L. Alison Iowa State University

Phillips utilizes theory, advanced methodology, and technology to promote long-term healthy habits for chronic-illness prevention and maintenance.


Piff, Paul K. University of California, Irvine

Piff’s work is systematically unpacking the psychological effects of social class and social emotion on cognition and interpersonal behavior.


Poppenk, Jordan Queen's University

Poppenk’s work includes behavioral, structural, and functional neuroimaging studies on medial-temporal-neocorortical interactions in episodic memory.

Price, Rebecca University of Pittsburgh

Price investigates neurobiological mechanisms of psychological-disorder, traditional, and novel clinical interventions to better target mechanisms.

Quiroz, Yakeel Massachusetts General Hospital

Quiroz’s research seeks to identify and validate biomarkers for early detection and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.


Ratner, Kyle UC Santa Barbara

Ratner uses psychological and neuroscience methods to study social perception and evaluation and their consequences for intergroup relations and health.


Righetti, Francesca VU Amsterdam

Righetti’s research focuses on self-control, trust, and sacrifice in relationships. While theoretically inspired, her research matters – to nearly anybody.


Ritchey, Maureen University of California, Davis

Ritchey uses functional imaging techniques to study neural mechanisms of human episodic memory.

Ritchie, Stuart J. University of Edinburgh

Ritchie's research contributes significantly to the understanding of the causes of cognitive differences and their real-life impacts.


Rule, Nicholas University of Toronto

Rule studies how people’s subtle and unconscious impressions influence the way that they perceive, think about, and behave toward others.


Sadeh, Naomi University of Delaware

Sadeh develops genetic and neurobiological models of psychological processes that confer risk for impulsive and self-destructive behaviors following trauma.

Santiago, Catherine Loyola University Chicago

Santiago conducts basic and intervention research examining adaptation to stress among low-income and ethnic-minority children and families.

Savani, Krishna Nanyang Business School

Savani has discovered that people can gain competence in a foreign culture through conditioning.


Selby, Edward A. Rutgers University

Selby studies the role of emotion dysregulation in the development of psychopathology such as suicidal behavior and eating disorders.


Shalev, Idan Penn State University

Shalev's research leverages behavioral and molecular methods to identify mechanisms underpinning the biological embedding of stress and aging.

Shalvi, Shaul University of Amsterdam

Shalvi studies the psychological mechanisms of (un)ethical behavior. He discovered that justifications allow people to do wrong but feel moral.


Shariff, Azim F. University of Oregon

Shariff studies religious and philosophical beliefs. His experiments demonstrated belief systems’ causal effects on motivated behavior.


Sherman, Ryne A. Florida Atlantic University

Sherman's research addresses the conceptualization and measurement of psychological situations and innovative methods for data analysis.


Simpson, Elizabeth A. University of Miami

Simpson studies social-cognitive development, including face perception and action understanding, in infant humans and monkeys.


Soto, Fabian A. Florida International University

Soto studies the neural and computational mechanisms of learning and generalization that mediate object categorization and causal learning.


Starr, Lisa R. University of Rochester

Starr focuses on delineating complex, reciprocal relationships between internalizing symptoms and interpersonal, cognitive, and biological factors.

Sterba, Sonya Vanderbilt University

Sterba’s research advances the understanding and application of mixture models, structural-equation models, and multilevel models in the social sciences.

Susilo, Tirta Victoria University of Wellington

Susilo’s creative research on face perception and prosopagnosia has made substantial contributions to the science of visual cognition.


Tay, Louis Purdue University

Tay’s research areas are understanding and improving well-being, including its measurement and outcomes, and advancing testing and survey methodology.

Telzer, Eva University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Telzer has pioneered advances in developmental social neuroscience, emphasizing social, cultural, and family influences on child and adolescent development.

Trueblood, Jennifer S. Vanderbilt University

Trueblood’s empirical and theoretical work provides new perspectives on how people make choices among alternatives differing in risks and rewards.


Vaish, Amrisha University of Virginia

Vaish studies toddlers’ social-moral-emotional development using unique laboratory elicitors theoretically situated in a social-evolutionary framework.

van den Bos, Wouter Max Planck Institute for Human Development

Van den Bos's research is focused on how changes in brain function and structure relate to development of judgment and decision making.


Verduyn, Philippe KU Leuven

Verduyn is a pioneer in the study of emotion dynamics whose work on emotion duration challenges the traditional view of emotions as brief, flash-like phenomena.


Vergauwe, Evie University of Geneva

Vergauwe carries out cognitive and neuroscientific investigations of processes that help to keep information refreshed in working memory.

von Stumm, Sophie Goldsmiths College, University of London

Von Stumm innovates assessment methods in the behavioral sciences and produces original knowledge on life-span cognitive development.


Wagner, Dylan D. The Ohio State University

Wagner's research addresses the neural correlates of self-regulation failure and, separately, the neural representation of traits for familiar persons.

Wang, Ming-Te University of Pittsburgh

Wang is a top researcher identifying factors in children's lives that determine whether they work hard in school.

Wesselmann, Eric D. Illinois State University

Wesselmann does research on social exclusion and ostracism. His work builds links toward research on group dynamics and decision making.

Woodley of Menie, Michael Vrije Universiteit, Brussels

Woodley of Menie developed the best-supported theory in explaining positive and negative Flynn effects.

Wu, Rachel University of California, Riverside

Wu presents elegant studies of how human infants deploy statistical-learning mechanisms using social cues and rigorous ERP studies of adults to assess attention.

Xu, Xiaomeng (Mona) Idaho State University

Xu's work, spanning/integrating social, health, and neuroimaging, includes landmark advances in understanding health, romantic love, and addictions.


Yeager, David S. University of Texas at Austin

Yeager is an experimental developmental psychologist who studies adaptive and maladaptive construals in adolescents.