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  • A New Look at Neuroscience

    New faculty member Catherine Stoodley hopes to continue cutting-edge neuroscience research while at AU.
    August 19, 2010

  • A Psychological Approach to Sex

    Psychology professor and clinician Barry McCarthy’s approach to sex therapy earns him national attention.
    June 17, 2010

  • A Natural Reward

    Psychology/stats graduate student wins University Student Award for his work comparing natural and drug rewards.
    May 21, 2010

  • Treatment in Stages

    Psychology professor receives $198k grant to explore effectiveness of stepped treatment in trichotillomania.
    May 13, 2010

  • Psychobiology of healing

    The Psychobiology of Healing

    The Department of Psychology and School of Education, Teaching, and Health team up to offer an innovative new graduate certificate.
    April 20, 2010

  • A new master's degree in political communication and two doctoral degrees in psychology at American University.

    AU Offers New Graduate, Doctoral Degrees

    Political communication and psychology degree programs will help graduates better prepare for careers.
    April 20, 2010

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Upcoming Theses and Dissertation Defenses

Rebecca Pomfrey will defend her dissertation on April 20th, 2015 from 10 am-1 pm. in Butler Conference Room.The title of her dissertation is: EFFECTS OF ADOLESCENT NICOTINE EXPOSURE ON ADULT COCAINE REWARD, AVERSION AND SELF-ADMINISTRATION.


Tony Riley, Chair
Dave Kearns
Laura Juliano
Robert Smith

Dorothea Moore will defend her Masters Thesis on Thursday, April 23rd,2015 from 2-5 pm in Asbury 336. The title of her thesis is: The developmental relationship between cerebellar grey matter and cognition in a pediatric population. 


Committee Members are:

Catherine Stoodley, Chair

Lauren McGrath

Zehra Peynircioglu

Martha Falkenstein will defend her dissertation on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 from 10 am-1 pm in MGC 203-205. The title of her dissertation is: “Expanding the Scope of Treatment for Trichotillomania: Treatment Modalities and Interpersonal Context”



David A. F. Haaga, Ph.D. (Chair)
James J. Gray, Ph.D.
Nathaniel R. Herr, Ph.D.
Gloria Mathis, Ph.D.