Ryan Curtis


BPS 3127

Introduction : Ryan Curtis received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Brigham Young University. His graduate work was completed at the University of Maryland where he was the first graduate student to earn the University Teaching and Learning Program (UTLP) citation. His graduate training focused on Social Psychology with an emphasis on interpersonal relationships. His research interests include the effect of rejection on relationships, determinants of communal relationship strength, and cross-cultural emotions. Ryan is particularly passionate about improving undergraduate education and has presented on the use of technology (wikis, blogs, clickers, etc.) in large class settings and avoiding assumption errors in the classroom.


Scott F. Hall


Introduction : After receiving a B.A. in Psychology from Harvard University in 1987, Dr. Hall continued to work with his undergraduate research supervisors, Profs. Ann Kelley and James R. Stellar for several years prior to pursuing graduate work at Cambridge University with Professor Trevor W. Robbins, Ph.D., F.R.S. In 1994 Dr. Hall received a Ph.D. in Neurobiology for his thesis entitled The behavioral and neurochemical effects of social separation on the rat which investigated the effects of early social deprivation on brain monoamine systems using behavioral, pharmacological and neurochemical approaches. This thesis developed isolation-rearing as an animal model of schizophrenia that has greater validity than other models and subsequently has become widely used by pharmaceutical companies developing novel therapeutics. As a postdoctoral fellow Dr. Hall was a National Research Council Research Associate at the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse, where he worked with the Scientific Director, Dr. Markku Linnoila. During his postgraduate work Dr. Hall pursued his interests in environmental effects on psychopathological phenotypes using animal models, incorporating genetic components to begin to study gene-environment interactions. Wanting to gain a greater understanding of genetics, with the ultimate goal of understanding the genetic underpinnings of gene-environment interactions in isolation-rearing, Dr. Hall joined the Molecular Neurobiology Branch at the National Institute on Drug Abuse in 1999. Since 2001 Dr. Hall has lead the transgenic mouse group, investigating the molecular basis of addiction and related psychiatric phenotypes. This work has characterized the polygenic basis of these phenotypes, but is the groundwork for future studies to examine the molecular basis of gene-environment interactions. Dr. Hall is the author of 65 scientific articles. Since 1995 Dr. Hall has also lectured in the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland.


Scott Roberts

Director of Undergraduate Studies

BPS 1107

Introduction : Scott Roberts is the Director of Undergraduate Studies and a lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland. Scott completed his undergraduate degree at Denison University, where he conducted research with chimpanzees with the Ohio State Chimpanzee center, and then spent three years working as a dolphin trainer and research assistant at the Kewalo Basin Marine Mammal Laboratory in Honolulu before pursuing a Ph.D. in Social Psychology at Maryland. Prior to assuming his role as the programs Director in 2011 worked as a Research Psychologists for the Federal Government, as a management consultant for ICON Inc., as a professional photographer and a volunteer firefighter. Aside from his administrative duties Scott leads a research group related to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on Introductory Psychology, Social Psychology, Persuasion, the Psychology of Evil, the Psychology of Unethical Conduct and the Teaching of Psychology.


Nazish Salahuddin

Clinical Assistant Professor


Introduction : Dr. Salahuddin earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Maryland in 2008. Her research, clinical, and teaching interests are largely in the areas of multicultural, gender, and social justice issues. Most recently, she has been working on developing and validating an instrument assessing the unique challenges and types of resilience experienced by urban, multiracial adults.


Dylan Selterman,


BPS 3147-A

Introduction : Dr. Selterman received his B.A. in Psychology from Johns Hopkins University, and his Ph.D. in Social/Health Psychology from Stony Brook University. He is a social psychologist by training, with background in developmental and educational psychology as well. Dr. Selterman's research interests include: a) close relationships between parents/children, friends, and romantic partners, b) patterns of dreaming and how they influence subsequent behavior, c) how people experience emotions especially those that are related to relationships (e.g., jealousy, love), d) romantic attachment and sexual behavior, and e) morals, ethics, norms, and standards for interpersonal behavior, especially in close relationships. Dr. Selterman's lab is currently studying attitudes toward what is considered ethical behavior in close relationships, how those attitudes and judgments vary based on personality variables, motivations for infidelity/cheating behavior, jealousy and other responses to betrayals/violations, and how couples manage ethical issues in relationships (e.g., monogamy status).


Tracy Tomlinson


Introduction : Dr. Tomlinson's research interests lie at the intersection of psychology and forensics. She is interested in memory and decision making processes in forensic settings, juror biases, perceptions, and decisions, lineup administration and judgments, effects of similarity between choice options on lineup and juror judgments, memory applications to judgments and decision making, deception detection, suppressed memories: memory inhibition and recovery and how research informs policy.