Faculty Research Labs

  • The Brain and Cognition Lab

    The Brain and Cognition Lab explores a range of topics from multidisciplinary perspectives focused on how the brain is involved in cognitive processes. Current research projects include studies of learning and memory in animals, early reading and effects of cognitive training in young children, and executive functions in adult humans. In addition to behavioral and electrophysiological techniques, we use electroencephalography (EEG) to measure electrical signals from human brains and cardiovascular measures to measure stress/mental workload. 

    Location: University Hall 3321 & 3417

    Directors: Dr. Mike Foy & Dr. Judith Foy

  • Classroom Teaching & Student Learning

    Qualitative-quantitative approaches to measure and study classroom teaching, specifically through the use of lesson videos; individual difference variables that affect how teachers and students approach educational opportunities; effects of learning/teaching interventions on student outcomes.

    Location: University Hall 3411

    Director: Dr. Vandana Thadani

  • Close Relationships & Health

    Close relationships and health; the self and perceptions of close relationship events; experimental studies conducted in the lab involving collection of questionnaire data, video-recordings of behavioral responses, and measurement of various physiological responses (blood pressure and EKG); coding of data and data analysis; weekly training meetings with research assistants.

    Location: University Hall 3401 & 3401a

    Director: Dr. Maire Ford

  • Cognition & Human Performance

    Neuropsychological assessment as it relates to traumatic brain injury, infection with HIV, and language proficiency (e.g., in Hispanic adults); computerized tests of problem solving in binge-drinking college students, and computerized low- fidelity flight simulator multi-task performance in Air Force ROTC cadets; experimental studies on the effects of motivation on mate attractiveness and other aspects of evolved cognition and behavior.

    Location: University Hall 3413

    Director: Dr. David Hardy

  • Cognitive Neuroscience

    Neural bases of language and other cognitive processes using functional MRI; exercise and cognitive performance; analysis of brain scans, data collection (questionnaires, cognitive tasks, testing before and after exercise on a bicycle), data analysis, literature review, meeting with research assistants.

    Location: University Hall 4754

    Director: Dr. Kayoko Okada

  • Emotions & Social Relationships

    Social and close relationship influences on emotion regulation, cognition-emotion interactions, and psychopathology among individuals and couples. Collection of questionnaire data, video recordings of emotional tasks and social interactions, and coding of social interactions and facial expressions. Data entry, storage, analysis, and interpretation.

    Location: University Hall 4727 & 4732

    Director: Dr. Brett Marroquin

  • Heads Up!

    College student health risks; Alcohol use; Prevention, and intervention projects; Mental health; data collection, analysis, and interpretation.

    Location: University Hall, 4711, 3787 & 3415

    Director: Dr. Joseph LaBrie

    Website: https://www.headsuplabs.com/




  • Intergroup Relations

    Stereotyping and prejudice; stereotype threat and health; lab does data collection of survey data, data entry, and analysis, literature retrieval, training of and meetings with research assistants, social-psychological lab experiments with carefully crafted manipulations.

    Location: University Hall 3315

    Director: Dr. Adam W. Fingerhut

  • Consciousness & Cognition

    Study of the conscious and unconscious operations responsible for processing language and visual perception. Several research projects investigating unconscious processing, the nature of consciousness, and the role of sleep and dreams in memory and information processing. 

    Location: University Hall 4752

    Directors: Dr. Richard Abrams

  • LMU Peer Relations

    Perceptions and experiences of diverse children and adolescents as well as adults. Using multiple methods – surveys, experiments, and interviews –conducted in the field, laboratory, and community.  Research assistant tasks may include: 1) visiting elementary/middle/high school classrooms to recruit participants and administer the survey; 2) preparing materials for student recruitment and data collection; 3) entering and managing data; 4) library research; and 5) attending weekly lab meetings.

    Location: University Hall 4715

    Director: Dr. Negin Ghavami

  • M3 Lab

    M3Lab Measure, Model, and Modify; Phenotype, Risk, and Resilience of Neurodiverse Communities. Executive function in children, adolescents and young adults, secondary analysis of big data in autism research, data entry and analysis, literature retrieval, training of and meetings with research assistants.

    Location: UH 3416

    Director: Dr. Alexandra Sturm

    Website: http://m3lab.lmu.build/

  • Neighborhoods United for Empowering Solutions for Trauma & Resiliency Opportunities

    The NUESTRO lab uses program evaluation, community-engaged, and community-based participatory research approaches to address violence-related health disparities, and to increase access to culturally responsive prevention and interventions among underserved communities. Projects include: 1) partnering with the UCLA CARES Center and Partnership for LA Schools to disseminate and evaluate the Fuertes Juntos parenting program (Strong Together; a curriculum focused on promoting resilient parenting), to select elementary schools in Los Angeles; 2) collaborating with Project HEROES to investigate the violence-related health disparities experienced among Latinx youth, parents, and community members; and 3) conducting an open trial of Bedside PCIT, an adaptation of an evidence-based parent training program (Parent-Child Interaction Therapy; PCIT) for hospital settings (and children/parents at high risk for medical trauma) in collaboration with the Brandt Research Group.

    Location: University Hall 3405

    Director: Dr. Diana Santacrose

  • PARC

    Community-based participatory research and program evaluation research using mixed methods. Several projects currently in progress: Centers for Disease Control project investigating the effectiveness of a 3-part strategy to impact community safety and health; CA State Dept of Public Health 35 site project to investigate the effects of community-defined evidence-practice to reduce mental health disparities; data analysis and preparation of publications on the completed national 22 site childhood obesity in communities of color project; 18-month Communities Creating Healthy Environments national multisite phase 4 grant with Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; completion of data analysis on national network analysis and evaluation of a multi-organization project focused on collaboration across 30+ organizations involved in social justice campaigns in communities of color; and evaluation of examination of environmental and community-based strategy to provide the homeless with access to toilets, showers, laundry facilities and referrals in skid row. In addition to 2 postdocs, 4 full-time research assistants, and 3 senior researchers, we have 14 undergraduate research assistants that are employed during the year at the lab.

    Location: University Hall 4725, 4726 & 4728

    Director: Dr. Cheryl Grills

  • Psychology & New Technology

    Cyberpsychology; Computers and Human Behavior; Psychology of virtual reality, virtual worlds and 3D digital environments. Training in user interface for 3D environments; conduct individual interviews, focus groups, observational and ethnographic research, and self- report assessments with avatar-mediated research participants.

    Location: University Hall 4713

    Director: Dr. Richard Gilbert

  • Social Interaction

    Dr. Nora Murphy's research lab research interests: social and personality psychology, nonverbal communication, and emotion, interpersonal accuracy, person perception and first impressions, meta-analysis. Generally, she has 2-6 students working in her lab in any given semester with a mixture of work-study students, volunteers, and research assistantships for credit. Students must have successfully completed PSYC 2002 Research Methods to work in the lab; hiring is usually conducted in the semester before work begins. Interested students may email Dr. Murphy at nora.murphy@lmu.edu.

    Location: University Hall 3405 & 3406

    Director: Dr. Nora Murphy