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Psychology

Faculty

Jen Borton, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology

jborton@hamilton.edu
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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Jose Causadias, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology

jcausadi@hamilton.edu
He received his B.A. from Universidad Santa María La Antigua in Panama, his M.A. from Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Spain, and his M.A and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. More >>

Causadias’ research and teaching focuses on the interplay of cultural and biological processes in the developmental of psychopathology and health. Working with immigrant youth, he studies how enculturation and acculturation interrelates with genetic variations to favor trajectories of risk and resilience.

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

agrysman@hamilton.edu
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

alist@hamilton.edu
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

tmckee@hamilton.edu
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

gpierce@hamilton.edu
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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Kara Sage, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology

ksage@hamilton.edu
Areas of Expertise: infant and child development; social learning; technology and education; action processing, and autism.
Kara Sage earned her B.A. in psychology/sociology and M.Ed. from the University of Washington, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Oregon. More >>

Sage’s teaching interests include introductory psychology, foundational courses in child development and educational psychology, and specialty courses focusing on media and technology from a developmental and psychological perspective.

Sage’s research focuses on learning across the developmental spectrum, with special interests in childhood and screen media. She recently received an APA grant to pursue her research on young children’s learning from tablets. Sage received numerous awards for both her teaching and research while a graduate student, and continues to actively adhere to a teacher-scholar model of learning.

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

rthiruch@hamilton.edu
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

dweldon@hamilton.edu
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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Penny Yee, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology

pyee@hamilton.edu
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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George Gescheider, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Emeritus

ggeschei@hamilton.edu
Areas of Expertise: brain and behavioral patterns, psychophysics, and sensory physiology.
A member of the Hamilton faculty since 1964, George Gescheider specializes in brain and behavioral patterns, psychophysics, and sensory physiology. More >>

Gescheider's most recent research has contributed to the identification of specific receptor systems responsible for the perception of mechanical stimuli.

He is a member of nine professional societies and has received the Pentagon Society Award for Excellence in Teaching, the National Service Award, the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professorship, and is a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America.

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