Adam K. Anderson
Email: /163 Human Ecology Building / 607- 255-7172
Research Areas: emotion, cognition, affective, social & cognitive neuroscience

Research in his Affect & Cognition Lab is concerned with the many facets of emotion.  A central theme is how emotions are a powerful organizing force on perception, cognition and behavior.  The work undertaken in the lab is highly integrative both conceptually and methodologically, examining emotional experience, facial expression, peripheral and central physiology, genetics and experience/plasticity.

Lin Bian 
Email: / 102A Beebe Hall / 607-255-8905
Research Areas: social cognition, stereotypes, intergroup relations, cognitive development, sociomoral reasoning, psychological reasoning

Research in her Little Thinkers Lab focuses on the early development of social cognition. How do children make sense of the social world? Current projects investigate (1) the cognitive mechanism, the developmental trajectory and the consequences of stereotypes about social groups, and (2) children’s reasoning about social interactions within and across social groups.

Charles J. Brainerd
Email: / G331C & G341 MVR / 607- 254-1172
Research Areas: cognitive neuroscience; memory & cognitive development; mathematical modeling; Psychology & Law

Research in his Memory & Neuroscience Lab focuses on the relations between memory and higher reasoning processes and on extension of research findings to important applied domains, such as false memory and the law. His is co-developer with another HD Professor, Valerie F. Reyna, of fuzzy-trace theory, an interdisciplinary model of memory and cognition.

Anthony Burrow
Email: / 173 Academic Surge B & 202A Beebe Hall / 607- 254-1247
Research Areas:  ethnic minority psychology; identity processes; development and function of purpose among youth

Research in his Purpose and Identity Processes Lab explores the significance of identity development and cultivating a sense of purpose during adolescence and young adulthood. Recent projects have examined how salient aspects of racial identity function as sources of resilience to daily racial stressors, and the extent to which cultivating a meaningful direction in life promotes positive outcomes for youth.

Daniel Casasanto
Email: / G342, G342A, G342B, G335 MVR & 165, 168 Academic Surge B / 607- 255- 0826
Research Areas: Cognitive diversity, Cognitive neuroscience, Emotion, Language, Metaphor

Research in the Experience & Cognition Lab explores how language, culture, and bodily experiences influence the way people think, feel, and make decisions. By exploring how people with different experiences think differently, we can better understand universal processes by which people turn concrete interactions with their environment into abstract thoughts.

Marianella Casasola
Email: / 201, 202 Human Ecology Building & 35, 201A Beebe Hall/
607- 254-1388; 607- 227-7653
Research Areas: infant cognition, language development

Research in her Cornell Infant Studies Lab focuses on infants 6-24 month of age and on several aspects of infant cognitive development and early word learning and in particular, the interaction between cognition and early language learning. Some of Dr. Casasola's research, conducted in collaboration with colleagues, has examined infants' understanding of object solidity and infant perception of physical causality.

Stephen J. Ceci
Email: / 159 Academic Surge B / 607- 254-1506
Research Areas: children and the law, intelligence, developmental psychology

Research in his Children's Witness & Cognition Lab centers on two interrelated topics: The development of intelligence in everyday settings (including transfer of learning), and children's cognitive competence to testify in court. Both lines of research focus on the powerful role of context in these naturalistic settings.

Eve D. De Rosa, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Email: / 163 Human Ecology Building / 607- 255-7172
Research Areas: cognitive development, attention & learning, cognitive & behavioral neuroscience

Research in her Affect & Cognition Lab examines modulatory effects on attention processes in humans and rats using behavioral and functional neuroimaging techniques with humans, and pharmacological, immunotoxic lesioning and electrophysiological techniques in behaving rats.

Gary W. Evans, DEA/HD
Email: / 3415 MVR /  607- 342-1214
Research Areas: life course development, social/personality development

Research with Dr. Evans focuses on how the physical environment affects the health and well being of children and families, environmental stress (crowding, noise, housing, commuting), children's environments (housing, schools, daycare, playgrounds), and the developmental consequences of poverty.

Marlen Gonzalez
Email:  G340 MVR
Research areas: Affective and Social Neuroscience, Life Span Development, Developmental Context, Mental Health

Research in the Life History Lab broadly focuses on the effects of developmental context on adult phenotypes and the epigenetic and neural mechanisms supporting this relationship . Particular emphasis is placed on biological trade-offs and strategies which may impact mental and physical health outcomes. Current research focuses on connections between the childhood environment, the endogenous oxytocin system, and neural plasticity. 

Cynthia Hazan
Email: / 180 Academic Surge B
Research Areas: attachment processes, mating phenomena

Research in her Adult Attachment Lab focuses on human mating, which she studies primarily from the perspective of ethological attachment theory. Her current projects focus on normative attachment processes as well as the general nature and function of attachment bonds. Drawing upon work in the area of social bonding in a variety of mammalian species, she is developing and testing a new theoretical model of what it means--at both the psychological and physiological levels--for two individuals to be attached.

Will Hobbs
Email: / 202D Beebe Hall
Research Areas: Life events and personal transitions; sociopolitical context and everyday life; loss and resilience; causal inference; computational social science; social networks; text mining

Research with Dr. Hobbs focuses on the social and political effects of government actions, health and resilience in social networks, and low-dimensional representation of social interaction and language. Recent projects have studied the development of public attitudes toward the Affordable Care Act, how social networks heal after a death, and unintended consequences of online censorship in China.

Tamar Kushnir
Email: Lab / 201, 202 Human Ecology Building & 34 Beebe Hall  / 607- 254-6457
Research Areas: cognitive development (early childhood); casual reasoning; social cognition/theory of mind; conceptual development/conceptual change; learning; casual modeling; computational models of learning & developmental change

Research in her Early Childhood Cognition Lab examines mechanisms of learning in young children. Her previous work has addressed 1)how children use statistical evidence to learn new causal relations, 2) how new evidence interacts with children's prior causal beliefs, and 3) how causal learning is influenced by children's developing social knowledge and also by their own experience of action. She continues to explore the role that children's developing knowledge - in particular their social knowledge - plays in learning, a question with implications for the study of cognitive development as well as for early childhood education.

Corinna Loeckenhoff Director of Graduate Studies
Email: / 169 Academic Surge B & 101A Beebe Hall / 607- 255-2457
Research Areas: life-span trajectories of motivation, emotion & personality; social cognition; health care choices & behaviors

Research in her Healthy Aging Lab focuses on age differences in personality and emotions and their influence on mental and physical health across the life span.  Current research topics include age differences in healthcare choices and the role of personality in health behavior.

Jane Mendle
E-mail: / 202B Beebe Hall & 177 Academic Surge B  / 607-255-0844
Research areas: adolescent psychopathology, puberty

Research in her Adolescent Transitions Lab focuses on adolescent psychopathology, and particularly the emergence of psychological problems over the course of puberty. Secondary interests include early life stress, behavior genetics, and quantitative modeling.  Current projects include studies of peer relationships and depression in boys at puberty, and associations of puberty and depression in children with histories of early life maltreatment.

bethany ojalehto mays
Email: /  102B Beebe Hall
Research Areas: Culture, cognition, and conceptual development; Environmental cognition and decision making; Agency and animism; Indigenous epistemologies; Socio-ecological systems

Research in the Culture & Ecologies Lab explores the conceptual foundations of our relationships to other living beings and our ecological environments. We investigate cultural diversity in cognition and human-environment interactions with an emphasis on people's concepts of nonhuman agency, ecological reasoning, environmental decision making, and stewardship. These research perspectives are developed through partnership with Indigenous Ngöbe communities of Panama, as well as various participant communities in Panama, the US, and abroad.

Anthony D. Ong
Email: / 172 Academic Surge B / 607- 255-9993
Research Areas: stress & emotions; resilience & life course development; ethnic minority mental health

Research in the Human Health Labs includes the social determinants of health in later adulthood, particularly the role of social isolation and loneliness; the pathways linking positive emotions to quality living and health morbidities in both clinical and healthy populations; the neurobiology of cultural experience, specifically the psychobiological mechanisms through which everyday bias and unfair treatment get under the skin to affect disease susceptibility; and the nature of perceived responsiveness in close relationships, its biological grounding, and relevance for hedonic and evaluative well-being.

Karl A. Pillemer
Email: / 1300 MVR / 607-255-8086
Research Areas: aging, elder abuse, intergenerational relationships

His research focuses on human development over the life course, with a special emphasis on family and social relationships in middle age and beyond. A major program of research involves family members who provide care to Alzheimer's disease victims, examining the relationships among social network structure, social support and psychological well-being. A second major interest is in intergenerational relations in later life, with a focus on determinants and consequences of the quality of adult child -- parent relationships.

Valerie F. Reyna
Email: / G331 & G341 MVR / 607-254-1504
Research Areas: judgment & decision making; risk & rationality; false memory; aging & cognitive impairment; cognitive neuroscience

Research in her Laboratory for Rational Decision Making  focuses on dual processes in memory, judgment, and decision making, on how these processes change with age and expertise, and on their implications for risky decision making in law, health, and medicine. She is co-developer with another HD professor, Charles Brainerd, of fuzzy-trace theory, a theory of memory and its relation to higher cognitive processes.

Robert Sternberg
Email: / 166 Academic Surge B / 607-255-1452
Research Areas:  development of intelligence, creativity, wisdom, thinking & learning styles, leadership, love, & hate.

Research in the Sternberg Lab involves assessment of his models of ethical reasoning and of organizational change. He also is interested in extending his work on assessing creativity, common sense, wisdom, and leadership.  He would like further to show that children often have abilities that could be leveraged for success in school if only schools recognized them.  He is writing a book on higher education.

Felix Thoemmes
Email: / 242 Uris Hall / 607-255-7112
Research Areas: quantitative methods

Research in his Quantitative Methods Lab spans several areas of quantitative methods for the social sciences, in particular causal inference, propensity score methods, and structural equation modeling. Specific aims are the extension of causal inference methods to multi-level data, as frequently encountered in educational settings. He is also interested in the development and evaluation of novel quantitative tools.  

Qi Wang Department Chair
Email: / 101 Human Ecology Building / 607-255-9376
Research Areas: memory; social cognition; cultural psychological science

Research in her Culture & Cognition Lab integrates multiple levels of analysis to examine the influence of culture on the developing social-cognitive skills between groups – group level analysis, between the child and socialization agents – dyadic level analysis, at the level of the child – individual level analysis, within the child – situation level analysis, and as a result of societal-historical factors – temporal level analysis. Her lines of work include the study of autobiographical memory, future thinking, self-concept, and emotion knowledge in cultural context and the investigation of the influence of social media on cognitive functioning and well-being.

Wendy Williams
Email: / 158 Academic Surge B / 607-255-2537
Research Areas: 

Research in her Cornell Institute for Women in Science centers on intelligence, academic success identification, assessment, & training of practical intelligence & tacit knowledge; influences on intellectual development; academic curriculum development, enrichment, & assessment; creativity training & assessment; prediction of academic success & teacher evaluation; leadership evaluation & development; managerial development & competence.

Emerita/ Emeritus Faculty (not accepting students)

Richard A Depue, Professor Emeritus
Research Areas: neurobiology and neurochemistry that underlies the major traits of personality

Dr. Depue's research concerns the relation of dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine, and opiod function to the traits of extraversion, emotional stability, fear-anxiety, and affiliation, respectively, as well as to cognitive functioning. The developmental interest in these personality traits is that they define four major dimensions of temperament in children.

John J. Eckenrode, Professor Emeritus
Email: / 8 Beebe Hall / 607- 255-0467
Research Areas: child maltreatment, prevention, stress & coping

Research in the National Archive on Child Abuse & Neglect focuses on the characteristics of official child maltreatment reports, the academic effects of child abuse and neglect, and the long-term effects of a program of home visitation on the development of high-risk mothers and their children. Dr. Eckenrode also has a longstanding interest in research focusing on several issues related to stress and coping, particularly the role of social supports.

Stephen F. Hamilton, Professor Emeritus

Professor Hamilton’s research has always been directed toward problems of practice and policy. This has often plunged him into areas where extensive research is lacking. As a result, he has often written syntheses of the research and practice literatures and conducted small-scale field studies. He is interested in adolescent development and education and the transition to adulthood, especially for marginalized youth. His research has examined experiential learning, apprenticeship, work experience, mentoring, youth development, and translational research. His book on German apprenticeship and subsequent demonstration project influenced a major policy initiative during the Clinton administration. With his wife and colleague, Mary Agnes Hamilton, he did some of the pioneering research on youth mentoring and facilitated action research by youth organizations in Latin America. He is currently writing a book on lessons of the school-to-work movement during the 1990s for current career pathways initiatives.

Barbara C. Lust, Professor Emerita 
Research Areas: Language Development, Cognitive Development

Dr. Lust's research concerns the study of the child's acquisition of language, studied from a cross-linguistic perspective. Children acquiring more than 20 languages of the world are studied in the Cornell Language Acquisition Lab. Her research program, which is interdisciplinary, seeks both to identify the universals which characterize child language acquisition across all languages, and to explicate the nature of development of language during the time between birth and early childhood.

Steven S. Robertson, Professor Emeritus
Research Areas: infancy, fetal development & motor development.

Research in the Robertson Infant Lab is in the area of developmental psychobiology; he uses a range of techniques to address the relations between the mind and body during development. Specific projects aim to understand the coupling of attention and spontaneous motor activity in very young infants using EEG, eye tracking, and body movement sensors. In collaboration with students, he is currently following a cohort of children studied as infants to assess whether attention-movement coupling in infancy is related to attention problems in childhood. In addition to the work in his own laboratory, he maintains active collaborations with colleagues in developmental psychobiology and applied mathematics.

Ritch C. Savin-Williams, Professor Emeritus
Research Areas: Youth and Adolescence, Sexuality, Sexual Minorities

Dr. Savin-Williams' current research interests focus on the normative sexual development of adolescents and youths and on the psychological strength, resiliency, and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youths and adults. Emphasis is placed on differential developmental trajectories among sexual minorities in terms of their identity development, relations with family and peers, romantic relationships, and gender nonconformity. 

Elaine Wethington
Email: / 9 Beebe Hall / 607-255-2918
Research Areas: epidemiology of mental health & illness; gender, stress, & health

Not accepting new students

Her collaborative research in the BCTR and TRIPLL focuses in the areas of stress and the protective mechanisms of social support. Her current projects address: 1) events and changes involving social networks and the sources of support; 2) stressful life events and other crises in midlife and beyond; 3) the positive consequences of life events and other transitions (i.e. the development of maturity and the sense of personal growth; and 4) the assessment of social isolation, community participation, and support derived from religion among older people.