Clinical Psychology Faculty
The Clinical Psychology program is designed to provide the graduate student with experience in applied clinical settings and research training in psychopathology, psychotherapy, and assessment. In addition to other regular course work, students are expected to engage in both practica and research throughout their graduate training. Students generally complete course work during their first three to four years, and complete their dissertation in the fifth year. Most students complete their predoctoral internship in the sixth or seventh year.
Core Faculty at the University Park Campus
All of the research programs within the clinical area are inherently integrative of science and practice, and several projects are directly concerned with basic-knowledge issues in the context of applied intervention.
Peter Arnett, Ph.D., 1992, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Dr. Arnett’s research is in clinical neuropsychology and focuses on understanding neuropsychological consequences of multiple sclerosis (MS) and sports-related mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI)/concussion, as well as neuropsychological correlates of secondary factors (e.g., depression, anxiety, motivation, etc.) in these neurological conditions. Recent work has incorporated neuroimaging parameters and genetics into the research questions Dr. Arnett and his lab are addressing. A central goal of both research programs is the translation of research findings to clinical practice.
Dr. Arnett will be recruiting a graduate student for fall, 2017.
Sandra Azar, Ph.D., 1984, University of Rochester
Dr Azar’s studies examine a social-information processing model of parenting risk to identify social cognitive and contextual etiological factors in physical child abuse and neglect and outcomes in children and adolescents. Her work focuses on low SES populations, racial minorities, and individuals with cognitive challenges and examines implications for legal processes affecting families, systemic changes to meet the needs of special populations in the child welfare system, including more nuanced assessment approaches, cognitive behavioral targets for intervention, strategies for professional human capacity building, and identifying the potential for professional decision making bias.
Karen Linn Bierman, Ph.D., 1981, University of Denver
Dr. Bierman’s research focuses on the design and evaluation of school- and community-based prevention programs that promote social-emotional learning and school readiness. She has directed several longitudinal studies evaluating the long-term impact of early school-based and family-focused preventive interventions designed to reduce aggression (Fast Track) and enhance school success (Head Start REDI). She has also developed and evaluated small-group social skill training interventions for peer-rejected children.
Louis G. Castonguay, Ph.D., 1992, State University of New York at Stony Brook
Dr. Castonguay conducts psychotherapy process research, investigating mechanisms of change in various forms of therapy (e.g., cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic) for different disorders. He has also investigated the efficacy of new integrative treatments (for generalized anxiety disorder and depression) and conducted psychotherapy process and outcome studies in natural practice. In addition, his work focuses on the delineation of principles of change that cut across different forms of therapy (e.g., corrective experiences), integration of basic (e.g., psychopathology) and applied research, training (e.g., implementation of evidence based practice, prevention of harmful effect), and the development of Practice Research Networks aimed at facilitating the collaboration between clinicians and researchers in diverse treatment settings (e.g., training clinics, private practice, university counseling centers).
Dr. Castonguay will be recruiting a graduate student for fall, 2017.
Pamela M. Cole, Ph.D., 1980, The Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Cole's research on emotional development in early childhood is driven by observations of child and adolescent clients who often have significant emotional problems, particularly in the area of regulating negative emotion. Her work focuses on the normal development of emotion regulation before school entry and individual differences in emotion regulation predictive of developing behavior disorders.
Michael N. Hallquist, Ph.D., 2009, SUNY – Binghamton
Dr. Hallquist’s research characterizes the developmental psychopathology of personality dysfunction in adolescence and young adulthood. He is interested in how personality traits, interpersonal relationships, and disrupted maturation of neurobehavioral systems are associated with the emergence of personality dysfunction, especially borderline personality disorder (BPD). Work in his laboratory spans clinical, behavioral, and neuroimaging assessments of personality and psychopathology. As a developmental psychopathologist, Dr. Hallquist’s research also focuses on the normative maturation of brain systems implicated in self-control, reward processing, and emotion regulation, which informs a better understanding of abnormal trajectories in BPD.
Dr. Hallquist will be recruiting a graduate student for fall, 2017.
Frank G. Hillary, Ph.D., 2000, Drexel University
Dr. Hillary examines the influences of traumatic brain injury on cognitive and functional deficit. His work focuses on how distributed neural networks are shifting during recovery from severe traumatic brain injury using functional MRI and high density EEG to document short-term plasticity during task acquisition (i.e., new learning) as well as longer-scale changes occurring during the first year after injury. Two central facets to this work are the: 1) integration of network modeling to document network changes and 2) focus on individual differences in recovery to address the heterogeneous effects of injury on neural systems.
Dr. Hillary will be recruiting a graduate student for fall, 2017.
Cynthia L. Huang-Pollock, Ph.D., 2003, Michigan State University
Dr. Huang-Pollock studies the cognitive and neuropsychological mechanisms relevant to the development of childhood attention problems. Her work also seeks to refine cognitive science's understanding of the architecture of cognitive processes in the course of atypical development.
Kenneth N. Levy, Ph.D., 1999, City University of New York
Dr. Levy’s research focuses on adult attachment relationships, social cognition, emotion regulation, personality disorders, and psychotherapy process and outcome. His research aims to understand the mechanisms involved in the development and maintenance of personality disorders, with the ultimate goal of developing and studying treatments that directly target these mechanisms.
Dr. Levy will be recruiting a graduate student for fall, 2017.
Amy Marshall, Ph.D., 2004, Indiana University
Dr. Marshall's research focuses on how psychopathology contributes to the perpetration of intimate partner violence, with a particular focus on neuro-hormonal, cognitive, and interpersonal processes. She also examines interpersonal processes among couples dealing with PTSD, sex differences in the development of PTSD, and the co-occurrence of aggression in intimate and parent-child relationships.
Dr. Marshall will be recruiting a graduate student for fall, 2017.
Ginger Moore, Ph.D., 2000, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Moore researches parent-infant interaction in high-risk contexts (parental depression, marital conflict) to understand the impact on infant self-regulation and parent-infant dyadic regulation and to identify mechanisms that may be used in parent-infant interaction therapy to promote healthy development in the context of family risk.
Michelle G. Newman, Ph.D., 1992, State University of New York at Stony Brook
Dr. Newman conducts basic and applied research examining the nature and treatment of anxiety disorders. Her basic work uses fMRI, psychophysiology, and momentary assessment methods to examine emotion and other processes. She conducts intervention studies on anxiety disorders including those that examine momentary intervention, integrative therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. In addition, Dr. Newman is examining moderators and mediators that might help explain why anxiety disorder treatments work and for whom.
Dr. Newman will be recruiting a graduate student for fall, 2017.
Aaron Pincus, Ph.D., 1992, University of British Columbia, Canada
Dr. Pincus founded the Personality Psychology Laboratory at Penn State in 1992. He has published over 120 scientific articles and chapters, and spoken at over 60 national and international scientific conferences. His research and teaching have been recognized by the American Psychological Association (2007 Theodore Millon Award for contributions to personality psychology) and the Society for Personality Assessment (2011 Fellow; 2015 proficiency certification in personality assessment). Dr. Pincus has trained in psychotherapy with some of the world’s top clinicians, including Lorna Smith Benjamin, Otto Kernberg, John Livesley, and Frank Yeomans. Dr. Pincus has served as an associate editor for numerous journals including Assessment, Psychological Assessment, and Journal of Personality Assessment. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Assessment, the top assessment journal in clinical psychology. A number of his former graduate students are now faculty at schools such as Yale University, University of Pittsburgh, Long Island University—Brooklyn, and Penn State—Altoona. Over the last 20+ years, more than 50 undergraduate research assistants from the Personality Psychology Laboratory have been admitted to graduate programs around the country.
Dr. Pincus will not be recruiting a graduate student for fall, 2017.
Brian Rabian, Ph.D., 1992, George Washington University
Dr. Rabian’s research focuses on the identification of early risk factors for child anxiety. He is also the Director of the Psychological Clinic.
Soto, José, Ph.D., 2004, University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Soto is interested in the intersection of culture, health, and emotions. Primarily, he studies how culture can influence emotional processes (as measured by physiological, behavioral, and subjective assessments), which can, in turn, have an effect on psychological functioning. One aspect of this research involves understanding the impact of discrimination, oppression, and racism on the well-being and mental health of ethnic minorities.
Dr. Soto will not be recruiting a graduate student for fall, 2017.
Sandra Testa (Michelson), Ph.D., 2008, Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Testa's primary interests include the role which exposure to adverse conditions (e.g., acute/chronic/traumatic stress, insufficiency of conditions necessary for flexible adaptation) may play with respect to the cultivation of diminished self-regulatory capabilities across cognitive, affective, interpersonal, physiological, and neurobiological domains of functioning that may render an individual susceptible to both general and specific forms of psychopathology. Special interests include complex PTSD/stress syndromes, anxiety disorders, and characterological disturbances. Dr. Testa is also an Assistant Director of the Psychological Clinic.
Wadsworth, Martha, Ph.D., 2001, University of Vermont
Dr. Wadsworth is interested in basic and applied research on the role of stress and coping processes in developmental psychopathology, and focuses on children at elevated risk for problems resulting from family adversity, especially poverty.
Wilson, Stephen, Ph.D., 2008, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Wilson investigates the psychological and neurobiological mechanisms that underlie addictive behavior, with a focus on cigarette smoking. His work emphasizes devising ways to use information derived from laboratory-based studies to advance the treatment of smoking.
Dr. Wilson will be recruiting a graduate student for fall, 2017.
Wolff, Michael, Ph.D., 2006, Penn State University
Dr. Wolff’s research interests focus on dissemination of evidence based practice methods in naturalistic and community settings. Specifically, he is interested in improving direct care staff helping experiences, especially when working with difficult populations, through examination of a variety of staff variables including emotional reactions, attribution, expectancy, experience and training, and self-care. Dr. Wolff is an Assistant Director of the Psychological Clinic.
Clinical Psychology Faculty Contact Information
|Arnett, Peter||352 Moorefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Azar, Sandra||360 Mooreemail@example.com|
|Bierman, Karen||251 Moorefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Castonguay, Louis||354 Mooreemail@example.com|
|Cole, Pamela||210 Moorefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Hallquist, Michael||309 Mooreemail@example.com|
|Hillary, Frank||313 Moorefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Huang-Pollock, Cynthia||254 Mooreemail@example.com|
|Levy, Kenneth N.||362 Moorefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Marshall, Amy||259 Mooreemail@example.com|
|Moore, Ginger||222 Moorefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Newman, Michelle||371 Mooreemail@example.com|
|Pincus, Aaron||358 Moorefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Rabian, Brian||321 Mooreemail@example.com|
|Soto, Jose||310 Moorefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Wadsworth, Martha||216 Mooreemail@example.com|
|Wilson, Stephen||311 Moorefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Michael Wolff||305 Mooreemail@example.com
Other members of the psychology department at University Park Campus with interests in clinical psychology include:
Affective Development & Mood Disorders
Child Mental Health & High Risk Families
Effects of Mood State
Temperament & Anxiety Disorders