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