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.

Please note this list only contains current APS members.

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Abramovitch, Amitai
Texas State University

Amitai Abramovitch’s research focuses on psychopathology and neuropsychology, ADHD–like symptoms in obsessive-compulsive disorder, and the validity of terms such as "impairments."


Adams, Zachary
Indiana University School of Medicine

Adams’ research clarifies mechanisms underlying mental illness and substance use in trauma-exposed youth and improves treatment for young people.


Agarwal, Pooja K.
Berklee College of Music

Pooja K. Agarwal is passionate about improving learning by conducting and applying cognitive psychology research in classroom settings.


Ahn, Woo-Young
Seoul National University

Ahn aims to develop neurocognitive markers for addictive disorders using computational modeling, machine learning and neuroimaging methods.


Aknin, Lara B.
Simon Fraser University

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


Atzil, Shir
Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Atzil conducts research on neural mechanisms for parent-infant bonding and development of emotions, social aptitude and their underlying brain mechanisms.


Baldwin, Matthew W
University of Cologne

Baldwin's research explores how temporal frames, mindsets, and comparisons shape the way people perceive the self and process social information.


Bastos, Andre
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Bastos is a neuroscientist whose theoretical and empirical work bridges the gap from behavior to brain and back.


Becker, Stephen P.
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Stephen P. Becker's research focuses on sluggish cognitive tempo symptoms and sleep functioning in youth with and without attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.


Bergsieker, Hilary B
University of Waterloo

To bridge cultural divides, Bergsieker studies interpersonal dynamics of intergroup relationships: impression management, nonverbals, depletion, trust.


Bernard, Jessica A
Texas A&M University

Bernard's work focuses on devising our view of cerebellar function, demonstrating its role in thought and providing evidence dysfunction contributes to dementia and psychosis.


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

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


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.


Braem, Senne
Ghent University

Braem investigates the cognitive and neural mechanisms of executive control in relation to affective and learning processes.

Brandt, Mark J.
Tilburg University

Mark Brandt studies how ideological and moral beliefs structure attitudes and behaviors and provide people with meaning, and best research practices.


Briley, Daniel A
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Briley merges personality, behavior genetics, and developmental psychology to study broad issues of development in humans.


Brito, Natalie H
New York University

Natalie Brito investigates how social and cultural contexts (e.g., poverty, multilingualism) shape the trajectory of early neurocognitive development.


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.
Texas A&M University

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


Brummelman, Eddie
University of Amsterdam

Brummelman investigates how children construct views of themselves, such as narcissism and self-esteem.


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.

Butler, Lucas P
University of Maryland

Lucas P. Butler’s research investigates the power of subtle social cues to affect the nature and strength of children’s learning.

Bzdok, Danilo
Department of Psychiatry, RWTH Aachen University

Using his background in both cognitive and data science, Bzdok reframes psychological questions as statistical-learning questions to generate insight.


Callaghan, Bridget
Columbia University

Bridget Callaghan is a cross-species translational neuroscientist, studying developmental trajectories of early adversity at the level of the whole organism.

http://bridgetcallaghan.strikingly.com/, http://thetwobrains.com/

Caporino, Nicole E.
American University

Nicole Caporino’s research informs the personalization and dissemination of evidence-based treatment for youth with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Cham, Heining
Fordham University

Cham’s methodological work focuses on developing and testing causal inference methods with special interest on propensity score analysis (PSA).


Cheon, Bobby Kyungbeom
Nanyang Technological University

Bobby examines the relationship between culture and intergroup processes, and how psychosocial processes modulate appetite and eating behavior.

Chester, David S
Virginia Commonwealth University

David Chester’s research investigates the neural and psychological mechanisms that promote and constrain aggressive behavior.


Chopik, William J.
Michigan State University

Bill Chopik is a social/personality psychological scientist who studies how relationships -- and the people in them -- change over time.


Cikara, Mina
Harvard University

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


Conroy-Beam, Daniel
University of California, Santa Barbara

Conroy-Beam addresses how humans integrate preferences that are multi-dimensional. His proposed algorithm illuminates the psychology of mate choice.

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.


Costa, Angelo Brandelli
Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul

Angelo assesses prejudice against sexual and gender diversity in Latin America and its outcomes, from social, psychological and biological perspective.


Cousijn, Janna
University of Amsterdam

Janna Cousijn uses an interdisciplinary approach to study individual differences in vulnerability to (cannabis) dependence.


Craig, Maureen A
New York University

Craig investigates the roles of increasing diversity and social stigma on intergroup relations, social cognition, and political ideology.


Crockett, Molly J.
Yale University

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


Crum, Alia
Stanford University

Crum’s research demonstrates how mindsets can improve health and well-being through behavioral, psychological, and physiological mechanisms.


Damian, Rodica Ioana
University of Houston

Damian investigates the influence of personality and life experiences on achievement, creativity, and occupational success.


Dantzer, Ben
University of Michigan

Ben Dantzer’s research program integrates both proximate and ultimate levels of analysis to understand animal behavior in natural environments.


de Barbaro, Kaya
University of Texas at Austin

De Barbaro examines infants’ moment-to-moment activity in real-world environments and its contribution to maternal and infant wellbeing.

De Brigard, Felipe
Duke University

Felipe De Brigard works on the interface between memory and imagination, using methods from psychology, philosophy, and cognitive neuroscience.


Dotsch, Ron
Philips Research

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.


Ehrlich, Katherine B
University of Georgia

Katherine B. Ehrlich’s research focuses on how children's social experiences shape their mental and physical health.

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.


Fang, Angela
Massachusetts General Hospital

Angela Fang’s research aims to understand social-cognitive biases underlying anxiety and obsessive-compulsive related disorders to inform promising treatment targets.

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.

Feinstein, Brian A.
Northwestern University

Feinstein focuses on understanding and reducing the health disparities affecting sexual and gender minorities, particularly bisexual individuals.


Fisher, Aaron J
University of California, Berkeley

Fisher studies person-specific methods for measuring psychopathology and health behaviors. In addition, he uses time series data to identify precision targets for personalized interventions.


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.


Ford, Brett Q.
University of Toronto

Brett Ford’s research examines the basic science and health implications of how we think about and manage our emotions.


Ford, Jaclyn H.
Boston College

Jaclyn H. Ford combines behavioral and neuroimaging methodologies to investigate the factors that influence the subjective richness of a memory.

Forsyth, Jennifer
University of California, Los Angeles

Pursuing a model of schizophrenia linking core phenotypes of schizophrenia to synaptic plasticity pathways with implications for early intervention.

Frankenhuis, Willem
Radboud University Nijmegen - Behavioural Science Institute

Willem Frankenhuis's research focuses on the development of human perceptual and cognitive abilities, adaptive plasticity, and functional specialization.

Fried, Eiko
Leiden University

Eiko works on the measurement and modelling of mental illness, and is a world leader in the application of network analysis to mood and anxiety disorders.


Fyfe, Emily Ruth
Indiana University

Fyfe develops novel, generalizeable, and actionable learning interventions and rigorously testing their outcomes in naturalistic educational contexts.


Gaither, Sarah E.
Duke University

Sarah Gaither combines social and developmental psychology to examine social identity, mixed-race interactions, and effects of contact with diversity.


Gallagher, Matthew W.
University of Houston

Matthew W. Gallagher blends substantive and methodological expertise in research on transdiagnostic treatments of anxiety disorders and positive psychology.

Garrison, Jane R
University of Cambridge

Jane investigates how we distinguish between real and imagined information, and how impairments in this ability relate to hallucinations.


Gearhardt, Ashley N
University of Michigan

Ashley Gearhardt studies addiction, media and behavior, eating disorders, and obesity.


Gee, Dylan G
Yale University

Dylan G. Gee investigates neurodevelopmental mechanisms underlying anxiety and stress-related disorders and novel interventions for targeting these mechanisms.

Gervais, Will M.
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.


Giletta, Matteo
Tilburg University

Matteo Giletta examines social, developmental, and biological influences on adolescent health and self-injury, with a focus on peer network influences.


Ginty, Annie
Baylor University

Gitny examines how the brain links psychological experience (e.g., stress) with cognitive, biological and behavioral changes that matter for health.


Glenn, Catherine R.
University of Rochester

Cassie's research uses a multimodal approach to examine the complex interplay of factors that explain the increased risk of self-harm in adolescence .


Graham, Jesse
Eccles School of Business, University of Utah

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

Gratton, Caterina
Washington University in St Louis

Caterina Gratton has leveraged network science for insights into brain organization and function not available at other levels of analysis.


Greenaway, Katharine H
University of Melbourne

Katharine Greenaway’s research focuses on social functioning in identity processes, emotion regulation, and human agency.


Groh, Ashley
University of Missouri

Groh applies a biobehavioral approach to investigating the legacy of early caregiving for interpersonal relationships across the lifespan.


Guillette, Lauren M
University of Alberta

Guillette studies variation in learning and cognitive abilities that allow animals to solve problems they face in the wild (foraging, nest building).


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.


Hanson, Jamie L.
University of Pittsburgh

Hanson focuses on the neurobiological mechanisms underlying developmental challenges commonly seen after early life adversity.


Hart, Sara
Florida State University

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


Hartley, Catherine
New York University

Catherine Hartley studies the interrelations between values, actions, and decisions from a neurodevelopmental perspective.

Heiphetz, Larisa
Columbia University

Larisa’s research investigates moral cognition among children and adults, including in the contexts of religion and the criminal justice system.


Heller, Aaron S.
University of Miami

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


Hemmer, Pernille
Rutgers University

Pernille Hemmer uses Bayesian models to show the role of categorical knowledge in episodic and long-term memory.


Hershenberg, Rachel
Emory University

Hershenberg studies experience sampling methods to identify mediators and moderators of effectiveness of behavioral activation for depression.


Hershfield, Hal E.
University of California, Los Angeles

Broadly, Hershfield is interested in how individuals perceive the passage of time and how such perceptions influence decision-making and consumer behavior.


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.


Hout, Michael C
New Mexico State University

Hout primarily studies attention and memory, with particular emphasis on human visual processing. He also studies categorization and similarity.


Humphreys, Kathryn L.
Vanderbilt University

Kathyrn Humphreys's research centers around identifying and altering risk and resilience factors in the crucial developmental period of early life.


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
Université Grenoble Alpes

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


Inagaki, Tristen K
University of Pittsburgh

Inagaki’s research examines how we connect with one another and how being socially connected contributes to health and well-being.


Infurna, Frank J.
Arizona State University

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


Israel, Salomon
Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Salomon Israel studies the biological underpinnings of prosocial behavior and the contribution of positive personality to health and economic well-being.

Jalbrzikowski, Maria
University of Pittsburgh

Maria investigates how deviations from typical neurodevelopment lead to psychosis and how these trajectories are related to genetic variation.

Jaremka, Lisa
University of Delaware

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


Jenkins, Adrianna
University of Pennsylvania

Anna Jenkins is a social cognitive neuroscientist who studies the contextual flexibility in human thought and behavior.


Joel, Samantha
Western University

Samantha Joel’s research examines how people make decisions about whether to initiate, invest in, and dissolve romantic relationships.


John, Leslie
Harvard University

Leslie K. John’s work focuses on exploring people’s paradoxical and sometimes self-destructive decisions in two domains (privacy and health), then generating actionable interventions.

Jones, Rebecca M.
Weill Cornell Medical College

Rebecca M. Jones studies the development of the social brain and how and why this differs in those with autism.

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.


Kievit, Rogier A
University of Cambridge

Rogier Kievit uses psychometric models to develop and test theories of cognitive development across the lifespan.


King, Ronnel B
The Education University of Hong Kong

King seeks to understand key factors that underpin student motivation and well-being, and to develop interventions to improve them.


Konkle, Talia
Harvard University

Talia Konkle’s research program aims at characterizing how representational spaces of visual concepts are mapped onto the surface of the brain.


Kopala-Sibley, Daniel C
Stony Brook University, The State University of New York

Daniel Kopala-Sibley’s work focuses on personality development and psychopathology, examining antecedents of trait vulnerabilities and psychopathology in children.

Koval, Peter
University of Melbourne



Kteily, Nour
Northwestern University

Nour Kteily’s research examines the psychological mechanisms that influence the stability of hierarchy and conflict between groups in society.

Kujawa, Autumn
Vanderbilt University

Autumn Kujawa studies how abnormalities in processing emotional information contribute to the development and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders.

Lam, Ian
The Education University of Hong Kong

Ian examines how family relationships, including parent-child, marital, and sibling relationships, may affect individual adjustment, especially socioemotional well-being.


Laurin, Kristin
University of British Columbia

Kristin Laurin studies how motivations (both fundamental and personal) relate to political ideologies, religious beliefs, moral codes, and more.

Lavner, Justin A
University of Georgia

Lavner studies how couple and family relationships change, the factors that predict these changes, and interventions that promote family well-being.

Lazzara, Elizabeth
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Lazzara addresses teamwork and team training in order to prevent patient harm and increase safety to those serving in the military.

Lee, Spike W. S.
University of Toronto

Spike W. S. Lee examines physical cleansing as an embodied mechanism of psychological distancing and explores its impact on cognition, emotion, and behavior.


LeMoult, Joelle
University of British Columbia

LeMoult examines risk factors for psychopathology using a sophisticated multi-method approach integrating psychological and biological aspects of 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.


Liberman, Zoe E.
University of California, Santa Barbara

Liberman's work reveals the origins of human social cognition in the context of its developmental and evolutionary foundations.


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.


Lorenzo-Luaces, Lorenzo
Indiana University

Lorenzo focuses on the moderation and mediation of the treatment process ranging from family practice through psychotherapy to medication treatment.

Loschelder, David D
Leuphana University of Luneburg

David D. Loschelder studies anchoring and decision making in negotiations. His research contributes to theory building while also mattering for applied practice.


Mackey Mackey, Allyson Allys
University of Pennsylvania

An expert on experience-dependent brain plasticity, Allyson Mackey studies positive and negative environmental influences on the developing brain.


Macnamara, Brooke N.
Case Western Reserve University

Groundbreaking research on the origins and development of expertise in complex domains such as music, science, and sports.


Madan, Christopher R
University of Nottingham

Madan uses cognitive psychology, neuroimaging, and computational approaches to study memory, particularly how it is influenced by motivational factors


Magidson, Jessica F.
University of Maryland, College Park

Magidson evaluates brief behavioral interventions for substance use among high-risk populations in the United Status and sub-Saharan Africa.


Maples-Keller, Jessica
Emory University School of Medicine

Maples-Keller’s uses basic personality as a framework for conceptualizing personality disorders and studying risk/resilience in relation to trauma.

Marceau, Kristine
Purdue University

Kristine Marceau studies the development of behavior problems and substance use: the integrated roles of genetics, prenatal risk, neuroendocrine function, and family environment.


Meltzer, Andrea
Florida State University

Andrea L. Meltzer uses longitudinal and experimental methods to examine the implications of evolved interpersonal processes in established relationships.


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).


Milyavskaya, Marina
Carleton University

Marina examines the contextual and individual factors that promote goal pursuit, as well as self-regulatory mechanisms underlying this process.


Morett, Laura M
University of Alabama

Laura Morett’s research investigates the neural substrates of gesture-speech integration and its impact on learning across the lifespan.


Morris, Matthew
Meharry Medical College

Matthew Morris studies neurobiological and psychosocial risk factors for trauma-related psychopathology and persistent pain in the aftermath of interpersonal violence.


Motyl, Matt S.
University of Illinois at Chicago

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


Najdowski, Cynthia J.
University at Albany

Najdowski’s research investigates how psychological phenomena contribute to miscarriages of justice for minorities, women, and children.


Neal, Tess M.S.
Arizona State University

Tess M. S. Neal studies human judgment and decision making, especially by experts. Her work focuses primarily on bias in expert judgments.


Neel, Rebecca O
University of Toronto

Neel’s work explores the nuanced ways social motivations and beliefs shape social judgment, stigmatization, and intergroup interaction.


North, Michael
New York University

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


O'Brien, Ed H.
University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Ed O’Brien studies social cognition, particularly intuitions about everyday experiences and how to maximize enjoyment, and when and why these intuitions are mistaken.


Palmer, Rohan H.
Emory University

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


Papesh, Megan H.
Louisiana State University

Megan H. Papesh studies core processes in attention, perception, and memory. She studies language, face recognition, and episodic memory creation.

Payne, Brennan R
University of Utah

Payne's research takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the mechanisms underlying language and memory functioning across the lifespan.


Pek, Jolynn
The Ohio State University

Jolynn Pek develops, evaluates, and disseminates ways to express the uncertainty in statistical results obtained with complex models in psychology.


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.


Piantadosi, Steven T.
University of Rochester

Steven Piantadosi uses lab-based experiments and Internet-based big data to reveal how adults process language and how children understand number.

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.


Price, Rebecca
University of Pittsburgh

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

Putnam, Adam L.
Carleton College

Adam Putnam studies applications of basic memory theories to real world issues, such as improving education and enhancing memories in a political context.


Racine, Sarah E
McGill University

Racine examines bio-behavioral risk and maintenance factors for eating disorders that are both transdiagnostic and disorder- or symptom-specific.


Raio, Candace M
New York University

Candace Raio's research focuses on identifying how stress exposure influences the regulation of affective behavior and how this affects decision-making.

Ramirez, Gerardo
University of California, Los Angeles

Gerardo Ramirez’s work focuses on the causes and consequences of academic struggle, especially in mathematics, and interventions that leverage students’ challenges to improve their success.

Ratner, Kyle G
University of California, Santa Barbara

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


Rattan, Aneeta
London Business School

Aneeta Rattan studies mind-sets and intergroup relations, investigating how lay theories affect stigmatized individuals’ belonging, achievement, and responses.

Rauthmann, John F.
Wake Forest University

John F. Rauthmann is a prolific, pioneering contributor to the new and burgeoning topic of psychological assessment of situations and personality-situation transactions.

Ribeiro, Jessica
Florida State University

Ribeiro conducts innovative research on suicide risk over acute time frames, with key implications for the urgent matter of suicide prevention.


Ritchie, Stuart J
King's College London

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

Rogers, Leoandra Onnie
Northwestern University

Leoandra O. Rogers studies identity development in urban children and adolescents and its relation to experiencing (and disrupting) social and educational inequalities.

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.


Salerno, Jessica M
Arizona State University

Salerno studies the role of moral emotions in decision making, particularly group decisions and decisions made in legal contexts.


Sasanguie, Delphine
KU Leuven

Sasanguie investigates the development of neurocognitive and affective factors that explain individual differences in mathematics achievement.

Savani, Krishna
Nanyang Business School

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


Schachner, Adena
University of California, San Diego

Schachner asks whether social reasoning is rational & based on a rich, interconnected mental theory of the social domain.


Schlichting, Margaret L
University of Toronto

Schlichting uses neuroimaging to understand the neural mechanisms that support the formation and use of flexible memories across human development.


Schroeder, Juliana
University of California, Berkeley

Juliana Schroeder examines how people make inferences about others' mental capacities, revealing insights into anthropomorphism and dehumanization.


Schueller, Stephen M.
University of California, Irvine

Steven M. Schueller explores the use of technology-based interventions to enhance the treatment and prevention of depression and promotion of well-being.


Scott, Brandon G
Montana State University

Scott studies the role of emotion regulation in childhood and adolescent internalizing and externalizing problems using multi-method assessment.


Scullin, Michael K.
Baylor University

Michael K. Scullin investigates how sleep physiology impacts memory, education, health, and aging and how we remember to use memory to fulfill intentions (prospective memory).


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.


Shapero, Benjamin G.
Massachusetts General Hospital

Benjamin Shapero’s work focuses on stress-related vulnerability factors that impact the development and maintenance of mood disorders throughout the lifespan.

Shaw, Alex
University of Chicago

Alex Shaw’s primary line of work investigates fairness and the role of reputation in people’s decisions to be fair or unfair toward others.

Shenhav, Amitai
Brown University

Amitai Shenhav is notable for his deeply original and highly rigorous research on the neurobiological basis of cognitive control and its value.


Sherman, Ryne A.
Florida Atlantic University

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


Shorey, Ryan C
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Shorey’s research focuses on the intersection between substance use and intimate partner violence, including sexual assault.

Shuffler, Marissa
Clemson University

Shuffler studies the science of team development, teamwork, multi-team systems and leadership.

Slepian, Michael L.
Columbia University

Michael Slepian studies the consequences of keeping secrets, what influences whether we trust others, and whether we can detect others' deception.


Smith, David V.
Temple University

David V. Smith’s research is focused on the neural mechanisms underlying social and economic decision making.


Stange, Jonathan P
University of Illinois at Chicago

Jon Stange's research examines cognitive-affective system interactions that interfere with flexible self-regulation and confer risk for depression.


Starr, Lisa R.
University of Rochester

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


Stavrova, Olga
Tilburg University

Olga’s research studies how beliefs and worldviews shape social behavior and individuals’ life outcomes.


Stellar, Jennifer E
University of Toronto

Stellar’s work focuses on the emotional and physiological underpinnings of prosociality and the influence of morality in social perception.


Stern, Chadly
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Chadly's research examines how a person's political ideology shapes the way that they perceive and engage with the world.


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
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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

Tenney, Elizabeth R.
University of Utah

Liz R. Tenney’s research examines the psychology of self-insight, meta-knowledge, and confidence expression.

Townsend, Sarah S. M.
Marshall School of Business

Sarah S. M. Townsend studies "cultural mismatch," when people's beliefs are inconsistent with the prevailing beliefs held in organizations and institutions.


Treadway, Michael T
Emory University

Michael T. Treadway’s research focuses on the translational neuroscience of reward-processing abnormalities in depression and other forms of psychopathology.


Trucco, Elisa M.
Florida International University

Elisa M. Trucco investigates the interaction of genetic, neural, individual, and social factors in the onset and development of substance use.


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.


Tsay, Chia-Jung
University College London

Chia-Jung Tsay's work highlights our non-intuitive and dysfunctional use of vision when other modalities should prevail.


Vaish, Amrisha
University of Virginia

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

van der Linden, Sander L
University of Cambridge

Van der Linden has pioneered social-psychological research on human cooperation in large-scale social dilemmas (e.g. climate change, fake news).


Van Doesum, Niels J
Leiden University

Researcher of social mindfulness and social class with an exceptional talent for novelty and general interest.


Van Meter, Anna
The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

Van Meter documents the presentation and prevalence of prodromal bipolar disorder, with scaleable methods for identification and innovative early intervention.

Van Rheenen, Tamsyn E
University of Melbourne

Tamsyn Van Rheenen’s research focuses on understanding neuropsychological impairments and brain-behavior relationships in severe psychiatric disorders.


Varnum, Michael E.W.
Arizona State University

Michael Varnum explores distal and proximal causes of cultural variations and cultural changes using methods ranging from functional MRI to archival data.


Venta, Amanda
Sam Houston State University

Amanda Venta studies the role of caregiver attachment in the context of adolescent psychopathology, emotion regulation, and social cognition.

Vrieze, Scott
University of Minnesota

Scott has made important contributions to understanding the genetic architecture, etiology, and developmental course of psychopathology and addiction.


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.

Walker, Caren M.
University of California, San Diego

Walker’s research investigates the learning mechanisms underlying children’s causal reasoning and acquisition of abstract representations.


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.

Weiss, Nicole H.
University of Rhode Island

Nicole H. Weiss investigates how maladaptive ways of responding to negative and positive emotions heighten involvement in risky behaviors among individuals with posttraumatic stress disorder.

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.

Wheaton, Michael
Barnard College of Columbia University

A licensed psychologist, Mike studies the mechanisms and treatment for anxiety disorders, with a focus on OCD and on hoarding.


White, Lauren K
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

White's research combines behavioral and neuroimaging methods to investigates how attention networks affect the emergence, maintenance, and discontinuance of anxiety.

Wilson, John P
Montclair State University

John Paul Wilson studies how social group memberships and appearance-based factors actively bias people’s perceptions and behavior toward others.


Wilson, Laura C
University of Mary Washington

Laura C. Wilson conducts research on individuals impacted by trauma, including sexual assault and mass trauma (e.g., mass shootings, terrorism, combat).

Winer, Sam
Mississippi State University

Winer’s research examines how depressed persons process positive information, and the extent to which they devalue reward due to its potential threat.


Wisco, Blair E.
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

With methodological strengths in experimental psychopathology and psychiatric epidemiology, Blair E. Wisco is a young star in trauma psychology.


Wright, Aidan G.C.
University of Pittsburgh

Aidan G. C. Wright has documented dynamic processes that serve to amplify and dampen dysfunction for individuals with personality disorders.


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.

Zalewski, Maureen
University of Oregon

Zalewski studies emotion regulation among offspring of mothers with borderline personality disorder and potential treatment options for these dyads.


Zilioli, Samuele
Wayne State University

Samuele Zilioli’s research focuses on the psychological, biological, and health sequelae of social status and racial/ethnic differences.


Zinsser, Katherine M
University of Illinois at Chicago

Supporting the social-emotional well-being and development of young children and their caregivers by conducting applied research benefitting practice.