I am a behavioral neuroscientist whose research focuses on understanding the interactions between addiction, emotions, and memory. Using a rodent model, my team of undergraduate researchers and I employ a number of behavioral, pharmacological, and immunohistochemical techniques to investigate the underlying circuitry and neural mechanisms involved in addiction. Ultimately my research hopes to translate rodent models to human pathology to provide insight into human addiction and potential therapeutic avenues.
Bill Ellison is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Trinity University. He teaches Psychopathology, Personality, and Statistics and Research Methods.
Ellison is originally from Greenville, South Carolina and earned a bachelor’s degree in History from Princeton University before changing course to attend graduate school in clinical psychology at Penn State University. He received additional clinical training at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center/Harvard Medical School and at Rhode Island Hospital/Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
My social psychology lab offers a variety of opportunities for Trinity students, who are involved in every step of the research process. Our lab is currently seeking answers to questions related to outcomes of narcissism (Is narcissism adaptive in academia?), social challenge orientation (Does social autonomy undermine social adaptability?), and the psychology of sports fans (Does the bad-is-stronger-than-good principle apply to fandom?).
I am a developmental psychologist who studies how children learn verbs between the ages of 2-5 years, both in the US and across cultures. With a team of dedicated undergraduates, we use behavioral enactment, video, and eye tracking procedures to test how children may use information they can discover by comparing multiple events to each other to learn new verbs.
Professor Carolyn Becker is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in the implementation of scientifically supported interventions in clinical and real world settings. Her primary areas of research include body image, eating disorders, and posttraumatic stress disorder.
Charles White, Ph.D., came to Trinity in 1980 as an associate professor of psychology. He was subsequently granted tenure and following that promoted to professor of psychology. His research interests center around developmental psychology and the aging process. He has received numerous grants for the study of aging and published widely in that area, and he was named a fellow in the Gerontological Society of America. He has published in various developmental psychology journals as well as gerontology journals on his work in the psychology of moral judgments.