The Department of Psychology at UL Lafayette is very active with conducting research in a range of specialties and fields.
Cognition and Psycholinguistics (CaP) Research Laboratory
The research conducted in the Cognition and Psycholinguistics (CaP) Research Lab explores what people say, why people say what they say, and how people understand what others have said. We currently have two primary lines of research:
- the ways that people talk about death and dying
- the processing of metaphors.
The Developmental Science Laboratory (DSL)
The Developmental Science Laboratory (DSL) consists of a team of interested faculty and student, who share similar passion for examining developmental processes across the life span. Researchers in this lab take an interdisciplinary approach in order to examine the complexity of adjusted and maladjusted developmental processes appropriately. The DSL is equipped with the state-of-the-art Noldus audio-video recording system and coding software, the Observer XT, that allows analysis of behaviors at a frame-by-frame basis.
The Health, Emotion, Anxiety, and Trauma Lab
Overview of topics and areas of focus:
- Mechanisms by which psychological disorders contribute to medical problems and health risk behaviors (e.g., substance use)
- Roles of stress, anxiety, and trauma-related disorders on physical health, particularly migraine and other chronic pain conditions
- Cognitive-emotional mechanisms (e.g., emotion dysregulation, attentional processing, and anxiety sensitivity) that may underlie psychological factors and physical health
Undergrad and graduate students who are well suited for the Health, Emotion, Anxiety, and Trauma Research Lab are interested in health-related psychological research.
Louisiana Applied and Developmental Psychological Sciences Laboratory (LaADPL)
Psychological research most often is either strictly theoretically driven (i.e., is a theory confirmed or refuted?), or geared towards direct application (i.e. how can research apply towards daily life?). The Louisiana Applied and Development Psychological Sciences Laboratory is primarily focused towards applied research, or how information may be used to understand the world better or even make adjustments towards our overall understanding of cognition.
Louisiana Contextual Science Research Group
Broadly, the Louisiana Contextual Science Research Group is a community of folks who are: (1) inspired by the idea of a world where people can embrace their ongoing experiences to actively create meaningful lives and (2) dedicated to building a science of that.
We build that science by using specific theoretical perspectives grounded in behaviorism with an emphasis on Relational Frame Theory and the psychological flexibility model in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. We apply these perspectives to any places where we see folks (even folks in the mirror) getting stuck and alienated from the things that matter to them.
Please visit the website of Louisiana Contextual Science Research Group for information regarding research projects, research opportunities, contact information and so on.
The Process of Rehabilitation Outcome Laboratory
The Process of Rehabilitation Outcomes (PRO) Laboratory uses a variety of research methodologies borrowed from psychology, criminology, medical sociology, and public health to examine:
- the process and outcomes of substance use treatment for criminal justice populations and general clinical samples, and
- the relation between cognitive process, the self, and acceptance to change.
The Psychophysiology Laboratory
The Psychophysiology Laboratory has focused on a variety of topics relating to the hormonal regulation of behavior. Much of the most current work of the laboratory has focused specifically on defining biological and social factors involved in sexual orientation.
Also, there are undergraduate projects that are ongoing in the laboratory that are ongoing in the laboratory, where students have an opportunity to get first-hand research experience. These students also have opportunities to earn course credit (PSYC 497 and PSYC 498) or complete an Undergraduate Honors Thesis.
The Sexual Violence Research Laboratory
The Sexual Violence Research Lab at UL Lafayette is led by Dr. Amy Brown. Dr. Brown’s research follows two primary lines of investigation:
- Social perception of sexual violence: This line of research explores the factors related to willingness to provide sympathy and support to victims and judgments of responsibility toward victims and perpetrators in hypothetical vignettes. Recent studies have shown that people judge a victim more harshly when (a) she has been drinking alcohol, (b) the rape involved little force on the part of the perpetrator, (c) she was blamed and stigmatized by others close to her. Studies fairly consistently show that men judge victims more harshly than do women. These findings have been presented at conferences and manuscripts have been submitted for publication.
- Bystander intervention against sexual violence: This line of research explores students’ willingness to engage in and prior experience with prosocial intervention in the context of sexual violence. We have worked on creating new measures of bystander attitudes and have investigated the impact of gender and perceived peer norms on bystander attitudes and behaviors.
The Stress, Coping, and Wellness Laboratory
The Stress, Coping, and Wellness Lab at UL Lafayette is led by Dr. Theresa Wozencraft and focuses on the relationships between health, stress and coping and how they predict health status and life satisfaction.