Principal Investigators

Sarah Rose Cavanagh, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology (2009)

Phone: 508-767-7148


B.A., Boston University; Psychology, 1999

M.S., Tufts University; Experimental Psychology, 2004

Ph.D., Tufts University; Psychology (Experimental), 2007.

Ph.D. Thesis Title: Attentional Deployment as Emotion Regulation: Implications for Dysphoria & Subjective Well-Being

Research Interests: Dr. Cavanagh’s research interests focus on the interaction of psychological and biological processes in healthy and disrupted emotion regulation. Particular research interests include the role of attention in emotion regulation, cognitive biases in mood and anxiety disorders, and the relationships among emotion regulation, well-being, and positive mood states.

Maria Parmley, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology.

Phone: 508-767-7586


B.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst;

M.A., Ph.D., Brandeis University.

Research Interests: Dr. Parmley’s recent research interests have included how adults and children interpret the social cues of others, children’s interpretations of a peer’s emotion, and how gender stereotypes and the ambiguity of an emotion might influence the perception of an emotional message. Dr. Parmley is investigating the perception of emotions in relationships varying in intimacy.

Fang Zhang, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology (2003)

Phone: 508-767-7335


B.Sc., Psychology, HangZhou University, Zhejiang, China, 1993

M.Sc., Developmental Psychology, Peking University, Beijing, China, 1996

M.A., Personality and Social Psychology, Cornell University, 1999

Ph.D., Personality and Social Psychology, Cornell University, 2001

Research Interests: Dr. Zhang’s broad research interests include the cognitive, motivational, and emotional foundations of personality. Specifically, her research focuses on four areas: 1) personality and development across the life span, 2) adult attachment and interpersonal dynamics, 3) sending, decoding, and co-regulation of emotions in interpersonal relationships, and 4) cross-cultural comparison of person perception and implicit theories of personality.

Student Researchers

Ryan Joseph Glode

Erin Fitzgerald

Alumni News

Angela Harris (Class of 2011) presented the results of her senior honors thesis at a poster presentation at the 51st annual meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research in Boston, MA.

Erin Fitzgerald (Class of 2012) was the recipient of a 2011 national Psi Chi Summer Research Grant for her proposal to study cognitive reappraisal in American and Japanese Embassy workers in Tokyo, Japan.

Alyssa Taddeo (Class of 2011) is pursuing her master's degree in counseling at Assumption College.

Michael Brede (Class of 2011) is working for a year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest in Anchorage, Alaska, where he is working at Bean’s Cafe, a non-residential day shelter and soup kitchen. You can read more about his adventures here:

Makenzie Tonelli (Class of 2011) presented her poster on the treatment of chronic migraines with meditation at the 2011 Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Angela Harris (Class of 2011) was the recipient of a 2010 Summer Research Mentorship Award, in order to complete piloting for her senior honors thesis.