Penny Yee, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology

Areas of Expertise: cognition, attention, memory and language processing.
Penny Yee earned her Ph.D. in human experimental psychology from the University of Oregon. More >>

Yee conducts research in the areas of cognition and individual differences, covering a wide range of topics from basic attentional and language processes to personality correlates of performance. Of particular interest is how we manage distractions in handling daily activities.

She has published articles in Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, Cognitive Psychology, Memory and Cognition, Intelligence, and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

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Jen Borton, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology

Areas of Expertise: defensive self-esteem, responses to ego threat and negative consequences of thought suppression.
Jen Borton joined the Hamilton faculty in 1998. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and education from Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Minnesota. More >>

Borton’s current research program involves understanding how people with defensive self-esteem cope with ego threat. Her research has been published in several journals, including the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, the Journal of Social Psychology, and Self and Identity.

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Azi Grysman, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology

Areas of Expertise: cognitive psychology, and autobiographical memory.
Azriel (Azi) Grysman earned his master's degree and Ph.D. from Rutgers University. More >>

Trained in cognitive and developmental psychology, Grysman’s research focuses on the role of memory in defining the self. Specifically, he studies people’s personal narratives for events experienced in their lives, and relates these back to broader theories about how this type of memory develops, and how individual differences, such as gender or developmental status, play a role in this process.

Grysman’s most recent work has included examining people’s narratives of anticipated future events as an expansion of how memory is used to plan for the future. His planned course topics include introductory psychology, cognitive psychology and research methods in autobiographical memory.

Alexandra List, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology

Areas of Expertise: cognitive neuroscience of perception and attention, experimental psychology, cognitive psychology, and human neuropsychology.
Alexandra List joins Hamilton as an assistant professor in the Psychology Department and Neuroscience Program. More >>

List earned both her bachelor's degree in cognitive science and Ph.D. in psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. She received NIH National Research Service Awards for both her doctoral and post-doctoral research.

List's research has focused on understanding how we perceive and attend to visual, auditory and haptic information in our environment, for which she has employed a variety of human cognitive neuroscience techniques. Her work has been published in various journals, including Cognition, Brain, the Journal of Vision, Neuropsychologia and the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.

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Tara McKee, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology

Areas of Expertise: assessment; Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and associated behavior problems; learning disabilities; parent training; and stress and coping.
Tara McKee earned a Ph.D. and master's in clinical psychology from the University of Connecticut. More >>

McKee’s clinical work has focused on children in school settings and in-patient hospital settings. Her research focuses on families coping with children with varying challenges such as developmental disabilities and behavior disorders as well as the impact of behavioral disorders on the transition to college.

McKee is author or co-author of numerous papers published in Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Applied Social Psychology, Behaviour Research and Therapy, Journal of Attention Disorders, and Journal of the American Medical Association, and has made several invited presentations.

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Gregory Pierce, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology

Areas of Expertise: personality assessment; the role of anxiety in academic, social and sports performance; and statistical techniques for analyzing data.
Gregory Pierce, who specializes in social and personality psychology, earned his Ph.D. in personality psychology from the University of Washington. More >>

Pierce conducts research on stress and coping and the impact of intrusive thoughts on performance. He has edited scholarly volumes on the topics of social support and cognitive interference, and has published his work in numerous journals, including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology; Journal of Research in Personality; Personal Relationships; Journal of Social and Personal Relationships; Anxiety, Stress and Coping; Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology and the Journal of Psychosocial Oncology.

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Ravi Thiruchselvam, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology

Ravi Thiruchselvam joins Hamilton College as an assistant professor of psychology. He grew up in Toronto, and completed his Ph.D. in psychology at Stanford University. More >>

Thiruchselvam's research aims to understand affective phenomena -- more specifically, the control of emotion and its relationship to psychopathology -- by utilizing tools in cognitive neuroscience. At Stanford, he was awarded the Psychology Department's Hastorf Prize for Excellence in Teaching. His research has been published in various journals, including Psychological Science, Biological Psychology, and the International Journal of Psychophysiology.

Douglas Weldon, Ph.D., The Stone Professor of Psychology

Areas of Expertise: behavioral neuroscience and psychopharmacology.
Douglas Weldon earned his Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo. More >>

Weldon’s research interests include the brain mechanisms of attention, the developmental neurobiology of learning and memory, and the role of calcium-binding proteins in neural plasticity. 

He is a recipient of a National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Mental Health, and his work has been published in journals including Behavioral Neuroscience, Behavioural Brain Research and the Journal of Neuroscience Education

Weldon teaches courses in behavioral neuroscience and psychopharmacology and received the Samuel and Helen Lang Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 2010.

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