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Research Opportunities

Departmental Research

Biopsychology Lab

Dr. Henry Yoon

Henry Yoon
Henry Yoon, PhD


Our lab investigates how on-going brain activity in participants at rest (i.e., resting EEG) is related to past substance use behaviors (e.g., heavy drinking, early cigarette use), and history of substance dependence. This resting EEG brain activity is assessed in volunteering participants from Augsburg’s StepUP® Program who are in recovery from substance dependence as well as volunteering student participants recruited from Augsburg University.

We hypothesize that despite abstaining from substance use, certain EEG brainwave activity will distinguish StepUP® participants with prior history of substance dependence from controls who did not present such a history. In general, such findings may help further elucidate potential brain measures related to substance dependence and perhaps even relapse. Overall, such research may better inform future treatment strategies.

Clinical Psychology Lab

Stacy Freiheit, PhD, LP

Stacy Freiheit
Stacy Freiheit, PhD, LP


In the Clinical Psychology lab, students are engaged in ongoing faculty-led research about evidence-practices for anxiety and on projects that examine the relationship between religious coping and mental health. Recent student-led projects include spiritual struggles and hopelessness, emotion regulation and substance use, and thin-ideal and body image. Students in the Clinical Psychology lab often share their research findings at local and national Psychology conferences.

Cognitive Geropsychology Lab

Ben Denkinger, Ph.D.

Ben Denkinger
Ben Denkinger, PhD

Researchers in the Cognitive Geropsychology lab seek to investigate age-related changes in memory, attention, and perception during the process of normal aging. Student investigators interact with our older adult participants, aged 60+, as we examine such topics as the role that emotion plays in shaping younger and older adults’ sense of the passage of time, or the ways in which memory for different types of information vary across the lifespan.



Memory and Development Lab

Evren Guler
Evren Guler, PhD

Dr. Evren Güler

In the Memory and Development Lab, researchers study basic memory processes in children and young adults. The primary interest is in understanding the development of episodic and autobiographical memory. Current research projects focus on examining the role of cognitive control in strategic search and retrieval of autobiographical memories.

Social Psychology Lab

Dave Matz, Ph.D.

Dave Matz, Ph.D.
Dave Matz, Ph.D.


Research in the Social Psychology lab is focused on two primary topics: 1) Evolutionary Psychology and mate selection, and 2) the influence of cognitive dissonance in the decision-making process. Much of the current work in the lab employs eye-tracking technology to examine how people attend to images of potential mates and how factors such as hair length and hair color can influence perceptions.

Student research at Augsburg

It’s not uncommon to associate “research” with a scientific laboratory, microscopes, and tiny glass slides smeared with cells. But research at Augsburg is more than Bunsen burners and petri dishes.

Every year students in the Natural and Social Sciences, the Humanities, and the Arts conduct intensive 10-week summer projects as well as ongoing projects throughout the year. To meet some of these student researchers and many others, attend Zyzzogeton, Augsburg’s annual celebration of academic and artistic student achievement.