Core Faculty

* Faculty member who may supervise Ph.D. students in Psychology. Contact faculty members via email if you have interest. 

(Ph.D., 1991, University of Toronto)
Professor and Psychology Chair
Decision neuroscience, addiction, smoking, prefrontal cortex, insula, Iowa Gambling Task, brain lesions, brain imaging

(Ph.D., 2019, University of Pennsylvania)
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Individual differences in social (dis)connection, social network analysis, loneliness, information sharing, social cognition, social neuroscience, persuasion, social influence

(Ph.D., 1983, University of Colorado)
Professor of Psychology
Director, Southern California Twin Project
Behavioral genetics, childhood psychopathology, aggression, antisocial behavior, individual differences

(M.D., Ph.D., 1974, University of Lisbon)
David Dornsife Chair in Neuroscience and Professor of Psychology and Neurology
The neural basis of cognition and behavior at large-scale systems level, using MR lesion method, PET/fMRI, and histological mapping of neuropathological tissue. Research areas include face and object recognition, emotion processing, emotion and decision-making, and the limbic and brainstem sites of pathology in Alzheimer’s disease

(M.D., 1969, University of Lisbon)
Dana Dornsife Chair in Neuroscience and Professor of Psychology and Neurology
Director, Dornsife Cognitive Neuroscience Imaging Center
Language and other higher cognitive and emotional processes investigated with brain imaging methods such as computerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance scanning (MR), and PET.

(Ph.D., 2009, Northwestern University)
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Computer Science
Social media analysis with direct applications to moral decision-making, group dynamics and culture. Role of sacred values in intergroup conflict and negotiation. Computational cognitive modeling. Counterfactual reasoning.

Ernest Greene

(Ph.D., 1968, University of Oregon)
Professor of Psychology
object recognition, shape encoding, neural persistence, retinal mechanisms

(Ph.D., 2016, New York University)
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Social learning and decision making, with implications for impression formation, reinforcement learning, social interaction, and prosocial behavior; social neuroscience; computational models of social cognition.

(Ph.D., 1979, The Ohio State University)
Professor and Area Head
Learning and memory, the neurobiological basis of learning and memory, brain localization of psychological functions, recovery of function after brain injury

(Ph.D., 1996, University of Rochester)
Associate Professor
Language acquisition in infants and toddlers, computational modeling

(Ph.D., 1998, University of Pennsylvania)
Associate Professor
Decision neuroscience, self-control, addiction

(Ph.D., 2017, The Pennsylvania State University)
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Pediatrics
Development of emotion and emotion regulation;  impact that these early individual differences have on socioemotional development; how children process social information

(Ph.D., 2016, Radboud University)
Assistant Professor of Psychology
How do humans make decisions in an uncertain world and how do they learn from their mistakes? We investigate these problems in health and disease using computational (reinforcement learning, Bayesian machine learning) and experimental (fMRI, virtual reality) tools.

(Ph.D., 1981, University of Texas)
Professor of Social Psychology and Professor of Psychology
Neurobiological bases of motivation, personality, risky decision-making, substance use and depression.  Computational models of personality and social reasoning. Legal and everyday decision making. Cognitive processes in social behavior, social explanations, goal-based processes in interpersonal relations and decision making, connectionist models of social reasoning. Using interactive media in changing risky health behaviors and in education.

(Ph.D., 1974, University of Minnesota)
Associate Professor
Cognitive and motivational foundations of personal decision-making, beliefs, and the self-regulation of health behaviors from early childhood to old age

(Ph.D., 2003, University of Southern California)
Associate Professor
Psycholinguistics, Cognitive Neuroscience, Computational Modeling

Joint Faculty

* Faculty member who may supervise Ph.D. students in Psychology. Contact faculty members via email if you have interest. 

(Ph.D., 1963, MIT)
University Professor, Fletcher Jones Chair in Computer Science, and Professor of Biological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering
Neural networks, brain theory, neuroinformatics, neural simulation, visuomotor coordination in animals and robots.

(Ph.D., 1980, Indiana University, Bloomington)
Professor of Biological Sciences and Psychology
Activity-dependent neural & behavioral plasticity in song birds

(Ph. D., 1998, Carnegie Mellon University)
Provost Professor of Public Policy, Psychology and Behavioral Science
Behavioral research with insights for policy, behavioral decision making, individual differences in decision-making competence across the adult life span, risk perception and communication (with applications to personal health and well-being, household finance, and sustainability)

(Ph.D., 2014, Columbia University)
Assistant Professor of Gerontology and Psychology

(Ph.D., 1969, Rockefeller University)
ARCO/William F. Kieschnick Chair in the Neurobiology of Aging University Professor
Cell biology, mechanisms controlling postnatal development and aging in man and other mammals, Alzheimer’s disease

(Ed.D., 2005, Harvard)
Professor of Education, Psychology & Neuroscience,
Director, USC Center for Affective Neuroscience, Development, Learning and Education
Neural and psychological bases of social emotion and social interaction

(Ph.D., 2000, California Institute of Technology)
Associate Professor of Computer Science
Computational modeling, Biological vision, Computer vision, Functional neuroimaging, Human psychophysics, Neural networks, Artificial intelligence, Neuromorphic engineering, Neuromimetic algorithms

(Ph. D., 2012, University of Southern California)
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Psychology
My research program seeks to understand biological and environmental factors contributing to obesity development. I have two major lines of research program: (1) brain inhibition control over appetitive food rewards; (2) early life risk factors (i.e., in utero environment and family environment) to obesity development. I am interested in recruiting prospective PhD students.

(Ph.D., 2000, Princeton)
Associate Professor of Gerontology and Psychology
Emotional memory, Cognitive neuroscience of aging, Stress and decision making

(Ph.D., 1989, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Computational neuroscience, dendritic processing, neuromorphic models of vision

(Ph.D., 1972, Washington University)
Milo Don and Lucille Appleman Professor Department of Biological Sciences
Hunger and thirst, limbic system, motivation, structural neuroscience


RTPC Faculty

(Ph. D., 2011, University of California, Irvine)
Assistant Professor (research)
Relationship between cognitive, emotional, and social skills are shaped by interaction of biological dispositions and environmental factors.

(Ph.D., 2002, University of California Los Angeles)
Assistant Professor (Research)
Issues of social relationships, empathy, self, action perception and creativity.

(Ph.D., 2010, Northwestern University)
Research Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Human-computer interaction, affective computing, and trust-in-automation.

Adjunct Faculty

Lynne Bernstein

(Ph.D. University of Michigan)
Professor of Speech and Hearing Science, George Washington University
Program Director, National Science Foundation
Speech Perception, Multisensory Processing, Deafness, Language Processing, Cognitive Neuroimaging