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Psychology

Turhan Canli, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and a neuroscientist and psychologist working on the brain basis of individual differences in emotion and personality. He has also published, and appeared as a contributor to a PBS program, on the topic of neuroethics - an emerging field of inquiry that is concerned with the ethical implications of neuroscientific discovery. Dr. Canli uses cutting-edge methodologies, including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), magnetic brain stimulation, and molecular genetic techniques to investigate how we differ from each other in our responses to emotional experiences. He received the 2002 American Psychological Association Grand Marquis Award for the best publication in Behavioral Neuroscience in the preceding year and his work has been featured in numerous national and international newspapers, magazines, and radio shows

Specific areas of expertise: Brain Imaging. Brain Stimulation. fMRI. Brain Basis of Emotion, Personality, and Sex Differences. Neuroethics.

Arthur Aron, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology. His research centers on relationship experiences are mapped in the brain, including the self-expansion model of motivation and cognition in personal relationships. Other major research programs focus on identifying interpersonal closeness as cognitive overlap between self and other and on how self-expansion motivations relate to and can be used to alleviate the typical decline in relationship satisfaction over time. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Society and Principal Investigator on a major National Science Foundation research grant. 

Specific areas of expertise: Implications of the self-expansion model for understanding empathy, intergroup prejudice, persuasion, and the social basis of logical processing. and how relationship experiences are mapped in the brain.

Fred Friedberg, Ph.D. is a psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry.  He has also been in private practice for 25 years.  His research interests are in the area of chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and chronic pain.  In particular, he is studying short-term cognitive-behavioral interventions, behavioral management of fatigue in primary care, mind/body interactions, and objective measurement of outcomes in these poorly understood illness conditions.  Dr. Friedberg has authored six books and numerous scientific articles on chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.    His research efforts are supported by a career development award sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. 

Specific areas of expertise: Chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia 

Janice A. Grackin, Ph.D., is Research Assistant Professor of Psychology, teaching workshops and seminars on gender and diversity, assessment, and course and curriculum development. Grackin's research has been in the areas of gender and diversity in science, technology, engineering and math; stress and coping (with particular emphasis on student adjustment and the impact of gender and race variables); and educational assessment. Her own work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, NYS-UUP Joint Labor-Management Committee, and Long Island Fund for Women and Girls, and she is frequently sought as a co-investigator on federally funded projects headed by other faculty members. She chairs the annual Blueprint for Gender Equity in Education Conference, and consults on major campus initiatives such as the professional education program, campus-wide general education assessment, medical school faculty development, and Liberty Partnerships.

Specific areas of expertise: Gender and diversity in education, assessment, student adjustment, stress and coping.