Western Institute for Social Research
Department of Psychology
Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA 98225-9089
Western Washington University Web Sites
Center for Cross-Cultural Research
Dr. Devenport's primary area of research involves applying
social psychological theories to the study of individuals in a legal
context. Her research examines the effectiveness of legal safeguards
(i.e., cross-examination, expert psychological testimony, judicial motions
to suppress eyewitness identifications, presence-of-counsel at
post-indictment lineups) designed to protect defendants from erroneous
convictions resulting from mistaken eyewitness identifications.
Deborah Kirby Forgays, Ph.D.
Dr. Forgay's research examines:
how girls and women develop their anger expression
developmental differences in women's anger
the influence of mothers on their daughters'
Dr. Lemm's research
primarily involves implicit, or unconscious, beliefs and attitudes,
particularly implicit prejudice. Her current work focuses on implicit bias
related to gender and sexual orientation as well as implicit gender
David N. Sattler,
research interests include:
psychological distress and other responses following disasters (e.g.,
earthquakes, hurricanes, terrorist attacks),
improving aid and intervention programs following disasters worldwide, and developing ways to promote preparedness for
examining behavior in situations where individual and collective interests are
in conflict (i.e., social dilemmas), and factors influencing cooperative
Joseph E. Trimble, Ph.D.
Dr. Trimble's research interests include:
studies of the etiology,
epidemiology, and prevention of alcohol and drug use among American Indians and Alaska
ethnic identification, acculturation, and adaptation to problematic life events across cultural and ethnic groups using Rasch and latent structure
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