The Department of Psychology has more than 30 laboratories dedicated to research. This directory lists many of the department's major research laboratories.
- Youth and Family Research Program
- Addictive Behaviors Research Laboratory
- Affect Analysis Group
- Alcohol and Smoking Research Laboratory
- Behavioral Medicine Research Group
- Motivated Social Cognition Laboratory
- Behavioral Physiology Laboratory
- Program in Cognitive Affective Neuroscience (PICAN)
- Cognitive Science Learning Laboratory
- Cross-Cultural Analysis of Changing Work and Family Attitudes in Central and Eastern Europe
- Discovery Laboratory
- Early Social Development Lab
- Group Dynamics Laboratory
- Group Interaction Laboratory
- Health Behavior Research Group
- Human Behavioral Pharmacology Labs
- Infant and Toddler Development Center
- Infant Communication Lab
- Laboratory of Neurocognitive Development
- Neuro-Psychopharmacology of Nicotine Addiction
- NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development
- Parents and Children Laborator
- PsychoLinguistic Underpinnings of Multilingualism (PLUM) Lab
- Laboratory for Psychopathology and Behavior Genetics
- Reading and Language Laboratories
- Self-Evaluation Laboratory
- Schunn Laboratory
- Smoking Research Group
- Social Support Laboratory
- Twin Lab
- University of Pittsburgh Center for Learning in Out of School Environments
We study the course, treatment, and outcomes associated with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, as well as the onset and development of substance use and abuse in various populations. These populations include children and adolescents with ADHD, adults with ADHD, and elementary school-aged children in the community (independent of ADHD).
Director: Brooke Molina, PhD
Location: Fourth Floor, 200 Meyran Ave.
Contact: 412-246-5656 (Administrative Assistant) www.youthandfamilyresearch.com
Our laboratory uses both animal and human models to examine nicotine/tobacco dependence. Important features of our laboratory are an emphasis on drug-seeking and drug-taking behavior, the translation of information between animal and human research, and the use of multiple levels of analysis (e.g., behavioral, developmental, neurobiological, pharmacological). Our current research addresses the public health consequences of smoking and potential regulation of tobacco products by the FDA to reduce the harm caused by cigarettes. In the animal laboratory, we use a rodent model of nicotine self-administration that allows us to study the factors that promote/retard nicotine-taking behavior, the behavioral and neurobiological mechanisms underlying nicotine reinforcement, and the influence of other tobacco constituents. In the human laboratory, we examine the potential impact of reduction of nicotine in cigarettes on smoking behavior, mood, cognition, toxicant exposure, tobacco dependence and subjective experience.
Principal Investigator: Eric C. Donny, PhD
Location: 423 Clapp Hall (animal lab) & 4129 Sennott Square (human lab)
Contacts: Eric Donny (PI): email@example.com
Danielle Joel (graduate student, human lab): firstname.lastname@example.org
Tracy Taylor (graduate student, animal lab): email@example.com
Director, Principal Investigator: Jeffrey F. Cohn, PhD
Location: 4322 Sennott Square
Contact: Affect Analysis Group
We investigate the effects of alcohol and tobacco on cognition, emotion, and behavior. Current interests include alcohol administration research and studies of drug craving.
Principal Investigator: Michael Sayette, PhD
Location: 4705 Sennott Square
Studies the interplay between behavioral and biological factors that may impact on the development of heart disease and hypertension.
Director, Principal Investigator: Thomas W. Kamarck, PhD
Project Coordinator: Barbara Anderson, PhD
Location: 4403 Sennott Square
We investigate the cognitive, motivational, and social processes involved in human knowledge formation, goal pursuit, and personal relationships.
Director: Edward Orehek, PhD
Location: 3529 Sennott Square
Located on the 5th, 6th and 7th floors of Old Engineering Hall, the Behavioral Physiology Laboratory encompasses research programs addressing the role of behavior (and its physiologic concomitants) in the etiology of cardiovascular disease, the behavioral sequelae of pharmacologic interventions to reduce cardiovascular risk, and the neurobiology of aggression and impulse control. In addition, the Behavioral Physiology Laboratory houses the University of Pittsburgh's Initiative for Neurobehavioral Genetics.
Director: Stephen Manuck, PhD
Location: 506 Old Engineering Hall
We seek to understand relationships between emotional and cognitive information processing and their relevance to emotional disorders such as depression and anxiety. Cognitive and physiological aspects of emotional information processing are examined using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), physiological assessment (measurement of pupil dilation, event-related potentials (ERPs), etc.) and computational neural network modeling.
Principal Investigator: Greg Siegle, PhD
Location: WPIC 7th Fl
A collaborative study of changing future plans for work and family lives in college students in eastern Europe as their countries move from communism to market economies.
Principal Investigator: Irene H. Frieze, PhD
Location: 3327 Sennott Square
Contact: Irene Hanson Frieze
The goal of the Discovery Lab is to uncover the cognitive processes of scientific reasoning and scientific discovery.
Principal Investigator: Christian Schunn, PhD
Location: LRDC 7th floor
Studies of infant, toddler, and preschool-age children's social skills, social understanding, and social behavior with other children and with parents.
Director, Principal Investigator: Celia A. Brownell, PhD
Location: 3404 Sennott Square
Contact: 412-624-4957, Early Social Development Lab
We do research on the behavior of people within and between groups. Recent research has focused on such topics as transactive memory, entitativity, the socialization of new group members, and reflexivity and group performance.
Director: Richard Moreland, PhD
Location: 3103 Sennott Square
The lab houses research on social interaction in dyads and groups. Recent studies have focused on group loyalty, the development of strategic norms in groups, newcomer innovation in work teams, and the development of shared reality.
Director: John Levine, PhD
Location: 3539 Sennott Square
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-624-7462
Our group studies the relationships among weight and eating, psychological well being, and health. Currently, we are conducting treatment studies that focus on seriously overweight children, prevention of pediatric obesity, postpartum smoking cessation, and psychsocial factors in bariatric surgery.
Director: Marsha D. Marcus, PhD
Location: Suite 606 Iroquois Bldg
Our focus is on how behavioral factors influence the use and effects of drugs, especially nicotine, in humans.
Director: Kenneth A. Perkins, PhD
Location: E-1335 WPIC
We study infants' and toddlers' perception and understanding of the physical and social world.
Director, Principal Investigator: Mark Strauss, PhD
Location: 3507 Sennott Square
Studies of the relationship between speech and gesture and developmental precursors in typically-developing children and children with, or at risk for, developmental disorders.
Director: Jana Iverson, PhD
Location: 4121 Sennott Square
Behavioral and fMRI studies investigating changes in brain function that underlie cognitive development from childhood through adolescence. We are interested in characterizing healthy development as well as impaired development such as autism.
Director, Principal Investigator: Beatriz Luna, PhD
Location: 3501 Forbes Ave. Oxford Bldg. #743
Contact: 412-383-1023, Laboratory of Neurocognitive Development
The laboratory studies the application of animal models of nicotine self-administration to smoking behavior in humans.
Principal Investigator: Anthony R. Caggiula, PhD
Collaborators: Drs. Eric Donny, Kenneth A. Perkins, Alan Sved, Xiu Liu
Staff: Sheri Booth, Maysa Gharib
Location: 408 Clapp Hall
Contact: Anthony R. Caggiula, 412-624-4501
Long-term study of children's development in relation to child-care and school experiences. Now in its 10th year.
Principal Investigators: Susan B. Campbell, PhD, Celia A. Brownell, PhD, Jay Belsky, PhD
Site Coordinator: Celia Eatman
Location: 3702 Sennott Square
Studies of parent-child interaction including both basic and intervention research on young children at risk for conduct problems and/or depression.
Director: Daniel S. Shaw, PhD
Location: 4101 Sennott Square
The Parents and Children Laboratory consists of three ongoing studies listed bellow:
Parent-Child Risk Factors in Childhood-Onset Depression
Project Coordinators: Tonya Lane
Location: 4413 Sennott Square
This project focuses on understanding the developmental precursors of children's conduct problems from infancy through early adolescence, currently in its 14th year.
Project Coordinators: Heather Gross & Nancy Hood
Location: 4423 Sennott Square
Contact: 412-624-1312 and 412-344-0646
Pitt Early Steps Project
This project examines the efficacy of a home-based family intervention for toddlers at risk for early conduct problems.
Project Coordinator: Lauren Supplee
Location: 4103 Sennott Square
Principal Investigator: Natasha Tokowicz, PhD
Location: 415 LRDC
Contact: 412-624-PLUM(7586) or email@example.com
The Laboratory focuses on the etiology of schizophrenia, with a primary emphasis on investigating genetic influences using endophenotype strategies. Neuropsychological and developmental aspects of schizophrenia are also studied as they relate to this overall goal. Based on our previous family and twin studies, the lab is currently pursuing these questions with a collaborative, multi-site (Pitt, U. of Penn, and Texas) study of large pedigree (at least 12 family members), multiplex (at least two schizophrenia relatives) families (total 767 participants). Patients and their relatives have been comprehensively assessed for psychopathology and neuropsychological performance and genotyped for a genome-wide linkage scan (400 genetic markers). Participants (anticipated n=600) are currently being reassessed with brain imaging (sMRI, fMRI, and DTI).
Principal Investigator: Michael F. Pogue-Geile, PhD
Location: 4209 Sennott Square
Contact: 412-624-8818, firstname.lastname@example.org
The labs house research on reading and language processes—reading ability, reading difficulties, cross-language comparisons, bilingualism and second language learning, word reading, comprehension, eye movement control, neural bases of reading—and related topics. Behavioral, ERP, fMRI, eye-tracking, and computational methods are used.
* Faculty: Julie Fiez, PhD Charles Perfetti, PhD, Erik Reichle, PhD, Natasha Tokowicz, PhD, Tessa Warren, PhD
ERP Lab Coordinator: Dyane Grove, 412-624-9710 and Jillian Ketterer, 412-624-7073
Project Secretary: Pauline Kraly, 412-624-7071
Location: 4th Floor, LRDC
In this laboratory, we are conducting several lines of research exploring the antecedents and consequences of self-evaluation (particularly self-enhancement). Projects include studies of how social comparison feedback influences performance and ability judgments, the way in which people construct personal risk perceptions, and the implications of optimistically biased self-evaluations for information processing and behavior. Several ongoing studies consider how these processes influence cancer-related judgments and behaviors.
Principal Investigator: William Klein, PhD
Location: 3536 Sennott Square
Contact: email@example.com, 412-624-8267
The Schunn Lab seeks to study basic cognitive processes (spatial reasoning, decision making, creativity) of importance to real world problem solving (e.g., engineering design or science) and learning (e.g., science education, writing education, and math education).
Principal Investigator: Christopher Schunn, PhD
Location: 8th Floor LRDC
Conducts studies of smoking and smoking cessation.
Director, Principal Investigator: Saul Shiffman, PhD
Location: 510 BELPB, 130 N. Bellefield Ave., Suite 510
Nicotine Dependence Syndrome Scale (PDF)
Our group studies determinants of social support for victims of crime. Recent studies have examined victim's behavior that impacts support provision (e.g., type of emotion, mode of coping, rumination, self-blame).
Director: Martin Greenberg, PhD
Location: 3506 Sennott Square
We study sources of individual differences in language development using identical and fraternal twins ages 0–6.
Principal Investigator: Jennifer Ganger, PhD
Location: 3324 Sennott Square
UPCLOSE is a research group dedicated to the creation and application of a practical theory of informal learning. We pursue cognitive and developmental studies of learning in everyday settings. We partner with a local and national group of museums and other educational nonprofits to develop and evaluate innovative learning environments.
Director: Kevin Crowley, PhD
Location: 7th floor, LRDC