Faculty & Staff

Ross Hickey

Ross Hickey, a nationally recognized expert in research compliance, is the Assistant Provost for Research Integrity and Director of the Maine Regulatory Training and Ethics Center (MeRTEC) at USM.




Bruce Thompson

Bruce Thompson completed his undergraduate studies and Masters degrees (MA Psychology and MA Art History) at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and his doctoral studies in social and cognitive development at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Since returning to the United States he has held post-doctoral fellowships and faculty appointments at Boston University, Gettysburg College and Harvard University.

Currently, Dr. Thompson is a full-time faculty member in the Department of Psychology at the University of Southern Maine, and serves as Chair of the USM IRB.  Dr. Thompson’s primary research and teaching focus is on early childhood social-cognitive development, particularly processes related to emergent metacognition and associated language abilities.  A key interest is in the effects of poverty on these aspects of development and their long-term impact on educational outcomes.

Carol Nemeroff

Dr. Carol Nemeroff is Professor and Chair of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and is a principal in the Maine Regulatory Training and Ethics Center. Her research focuses on magico-moral thinking in everyday life; cross-cultural approaches to ethical reasoning; and gender and culture. Her teaching focus is on clinical and ethical applications and underlying brain mechanisms of these topics.