Ph.D. (Clinical) Core Faculty
Douglas Chute, Ph.D., specializes in clinical neuropsychology. His research interests include neuropsychology and neurorehabilitation; technological applications for the cognitively compromised and those with acquired brain injuries; and cognitive neuroscience in normal and educational environments.
Brian P. Daly, Ph.D., specializes in pediatric psychology. His research interests are pediatric psychology; child and adolescent psychology; assessment and treatment of children with chronic illness; adolescent risk behaviors; evidence-based psychosocial interventions for youth; prevention & resiliency in urban youth; school mental health promotion.
David DeMatteo, J.D., Ph.D., is the Director of Drexel University’s JD/PhD Program in Law and Psychology. He is also an Associate Professor of Psychology and Associate Professor of Law. His research interests include psychopathy, forensic mental health assessment, drug policy, and offender diversion. Dr. DeMatteo’s research has been funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, and American Psychology-Law Society. He teaches several graduate and undergraduate courses in the Department of Psychology, and several law courses at Drexel’s Earle Mack School of Law.
Evan Forman, Ph.D., is the Director of Graduate Studies. His research interests include health-related behavior change especially related to problems of obesity and overeating, food cravings, neurocognition of eating, cognitive-behavioral and acceptance-based psychotherapies, psychotherapy mechanisms of action, and the development and evaluation of acceptance-based behavioral interventions for obesity and for anxiety disorders.
Jennifer L. Gallo, Ph.D., is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Psychology at Drexel University, who served two years (July 2008-June 2010) as Director of Undergraduate Studies in Psychology.
Pamela Geller, Ph.D., is the Director of the Drexel Graduate Student Counseling Center on the Center City Hahnemann Campus. Her research interests include clinical and health psychology, psychiatric epidemiology, stressful life events and physical health consequences (particularly in the area of women’s reproductive health, i.e., pregnancy, pregnancy loss, postpartum), and medical education.
Naomi Goldstein, Ph.D., specializes in forensic psychology. Her research interests include juvenile justice, forensic mental health assessment development, Miranda rights comprehension and false confessions, anger management and aggression reduction treatment, and intervention development and evaluation with female juvenile offenders.
James Herbert, Ph.D., is the Director of the Social Anxiety Treatment Program. His research interests include anxiety disorders, cognitive behavior therapy (including acceptance and mindfulness-based interventions) and the role of empiricism in clinical psychology.
Thomas Hewett, Ph.D., is the Director of the Applied Cognitive and Brain Sciences Program at Drexel University. His research interests include the design and development of computing support for knowledge workers and the evaluation of software.
Felicia Hurewitz, Ph.D., specializes in applied cognitive and brain sciences. Her research interests include developmental psychology, sentence processing (online measures such as eyetracking), autism spectrum disorders (focusing on educational approaches and assistive technology), numerical cognition and dyscalculia, and computerized interventions for learning.
Jacqueline Kloss, Ph.D., specializes in health psychology. Her research interests include cognitive-behavioral management of insomnia, understanding the daytime symptoms of insomnia, sleep disturbance among sub-populations (such as perimenopausal women and college students), motivational strategies for health behaviors, and the relationship between written emotional expression and health.
John Kounios, Ph.D., is a cognitive neuroscientist focusing on problem solving, and creativity, and on neuroplasticity and cognitive training. He uses electrophysiological methods (EEG, ERP, neurofeedback), and other behavioral and neuroimaging methods.
Michael Lowe, Ph.D., researches the etiology, prevention, and treatment of eating disorders and obesity. He is also interested in the interactive effects of psychological variables (e.g., dietary restraint, impulsivity) and biological variables (e.g., hormone levels, brain activation) on appetite and body weight.
Arthur M. Nezu, Ph.D., ABPP, research interests include problem-solving therapy and cognitive-behavior therapy applications in clinical health psychology and behavioral medicine (e.g., cardiology, oncology). Additionally, he is interested in stress and coping; and depression assessment and treatment. He is the incoming editor of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.
Christine Maguth Nezu, Ph.D., ABPP, specializes in the continued development and integration of evidence-based cognitive-behavioral and emotionally-focused interventions, particularly with regard to Problem Solving Therapy (PST). Areas of PST intervention research include behavioral medicine, personality disorders, and returning military. She is active in the departmental concentrations of health psychology and cognitive behavioral psychology.
Maria T. Schultheis, Ph.D., specializes in clinical neuropsychology. Her research interests include rehabilitation (traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis); driving after disability; functionally relevant applications of technologies and research (e.g., driving, return to work, memory retraining); the use of virtual reality (VR) simulation; and functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) neuroimaging.
Mary V. Spiers, Ph.D., specializes in clinical neuropsychology and medical psychology. Dr. Spiers' research interests are in individual differences in cognitive functioning particular to sex and gender. She is interested in investigating variation in brain functioning through the influence of sex and gender, the menstrual cycle, genetics/handedness, experience and culture. She also seeks to understand health issues that have been understudied and/or are unique to women. Her current focus is the study of spatial performance, spatial memory and strategy variation within women and men.
J. Michael Williams, Ph.D., specializes in Clinical Neuropsychology. His research interests include cognitive neurosciences, clinical applications of fMRI, memory disorders, neuropsychological assessment, and cognitive rehabilitation.