Psychology is the scientific study of behavior, cognition and emotion. The Santa Clara psychology department believesactions, thoughts and feelings are best understood as the result of psychological, neurological, developmental, social and cultural influences. The composition of the faculty reflects this broad approach, with members who specialize in clinical psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, educational psychology, health psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, learning, neuropsychology, and social psychology.

The psychology department places a strong emphasis on empirical methods of inquiry. All faculty members have active research programs, and we encourage undergraduates to get involved. Each year a large number of our majors present papers at professional conferences, and many students co-author articles in professional journals. Permanent laboratories maintained by the department include a health psychology lab, an animal lab, and a sleep lab.

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Submissions from 2017

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A Survey of Ethics Training in Undergraduate Psychology Programs at Jesuit Universities, Thomas G. Plante and Selena Pistoresi

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Pie, fry, why: Language play in 3- to 5-year-old children, Kirsten Read, Sarah James, and Andrew Weaver

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Exposure to Extrinsic Stressors, Social Defeat or Bisphenol A, Eliminates Sex Differences in DNA methyltransferase expression in the Amygdala, Emily C. Wright, Sarah A. Johnson, Rebecca Hao, Alex S. Kowalczyk, Gian D. Greenberg, Evelyn Ordoñes Sanchez, Abigail Laman-Marang, Brian C. Trainor, and Cheryl S. Rosenfeld

Submissions from 2016

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Evaluation of “Out-of-the-Box” ​textbook ​technology ​supplements on ​student ​learning, Matthew C. Bell, Patricia M. Simone, and Lisa C. Whitfield

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Implementation of best practices in online learning: A review and future directions, Matthew C. Bell, Patti Simone, and Lisa Whitfield

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Spacing effect in older and younger adults: Does context matter?, Katherine E. Bercovitz, Matthew C. Bell, Patricia M. Simone, and Melody Wiseheart

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Compassion Predictors in Undergraduates: A Catholic College Example, Erin S. Callister and Thomas G. Plante

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The third voice: Do enhanced e-books enhance the benefits of shared story reading with preschoolers?, Katie Ciffone, Andrew Weaver, and Kirsten Read

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Gene Targeting Studies of Hyperexcitability and Affective States of Alcohol Withdrawal in Rodents, Gian D. Greenberg and John C. Crabbe

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Nest building is a novel method for indexing severity of alcohol withdrawal in mice, Gian D. Greenberg, L. C. Huang, S. E. Spence, J. P. Schlumbohm, P. Metten, A. R. Ozburn, and John C. Crabbe

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Effects of acute alcohol withdrawal on nest building in mice selectively bred for alcohol withdrawal severity, Gian D. Greenberg, Tamara J. Phillips, and John C. Crabbe

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Sex Differences in the Social Behavior Network and Mesolimbic Dopamine System, Gian D. Greenberg and Brian C. Trainor

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Beyond Mindfulness: Expanding Integration of Spirituality and Religion into Psychotherapy, Thomas G. Plante

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Compassion, Thomas G. Plante

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Principles of incorporating spirituality into professional clinical practice, Thomas G. Plante

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Nurturing Compassion Development Among College Students: A Longitudinal Study, Thomas G. Plante and Katherine Halman

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Psychometric Properties of the Santa Clara Brief Compassion Scale, Thomas G. Plante and Jesus Mejia

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Effect of a single free food presentation on extinction responding in a multiple schedule, Adam J. Reiss and Matthew C. Bell

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Sex-Specific Effects of Stress on Oxytocin Neurons Correspond With Responses to Intranasal Oxytocin, Michael Q. Steinman, Natalia Duque-Wilckens, Gian D. Greenberg, Rebecca Hao, Katharine L. Campi, Sarah A. Laredo, Abigail Laman-Marang, Claire E. Manning, Ian E. Doig, Eduardo M. Lopez, Keenan Walch, Karen L. Bales, and Brian C. Trainor

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Couple Therapy, K. R. Stephenson, Kieran T. Sullivan, and A. Christensen

Introduction to The Oxford Handbook of Relationship Science and Couple Interventions, Kieran T. Sullivan and Erika E. Lawrence

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Relationship science and interventions: Where we are and where we are going, Kieran T. Sullivan and Erika E. Lawrence

Submissions from 2015

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Failure of online quizzing to improve performance in introductory psychology courses, Matthew C. Bell, Patricia M. Simone, and Lisa C. Whitfield

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Relationship education and marital satisfaction in newlywed couples: A propensity score analysis., Rebecca J. Cobb and Kieran T. Sullivan

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Culture Shapes Whether the Pursuit of Happiness PredictsHigher or Lower Well-Being, Brett Q. Ford, Julia O. Dmitrieva, Daniel Heller, Yulia Chentsova-Dutton, Igor Grossmann, Maya Tamir, Yukiko Uchida, Birgit Koopmann-Holm, Victoria A. Floerke, Meike Uhrig, Tatiana Bokhan, and Iris B. Mauss

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Effects of social defeat on dopamine neurons in the ventral tegmental area in male and female California mice, Gian D. Greenberg, Michael Q. Steinman, Ian E. Doig, Rebecca Hao, and Brian C. Trainor

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Four lessons learned from treatingCatholic priest sex offenders, Thomas G. Plante

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Six principles to consider when working with Roman Catholic clients, Thomas G. Plante

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Compassion development in higher education, Roxanne Rashedi, Thomas G. Plante, and Erin S. Callister

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Physical aggression, compromised social support, and 10-year marital outcomes: Testing a relational spillover model, Kieran T. Sullivan, Lauri A. Pasch, Erika E. Lawrence, and Thomas N. Bradbury

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Psychological well-being of Roman Catholic and Episcopal clergy applicants, Shannon Nicole Thomas and Thomas G. Plante

Submissions from 2014

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Conditioned Reinforcement, Matthew C. Bell and Margaret A. McDevitt

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Sex differences in effects of dopamine D1 receptors on social withdrawal, Katharine L. Campi, Gian D. Greenberg, Amita Kapoor, Toni E. Ziegler, and Brian C. Trainor

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Fighting in the home cage: Agonistic encounters and effects on neurobiological markers within the social decision-making network of house mice (Mus musculus), Gian D. Greenberg, Chris L. Howerton, and Brian C. Trainor

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Sex differences in stress-induced social withdrawal: role of brain derived neurotrophic factor in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis, Gian D. Greenberg, Abigail Laman-Marang, Katharine L. Campi, Heather Voigt, Veronica N. Orr, Leslie Schaal, and Brian C. Trainor

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Focusing on the negative: Cultural differences in expressions of sympathy, Birgit Koopmann-Holm and Jeanne L. Tsai

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The Santa Clara Strength of Religious Faith Questionnaire (SCSORF): A validation study on Iranian Muslim patients undergoing dialysis, Amir H. Pakpour, Thomas G. Plante, Mohsen Saffari, and Bengt Fridlund

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Modeling science and faith integration may be more powerful than words. Reflections on "The study of science in Catholic higher education in the United States: A modern nuisance?", Thomas Plante

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Employ spiritual practices ethically, Thomas G. Plante

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Four steps to improve religious/spiritual competence in professional psychology, Thomas G. Plante

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If you can’t take the heat, stay out of the kitchen: A reflection on “Student beliefs, multiculturalism, and client welfare.”, Thomas G. Plante

Vineyard workers need to be healthy, happy, and nurtured to tend God’s vines: Reflections on “The Development of Persons,” 33 years later, Thomas G. Plante

Does faith that does justice education improve compassion?, Thomas G. Plante and E. Callister

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The influence of exercise environment and gender on mood and exertion, Thomas G. Plante, Marily A. Opezzo, L. Aislinn Diaz, Selena Pistoresi, Michael Santos, Jacqueline E. Fahey, Elizabeth Kay, Briana Britton, and Suheel Khan

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Clues cue the smooze: rhyme, pausing, and prediction help children learn new words from storybooks, Kirsten Read

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The Seuss boost: Rhyme helps children retain words from shared storybook reading, Kirsten Read, Megan Macauley, and Erin Furay

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Choosing a physician depends on how you want to feel: The role of ideal affect in health-related decision making, Tamara Sims, Jeanne L. Tsai, Birgit Koopmann-Holm, Ewart A.C. Thomas, and Mary K. Goldstein

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The problem is my partner: Treating couples when one partner wants the other to change, Kieran T. Sullivan and Joanne Davila

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The religious shaping of feeling: Implications of Affect Valuation Theory, Jeanne L. Tsai, Birgit Koopmann-Holm, Masako Miyazaki, and Cameron Ochs

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Reduced activity-dependent protein levels in a mouse model of the fragile X premutation, Ramona E. von Leden, Lindsey C. Curley, Gian D. Greenberg, Michael R. Hunsaker, Rob Willemsen, and Robert F. Berman