Summer 2013 - 2016 Research Internships in
Hojooba’ bee la’ hooniil,
Undergraduate Research into the Social Psychophysiology of Compassion

Faculty Research Projects:

Andrew Gardner is a Child Psychologist who specializes in pediatric behavioral psychology and applied behavior analysis. Dr. Gardner joined our faculty in the Fall of 2006, having just completed a 2-year Post Doctoral Fellowship in Pediatrics at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore. Dr. Gardner has since developed an active research program at NAU, incorporating both undergraduate and graduate students into his laboratory-based functional analyses of problem childhood behaviors. “What is the role of cultural social reward systems in mother-child and self-other caring?” “How can an applied behavior analysis of the components of compassion (caring, empathic resonance, personal distress, forgiveness, and gratitude) shape compassionate behaviors?” “How can one increase compassion in adults, and what are the roles of conditioning and reinforcement, observational learning and modeling, and pro-social self-reinforcement?”