Faculty Research

All regular psychology faculty are engaged in both teaching and research as described below. Adjunct teaching faculty (not described here) are often involved in community practice or research at other institutions.


Andrew Downs, PhD
Office: BC 140 Phone: 503.943.8746 e mail: downs@up.edu

Dr. Downs’ area of specialty is clinical psychology. His research program focuses on examining factors that promote mental and physical health in individuals across the life span. Dr. Downs is currently conducting research on how emotional development relates to interpersonal behavior in young children, and how to better identify adolescents and young adults who are at-risk for mental health problems. Dr. Downs received his PhD from Washington State University and completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Oregon Health and Science University.


Louisa Brad, PhD
Office: BC 132 Phone: 503.943.7148 e mail: brad@up.edu

Dr. Brad's area of specialty is cognitive psychology. She's interested in why we make irrational and immoral decisions. She's particularly interested in the extent to which irrationality and immorality are innate. Her research utilizes cross-species, cross-cultural, and cross-age comparisons. Dr. Brad received her PhD from Yale University.


Andrew Guest, PhD (Department Chair)
Office: BC 144 Phone: 503.943.7348 e mail: guesta@up.edu
Web: https://sites.up.edu/guesta/ and http://sportsandideas.tumblr.com/

Dr. Guest’s area of specialty is developmental psychology with a focus on social development in cultural and community contexts. Specific interests include youth development and inequality, extracurricular programs as developmental influences, and sport as an influence on our lives and our communities. Dr. Guest received his PhD from the University of Chicago, along with a master’s degree in sport studies from Miami University, and also has a courtesy appointment with the U.P. sociology program.


Deana L. Julka, PhD
Office: BC 146 Phone: 503.943.7260 e mail: julka@up.edu

Dr. Julka's area of specialty is social psychology. She teaches and/or conducts research in the areas of psychology and law, cross-cultural psychology, relationships, aggression, persuasion and groups. Dr. Julka's PhD is from the University of Notre Dame.


Mark Pitzer, PhD
Office: BC 145 Phone: 503.943.7586 e mail: pitzer@up.edu

Dr. Pitzer is a neuroscientist that specializes in the area of degenerative brain diseases. He received his PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago and continued his training as a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Center for Brain Repair at Rush Medical College and then as a researcher at the Oregon National Primate Research Center. He has worked on surgical treatments for Parkinson’s disease and a genetic treatment for Huntington’s disease and is currently working on the roles that serotonin and dopamine neurons play in depression.


Sarina Saturn, PhD
Office BC 131 Phone: 503.943.7296 e mail: saturns@up.edu

Dr. Saturn areas of specialty are health psychology and neuroscience. Her research involves a multi-method approach to studying the biology underlying positive social emotions with measures of life histories, behavior, physiology, and the oxytocin system (genetics, epigenetics, and hormones release). Her PhD in neuroscience is from New York University, and she undertook post-doctoral work at Columbia University, Stanford University, and the University of California – Berkeley.


Zach Simmons, PhD
Office: BC 142 Phone: 503.943.7588 e mail: simmonsz@up.edu

Zach received his degree in evolutionary psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He teaches general psychology, the research methods sequence, and a variety of upper-division courses that employ an evolutionary framework to understand human nature. His research focuses on the interplay between hormones and the social world, with recent work examining how changes in testosterone produced by mating primes can influence risk-taking and how fluctuations in women’s reproductive hormones can influence their immediate motivational states.

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