Carolyn Weisz is a social psychologist with research interests in social perception, social identity, racism and prejudice, and homelessness. Her recent research on homelessness, conducted in collaboration with other scholars and the Pierce County Department of Community Connections, has focused on links between stigma, psychological distress, and physical health; racial disparities in homelessness; trauma; smoking; emotional labor among service providers; and organizational diversity climate. She serves on the leadership team of the University of Puget Sound’s Race and Pedagogy Initiative and conducts research evaluating the impact of the Initiative’s events. Professor Weisz is on sabbatical during the 2015-16 academic year.
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).
Tim Beyer is a developmental psychologist who is interested in how we make sense of what we hear. His research generally focuses on language comprehension in both monolinguals and bilinguals. He uses eye-tracking and reaction time measures to investigate the real-time processing and comprehension of language, with a specific focus on how language minorities make use of Standard American English grammatical morphology. More details about Tim's research can be found at http://www.tim-beyer.com.
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. More details about her research can be found at www.erincolbertwhite.com.
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. Her current research focus on the changing social contract and the ways in which employees engage with their work and organizations.
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. 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), The Relationship between Work and Home: Examination of White and Blue-Collar Generational Differences in a Large U.S. Organization (2014, Psychology: Scientific Research), andGenerational Differences in Workplace Expectations: A Comparison of Production and Professional Workers (2015, Current Psychology). 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. Moore and Grunberg recently completed a second book titled Emerging from Turbulence: Boeing and Stories of the American Workplace Today (to be released October, 2015 ) 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.