Psychology faculty

Dr. Elliott D. Hammer, MS & PhD Experimental Social Psychology
Professor & Head of Psychology

Research Interests:
Impression formation and the effects of stereotyping and prejudice upon both the holder and target of that prejudice; Scholarship of teaching.

Teaching Interests:
Introductory Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Research Methods & Statistics, Writing in Psychology, and the Psychology of Stereotyping & Prejudice

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(504) 520-7636
Bio Elliott received his BA in Psychology at the University of Kansas, where he began his study of social psychology. He then attended Tulane University, where he earned his MS and PhD in Experimental Social Psychology, with an emphasis on the social cognition of attribution theory and stereotyping and prejudice.
Education Ph.D., Tulane University – 1996 (Experimental Social Psychology)
M.S., Tulane University - 1994 (Experimental Social Psychology )
B.A., University of Kansas – 1991 (B.A. Psychology)
Areas of Expertise Social psychology, stereotyping & prejudice, attribution theory, cross-race teaching dynamics
Awards, Honors and Fellowships John D. LaFarge Endowed Professorship in Social Justice. Xavier University. 2006-present.
Visionary Leader Award. Xavier University, 2005.
Model Institutions of Excellence mentor award. Xavier University. 2004.
University Teacher of the Year. Tennessee State University, 2000.
Ruiz Fellowship Award for Research in Psychology. Tulane University. Summer, 1995.
Society for Personality and Social Psychology Student Travel Award. 1994.
Flowerree Fellowship Award for Research in Psychology. Tulane University. Summer, 1992. Declined in lieu of summer research assistantship to Janet B. Ruscher.
Louisiana Education Quality Support Fund Merit Fellowship. Tulane University. 1991-1995.
Other Interest Elliott devotes most of his spare time to soaking up the music, food, and culture of New Orleans, traveling, taking pictures, and playing competitive backgammon.
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Dr. Charles Gramlich, MA, & PhD Experimental Psychology

Research Interests:
Evolutionary Psychology; History of Psychology; Psychology and popular culture; Neural plasticity (how the brain changes with experience).

Teaching Interests:
Biopsychology, Learning & Memory, Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology, Writing in Psychology.

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(504) 520-7397

Bio Dr. Gramlich has been at Xavier ever since he obtained his PhD from the University of Arkansas in 1986. His degree is in Experimental Psychology with a specialization in Physiological Psychology. Charles served as chair of the department several times between 1988 and 2002. He was instrumental in developing the Psychology Pre-medical program for the department. He currently serves as chair of the Xavier University IRB, the committee that reviews all research using human participants at Xavier.
Education PhD, University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, AR)  – 1986 (Experimental Psychology)
MA,  University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, AR)  – 1984 (Experimental Psychology)
BA, Arkansas Tech University (Russellville, AR) – 1981 (Psychology)
Areas of Expertise Evolutionary theory (history).  Writing fiction and nonfiction.
Awards, Honors and Fellowships Editor for The Dark Man Journal, present
Science and Faith in the Teaching of Psychology.  Sabbatical grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, 2005
Writing in the social sciences.  A course development mini grant, 1991
Other Interest Outside of psychology, Charles has interests in fiction writing, especially in the areas of science fiction, fantasy, & thrillers. He has numerous novels and collections of his work published, including the novels Cold in the Light and Swords of Talera, the novella Under the Ember Star, and single author anthologies like Bitter Steel and In the Language of Scorpions.
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Dr. Lisa J. Schulte-Gipson, MA & PhD Social Psychology
Associate Professor

Research Interests:
Scholarship of teaching and learning, Positive Psychology, Mindfulness.

Teaching Interests:
Social Psychology, Positive Psychology, Research Methods, Introductory Psychology.

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(504) 520-5421
Bio Dr. Schulte received her BS from Muhlenberg College (Allentown, PA). She attended SUNY Albany where she earned both her MA and PhD in Social/Personality Psychology.

Dr. Schulte has worked at Xavier University since 1993. Throughout her tenure at Xavier she has served both the University and Department in many capacities. Dr. Schulte served as chair of the psychology department for seven years. Her research interests include prejudice and discrimination and positive psychology. Her current research focuses on both the scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL) and positive psychology.
Education Ph.D., SUNY Albany – 1993 (Social/Personality Psychology)
M.A., SUNY Albany - 1991(Social/Personality Psychology)
B.A., Muhlenberg College– 1998 (B.A. Psychology)
Areas of Expertise Scholarship of teaching and learning: The effects of motivation and engagement on student performance and course/instructor ratings. 
Positive Psychology.
Prejudice and discrimination: Theories of prejudice and the formation and effects of stereotypes.
Awards, Honors and Fellowships Sustaining the Dialog Grant - Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, 2013
CUR (Center for Undergraduate Research) project: The effects of Supplemental Instruction and personality on student performance, Fall 2011/Spring 2012
CUR (Center for Undergraduate Research) project: Active Learning: An Effective Teaching Technique?, Fall 2007/Spring2008
CUR (Center for Undergraduate Research) project:  A Researcher’s Dilemma: Informed Consent in Theory and Practice, Fall 2006/Spring 2007
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Sabbatical, Fall 2005
Endowed Professorship - Keller Family Foundation Professor of Arts and Sciences, 2005
Other Interest Reading, contemplative photography, music.
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Dr. Jeremy D. Cohen, PhD Neuroscience
Assistant Professor

Research Interests:
Brain structure and function relationships with behavior; autonomic functioning and control; self-awareness; mindfulness meditation.

Teaching Interests:
Introduction to Psychology, Research Methods and Statistics, Advanced Research, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology, and Cognitive Neuroscience.

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(504) 520-7616
Bio Dr. Cohen is a biological psychologist with an undergraduate degree in cell and molecular biology from Tulane University and a PhD in Neuroscience from Tulane University. His graduate work focused on studying brain anatomy related to persistent developmental stuttering. From there his research interests branched into emotional processing and the neural systems that underlie our emotional experiences.

With a particular interest in understanding how changes in the brain relate to emotional dysregulation, he obtained a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University in the Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research within the Psychiatry Department at the Stanford School of Medicine. There his research focused on brain structure and function that relates to anxiety and depression in developmental populations. His current focus is structural and functional brain networks related to emotion, autonomic function and self-awareness.
Education Ph.D., Tulane University – 2007 (Cognitive Neuroscience)
B.S., Tulane University – 2002 (B.S. Cell/Molecular Biology)
Areas of Expertise Structural and functional MRI processing and analysis.  Affective neuroscience, autonomic function and cognitive processes supporting self-awareness.
Awards, Honors and Fellowships National Institutes of Mental Health Research Fellowship, 2007-2009
Louisiana Board of Regents Grant recipient, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, 2003-2007
Robert Sharp Scholarship, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA  2002
Other Interest  
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Dr. Katherine E. Eskine, MA, MPhil & PhD Cognition, Brain, & Behavior
Assistant Professor

Research Interests:
Evolutionary theories of music and creativity, neurophysiological changes associated with preclinical stages of dementia, the relation between music and dementia, and the science of teaching psychology.

Teaching Interests:
Research Methods, Statistics, Advanced Research, Abnormal Psychology, and Physiological Psychology.

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(504) 520-5422
Bio After receiving her B.A. from the University of Montana, Katherine worked at Dartmouth College as a neuroscience technician. At Dartmouth, Katherine engaged in both clinical service and longitudinal aging research. Katherine received her Ph.D. in Cognition, Brain, and Behavior from CUNY in 2011.

Katherine has conducted research on the preclinical stages of Alzheimer's, verbal fluency abilities in older adults, the nature of procrastination in undergraduates, and memory consolidation. Currently, Katherine is studying evolutionary theories of music and creativity, neurophysiological changes associated with preclinical stages of dementia, and the relation between music and dementia.
Education Ph.D., CUNY/Graduate Center – 2011 (Cognition, Brain, & Behavior)
M.Phil., CUNY/Graduate Center -2010 (Cognition, Brain, & Behavior)
M.A., CUNY/Brooklyn College – 2006 (Experimental Psychology)
B.A., University of Montana – 2003 (B.A. Psychology)
Areas of Expertise Evolutionary theories of music, particularly how it informs mate selection. The effect of music on cognitive, behavioral, and neurological aspects of dementia. Best practices for teaching and learning. The integration and benefit of contemplative practices in pedagogy.
Awards, Honors and Fellowships Sustaining the Dialog Grant - Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, 2013
Center for Undergraduate Research, mini grant, 2012
NSF Graduate GK-12 Fellowship Award, 2007 & 2008
Graduate Teaching Fellowship Award, 2005 & 2006
Other Interest Contemplative practices, delicious dinners (both at home and out), billiards, and traveling.
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Dr. Wyndi Ludwikowski, M.S. & PhD Counseling Psychology
Assistant Professor

Research Interests:
Assessment of multicultural factors and individual differences in interests, personality, ability, and perceptions of ability and their influence on the career decision-making process

Teaching Interests:
Tests and Measurements; Introductory Psychology; Psychopharmacology; Theories of Personality; Abnormal Psychology; Psychotherapies; Research Methods and Statistics, Psychology of Gender and Industrial Organizational Psychology

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Bio Wyndi completed her doctoral degree at Iowa State University and finished her pre-doctoral internship at the Student Counseling Center at Texas Tech University. Wyndi has worked at Xavier University since 2013.

Wyndi has conducted research on factors that influence college students' attitudes toward seeking career counseling, and she has examined the extent to which ability, self-efficacy, interests, and personality impact individuals' career choices. She also has studied the effects of gender identity and occupational perceptions on expression of interests.
Education Ph.D., Iowa State University – 2013 (Counseling Psychology)
Certificate, Iowa State University -2012 (Quantitative Psychology)
M.S., Iowa State University – 2010 (Counseling Psychology)
B.S., Iowa State University – 2007 (Psychology)
Areas of Expertise Vocational psychology. Psychological assessment. Quantitative Psychology.
Awards, Honors and Fellowships Bath Fellowship (2009)
Other Interest Cooking and eating; Spending time with her dogs; Exploring New Orleans; Watching and playing sport
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Dr. Brian L. Turner, Ph.D. Clinical Psychology
Assistant Professor

Research Interests:
The interaction of culture and psychology, Social Justice/Equality, Coping styles, Diversity/multicultural/inclusion issues (broadly defined), Mental health advocacy/legislative issues, Sports Psychology (Performance and Mental Preparation), Psychodiagnostic Assessment and measures, Training/supervision

Teaching Interests:
Research/Experimental Methodology, Cultural Competency, Multicultural/Cultural Psychology, Theories of Psychotherapy/Counseling, Clinical Practice, Supervision/Training

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Bio Previously I worked as a Senior Staff Psychologist at the University of West Florida Counseling Services.  I also held a faculty associate appointment in the UWF School of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences.  Prior to accepting the position at UWF, I completed my doctoral studies in Clinical Psychology at Jackson State University. To complete my doctoral training, I completed my predoctoral internship at the Counseling and Testing Center at the University of Akron, Akron, OH.

I am a native of New Orleans, LA., where I graduated from Isidore Newman High School.  I earned an athletic scholarship to Southern University and A & M College where I was a four year letter winner as member of the 1995, 1997 and 1998 Black College National Champion Football Team. I also graduated Cum Laude.

In returning home I look to reacquaint myself with the many festivals, foods, and folks that make New Orleans all its Own!!
Education Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS.
Dissertation:  Assessment of coping styles, daily hassles, and ethnic identity in Black Americans
B.S. Psychology, Southern University and A & M College at Baton Rouge, LA.
Areas of Expertise Black Male Academic and Social Achievement
Multicultural competency in clinical practice
Psychoeducational Programming/Outreach
Public Speaking
Mental Health Advocacy
Organizational/Leadership Development
Awards, Honors and Fellowships Presidents Award for Leadership in Diversity, University of
West Florida
Division of Student Affairs, Award of Excellence, University
of West Florida
Oracle Outstanding Faculty Member, UWF Housing and
Residence Life
Pensacola Independent News Weekly, Rising Star
Employee of the Month, University of West Florida
University of Akron, Division of Student Affairs Celebration
of Diversity Award
Other Interest Rottweiler’s
Southern/New Orleans cuisine
Sports: Saints/Southern U./Pelicans/LSU/XU
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Dr. Elizabeth Yost Hammer, MS & PhD Experimental Social Psychology

Research Interests:
Scholarship of teaching and learning, including service learning, mentoring, collaborative learning, and the utilization of social psychological theories in the classroom

Teaching Interests:
Introductory Psychology, Research Methods, Human Sexuality, Health Psychology, Freshman Seminar.

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(504) 520-5141
Bio Elizabeth Yost Hammer is the Director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and a Kellogg Professor in Teaching.  A Social Psychologist by training, she has contributed chapters to several books intended to enhance teaching preparation including The Handbook of the Teaching of Psychology and Turning Your Psychology Degree into a Career: Life After the Ph.D. In addition, I was published in a special teaching-related issue of the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology.  She co-edited the APS/Prentice-Hall reader, Current Directions in Social Psychology that is now being packaged with social psychology textbooks for Prentice Hall.  Further, she is a coauthor with Wayne Weiten and Dana Dunn on the textbook, Psychology Applied to Modern Life. Dr. Hammer is a past-president of Psi Chi, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and served as treasurer for the Society for the Teaching of Psychology.
Education Ph.D., Tulane University – 1994 (Experimental Social Psychology)
M.S., Tulane University – 1993 (Experimental Social Psychology)
B.S., Troy State University – 1989 (B.S. Psychology)
Areas of Expertise Evolutionary theories of music, particularly how it informs mate selection. The effect of music on cognitive, behavioral, and neurological aspects of dementia. Best practices for teaching and learning. The integration and benefit of contemplative practices in pedagogy.
Awards, Honors and Fellowships Finalist, Professional and Organizational Developers Innovation Award, 2009
College of Arts & Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award, Loyola University New Orleans, 2006
Fellow, American Psychological Association (Through APA Division 2, Society for the Teaching of Psychology), 2005
Service Learning Award, Loyola University New Orleans, 2004-2005
Other Interest Undergraduate research, stress & coping, positive psychology, contemplative pedagogy
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