Psychology Faculty Research

Katherine S. Choe, Ph.D.

In Dr. Choe's Child Development Lab, the primary focus of the research pertains to children's intuitive knowledge, causal representation and conceptual understanding in sociocognitive development.

For more information on Dr. Choe's research lab, please visit her blog.

Dara G. Friedman-Wheeler, Ph.D.

Dr. Friedman-Wheeler's research focuses on coping, mindfulness, and behavior change.  Her current research focuses on the Coping Expectancies Scale (CES), a measure of beliefs about the mood-regulation effectiveness of specific coping strategies.

For more information on Dr. Friedman-Wheeler's research lab at Goucher College, please visit her lab website.  There you will also find an application to complete and submit via email, if you are interested in joining her research team (PSY 394/494).

Dr. Friedman-Wheeler is accepting applications for her research team for Fall 2019 (application found on lab website).

Thomas G. Ghirardelli, Ph.D.

Dr. Ghirardelli's primary research program focuses on visual attention, or how we selectively process only a subset of the visual information present to us.

For more information on Dr. Ghirardelli's research or to apply to work on his team please contact Dr. Ghirardelli via email at

Dr. Ghirardelli does not anticipate having any openings on his research team for Fall 2019.

Nyasha Grayman-Simpson, Ph.D.

Dr. Grayman-Simpson's research focuses on culture and positive psychological, social, emotional, and spiritual functioning, transformative learning, and international service-learning. She is currently working on one project, and typically mentors 1-2 students over the summer.

Current Study: The Committed: Life Stories of White Anti-Racist Activists

Contact Dr. Grayman-Simpson for information about student involvement in her research program.

For more information, please visit her blog.

Jennifer A. McCabe, Ph.D.

Dr. McCabe's primary research program focuses on memory strategies, metamemory/metacognition, and teaching and learning.

For more information on Dr. McCabe's research lab at Goucher College, please click here. To apply to work on her team, please first contact Dr. McCabe via email at

Dr. McCabe is now accepting applications to join her research team for Fall 2019.

Arlette J. Ngoubene-Atioky, Ph.D.

Dr. Ngoubene-Atioky’s research focuses on social factors that explain or help sustain the quality of life of underrepresented and/or marginalized diverse communities, with a specific emphasis on international communities (refugees, immigrants, asylum seekers, international students) and on groups with intersectional identities (e.g. race, gender identity, social class, age, nationality, ethnicity, educational level, language, and skin color). The social factors will be examined in relation to the constructs of social power, privilege, and wellbeing.

Current study: The successes and barriers in work attainment of international psychologists in practice.

Dr. Ngoubene-Atioky does not anticipate having any openings on her research team in the Fall 2019.

Gillian Starkey, Ph.D.

Dr. Starkey's research focuses on the neural substrates of numerical cognition (math skills like counting, estimating, and comparing quantities) in adults and children.

To apply for a spot on her research team, please first contact Dr. Starkey via email at

Dr. Starkey will not have any openings on her team for the Fall 2019 semester.   

Some years, psychology faculty also participate in Goucher's summer science research program.