Faculty Research Interests
Dr. Aisha Adams earned her PhD from the University of Georgia. Her research has focused on identifying factors influencing a phenomenon called "Boundary Extension", in which memory for an image consistently contains more information than was actually shown. She serves as Faculty Advisor for both the Psi Chi International Honor Society and the Psychology Club, and has supervised the attendance of over a dozen psychology majors to regional psychology conferences. Dr. Adams has worked to promote equality and diversity among the faculty and student body. Dr. Adams teaches courses in General Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Human Memory, Research Methods, and other selected topics in psychology. She actively supervises student research.
Dr. Stephanie da Silva earned her PhD from West Virginia University. Her research focuses on the effects of past experiences on current behavior. She attempts to understand processes underlying learning in both humans and animals. She has studied behavior ranging from choice to honesty. The findings are used to develop new methods in educational and treatment settings, such as the development of new teaching strategies in classrooms, new interventions for populations with mental disabilities, and new behavior-modification techniques for maintaining healthy behavior, pro-social behavior, and self-control in general populations. Dr da Silva teaches courses in General Psychology, Behavior Analysis, Psychology of Eating, Research Methods, and other selected topics in psychology. She actively supervises student research.
Dr. Diana Riser earned her PhD from Virginia Tech. Her research program encompasses several areas including gender studies, parenting, developmental psychopathology, childhood maltreatment, inter-generational transmission, risk, resilience, and sexual assault. She has studied the role of parents' history of maltreatment on parenting and their children's development. Dr. Riser has extensive data analysis expertise. Dr. Riser teaches courses in Developmental Psychology, Psychology of Aging, Risk and Resilience, Research Methods, and other selected topics in psychology. She actively supervises student research and externships.
Dr. Mark Schmidt earned his PhD from the University of Georgia. His research addresses aspects of brain function, perception, and cognition in humans and non-human animals. He has conducted studies of number perception in humans and non-human animals, and the effects of pharmaceuticals on memory, attention, and recovery of function. He is currently investigating electrical activity of the brain during number perception and perception of emotional stimuli. Dr. Schmidt teaches courses in Biological Psychology, Sensation and Perception, Animal Behavior, History of Psychology, and Psychology as a Major and Career. He actively supervises student research and internships.
Dr. Brandt Smith earned his PhD from the University of Texas at El Paso. His research interests include the causes and cessation of inter-group conflict, and the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder on learning and memory. Secondary interests include the use of alternative quantitative methods for data analysis. Dr. Smith is engaged in several veterans' causes through his research and membership in veterans' organizations. Dr. Smith teaches courses in General Psychology, Social Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology, Research Methods, and other selected topics in psychology. He actively supervises student research.