Current Faculty Research

Stetson University Psychology Department Faculty Research

Rick Medlin, PhD

Dr. Medlin studies the cognitive and social development of homeschooled children. For information about current research please contact Dr. Medlin at rmedlin@stetson.edu. Dr. Medlin has published many articles on homeschooling.

Chris Ferguson, PhD

The Psychotechnology Lab has a number of ongoing research projects examining how people interact with and respond to different forms of media including video games and movies. If you are a Stetson student and are interested in playing video games or watching movies and completing surveys for research credit, please contact Dr. Ferguson at cjfergus@stetson.edu

Michael Eskenazi, PhD

The REAiD Lab (Reading, Eye-tracking and Individual Differences Lab) is currently working on the following research projects.

Incidental and Intentional Word Learning During Reading Skilled adult readers often encounter new words during reading and must create a representation of the word’s spelling, pronunciation, and meaning. The purpose of this study is to determine the influence that different kinds of context have on a reader’s ability to learn new words. This study is open to adults 18-years or older with no reported reading disabilities and whose native language is English.

Individual Differences in Word Learning During Reading A reader’s spelling ability is associated with the ability to quickly and efficiently identify familiar words during reading. The purpose of this study is to determine the role that spelling ability plays in a reader’s ability to create representations of new words. This study is open to adults 18-years or older with no reported reading disabilities and whose native language is English.

Several undergraduate research assistants are working with these projects and developing their own ideas into new projects. To learn more please contact Dr. Eskenazi meskenazi@stetson.edu.

Sarah L. Garcia, PhD

The Stetson Clinical Neuropsychology Lab investigates neuropsychological factors in a variety of medical, mental health, and treatment outcomes. Current projects include the use of brain stimulation, also known as tDCS, on cognition and mood, and the relationship between cognition and pain. If you’re interested in participating in research, or in becoming a research assistant, please contact Garcia at SLGarcia@stetson.edu.

Danielle Lindner, PhD

In the Body Image Research Lab, Dr. Lindner and her research assistants complete studies designed to better understand how people think and feel about their bodies as well as the social and cultural factors that contribute to the development of body image disturbance and disordered eating behavior. We are currently working on a couple projects involving men’s body image. Students can volunteer or earn course credit working as a research assistant in the lab, where they can gain experience completing literature reviews, designing studies, collecting data, and analyzing data. There are often opportunities for students to present their work at national or international conferences or to assist in writing a manuscript. Students interested in working in the Body Image Research Lab should e-mail Dr. Danielle Lindner at dlindner@stetson.edu.

Meredith Palm, PhD

The Psychosocial Development Lab studies precursors to and the course of adolescent/emerging adult alcohol and other substance use. The lab investigates relationships between substance use and other psychological and social factors such as stress, mental and physical health, and other externalizing behaviors. We frequently use secondary, publicly available data which provides an opportunity for assessment of behavior over time or study of larger populations. The lab is also interested in racial/ethnic differences in risk for substance use and other health-related behaviors. If you are interested in learning more or contributing to our research, please contact Dr. Palm at mhpalm@stetson.edu.