Interdisciplinary Collaborations

Interdisciplinary Collaboration


We are very fortunate to have a tradition of research collaboration and intellectual communities that brings students and researchers together across traditional boundaries.  These collaborations constitute neither concentrations nor organizational divisions within the department, but awareness of them may help some applicants in envisioning more fully their program of study at the university. Some of the more salient of these ongoing interdisciplinary collaborations are the following:

  • A training program and weekly seminar series is focused on joint interests in the study of emotion and in the study of development and psychopathology.  Faculty and students from each of the more traditionally conceptualized areas participate in the weekly meetings. The training program and seminar are part of a multidisciplinary prevention science and translational research collaborations involving faculty from the department and scientists from Oregon Research Institute and Oregon Social Learning Center. These collaborations integrate work in social affective neuroscience, developmental neuroscience, psychoneuroendocrinology, neural plasticity, infant mental health, family- and school-based preventive interventions, randomized efficacy and effectiveness trials, and large-scale dissemination programs in public and community settings.
  • The psychology of trauma is the focus of numerous students advised by Dr. Freyd and various other collaborating faculty from multiple areas of psychology.  Example cross-cutting collaborations include investigating the impact of trauma on development with researchers at Oregon Social Learning Center, the impact of trauma on physical and mental health with researchers at Oregon Research Institute, and colleagues at the University of Oregon.
  • The psychology of war is a focus of Dr. Arrow’s research and of an “evolution of war” group within the Institute of Cognitive and Decision Sciences, with Dr. Saucier doing related work on beliefs and values associated with sociopolitical violence.
  • Evolutionary psychology is the subject of a focus group within the Institute of Cognitive and Decision Sciences including some psychology faculty.
  • Social computing and online social networks are a new growth area in psychology, combining both traditional psychological methods and "big data" approaches. Dr. Srivastava is collaborating with researchers from computer science, sociology, business, and other departments to study social behavior online.
  • The study of imagination -- including developmental work on pretend play, cognitive work on creativity and inhibition, clinical work on imagination and coping, and social psychology work on imaginary social networks – is a focus of Dr. Taylor’s research in collaboration with various faculty from multiple traditional areas of psychology.
  • Psychology graduate students are often involved in meetings on neuroinformatics, coordinated by Dr. Tucker and including computer science faculty and frequently other psychology faculty.
  • Another intellectual community shares an interest in human decision-making, with a focus on the role of emotion in decision-making, how people process and integrate information and persuasive messages that influence decisions, and decision-making in applied contexts, such as decisions about health, safety, and the environment. Drs. Hodges, Mauro, and Slovic are major contributors to this community as are Drs. Lynn Kahle and Dave Boush from the university’s business school.