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The Pennsylvania State University 
University Park, PA 16802-3106

 
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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, 2018.  

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.

Dr. Azar will be recruiting a graduate student for fall, 2018.

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 not be recruiting a graduate student for fall, 2018.

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 typical and atypical development of emotion regulation in early childhood and on risk conditions that are associated with atypical development in emotion regulation. Current work includes a focus on developmental changes in emotion regulation effectiveness using dynamic modeling methods with behavioral and physiological (ANS) data, on children’s neural processing of angry voices, and the role of language development in the development of emotion regulation. 

Dr. Cole will be recruiting a graduate student for fall, 2018.

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, 2018.  

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 not be recruiting a graduate student for fall, 2018.

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.

Dr. Huang-Pollock will be recruiting a graduate student for fall, 2018.

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, 2018.

Amy Marshall, Ph.D., 2004, Indiana University
Dr. Marshall's research is designed to explicate how trauma exposure and resultant psychopathology contribute to the perpetration of intimate partner violence, with a particular focus on the intersection of neurohormonal, cognitive, developmental, and interpersonal processes.  She also examines interpersonal processes among couples dealing with PTSD, how the developmental timing of trauma exposure impacts social/relational outcomes, and the co-occurrence of aggression in intimate and parent-child relationships. Her research is moving in the direction of examining perpetration of family violence more broadly, though a specific focus on intimate partner violence remains.

Dr. Marshall will not be recruiting a graduate student for fall, 2018.

Ginger Moore, Ph.D., 2000, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Moore is a clinical child psychologist who studies ways in which individuals embody their experiences, that is, how early experiences affect developing bio-behavioral systems. Her work emphasizes the role of early parent-child relationships in shaping emotion reactivity and regulation, with a specific focus on the role of depression and anger. Current research interests include: how conflict between parents affects infants’ and mothers’ physiological reactivity; innovative methods for quantifying dyadic regulation; and gene-environment interplay in early childhood emotion development. Dr. Moore’s clinical interests include treatment of maternal depression and anxiety, parent-infant psychotherapy, and trauma-focused interventions for children aged 6 and younger.

Dr. Moore will not be recruiting a graduate student for fall, 2018.

Michelle G. Newman, Ph.D., 1992, State University of New York at Stony Brook
Dr. Newman's research focuses on the nature and treatment of anxiety disorders. Dr. Newman is examining the etiology and classification, individual predictors of psychotherapy outcome, and impact of brief psychotherapy with respect to social phobia, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), and trauma. Dr. Newman is also conducting several basic experimental studies examining underlying processes related to these disorders. Further, she is examining issues relevant to health implications of anxiety disorders. Current research projects include an integrative therapy for GAD (examining the addition of interpersonal and experiential therapies to cognitive behavioral therapy); evaluation of technologically driven mobile momentary interventions in the U.S. and India; assessment and classification of anxiety disorders and mood disorders; momentary assessment of symptoms and emotion in anxiety disorders; examination of the impact of psychotherapy beyond the targeted symptoms of a particular disorder; mediators and moderators of psychotherapy; emotion regulation in anxiety disorders and its relationship to therapeutic mechanisms; dysfunctional interpersonal styles in anxiety disorders.

Dr. Newman will be recruiting a graduate student for fall, 2018.  

Aaron L. Pincus, Ph.D., 1992, University of British Columbia, Canada
Dr. Pincus is the Director of Clinical Training. He founded the Personality Psychology Laboratory at Penn State in 1992 and his research focuses on personality assessment, personality disorders, and interpersonal processes in psychopathology. He has published over 140 scientific articles and chapters, and spoken at over 80 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, Syracuse University, University of Pittsburgh, Long Island University—Brooklyn, and Penn State—Altoona.  Over the last 25 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, 2018.  

José Soto, 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 be recruiting a graduate student for fall, 2018.

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.  

Dr. Testa will not be recruiting a graduate student for fall, 2018.

Martha Wadsworth, 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.

Dr. Wadsworth will be recruiting a graduate student for fall, 2018.

Stephen Wilson, 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, 2018.   

Michael Wolff, 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 the Director of the Psychological Clinic.

Dr. Wolff will not be recruiting a graduate student for fall, 2018.

 

Clinical Psychology Faculty Contact Information

NameOfficePhoneE-mail
Arnett, Peter 352 Moore 863-1733 paa6@psu.edu
Azar, Sandra 360 Moore 863-6019 sta10@psu.edu
Bierman, Karen 251 Moore 865-3879 kb2@psu.edu
Castonguay, Louis 354 Moore 863-1754 lgc3@psu.edu
Cole, Pamela 210 Moore  863-1746 pmc5@psu.edu
Hallquist, Michael 309 Moore 863-5756
Hillary, Frank 313 Moore 865-5849 fgh3@psu.edu
Huang-Pollock, Cynthia 254 Moore 865-8498 clh39@psu.edu
Levy, Kenneth N. 362 Moore 865-5848 klevy@psu.edu
Marshall, Amy 259 Moore 863-1752 adm11@psu.edu
Moore, Ginger 222 Moore 865-7045 gam16@psu.edu
Newman, Michelle 371 Moore 863-1148 mgn1@psu.edu
Pincus, Aaron 358 Moore 863-1723 alp6@psu.edu
Rabian, Brian 321 Moore 863-5660 bar25@psu.edu
Soto, Jose 310 Moore 863-0382 josesoto@psu.edu
Testa-Michelson 318 Moore 863-0706
Wadsworth, Martha 216 Moore 865-2878 mew27@psu.edu
Wilson, Stephen 311 Moore 865-6219 sjw42@psu.edu
Michael Wolff 305 Moore 863-5659 mxw102@psu.edu

Other Faculty

Other members of the psychology department at University Park Campus with interests in clinical psychology include:

Frederick Brown

   Health Psychology

Kristin Buss

   Affective Development & Mood Disorders

Erika Lunkenheimer

   Child Mental Health & High Risk Families

Melvin Mark

   Effects of Mood State

Koraly Perez-Edgar

   Temperament & Anxiety Disorders

 

 

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