James Kevin Doyle

Department Head & Assoc Prof

Department Head, SSPS

Social Science & Policy Studies

Office: Salisbury Laboratories 311

Phone: 508-831-5583

I am a social psychologist trained in the interdisciplinary field of judgment and decision making. I am particularly interested in how people develop an understanding of complex environmental and societal problems and how their "mental models" of complex systems can best be studied and improved to aid both personal and public decision making. I firmly believe that environmental and social problems can't be solved without understanding how they are represented in the mind and identifying what cognitive processes people bring to bear upon them. ... View Profile

Ivon Arroyo

Assistant Professor

Social Science & Policy Studies

Office: Salisbury Labs 317A

Phone: 508-831-6715

A true hybrid across disciplines, professor Arroyo specializes in Learning Sciences, Computer Science and Educational/Cognitive Psychology. ... View Profile

Kymberlee M. O'Brien

Assistant Teaching Professor

Social Science & Policy Studies

Office: Salisbury Laboratories, 334

I am delighted to be offering psychophysiology, health psychology, and related research opportunities for WPI students. My primary research includes assessing acute and chronic stress as related to implicit biases, resilience, cognitive effort, and factors associated with health disparities. I am not only interested in delineating these relationships, but also assessing what protective factors are titrated to each unique stressors. How can individuals be protected from such stressors? My research also investigates how appraisal processes can shape physiological responses. ... View Profile

Erin R Ottmar

Assistant Professor

Social Science & Policy Studies

Office: Salisbury Laboratories, 317C

Erin Ottmar is an assistant professor of psychology and learning sciences at WPI. She received her BA in psychology and elementary education from the University of Richmond. After college, she spent several years teaching in Ecuador and Japan. In 2011, she received her PhD in Educational Psychology: Applied Developmental Science from the University of Virginia. After graduate school, returned to a small liberal arts environment and spent 3 years as a post-doctoral research scientist at the University of Richmond. ... View Profile

Jeanine LM Skorinko

Associate Professor

Director of Psychological Science Program

Social Science & Policy Studies

Office: Salisbury Labs 317D

Phone: 508-831-5451

Jeanine Skorinko is an associate professor of psychology at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the Department of Social Science and Policy Studies. She also is the director of the Psychological Science undergraduate program. She received her PhD in social psychology at the University of Virginia. Her research program attempts to understand how factors in our social environment, especially those factors we are unaware of, influence decisions and interpersonal interactions. ... View Profile

Affiliated Faculty

Thomas J. Balistrieri

Adjunct Instructor/Lecturer

Social Science & Policy Studies

Office: 157 West St

Phone: 508-831-5540

Scott D Barton

Assistant Professor

Humanities & Arts

Office: Alden Hall 208

Phone: 508-831-5620

I compose, perform, record, mix and produce electroacoustic music; I am interested in how we can use the tools and techniques of audio production to explore new musical territory. I build mechatronic and robotic musical instruments; I am interested in how we can free electronic music from the world of speakers through computer-controlled automatic mechanical instruments. I conduct research and experiments that explore how our cognitive and perceptual processes affect our musical experience; I am interested in how we can use such research to guide our compositional and analytic activities. ... View Profile