Dr. Robert J. Clements, Department of Biological Sciences
Dr. Clements is a research assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. He is currently investigating the effect of stereoscopic images on learning and cognition and studying/developing non-invasive measures of neurodegenerative disease states. His recently funded, completed research and published manuscripts focus on the effect of neurodegenerative diseases on cortical networks as well as stereoscopic learning techniques. He is using EEG recordings to assess mechanisms of cortical disruption associated with neurological disease states with the potential for providing early detection and therapeutic interventions. In addition, over the past few years Dr. Clements has been engaging in significant outreach activities with area high schools and has incorporated stereoscopic 3D content into the classroom and published open-source 3D learning tools. Related work focuses on elucidating underlying mechanisms of stereoscopic perception and its beneficial impact on learning/retention and translating this to the k-12 classroom.
Dr. David M. Fresco, Department of Psychology
Dr. Fresco is a professor of psychology at Kent State University and adjunct associate professor of psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. His program of research adopts an affective science perspective to the study of anxiety and mood disorders. Working at the interface of cognitive behavioral and emotion regulation approaches, he conducts survey, experimental, and treatment research to examine factors associated with major depressive disorder (MDD) and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) including metacognitive factors (e.g., explanatory flexibility, decentering, rumination, worry), peripheral psychophysiology, and emerging work from affective neuroscience, utilizing neuroimaging and electrophysiological techniques. Much of his NIH-funded treatment research has focused on the infusion of mindfulness into Western psychosocial treatments. Dr. Fresco is presently Associate Editor for two journals, the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology and Behavior Therapy, and also a member of the editorial board of several journals, including Journal of Abnormal Psychology.