Joseph S. Baschnagel, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology

Office: Eastman 2354





Welcome to my profile page. Here you can learn a little about my academic background and my current research interests.



My degree is in Clinical Psychology. I completed both my B.A. in Psychology and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University at Buffalo under the guidance of Larry Hawk, Ph.D.. I completed a clinical intership at the University of Mississippi Medical Center - Jackson VA Consortium in Jackson, MS and completed a 2-year post-doctoral program focused on PTSD and Addiction research at the University of Mississippi Medical Center under the guidance of Scott Coffey, Ph.D..


Research Interests:

My current research focuses on studying addictive behaviors related to smoking and alcohol use. Specifically I am interested in attentional and emotional aspects of addiction. I am affiliated with the Multidisciplinary Vision Research Laboratory here at RIT where I incorporate mobile eye-tracking into cue-reactivity paradigms. I frequently use psychophysiological research methods to study attention and emotion processing; measures such as the startle eye-blink reflex, facial EMG, heartrate, and skin conductance responses. I collaborate with various colleagues on topics beyond my main focus, such as studying physiological arousal to jealousy scripts. In the past I have studied attentional and emotional processing in borderline personality disorder populations and have done work studying the effect of incentives on basic attentional processes. I supervise a large number of student projects in my lab and these projects often vary in the content domain. To see a list of my publications, please click on the link to my curriculum vitae located to the left.


Courses Taught:

Here at RIT I typically teach Psychophysiology, Psychopharmacology, Biological Basis of Mental Disorders, Behavior Modification, Personality Psychology, Biopsychology and Graduate Biopsychology.