Education: B.A. Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania; M.A., Ph.D. Kent State University
Professor Lee Bakner began teaching at Linfield in 1992 after earning his doctorate in experimental psychology from Kent State University. Dr. Bakner’s research interests are in the area broadly defined as biopsychology, also known as behavioral neuroscience, psychobiology and physiological psychology. He explores research questions related to brain-behavior relationships, specifically those linked to brain systems, neurotransmitters, learning, and cognitive processes that drive psychoactive drug use and abuse. Professor Bakner actively collaborates with his students on research projects that are presented annually at national neuroscience conferences. In the department, he teaches courses related to biopsychology, design and analysis, learning, drugs and behavior, and research. Aside from teaching and research, Dr. Bakner enjoys skiing, fishing, football, cooking, and the work of David Sedaris.
Education: B.A. University of Pennsylvania; M.A., Ph.D. Harvard University
Professor Megan Kozak is the latest addition to the psychology faculty at Linfield. She received her master’s degree and doctorate in social psychology from Harvard University and previously taught in the psychology department at Pace University in New York. Her research examines the process of mind attribution, a process in which people judge the mental states and capacities of others. In the past, she has investigated how the role of liking for a person contributes to this process and found that the more a person likes an individual or group, the more likely mind attribution is to occur. Dr. Kozak is now interested in exploring how perceived threat influences mind attribution. Among her other academic interests are the study of empathy development and erosion in physicians, the psychological underpinnings of dehumanization, and the psychological consequences of using social networking sites. Outside of academic work, Professor Kozak participates in litigation consulting and helps run and analyze mock jury deliberations.
Education: B.A. University of New Hampshire; M.A., Ph.D. University of Minnesota
Professor Jennifer Linder began teaching at Linfield in 2002, after receiving her doctorate in child psychology from the University of Minnesota. She specializes in developmental psychology, including parent-child relationships, friendships, romantic relationships, aggression and media effects. Specifically, Dr. Linder has conducted research related to aggression and conflict in friendships and romantic relationships and the effects of media (e.g., television, video games, the Internet) on child development. She is especially interested in topics related to children and adolescents, and her collaborative research efforts on relational aggression and the media have attracted local and national attention. In addition, Professor Linder hosts a blog to share current research on the effects of media on children, as well as insights from her own experiences as a parent.
Education: B.S. University of California, Los Angeles; M.A., Ph.D. University of California, Riverside
Professor Kay Livesay has been a member of the Linfield psychology faculty since 2003. She received her doctorate from the University of California at Riverside and specializes in cognitive psychology. Her primary areas of research involve language processing (lexical and sentential) and computational modeling of meaning representation. Currently, she is pursuing research related to high-dimensional space modeling of meaning representation, the effects of discourse constraints on sentence comprehension, and the contributing factors to individual differences in verbal ability. Professor Livesay serves as chair of Linfield’s Institutional Review Board and president of the Society for Computers in Psychology (SCiP). She leads an active research program with a team of undergraduate students in the Psychology Department. Students interested in becoming a member of Dr. Livesay’s research team are invited to contact her through email.
Education: B.A. University of Colorado, Boulder; M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Professor Tanya Tompkins joined the psychology faculty in 2002. Her principal research interests lie broadly in the areas of stress and coping, with a focus on how social and interpersonal processes that involve adjustment trade-offs (e.g., co-rumination, parentification) impact psychosocial outcomes. Additionally, she has applied interests in various areas of prevention which examine the social processes impacting mental health (e.g., training gatekeepers in suicide prevention efforts, decreasing stigma toward the transgender community, evaluating the effects of positive media campaigns on self-objectification). Students interested in conducting independent or collaborative research in these and other areas of clinical psychology should visit Professor Tompkins’s personal webpage for more information.
Education: B.S. Carnegie Mellon University; B.S. Carnegie Mellon University; Ph.D. University of Minnesota
Professor Yanna Weisberg has been teaching at Linfield since 2011. She received two undergraduate degrees in mathematics and psychology from Carnegie Mellon University and her doctorate from the University of Minnesota. In general, Dr. Weisberg is interested in personality structure, function and development. Specifically, she researches personality in the realm of interpersonal relationships. In her dissertation, she investigated how one’s sense of one’s own personality is shaped by romantic partners and relationships. Aside from that, Professor Weisberg is interested in refining the measurement of personality for interpersonal applications in order to better investigate the intersection of personality and social behavior. She conducts research with a team of students during the academic year and often engages in summer research, too. If you would like to be involved in Dr. Weisberg’s research, please contact her through email.