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Psychology

Jennifer L. S. Borton, Chair, Professor of Psychology

A.B., Dartmouth College; Ph.D., University of Minnesota
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Areas of expertise: defensive self-esteem, responses to ego threat, negative consequences of thought suppression

Jen 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. Borton joined the Hamilton faculty in 1998. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and education from Dartmouth College and a doctorate in social psychology from the University of Minnesota.

Cameron Brick, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology

B.A., Reed College; M.A. and Ph.D., Univ. of California, Santa Barbara
cbrick@hamilton.edu
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Areas of expertise: environmental/conservation psychology, health psychology, social psychology

Pursuing issues of environmental conservation and personal health, Cameron Brick uses quantitative methods to explore and encourage productive behaviors. His research on environmentally sustainable behavior and individual personality (e.g., openness to experience) was recently featured in The Washington Post, and next year he will chair a national sustainability psychology conference. Brick earned a doctorate in psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Christa Christ, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology

B.S., Doane College; M.A., University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
cchrist@hamilton.edu

Christa Christ's research employs candidate gene-by-environment methods to examine the association between genetic polymorphisms that affect the regulation of neurotransmitter systems and individual differences in behavior in the context of environmental modifiers. Christ's research also attempts to better elucidate the pathway between genetic variation and behavior by examining proximate episodic factors and processes. In her spare time Christ loves reading, traveling, hiking and cooking. She earned her master's degree and doctorate in psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She received a bachelor's degree in chemistry and sociology with a criminal justice emphasis from Doane University.

Azriel Grysman, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology

B.A., Yeshiva University; M.S. and Ph.D., Rutgers University
agrysman@hamilton.edu
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Areas of expertise: cognitive psychology and autobiographical memory

Trained in cognitive and developmental psychology, Azriel "Azi" Grysman focuses his research on the role of memory in defining the self. He studies people’s personal narratives for events they have experienced and relates these back to broader theories about how this type of memory develops and how individual difference, such as gender or developmental status, play a role in this process. Grysman’s recent work included examining people’s narratives of anticipated future events as an expansion of how memory is used to plan for the future. He earned his master’s dgree and doctorate from Rutgers University.

Alexandra List, Assistant Professor of Psychology

B.A., University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
alist@hamilton.edu
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Areas of expertise: cognitive neuroscience of perception and attention, experimental psychology, cognitive psychology and human neuropsychology

Alexandra List received a National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award 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. She uses 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. She earned her bachelor's degree in cognitive science and doctorate in psychology at the University of California, Berkeley.

Tara E. McKee, Associate Professor of Psychology

B.A., Bucknell University; M.A., University of Connecticut; Ph.D., University of Connecticut
tmckee@hamilton.edu
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Areas of expertise: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and associated behavior problems, transition to college, assessment, learning disabilities, parent training, stress and coping

Tara McKee's research focuses on families coping with children with varying challenges such as developmental disabilities and behavior disorders and on the impact of such behaviors on the transition to college. McKee is author or co-author of numerous papers published in Journal of Attention Disorders, Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Applied Social Psychology, Behaviour Research and Therapy, and Journal of the American Medical Association. She has made several invited presentations. McKee’s clinical work has focused on children in school settings and in-patient hospital settings. She conducts assessments for learning disabilities as part of a small private practice. She earned a doctorate and master's degree in clinical psychology from the University of Connecticut.

Vikranth Bejjanki Rao, Assistant Professor of Psychology

B.S., State University of New York at Buffalo; B.A., State University at Buffalo; M.A., University of Rochester; Ph.D., University of Rochester
vrao@hamilton.edu

Vik Bejjanki uses a range of methods, including psychophysics, computational modeling and functional neuroimaging to study learning at multiple levels of analysis. He researches the neural and computational mechanisms that allow humans to learn from their experiences. Bejjanki comes to Hamilton from Princeton University, where he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. His published work can be found in Nature Neuroscience, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Neural Computation and the Journal of Vision. Bejjanki received a bachelor's of science degree in computer engineering and bachelor's of arts degree in cognitive science from the University at Buffalo. He earned his master's degree and doctorate in brain and cognitive sciences from the University of Rochester.

Siobhan Robinson, Assistant Professor of Psychology

B.A., University of Rochester; Ph.D., University of Washington, Seattle
sxrobins@hamilton.edu

Siobhan Robinson conducts research across a wide range of neuroscience subfields.  Her animal-based research employs both classical and innovative techniques to investigate the neuroanatomy and the neurochemistry underlying goal-directed, but maladaptive learning, memory and motivation. The ultimate goal of the research is to better understand the neurobiology underlying behavioral and cognitive deficits such as those observed in persons with substance dependence, anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Robinson’s research is published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences (PNAS), The Journal of Neuroscience, Behavioral Neuroscience, The Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, Hippocampus and other peer-reviewed journals. Robinson earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Rochester and her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Washington. Prior to her position at Hamilton College, Robinson was a teacher/scholar at Dartmouth College and at Oberlin College.

Ravivarman Thiruchselvam, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Ph.D., Stanford University
rthiruch@hamilton.edu
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Areas of expertise: emotion, emotion regulation, affective psychopathology, EEG/ERP Method

Ravi Thiruchselvam's research uses neuroscience methods (EEG/ERP) to understand emotion and emotion regulation in healthy and clinical populations. At Stanford, he was awarded the Psychology Department’s Hastorf Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Thiruchselvam's research has been published in top journals, including Psychological Science. He grew up in Toronto and completed his doctorate in psychology at Stanford University. He joins Hamilton College as an assistant professor of psychology.

Rachel White, Assistant Professor of Psychology

B.A., Wellesley College; M.A., University of Minnesota; Ph.D., University of Minnesota
rewhite@hamilton.edu

Child psychologist Rachel White examines the development of self-control from preschool years through adolescence. She is particularly interested in how children use play and other imaginative strategies, like taking another person’s perspective, to better regulate their thoughts, behaviors and emotions. White has been an advisor to Sesame Workshop, PBS KIDS, the Minnesota Children’s Museum and schools across the country. Her recent work can be found in journals such as Child Development, Developmental Science and the Journal of Educational Psychology. White received her bachelor's degree from Wellesley College and her master's degree and doctorate from the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota. She joins Hamilton after completing a postdoctoral fellowship and teaching at the University of Pennsylvania. In her spare time, White enjoys singing, cooking, indoor cycling and traveling.

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