Baldwin M. Way, Ph.D., Lab Director 

   I first became interested in the psychological and neurochemical underpinnings of sociality through the inspiration of Roger D. Masters, Ph.D., at Dartmouth College with whom I studied the role of affect in attitude change to political leaders. This led me to UCLA for graduate school to study the serotonin system in non-human primate social behavior in the laboratory of William P. Melega, Ph.D. and also receive training in pharmacology and neurochemistry under the tutelage of Arthur K. Cho, Ph.D.

   After receiving my Ph.D. in Neuroscience, I had a fortuitous meeting with Matthew Lieberman, Ph.D. and Chris Dunkel Schetter, Ph.D., which led to the opportunity to receive postdoctoral training in the Health Psychology program at UCLA. Under the mentorship of Shelley Taylor, Ph.D., Naomi Eisenberger, Ph.D. and Dr. Lieberman, I used a genetic approach to extend my studies of the serotonin system into the study of social stress and rejection. 

   Since coming to OSU, my primary research has focused on inflammatory influences on psychology and behavior as well as psychological influence upon inflammation (with a little oxytocin and opioid research sprinkled on the side).


Baldwin's Curriculum Vitae 

Haemi Nam, Graduate Student

If the mind and body are connected what happens when that connection is broken? To answer this question I conduct research using behavioral and pharmacological methods to study acetaminophen’s effect on aggressive behavior and effort. Additionally, I explore the mechanisms by which acetaminophen affects different behavior. I’m also interested in adversity and resiliency. Why do some people thrive in the face of adversity and how can people become psychologically tough to succeed? I’m interested in the role of life history and relationships in the development of resiliency. 

Lexi Keaveney, Graduate Student

Broadly, I am interested in the bidirectional relationship between health and social psychology. I study both the effects of social experience on health and the effects of health on social cognition. In one line of research, I explore the mechanisms by which our perceptions of social experience, our social relationships, and the goals we hold within them, have an effect on our immune system functioning. In another line of research, I examine how immune system functioning effects our social cognition, decision-making, and risk-taking behavior, using both measurement of immune markers and manipulation of immune-system related neurochemical processes via drug administration.

Kendra Wilson, Study Coordinator

Kendra Wilson is coordinating the longitudinal adolescent neuroimaging project examining the neural and immune effects of activity spaces.

Lab Alumni

Kyle Ratner, Assistant Professor, University of California at Santa Barbara

Kyle Ratner was a post-doctoral fellow in the laboratory from 2012 to 2014. His research focused on the role of acetaminophen in intergroup processes as well as social stigma upon health. This latter research focus led to a National Science Foundation grant to explore the effects of social stigma on health symptoms following Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriage. His current web page is located here.

Dominick Mischkowski, Assistant Professor, Ohio University

Dominick Mischkowski's research in the laboratory focused on the role of acetaminophen in empathy, aggression, and social exclusion. After a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, Dominick began as an assistant professor at Ohio University in the fall of 2017. His current web page is located here.

Ian Roberts, Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Toronto (Laboratory of Cendri Hutcherson)

My research seeks to answer 2 basic questions: (1) How do people make decisions and exert self-control? (2) How can psychological and situational factors change the effects that a drug has on behavior? To answer the first question, I use a combination of behavioral, pharmacological, and neuroimaging techniques to explore the psychological processes involved in decision-making. These same methods allow me to investigate my second question by showing how manipulating the situational context can change, and sometimes even reverse, the effect that a drug has on behavior.

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Geoff Durso, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Vanderbilt University, Marketing (Laboratory of Kelly Haws)

Geoff Durso completed a BS in marketing and a BS in psychology at Indiana University. He received his MA in social psychology at Ohio State in 2013 and is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Vanderbilt University. His broader research interests focus on the psychological process of evaluation. He and his colleagues examine evaluative processes in three related areas: (1) How people perceive--and behave accordingly to--conflicting negative and positive information (ambivalence), (2) how people respond to subsequent confirmations or violations of their evaluative expectations, and (3) how, when, and why people exhibit differential sensitivity within both positive and negative contexts. 

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