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.


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.


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.


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.


Buhrmester, Michael D. University of Oxford

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

Cikara, Mina Harvard University

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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, 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.


Heller, Aaron S. University of Miami

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


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.


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.


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.


Lin, Zhicheng The Ohio State University

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

Liu, Richard T. Brown University

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


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).


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.

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.


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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.