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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 an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Tennessee Technological University and Director of their Cognition Laboratory. Her research interests include emotion word and face processing, adaptive memory, bilingualism/multilingualism, priming, and creativity. These projects have been presented at conferences, including meetings of the Association for Psychological Science, the Psychonomic Society, the International Symposium on Bilingualism, and the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology. Her work has been published numerous scientific journals, including the American Journal of Psychology, the Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, Language and Speech, and Evolutionary Psychological Science. Stephanie has also received awards for her teaching, including UAlbany's President's Award for Excellence in Teaching and Tech's EDGE Creative Inquiry Curriculum Grant.

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Faye Knickerbocker
(BA, 2006; MA 2008, 2011; PhD, 2014)

Faye’s primary research interests are the processing and storage of emotion and emotion-laden concepts, the embodied account for semantic representation, and bilingual language processing. Her doctoral work involving proactive interference (PI) and emotion processing is currently under review with the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. She is currently conducting research on the influence of emotion on eye movements while reading (with an article at Cognition & Emotion and a second submitted for review), and the semantic and affective links between emotion and emotion-laden words using an affective priming paradigm. Faye has also published in Visual Cognition, the online blog for Cambridge Extra at the Linguist List (the linguistics blog of Cambridge University Press), and in two academic texts. Faye is currently a Teaching Assistant Professor at East Carolina University. She is developing research relationships in an applied setting in Cognitive-Developmental Psychology.

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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 St. Paul, MN.

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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.

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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 (https://rit.edu/cla/psychology/faculty/sutton). She is also a member of the Multidisciplinary Vision Research Laboratory (MVRL) at RIT and a member of the Language Science initiative. Her research interests include cognition and emotion, attention and emotion, emotion word representation within and across languages, and the science of learning. Her newest project examines the manner in which valence (positive or negative) and arousal impact attention to emotional words and images (Sutton & Lutz, 2018). Her work has been published in Acta Psychologica, Behavior Research Methods, the Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, Cognition and Emotion, the Journal of Cognitive Psychology, and the Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development.

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Dana Basnight-Brown
(MA, 2004; PHD, 2010)

Dana’s primary research focuses on the cognitive processes surrounding the intersection of language, emotion, and memory, with a particular focus on multilingual communities. During her time at the University at Albany, Dana was the 2008 Recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award, and the 2010 Recipient of the Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award. Currently, Dana is an International Faculty Fellow and Co-Founder of the Centre for Cognitive and Developmental Research at the United States International University-Africa. The Center is the first laboratory in Eastern Africa fully devoted to the study of human cognition. Dana has been the recipient of the APA Mentor Fellowship for Young Career Scientists (funded by the National Science Foundation), the APA Early Career Achievement Award, and the APA International Psychology Division Early Career Professional Award. She has published more than twenty articles and chapters within the field and has been invited to present her research in spoken sessions around the world, including five continents and in more than one dozen countries.

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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 taught at Utica College before accepting a position as a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor at Pepperdine University, California. At Pepperdine, she was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor and received numerous awards for her contributions in teaching, service, leadership, and research. Lisa then joined the faculty at Mizzou as an Assistant Teaching Professor, in the Department of Psychology, where she has taught and mentored both undergraduate and graduate students. She teaches research methods classes and courses focusing on various aspects of cognitive psychology, including cognitive processes, human memory, and sensation and perception. In 2017, Lisa was honored with an Excellence in Education Award from the University of Missouri recognizing educators who contribute to student learning and personal development through out-of-the-classroom experiences. Recently, she earned special recognition with a Gold Chalk Award for excellence in teaching and mentoring graduate students. Lisa resides in Columbia, Missouri with her husband, Dr. Jeffrey Johnson, also a faculty member at Mizzou, and their daughter.

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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, GA, where she was tenured and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 2005. Kristen served as Chair of the Department of Psychology at Berry College from 2007-2012. Currently, she is the Coordinator of the Ralph George Scholar program, a competitive research grant program that funds student research with faculty. In Spring 2017, Kristen was promoted to the rank of full professor. She enjoys teaching courses in the Introduction to Psychology, Research Methods and Statistics I and II, Cognitive Psychology, Learning, Research Seminar in Cognitive Psychology, and Eyewitness Memory. Her research interests are in the areas of implicit memory, emotion, false memory, social cognition, and pedagogy. Kristen's most recent publication, "The Use of Mobile Apps to Enhance Student Learning in Introduction to Psychology" appeared in the APA journal, Teaching of Psychology. In Spring 2018, she gave an invited workshop at STP-APS annual meeting in San Francisco based on the aforementioned work. She lives in Kennesaw, GA, with her husband and two daughters.

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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 has since held positions in the analytics devisions at Yankelovich Partners, Harris Interactive, and Nielson. She is currently a Director of Analytics at The Harris Poll (Harris Insights & Analytics), focusing on the design and analysis of projects concerning decision making and choice behavior.

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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.

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