Graduate students affliated with our research labs.

University of Maryland

Tracy Tomlinson (Ph.D. Student). I earned my BA in 2003 from Reed College and my MS in 2007 from the University of Maryland at College Park. My main research interests might best be described as forensic cognitive psychology, but most of my research reflects a blending of traditional cognitive psychology (e.g., memory theory) and traditional theory decision theory, particularly how these domains apply to forensic situations. My current work includes: 1) Using the retrieval induced forgetting paradigm to examine how people make subjective probability judgments, 2) Examining an interference-based account of memory suppression, such as those found by Anderson & Green (2001), 3) Exploring how best to construct police lineups so as to maximize correct identification, and 4) Examining the effect of ethnicity on juror perceptions of police testimony.

Sharona Atkins (Ph.D. Student). I received my BA in 2002 from the College of Judea & Samaria, and in 2004 I earned my MA from the Tel Aviv University, researching aspects of false memories. I took a hiatus from the academic world and worked at Posit Science, a software company that designs computer training programs aimed at preventing and reducing the cognitive decline that occurs with aging. I am currently working on my Ph.D. with Dr. Dougherty at the University of Maryland, College Park. My interests include various interplays between visual attention, memory and decision-making processes. My current research entails examining hypothesis-guided-information-search, i.e. how the search for visual information is guided and influenced by hypotheses held in working memory.

Erika Hussey (Ph.D. Student). I received my Bachelor's at Rutgers University in 2007. I am currently working two research projects. In one project, I'm examining how people decide to terminate retrieval. The second project is examining the relationship between attention, judgment variability, and perceptions of risk.

University of Oklahoma

Xiaojing (Jeni) Fan (Ph.D. student). I received my Bachelor's of Science from the University of Maryland. Currently, I am a first year graduate student at the University of Oklahoma under the guidance of Rick Thomas. My main research interests are in economic decision theory; specifically, the role of memory in how people assess the utility of options.

Nick Lange (Ph.D. Student). I graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a B.A. in psychology. My current research interests cover 2 main areas: 1) Earwitness Biases and 2) Hypothesis Testing. In regards my earwitness research, I have focused on how transcripts and contextual details concerning a case bias the interpretation of recorded dialogues presented as evidence. In regard to hypothesis testing & hypothesis guided search (the idea that the currently held explanations of observed patterns of data guide information search), I am interested in the conditions under which people select positive tests over diagnostic tests, sensitivity to diagnosticity, and the investigation of several measures defining the perceived usefulness of cues for testing between currently held hypotheses.