Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Faculty Appointments to the Department of Psychology

Release Date: 
Aug 25 2010

The School of Science at IUPUI proudly announces the appointment of four assistant professors and one associate professor to the Department of Psychology.

Adam Hirsh joins IUPUI as an assistant professor after having completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington Department of Rehabilitation Medicine in Seattle. Focusing on the biopsychosocial aspects of pain, his primary research involves the use of novel virtual human technology to investigate how providers make decisions about pain assessment and treatment.

Dr. Hirsh earned his B.A. in psychology from the University of Central Florida in 2001. He earned his M.S. in clinical and health psychology in 2004 and his doctorate in 2008, both from the University of Florida, Gainesville.

Christopher Lapish joins the department as an assistant professor. Prior to joining IUPUI, he held an appointment as a research associate professor at the University of British Columbia. The primary focus of Lapish’s research is to understand the neurophysiological basis of cognition and explore potential treatment strategies for disorders such as schizophrenia and addiction.

Dr. Lapish earned his B.S. in microbiology from Clemson in 1999 and his doctorate in neuroscience from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2006. He has an excellent publication track record and currently holds grants from NARSAD (National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression) and the Michael Smith Foundation.

Catherine Mosher joins IUPUI as an assistant professor after having completed her postdoctoral fellowship in psycho-oncology at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Her research focuses on the development and evaluation of interventions to reduce psychological and physical distress following a cancer diagnosis.

Dr. Mosher earned her B.A. in psychology from Youngstown State University in 2002. She earned her M.A. in psychology in 2004 and doctorate in clinical psychology in 2007, both from the University at Albany, State University of New York.

Elizabeth Poposki joins the industrial/organizational psychology program as an assistant professor after having completed her doctorate in organizational psychology at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on the challenges that people face when attempting to balance multiple life roles and goals. Although research in this area has typically focused on the roles of work and family, Poposki aims to broaden that emphasis and explore other areas of life such as friendships, health and leisure.

Poposki earned her B.S. in psychology from Central Michigan University in 2003, her M.A. in industrial/organizational psychology in 2008 and her doctorate in 2010, both from Michigan State University.

Michelle Salyers was appointed associate professor in January 2010. She is also the co-director of the Indiana ACT Center of Indiana, a Regenstrief Institute Investigator, and a Research Scientist at the Roudebush VA Medical Center. She conducts research in Illness Management and Recovery (IMR), a program to help people to learn better ways to cope with the effects of having a mental illness. Her research helps clinicians learn about evidence-based practices and how to work more closely with consumers in making treatment decisions. More recently she has been working on research that helps clinicians to learn ways to prevent burnout in the mental health field.

At the ACT Center, Salyers and her team provide training and consultation, measure program implementation and consumer outcomes, and work with policymakers to help establish funding that will encourage evidence-based practice. Her research on ACT programs and their success with the severely mentally ill has contributed to the evidence base that is making ACT of growing interest to state governments, advocacy organizations such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and families of the severely mentally ill.

Dr. Salyers earned her B.S. in psychology from Purdue University in 1989, a M.S. in clinical rehabilitation psychology from Purdue in 1996, and doctorate from IUPUI in 1998.

“The appointment of these faculty members reinforces the psychology department’s commitment to being a dynamic and collaborative community of researchers and teachers who are deeply committed to the discovery and advancement of knowledge,” says department chair Dr. Kathy Johnson.

Learn more about these professors at: http://science.iupui.edu/people/2010-2011-faculty