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Faculty Accepting Clinical PhD Students for the 2014-15 Application Cycle

Dr. Butryn. Dr. Butryn is a clinical psychologist whose research primarily focuses on health-related behavior change. Aims of her research include: 1) improving the understanding of how eating and physical activity behaviors are regulated and can be changed, 2) developing and evaluating innovative behavioral treatments for obesity, particularly to improve weight loss maintenance, and 3) developing and evaluating programs to promote physical activity. Dr. Butryn also conducts research on the prevention and treatment of eating disorders.

Drs. Forman and Herbert. Development and evaluation of acceptance-based behavioral interventions for health behavior change (particularly obesity) and anxiety disorders; using technology (e.g., computer-based neurocognitive training, automated data acquisition, smartphone apps, web-based interventions and teletherapy) and other innovative means to promote health behavior and treat anxiety.   Students will receive primary assignment to the Laboratory for Innovations in Health-Related Behavior Change, and a secondary assignment to the Acceptance-Based Behavior Therapy Program.

Dr. Geller. Dr. Geller’s research interests emphasize stressful life events and mental and physical health outcomes, particularly in the area of women's reproductive health.  Her current work addresses psychological aspects of events surrounding the perinatal period, such as infertility, pregnancy loss, traumatic birth, and infant admission to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). In addition to targeting the mental health and functioning of women and families, Dr. Geller’s work addresses the needs and education of medical providers.

Dr. Goldstein. Dr. Goldstein’s research focuses on forensic psychology, with a particular emphasis on juvenile justice. Broadly, research focuses on adolescents’ legal decision-making abilities. More specifically, Dr. Goldstein’s research emphasizes: 1) adolescents’ capacities to waive Miranda rights and offer confessions during police interrogations, 2) juvenile offenders’ abilities to comprehend and comply with probation requirements, 3) international/cross-cultural research on juveniles’ legal capacities in Argentina, and 4) development and evaluation of a gender-specific anger management intervention to reduce anger, aggression, and recidivism. Dr. Goldstein’s lab emphasizes the relationships between psychology, law, and public policy; training is provided in psycho-legal assessment, intervention, research, and the application of research findings to public policy.

Drs. Kloss and Spiers. Professors Spiers and Kloss provide a crossover between clinical neuropsychology (Spiers) and behavioral medicine (Kloss) to offer training for students interested in developing expertise in both of these areas. Taken together, they study the cognitive and behavioral health of women and men throughout the lifespan from late adolescence into elderly populations by focusing on the interplay between, cognitive health, and stress and coping within a bio-psychosocial context. They are currently focusing on the cognitive, hormonal, and behavioral underpinnings of sleep both in relation to a) women’s reproductive health,  and b) neuropsychology and neurological disorders.

Drs. Schultheis and Gallo. Neuropsychology, rehabilitation (traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis), functional cognition (i.e., multi-tasking, prospective memory, decision, making), the functional application of novel technologies [i.e., virtual reality (VR) simulation for driving]. Neuropsychology of aging and dementia, neurocognitive correlates of goal-directed activities, behavioral and psychological symptoms associated with dementia.

Dr. Lee. Neuropsychological and neuroanatomic correlates of intellectual and developmental disabilities; verbal memory and language difficulties in Down syndrome; comorbid autism spectrum disorder symptoms in youth with genetic disorders; neuroanatomic correlates of individual differences in cognition.

Dr. Lowe. The role of dieting and restrained eating in eating disorders; the role of nutritional and environmental interventions in obesity treatment; use of neuroimaging to understand weight gain proneness, eating disorders, and obesity; role of hedonic hunger (measured with the Power of Food Scale) in eating and weight disorders; translation of empirically-supported treatments to commercial enterprises.

Drs. Christine and Art Nezu. Christine Nezu's interests include Cognitive behavioral assessment and treatments, behavioral medicine, social/interpersonal problem solving, PST (Problem-Solving Therapy) for behavioral, mood, and personality disorders, including applications for persons with heart disease and cancer, returning military, and veterans. Additional areas of interest include clinical case formulation/decision making, integrative psychotherapy approaches, and spiritual interventions & CBT.  Arthur Nezu's interests include social problem solving as a moderator of stress associated with chronic illness (e.g., heart failure, hypertension, cancer) and with military deployment; Problem-solving therapy (PST) for chronic illness co-morbid with depression; PST to prevent psychopathology among previously deployed Veterans; PST for depression; psychotherapy research.