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Stephanie Kazanas
(BS, University of Scranton, 2008; MS, Shippensburg University, 2010; MA, University at Albany, 2013; PHD, University at Albany, 2016)

Stephanie is a recent graduate of the Cognition and Language Laboratory. Her research has included topics such as: emotion word processing (in monolinguals and bilinguals), adaptive memory, translation processes, priming effects, switch costs, and the role of valence and arousal in face and name memory. These projects have been presented at numerous conferences, including the Association for Psychological Science, The Psychonomic Society, and the International Symposium on Bilingualism. Stephanie's work has beem published in Schwartz, Howe, Toglia, and Otgaar's (2013) volume, What is Adaptive about Adaptive Memory?, the American Journal of Psychology, the Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics, the Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, and Evolutionary Psychological Science. Stephanie is now an Assistant Professor in the Counseling and Psychology Department at Tennessee Technological University.

Email address: skazanas@albany.edu; skazanas@tntech.edu

Crystal Robinson
(MA, 2014)

Crystal graduated with her master's degree from the Cognition and Language Laboratory in 2014. While in the laboratory, she conducted studies related to language processing and memory from a multilingual and multicultural perspective, focusing on adaptive memory. With regards to multicultural cognition, she has completed a book chapter on culture and language processing in the Routledge Handbook of Language and Culture. Additionally, she has reviewed a four book series on Culture and Psychology for PsycCritiques. Crystal has presented research at several venues, including the 30th Annual Winter Roundtable, Columbia University, New York, NY, The New England Psychological Association (NEPA) Annual Meeting, and several annual meetings of the Psychonomic Society. Crystal is currently living and working in Madison, WI.

Email address: crystal.jean.robinson@gmail.com



Jennifer L. Gianico

(MA, 2003; PHD, 2010)

Jen is an Assistant Professor at St. Andrews University (a branch of Webber International University) in Laurinburg, North Carolina. She teaches courses across the Psychology curriculum, including Introduction to Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Learning and Motivation, Psychology in Legal Contexts, and Drugs and Human Behavior. While a Psychology Laboratory facility has been a part of the St. Andrew's campus for decades, Jen has recently christened the Cognition Affect Language and Memory (CALM) Laboratory, and she is focused on engaging undergraduates in research. Jen's research interests include, language processing (especially in terms of ambiguous words and sentences), the tip of the tongue phenomenon, and emotion's effect on memory. She has previously held visiting assistant professor positions at schools in Florida and New York.

Email address: gianicojl@sa.edu

Tina M. (Canary) Sutton
(MA, 2002; PHD, 2010)

Tina is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), in Rochester, New York. She is also a member of the Multidisciplinary Vision Research Laboratory (MVRL) at RIT. Her research interests include cognition and emotion, attention and emotion, emotion word representation within and across languages, and second language acquisition. Her newest project examines emotion word representation in the deaf and hard of hearing. Her work has been published in Cognition & Emotion, The Mental Lexicon, the Journal of Cognitive Psychology, and the Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development.

Email address: tmsgsh@rit.edu



Dana Basnight-Brown
(MA, 2004; PHD, 2009)

Dana’s research interests include the neurological and cognitive components of bilingualism and emotion processing, second language acquisition, and cross cultural issues related to the intersection of language and culture. Her work has been published in nearly a dozen scientific journals, and she has co-authored several chapters that appear in cognitive and psycholinguistic texts. In addition to research, she has served as a lecturer or visiting professor at the University at Albany, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and Skidmore College. Currently, Dana serves as a Foreign Faculty Fellow at United States International University, in Kenya, East Africa.

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Email address: dana.basnightbrown@gmail.com

Lisa M. Bauer
(MA, 1997; PHD, 2003)

While at the University at Albany, Lisa focused on an examination of the cognitive aspects of emotion, including the characteristics of emotion concepts, false memory for emotion, eyewitness memory, and the cross-cultural expression of emotional information. She teaches research methods classes and courses focusing on various aspects of cognitive psychology, including cognitive processes, human memory, and sensation and perception. Additionally, she guides undergraduate students on research projects through the presentation and publication process. Before accepting her current teaching position at the University of Missouri–Columbia, Lisa was an Associate Professor at Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA.

Email address: bauerlm@missouri.edu



Kristen A. Diliberto-Macaluso
(MA, 1996; PHD, 1999)

After completing her doctorate, Kristen accepted a tenure-track position in the Department of Psychology at Berry College, Georgia, where she was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor in 2005. She teaches courses in Research Methods and Statistics I and II, Cognitive Psychology, and Learning. Her research interests are in the areas of false memory, art-making and emotion regulation, psychology of waiting, and pedagogy. Her most recent publication appeared in the APA journal, Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. Kristen served as Chair of the Department of Psychology and is now serving a three-year appointment as the Coordinator of the George Scholar Research Grant and Lecture Series Program and of the Psychology Laboratory at Berry College.

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Email address: kdiliberto@berry.edu

Cheryl D. Muldoon
(MA, 1997; PHD, 1999)

After completing her doctorate, Cheryl accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Research and Statistics at Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. She is currently a Senior Methodologist in the Marketing Science/Advanced Analytics Department at Harris Interactive. Her work at Harris Interactive includes the design and analysis of projects concerning decision making and choice behavior.

Email address: cmuldoon@harrisinteractive.com



Katherine M. Mathis
(MA, 1995; PHD, 1998)

Kathy was the first graduate of the Cognition and Language Laboratory. She has had positions at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and is currently teaching at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. She occasionally works for Pearson Educational Measurement. Her research interests are in the areas of object perception, object and scene recognition, bilingual memory representation, the effects of implicit processing on preferences, and the automaticity of lexical and semantic processing.

Email address: kmathis@bates.edu