Department of Psychology

The Psychology Department at Hawaii‘i Pacific University provides students with an understanding of the theoretical approaches and research methods applicable to both laboratory and real-world settings.  The department emphasizes the role of the liberal arts and critical thinking in higher education, the student's personal development, and an appreciation of individual differences and cultural diversity.

 

Katherine Aumer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
Ph.D. — University of Texas, Austin

Office: 1166 Fort Street Mall — FS Building, Room 309
Phone: (808) 544-0804
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Courses taught: Introduction to Psychology, Statistics in Psychology, Social Psychology, Human Sexuality, Psychology of Gender, Psychology of Emotions

Research interests: Has conducted research in the areas of emotions, relationship satisfaction, and racial identity. Dr. Aumer is currently conducting research in sexual identity and personality in long term relationships.


Michael A. Erickson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
Psychology Department Chair
Ph.D. — Indiana University

Office: 1166 Fort Street Mall — FS Building, Room 201-A
Phone: (808) 356-5211
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Courses Taught: Introduction to Psychology, Statistics in Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Forensic Psychology

Research Interests: Has conducted basic research to understand how the brain coordinates multiple systems in learning, reasoning, memory, and attention by investigating phenomena such as category learning, positive and negative priming, and working memory. He utilizes careful empirical studies as well as computational and mathematical models of behavior. He also conducts applied research in eyewitness identification and is interested in health psychology.


William “Doug” Hall, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor Of Psychology
MSCP — Chaminade University
Ph.D. — Saybrook University

Office: 1188 Fort Street Mall — MP Building, Room 419
Phone: (808) 544-0218
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Courses Taught: Introduction to Psychology, Research Methods in Psychology, Biopsychology, Abnormal Psychology, Cross-Cultural Psychology, Psychology of Music, History & Systems of Psychology

Research Interests: Has conducted research on the effectiveness of unconventional therapy interventions, the role of cultural traits in musical performance and motivation, and the kinesthetic perception of music. He is also interested in cross-disciplinary research in human performance, aesthetics, and creativity.


Vincent Tsushima, J.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor Of Psychology
Ph. D. — St. John’s University
J.D. — Fordham University Law School

Office: 1188 Fort Street Mall — MP Building, Room 420
Phone: (808) 544-1410
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Courses Taught: Introduction To Psychology, Research Methods In Psychology, Human Sexuality, Cross-Cultural Psychology, Group Counseling, Forensic Psychology, Tests and Measurements, Abnormal Psychology, and Psychotherapies

Research Interests: Has conducted research in the areas of behavioral medicine and forensic psychology; is currently conducting research in neuropsychological assessment


Susan B. Watson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Of Psychology
MA-CMHC Program Director
Ph.D. — University Of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Office: 1166 Fort Street Mall — FS Building, Room 201
Phone: (808) 566-2464
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Courses Taught: Health Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Tests & Measurements, Counseling/Community Practicum, Psychology of Substance Abuse, Abnormal Psychology, Psychotherapies

Research Interests: Has conducted research in the areas of cognitive-behavioral interventions and clinical assessment, particularly as related to traumatized and eating-disordered populations. Dr. Watson is currently conducting research on trauma history and associated symptoms in college students.