dac faculty and allies




    leshikar_s Leshikar, Eric
Clinical Assistant Professor           
BSB 1042D
(312) 355-2739
E-mail: Leshikar@uic.edu            

Eric Leshikar has been on the Psychology faculty since 2013. Eric trained at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Brandeis University. Eric's primary research focus is improving human memory using both behavioral and brain stimulation approaches. In particular, Eric is interested in improving memory in older as well as in younger adults.


   Morelli Morelli, Sylvia
Assistant Professor
BSB 1062B
(312) 996-2701
E-mail: smorelli@uic.edu  

Dr. Sylvia Morelli is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Director of the Empathy and Social Connection Lab. She received her BA in Psychology from Princeton University and PhD from UCLA. Prior to joining UIC, Dr. Morelli worked in the Stanford Social Neuroscience Lab and explored whether positive empathy (i.e., our ability to share and understand others’ positive emotions) promotes prosocial behavior, social connection, and well-being. She uses a combination of behavioral and neuroimaging techniques, including functional magnetic resonance imaging, laboratory experiments, daily experience sampling, and social network analyses. Overall, her research aims to broaden our understanding of empathy and demonstrate its critical role in promoting well-being and positive social relationships.

  Weissberg Weissberg, Roger
BSB 1008A
(312) 226-3795
E-mail: rpw@uic.edu

Roger P. Weissberg is NoVo Foundation Endowed Chair in Social and Emotional Learning and University/LAS Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Education. He is chair of the Diversity Advancement Committee and Community and Prevention Research Program, and directs the Social and Emotional Learning Research Group. Weissberg is also Chief Knowledge Officer of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), an organization committed to making evidence-based social and emotional academic learning an essential part of education. Weissberg has authored 250 publications focusing on preventive interventions with children. He has received several awards including: the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Contribution Award for Applications of Psychology to Education and Training, the Society for Community Research and Action’s Distinguished Contribution to Theory and Research Award, and the "Daring Dozen" award from the George Lucas Educational Foundation for being 1 of 12 people who are reshaping the future of education. In 2013, he was elected to the National Academy of Education for contributions to education research and policy.


dac allies

    Bonam Bonam, Courtney
Assistant Professor
BSB 1062A
(312) 355-0808

Courtney Bonam is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She began this position in 2012, after completing a Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California Berkeley. Dr. Bonam is also a research affiliate of San Francisco State University's Center for Sustainable Cities and Schools. Trained as a social psychologist, her research focuses on stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination; environmental justice; racial disparities in access to high quality physical space; as well as the experiences and perceptions of multiracial people. Courtney is a graduate of Stanford University. During her time there, she published research focusing on multiracial individuals' views of race as a social construct, as well as how this view can afford them resilience in potentially challenging social situations.

Molina Molina, Kristine
Assistant Professor
BSB 1050A
(312) 996-5258

Kristine Molina received a joint Ph.D. in Psychology (Personality & Social Contexts) and Women's Studies from the University of Michigan. She completed an NIH-funded post-doctoral fellowship in the Behavioral Medicine Research in Cardiovascular Disease Training Program at the University of Miami. In 2013 she joined the Psychology Department at UIC. She is also an Affiliated Faculty of the Latin American and Latino Studies Program and Community Health Sciences Division in the School of Public Health, and an NIH K12 Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health Scholar.
Her program of research centers on stress, resilience and health, with a specific focus on (1) elucidating the ways in which discrimination stress relates to the health, broadly defined, of Latino youth and adults; (2) investigating the psychosocial and contextual factors that might mitigate the deleterious effects of discrimination on health; and (3) examining the psychosocial mechanisms through which the effects of discrimination, as perceived by Latino parents, are inter-generationally transmitted to child outcomes. In 2015, she received the National Award of Excellence in Research by a New Investigator from the National Hispanic Science Network.

Ragozzino Ragozzino, Mike
Professor and Department Head
BSB 1066B           
(312) 996-2836
E-mail: mrago@uic.edu

Michael E. Ragozzino is Professor and Head in the Department of Psychology.    His research program broadly investigates the neural bases of learning and memory.   His laboratory has a particular focus on the neural basis of cognitive flexibility and the neuropathophysiology that contributes to cognitive inflexibility in autism spectrum disorder.  Professor Ragozzino has served as a research mentor for  a diverse group of UIC undergraduates who have won numerous local and national awards for their research.   Prior to becoming department head,  Professor Ragozzino was a faculty member on the Psychology Diversity Advancement Committee.   He has also worked with the UIC Upward Bound program to introduce high school students to neuroscience research.   He has further collaborated with the Jordan Boys and Girls club to encourage children from Chicago’s West Haven neighborhood to explore educational opportunities at UIC, as part of the “March to Campus” program.

Roitman Roitman, Mitch
Associate Professor
BSB  1042C
(312) 996-3113
E-mail: mroitman@uic.edu  

Mitch Roitman is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is currently serving as the Director for Graduate Studies in Psychology as well as the Associate Director for the Laboratory for Integrative Neuroscience and a member of the Executive Committee for the Graduate Program in Neuroscience. Dr. Roitman received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Cornell University and his Ph.D. in Neurobiology and Behavior from the University of Washington. After a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina, Dr. Roitman joined the faculty here in 2006. His research focuses on understanding the neural substrates that give rise to motivated behavior and its associated disease states with a particular focus on food intake/obesity and drug-taking/addiction. Dr. Roitman enjoys many outreach endeavors. He has been involved with the Chicago Brain Bee – a neuroscience competition for high school students – since 2008 and has chaired the event for the past 5 years. He also regularly speaks in high schools and hosts groups of high school students interested in the STEM disciplines.

 Zinsser2 Zinsser, Kate
Assistant Professor
BSB 1050D
(312) 996-5494

Katherine (Kate) Zinsser is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Community and Prevention Research program at UIC. Through her research Kate strives to support the social-emotional well-being and development of young children and their caregivers by conducting applied research that can benefit practice and policy. As the director of the Social-Emotional Teaching and Learning Lab, Kate and her research team publish on a wide range of topics including: developmentally appropriate assessment of social-emotional learning (SEL), evaluating state learning standards of SEL and measures of preschool quality, supporting teachers’ emotional health, and early childhood education leadership practices that promote SEL. She has received funding from the National Academy of Education to study the racial and gender disparities in preschool expulsion and suspension and from the Institute for Education Sciences to develop an assessment of preschool teachers’ social-emotional teaching practices. Kate earned her Ph.D. in applied developmental psychology from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and her B.A. from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.