Department Newsletter | New Faculty

Ying-hui Chou, Assistant Professor
I am very excited to join the Department of Psychology. I appreciate the warm welcome everyone has given me. For therapist few years, I have been applying resting-state fMRI technologies to study brain functional organization and assess the therapeutic effects of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) in neurodegenerative disorders at the Duke Brain Imaging and Analysis Center. The current focus of my research program is to establish an evidence-based strategy that combines diffusion tensor imaging, resting-state fMRI, and rTMS to guide, document, and predict therapeutic effects of rTMS in Parkinson’s diseases. I am looking forward to collaborating with my colleagues!


Alyssa Croft, Assistant Professor
I earned my B.A. in psychology at UA in 2008 (#wildcatforlife!) and my Ph.D. in social/personality psychology at the University of British Columbia this summer. My research focuses on prejudice and stereotypes – I aim to understand how group membership shapes the way we think, feel, behave, and interact with others. Lately I’ve been examining male/female under-representation in traditional gender roles and its consequences (e.g., young girls have less female-stereotypic career expectations when their dads do more housework/childcare). Outside of work, I enjoy hanging out with my dogs, playing board/video games, gardening, general socializing (especially when it involves good food and wine), and actively searching for the world’s best ice cream. 


Cynthia Erickson, Teaching Faculty
I earned my Ph.D. in Psychology and Neuroscience here at the University of Arizona in 1993. Since then I have been doing research and teaching from coast-to-coast. My research focuses on visual memory and perception. I enjoy working with students in the classroom and in the laboratory. My many research students have presented numerous posters at international, regional and local conferences. When I am not thinking about psychology, I might be spending time with my family and two dogs, Zara and Kosmos. My hobbies are skiing, hiking and horses. My favorite book is “Thinking Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman.  


Vicky Tzuyin Lai, Assistant Professor
I am originally from Taiwan, and my doctoral training was in the areas of Psycholinguistics and Cognitive Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. During my postdoctoral years, I worked in the Neurobiology of Language department at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics first, and then in the Language, Concepts, and the Brain laboratory at the University of South Carolina. I am excited to join Psychology and the Cognitive Science community at the University of Arizona, where I will continue research in language using neuroscience and behavioral methods. I love swimming, hiking, sampling good food, and chatting with my two-year-old!