Department Newsletter | New Faculty

Eve Isham, Assistant Professor

I am very excited to be part of the Psychology Department and the McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Arizona. My research interests include temporal awareness and time perception, action agency and intentionality.  While these cognitive processes are essential to our daily lives, we have a limited understanding of how they operate and how they may be altered or compromised under different mental or health states.  To further investigate, my lab employs techniques such as EEG, eye tracking, and TMS to observe the psychological and neural mechanisms of these cognitive processes.  I feel fortunate to be building my research program here at UofA alongside esteemed colleagues and at an institute with a strong foundation in cognitive science, neuroscience and consciousness.  I very much look forward to calling Tucson home.

Arne Ekstrom, Assistant Professor

I am thrilled to be joining the University of Arizona Psychology Department and the McKnight Brain Institute as an associate professor.  As a former alum of UofA (master’s degree in neuroscience, 2001), I have a great appreciation for the innovative and “can-do” spirit that underlies much of the great research here.  My research focuses on human spatial navigation, a historic strength of UofA psychology, and an important area of study because of how fundamental it is to our everyday lives.  We employ techniques like high-resolution functional magnetic resonance imaging, encephalography (EEG), and patient work, all distinct strengths of UofA research.  Our inter-disciplinary research — which has foundations in computer science (via virtual reality and neural networks), geographical science, cognitive science, linguistics, neurology, neurosurgery, and others — will benefit significantly from the collaborative and enterprising spirit of University of Arizona.  I look forward to coming back to Tucson and introducing my family and lab to all the fun and excitement of the desert. 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. 

Andrew Perkins, Teaching Faculty
I am a graduate of the University of Arizona Clinical Psychology Program who completed an internship and one-year-postdoctoral fellowship in forensic psychology at California State Hospitals- Patton. One of my favorite things about being a graduate student was teaching and working with students, and I am excited and honored to be joining the department as a faculty member. My research has focused on issues at the intersection of law and psychology, particularly as they apply to illegal sexual behaviors. In addition to my University duties, I also have a small practice in forensic psychology. When I am not teaching or doing clinical work my hobbies are board games, video games, travel, and (I’ll be honest here) Netflix. 

JeanMarie Bianchi, Teaching Faculty

I earned my Ph.D. here in Psychology at the University of Arizona under Dr. Jacobs with concentrations in EEP and CNS. I spent the past year as an assistant professor at Wilson College, a private teaching-focused liberal arts college in PA before moving back to Tucson this summer to join the UA, this time as teaching faculty. My teaching & research go hand in hand: I am very interested in the cognitive strengths of young people exposed to stressful early-life conditions.  I enjoy teaching psychology to diverse groups of students as well as mentoring those interested in research. Outside of work, I enjoy being physically active, cooking, relaxing with family and friends, and travelling. I am very honored and excited to be back at the UofA this fall!