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The Psychology Department Welcomes New Faculty Members

The Psychology Department is delighted to welcome two new colleagues beginning in Fall 2018.

Caterina Gratton, a cognitive neuroscientist, received her PhD from UC Berkeley and afterward completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. Professor Gratton studies brain networks and their contributions to cognition. She employs a combination of cutting-edge techniques, including functional magnetic resonance imaging and transcranial magnetic stimulation, with sophisticated analytical approaches. A main focus of her research is on the neural mechanisms that modify human behavior to achieve different goals. Additional projects examine how brain networks are affected by brain damage and disease. 

Alissa Levy Chung is a clinical and developmental psychologist who received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota (Institute of Child Development and Clinical Psychology). She is joining the department as an Associate Professor of Instruction. Her early research focused on the intergenerational transmission of parenting and the role of early experience in the development of psychopathology. For the past several years, she shifted her focus to teaching and was an award-winning teacher as a member of the adjunct faculty in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern, teaching courses in developmental and clinical psychology. Previous teaching experience also included participating in the development of and teaching classes in the infant mental health specialty program at Erikson Institute in Chicago. For the past 18 years, Alissa has been a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice, working with children, adolescents, adults, and families throughout Evanston, Chicago, and the North Shore. She is active in the Evanston public schools and has been a special education advocate for families.


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