Our Research

Our Research

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In Psychology, we pride ourselves in applied research. We answer relevant and timely questions that result in measurable improvements in policy and practice for our community partners.

Dr. Mohr's lab examines how interpersonal relationships influence health and well-being, using longitudinal survey methods, daily process (diary) and dyadic designs to reveal negative and positive interpersonal relationship phenomena as well as social support and sharing of positive experiences.

Dr. Martinez's lab explores inclusion, diversity, stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination in the workplace by identifying barriers to inclusivity, recognizing organizational factors associated with supportive environments, and develop and promote interventions that improve outcomes.

Dr. Mashburn's research team seeks to better understand and enhance the impacts that Social Emotional Learning (SEL) programs and Mindfulness Training (MT) programs have on improving the social-emotional skills, self-regulation, health, and well-being of teachers and children in schools.

Dr. Crain's research examines topics related to occupational stress, safety, and health, with a specific emphasis on understanding the interplay among the three domains of life: work, nonwork, and sleep.


Dr. Yang's lab studies the psychological processes underlying employee stress and motivation at work.



Dr. Fritz's lab studies a variety of topics in the context of positive organizational psychology, including recovery from work demands during non-work hours, reattachment to work at the beginning of the workday, and incivility and employee outcomes.

Dr. Townley serves as research director of HRAC. His research examines the impact of individual and environmental factors on community participation and inclusion of individuals with psychiatric disabilities and histories of homelessness.

Dr. Mankowski's research team conducts applied community and social psychology research on a number of issues related to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) prevention and intervention, and social constructions of masculinities and violence.

Dr. Kahn's lab examines contemporary forms and expressions of prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination by studying bias directed toward racial minorities, females, sexual minorities, and other stigmatized group members.

Dr. Dover's lab investigates the psychological, biological, and behavioral effects of group-based fairness and unfairness. Specifically, we investigate how members of advantaged and disadvantaged groups think about, respond to, and perpetuate unequal social systems, and how these unequal social systems shape health and well-being.