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  1. Anthony Ahrens, Associate Professor

    CAS - Psychology

    Anthony Ahrens did his undergraduate work at Northwestern University and received his doctorate in psychology from Stanford University. His research interests fall at the interface of social and clinical psychology. His current interests emphasize gr… More

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    (202) 885-1714

  2. 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. followed by a postdoctoral at the Center for Stress an… More

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    (202) 885-1712

  3. Terry Davidson, Director of the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience and Professor

    CAS - Psychology

    Dr. Davidson earned his undergraduate degree in Psychology at Michigan State University and earned his Ph.D. with a specialization in Learning and Memory at Purdue University before completing his post-doctoral training in Behavioral Neuroscience at … More

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    (202) 885-6541

  4. Laura Duval, 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. She arrived at American University in 2015. As the spouse of an active duty military member, she has had 12 addresses in t… More

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    (202) 885-1726

  5. Noemi Enchautegui-de-Jesus, Assistant Professor

    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 Michigan. Her research revolves around a core interes… More

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    (202) 885-1773

  6. Bryan Fantie, Associate Professor

    CAS - Psychology

    After completing an Honours thesis on motivational systems in the brain guided by Dr. Roy Wise, Dr. Fantie did his graduate work at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada. There he studied LTP, kindling, and the electrophysiology of the septohip… More

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    (202) 885-1790

  7. Maria Gomez, Senior 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 Washington DC and started working at NIH with Dr. S… More

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    (202) 885-2681

  8. James Gray, Professor

    CAS - Psychology

    Current Research Interests: Eating Disorders, Behavior Therapy, Psychotherapy, Abnormal Psychology, Psychology of Religion

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    (202) 885-1716

  9. Kathleen Gunthert, Associate Professor

    CAS - Psychology

    Dr. Gunthert’s program of research focuses on the influence of everyday stress and coping on depression, anxiety, and psychotherapy outcomes. Specifically, she has used intensive daily monitoring techniques to address how everyday mood regulation var… More

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    (202) 885-1701

  10. David Haaga, Professor and Department Chair, Psychology

    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 and completed postdoctoral training in cognitive the… More

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    (202) 885-1718

  11. Nathaniel Herr, Assistant Professor

    CAS - Psychology

    Nathaniel Herr is an Assistant 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 postdoctoral training and a faculty appointment at … More

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    (202) 885-1724

  12. 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 research addresses cognitive and behavioral mecha… More

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    (202) 885-1715

  13. David Kearns, Associate Professor

    CAS - Psychology

    Research interests:animal models of drug abuse and addiction treatment; the effects of drug cues on behavior; conditioning and learning; extinction; theories of learning; animal models of gambling.Recent publications:Kearns, D. N., Tunstall, B. J., &… More

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    (202) 885-1711

  14. Barry McCarthy, Professor

    Dr. McCarthy came to American University in 1969 as lecturer, and has been promoted to assistant professor, associate professor, and now professor. He teaches an undergraduate course each semester -in the Fall Human Sexual Behavior and in the Spring … More

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  15. Scott Parker, Professor

    CAS - Psychology

    Scott Parker began teaching at American University in 1974. He is interested in the quantitative aspects of our experiences and how we make evaluations and choices based on them. Examples include how loud we think sounds are, how valuable we think $5… More

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    (202) 885-1719

  16. Zehra Peynircioglu, Professor

    CAS - Psychology

    Zehra Peynirciolu 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 followed her advisor to Rice and received her PhD. th… More

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    (202) 885-1713

  17. Anthony Riley, Professor

    CAS - Psychology

    Dr. Riley received his undergraduate training at the University of North Carolina and obtained his PhD from the University of Washington. He did a post-doctoral fellowship in pharmacology at Dalhousie University in Canada. He joined the faculty at Am… More

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    (202) 885-1720

  18. Arthur Shapiro, Department Chair, Computer Science

    CAS - Psychology

    Arthur Shapiro specializes in the areas of visual perception and cognitive neuroscience. He did his undergraduate work in Mathematics (Computer Science) and Psychology (Cognitive Science) at U.C. San Diego. He received his PhD in Psychology from Colu… More

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    (202) 885-1759

  19. Alan Silberberg, Professor

    CAS - Psychology

    My research interests are animal learning, behavioral economics, primatology and smoking. To see publications, see Google Scholar link to the right.

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    (202) 885-1709

  20. Catherine Stoodley, Assistant Professor

    CAS - Psychology

    Catherine Stoodley is interested in the neuroscience of cognitive development, particularly the role of the cerebellum in learning and skill acquisition. She uses neuroimaging and behavioral studies in healthy people and clinical patients to investig… More

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    (202) 885-1785

  21. Jonathan Tubman, Vice Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies

    Graduate Studies, Office of

    Dr. Tubman works with departments and Colleges to develop new graduate programs and to ensure excellence in graduate education at AU. He also works with students, faculty, centers, institutes and external research partners to promote a culture of dis… More

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    (202) 885-3778

  22. Brian Yates, Professor

    CAS - Psychology

    Dr. Yates has published or has in-press 85 articles, book chapters, and online pieces, plus 5 books. Most of his publications apply cost-effectiveness or cost-benefit analysis to the systematic evaluation and improvement of human services. Dr. Yates … More

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    (202) 885-1727


Affiliate Faculty

  1. Lauren McGrath, Assistant Professor

    CAS - School of Education

    Dr. McGrath's research focuses on neuropsychological, genetic, and environmental risk factors for neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly learning disabilities. Her work is cross-disciplinary, integrating perspectives and methods from neuropsychol… More

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    (202) 885-2726

Department Staff

  1. Royal Gethers, Senior Administrative Assistant

    CAS - Psychology

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    (202) 885-1717

  2. Eleftherios Hazapis, Senior Administrative Assistant

    CAS - Psychology

    Lefteris studied at American University as an undergraduate and graduate student. He enjoyed his educational and extra curricular experience so much that he decided to remain on the staff of his alma mater. Lefteris finds that the knowledge and exper… More

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    (202) 885-1710