Faculty


Lisa Wagner

Program Director
(415) 422-5828

Lisa S. Wagner, PhD is professor of psychology and director of the gerontology minor at University of San Francisco. Professor Wagner has conducted research on stereotyping and aging for the past 25 years. Through a grant from National Institute on Aging and with support from USF, her research has examined age-related stereotypes and older adults’ experience of stereotype threat. Her recent research promotes intergenerational interactions between younger and older adults and examines effects of...

Education:

PhD, Social and Personality Psychology, University of Washington, BA, English Language and Literature, University of Michigan

Amie Dowling

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4888

Amie Dowling creates dance and theater for the stage, for film and in community settings. For the past several years, her work has considered the politics and representation of mass incarceration. Well Contested Sites, a collaboration with Bay Area artists, some who were previously incarcerated, won the International Screendance film prize. Her most recent film, Separate Sentence, examines the intersection of gentrification and the generational impact of incarceration. She has presented work...

Education:

MFA, Smith College

Karen Francis

Professor
(415) 422-6265

Karen L. Francis, PhD, is a Professor and Co-chair in the Kinesiology Department at the University of San Francisco. She teaches courses in Motor Control and Motor Learning and Neuroscience. Dr. Francis's research interests are focused on how we control and coordinate movement and how aging and disease affects our ability to control movements. Dr. Francis is currently the President of the American Kinesiology Association. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Big City Mountaineers; a...

Education:

The University of Texas, PhD, Kinesiology: Motor Control and Learning, 2000, The University of Texas, MA, Kinesiology and Health Education, 1996, The Ohio State University, Health Education, 1992

Expertise:

Motor Control and Learning

Jeffrey Johnson

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-4609

After earning BA and PhD degrees from Yale and Stanford Universities, Professor Johnson worked as a UI designer and implementer, engineer manager, usability tester, and researcher at Cromemco, Xerox, US West, Hewlett-Packard Labs, and Sun Microsystems. In the late 1980s and early 1990s he was chair of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility. He has taught at Stanford University, Mills College, and in 2006 and 2013 taught HCI as an Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New...

Education:

PhD, Psychology (developmental, experimental), Stanford University, BA, Psychology (experimental), Yale University

Expertise:

Computer Science, Cognitive/Perceptual Psychology

Marisa Knight

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4374

Marisa Knight, PhD, specializes in cognitive neuroscience. She teaches biological psychology and research design, and her research is focused on the interplay between motivation, emotion and cognitive functioning across the lifespan.

Education:

PhD, University of California, Santa Cruz

Allison Thorson

Professor
(415) 422-5703

Allison Thorson is a Professor of Communication Studies, Director of the Interdisciplinary Committee on Children and Youth, and Director of the Child and Youth Studies Minor at University of San Francisco. She also teaches in the Master of Arts in Professional Communication program. Her research focuses on how individuals and families communicatively manage and maintain individual/relational well-being in the context of — often deemed taboo — unexpected, hurtful, or non-normative events (e.g.,...

Education:

PhD, Communication Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, MA, Missouri State University, BA, University of Northern Iowa