Department Leadership & Staff


Anthony Ahrens Professor and Department Chair, Psychology CAS - Psychology

I did my undergraduate work at Northwestern University and received my doctorate in psychology from Stanford University. My continuing interests include gratitude and mindfulness, especially the rela

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Program Directors

Full Time Faculty

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Laurie Bayet Assistant Professor CAS - Psychology

Dr. Laurie Bayet is a developmental psychologist interested in early visual, cognitive, and social-emotional development, with particular focus on facial emotion perception in infancy and early childh

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Nicole Caporino Associate Professor CAS - Psychology

Dr. Caporino’s primary research interest is maximizing the efficacy of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders in children and adolescents. This involves iden

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Michele Carter Professor CAS - Psychology

Dr. Carter received his doctorate and master’s degrees from Vanderbilt University and his bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University. He completed a clinical internship at the Palo Alto V.A. foll

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Laura Duval Sr Professorial Lecturer CAS - Psychology

Dr. Duval earned her bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College and her MS and PhD in Social Psychology from Tulane University. As the new Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Psycholog

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Noemi Enchautegui-de-Jesus Professorial Lecturer CAS - Psychology

Dr. Enchautegui-de-Jesus received her MA and PhD in Community Psychology from New York University. She was a postdoctoral fellow with the NIMH’s Family Research Consortium III at the University of Mic

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Bryan Fantie Associate Professor CAS - Psychology

After completing an Honours thesis on motivational systems in the brain guided by Dr. Roy Wise at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, Dr. Fantie did his graduate work at Dalhousie University in

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Maria Gomez Hurst Sr Professorial Lecturer CAS - Psychology

Dr. Gomez-Serrano was born and raised in Madrid where she obtained her Veterinarian degree specializing in animal husbandry and genetics. Right after obtaining her degree, Dr. Gomez-Serrano moved to W

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Kathleen Gunthert Associate Professor CAS - Psychology

Dr. Gunthert’s program of research focuses on the influence of everyday stress and coping on depression and anxiety. Specifically, she has used intensive daily monitoring techniques to address how eve

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David Haaga Professor CAS - Psychology

Dave Haaga is a Professor of Psychology and has been a faculty member at American University since 1989. Dr. Haaga received his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Southern California an

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Erica Hart Professorial Lecturer CAS - Psychology

Erica teaches a range of psychology courses including Abnormal Psychology, Social Psychology, Personality Psychology, Introduction to Clinical Psychology and Research Methods. Throughout these courses

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Nathaniel Herr Associate Professor CAS - Psychology

Nathaniel Herr is an Associate Professor of Psychology who joined the department in 2012. Dr. Herr received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and received p

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Laura Juliano Professor CAS - Psychology

Laura M. Juliano earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the State University of New York at Binghamton and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her

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David Kearns Professor CAS - Psychology

Research interests: Learning, behavior, addiction. Recent publications: Kim, J. S., Gunawan, T., Tripoli, C. S., Silberberg, A., Kearns, D. N. (2018). The effect of economy type on demand and prefer

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Zehra Peynircioglu Professor CAS - Psychology

Zehra Peynircioglu received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Stanford. She started graduate studies in cognitive psychology, specializing in memory, at Princeton (and received an MA) and fo

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Jonathan Tubman Professor of Psychology CAS - Psychology

Dr. Tubman is a Professor of Psychology at American University and formerly the Vice Provost of Research and Dean of Graduate Studies at AU (2011-2019). He started his career at the Research Institute

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Brian Yates Professor CAS - Psychology

Dr. Yates has published or has in-press 99 articles, book chapters, and online pieces, including 5 books. Most of his publications apply cost-effectiveness or cost-benefit analysis to the systematic e

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