Faculty Research

Homelessness, Race and Pedagogy
Carolyn Weisz, Social Psychologist


Following the passing of House Bill 2163 in 2006, which sought to reduce homelessness in Washington by 50 percent over the next 10 years, the University of Puget Sound, through its Civic Scholarship Project, entered collaborations with Tacoma/Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness, the Road Home Leadership Team, Pierce County Community Connections, City of Tacoma, and others to engage in research aimed at informing plans to end homelessness in Pierce County.  This ongoing work examines issues including stigma, race, trauma, smoking cessation, organizational dynamics, innovative programs, and experiences of service providers.  Each year, in October, student assistants serve as interviewers in the data collection process at Project Homeless Connect, a one-day service fair at the Tacoma Dome.  Students have also been involved in data entry, data coding, reviewing literature, and independent research projects related to homelessness. 

Race and Pedagogy:

The Race and Pedagogy Initiative is a collaboration of the University of Puget Sound and the South Sound community, which educates students and teachers at all levels to think critically about race and to act to eliminate racism.  The Initiative engages campus and community in a sustained and committed effort to mitigate the effects of discrimination and structural racism, and thereby, improve education for all students.  We build alliances and collaborate with individuals, groups, and organizations to research, develop, promote, celebrate, and support programs that aim to reduce inequities in education. 

1)       The Race and Pedagogy Initiative, in partnership with REACH  and Tacoma 360, is proud to announce the 2nd All-City Race and Pedagogy Youth Summit this upcoming spring 2012 (~May 5).  The Summit mobilizes high school students through a day of workshops examining equity, civic engagement, and community wellness.  Puget Sound students interested in serving as volunteers, facilitators, or organizers can contact Professor Weisz or  Students are also needed to conduct research evaluating the impact of the event.    

2)      A planning committee has formed to organize a one-day conference in Fall, 2012, on Race, Criminal Justice, and Education.  Students interested in serving on the planning committee should contact Professor Weisz.


David Andresen, Associate Professor, Psychology

David Andresen uses electroencephalography (EEG) to investigate the neural underpinnings of mental processes, such as social cognition (e.g., mirror neurons and inferring meaning in facial expressions) and visual object recognition (e.g., cortical representations of object viewpoint).


Erin Colbert-White, Assistant Professor, Psychology

Erin Colbert-White's research concerns features and outcomes of social interactions in a variety of social species.  In her work with parrots, she studies parrot–human social relationships at the individual and group level.  This includes in depth qualitative and quantitative measures of interactions between one parrot and its owner, as well as work on nonverbal behavior and cue use across multiple individuals.  The overarching purpose is to investigate the extent to which parrots adopt human-like social and verbal behavior. 

 With other species, her interests are also concerned with social cognition.  This includes intra-species social behavior such as assessing empathy or altruism as well as inter-species social behavior such as social referencing cue use by dogs.  Currently, students working with Professor Colbert-White are assessing the extent to which temperament (i.e., personality) traits predict social behavior in Norway rats.  More details about her research can be found at


Sarah Moore, Professor, Chair, Psychology

Sarah Moore is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of Puget Sound.  Since joining the faculty in 1993, her research has focused on the effects of work-related stressors, such as layoffs, reengineering, and various job characteristics on employee health, work attitudes, and work performance.  Moore has also investigated work-home integration and conflict, the unique work stressors experienced by managerial women, and generational work differences and similarities.  She teaches courses in statistics, research methods, psychological measurement, and industrial - organizational psychology, received the Tom Davis teaching award on three occasions, and also served as Associate Dean of Faculty from 2007 – 2013.

Since 1996, Moore and her colleague Leon Grunberg (Professor Emeritus, Department of Sociology and Anthropology) have collaborated on a long-term study at Boeing Commercial, twice receiving funding from the National Institutes of Health to investigate the health and well-being effects of organizational change.  Together, they have published over two dozen articles, made numerous presentations at professional conferences, and involved many students in their data collection, analysis, and publication. Recent co-authored articles by Moore and Grunberg include,“Navigating through turbulence at Boeing: Implications for employees, companies, and governments” (2013, Revue Francaise de Gestion), Generational Differences in Workplace Expectations: A Comparison of Production and Professional Workers (2014, Current Psychology), and  The Relationship between Work and Home: Examination of White and Blue-Collar Generational Differences in a Large U.S. Organization  (2014, Psychology: Scientific Research).  Together with colleagues Edward Greenberg and Pat Sikora (University of Colorado, Boulder), Grunberg and Moore published a book under Yale University Press in 2010 titled, Turbulence: Boeing and the State of American Workers and Managers.  They are currently working on a second book that describes the varied ways in which both veteran and new employees engage and find meaning in their work in Boeing’s post-merged organizational culture.