Current Faculty

DavisJim Davis (Adjunct Instructor & Lab Affiliate)

“My research focuses on applying attribution theory to intergroup processes as well as to apologies and forgiveness.  I am very interested in how the experiences of social class and status systematically influence the way people of different status perceive and respond to situations. My apologies research focuses on understanding how apologies convey attributions of behavioral stability and influence forgiveness.”

Jim graduated from DePaul in 2012 with a PhD in Experimental Psychology. Jim is also an assistant professor at Chicago State University!

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RalphErber Ralph Erber (Professor)

Major Areas of Interest

  • Self regulation of mood and emotions
  • Ironic processes in mental control
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Holocaust studies

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vgraupmannVerena  Graupmann (Associate Professor)

Major Areas of Interest:

-Threats to central self motives:

  • Freedom (psychological reactance, control)
  • Consistency (cognitive dissonance)
  • Contuinuity (mortality salience, time perspective)
  • Belonging (social exclusion)

-Unwanted relationships

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joeMikels1 Joseph Mikels (Associate Professor)

Major Areas of interest:

  • Emotion-cognition interactions
  • Aging and adult life-span development
  • Social and emotional development
  • Cognitive development
  • Judgement and decision making

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Quinn PicKimberly Quinn (Associate Professor)

Major Areas of Interest:

  • Face processing and social categorization
  • Behavioral synchrony
  • Mentalizing and self–other representation
  • Moral judgment and moral emotion

My research relies on social–cognitive principles and methods to analyze and investigate the social mind.
In much of my past research, I have been interested in the social–cognitive dynamics of face processing and person construal. More specifically, I have been interested in questions such as when we construe individuals in terms of their social group memberships versus personal attributes, and how our knowledge of or familiarity with the individuals in question changes these construals. I have also been investigating cross-race face processing.
I am also interested in how we represent ourselves and others, and how these representations shape and are shaped by social interactions (with individuals and groups). More specifically, I am interested in the implications of behavioral synchrony and its underlying mechanisms for self/other representation and joint versus individual task performance. I am also interested in what happens when the “other” includes the physical spaces (natural and otherwise) that we inhabit.
Finally, I have a burgeoning interest in moral reasoning—for example, in the certainty that tends to accompany moral judgment, as well as the similarities and differences in how we process others’ moral virtue versus vice.

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Reyna profile 2012Christine Reyna (Professor)

Major Areas of Interest

  • The influence of stereotypes on attributional judgments
  • Stereotypes as legitimizing ideologies
  • The influence of stereotypes on political decision-making
  • Attributions and social justice
  • Perceived value violation and political decision making
  • The origins and consequences of moral judgment
  • The use of stereotypes to convey identity
  • The impact of interpersonal goals on impression formation and maintenance

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JenZJen Zimmerman (Adjunct Professor)

Major Areas of Interest:
  • Ideological Beliefs
  • Legitimacy
  • System Justification & Resistance
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Justice Issues
Recent Publication: Zimmerman, J. L., & Reyna, C. (2013). The meaning and role of ideology in system justification and resistance for high and low status people. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 105, 1-23.

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midgeMIDGE WILSON (Professor Emeritus):

Midge Wilson is a Professor of Psychology (PSY) and Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS), and an Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (LAS) at DePaul University. Within Psychology, Dr. Wilson is an affiliated faculty member of the experimental and community doctoral programs. Her research interests include: 1) how initial impressions formed of African Americans and European Americans are influenced by their perceived overall attractiveness, as well as their body size, skin color variations, and facial features.  Dr. Wilson is also interested in how humor induces attitude change, especially for controversial topics such as gay marriage and universal health care.

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