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Clinical Psychology Faculty

Peter Arnett, Ph.D., 1992, University of Wisconsin - Madison     Adult Track
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 NOT be recruiting a graduate student for 2023-24)  

Karen Linn Bierman, Ph.D., 1981, University of Denver     Child Track

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) funded by NIH. She has also developed and evaluated small-group social skill training interventions for peer-rejected children (Friendship Group), currently being evaluated in a trial funded by the Institute of Educational Sciences.

(Dr. Bierman will NOT be recruiting a graduate student for 2023-24)  

Louis G. Castonguay, Ph.D., 1992, State University of New York at Stony Brook     Adult Track
Dr. Castonguay conducts psychotherapy research, investigating processes (e.g., therapeutic alliance, techniques of interventions), as well as client and therapist variables that predict treatment outcomes in various theoretical orientations and for different clinical problems.  He and his lab members are involved in Practice Research Networks that are aimed at facilitating collaboration between clinicians and researchers in designing and conducting research in diverse naturalistic settings (e.g., training clinics, private practice, university counseling centers). 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, and training (e.g., implementation of evidence based practice, prevention of harmful effects).

(Dr. Castonguay will be recruiting a graduate student for 2023-24)

Pamela M.  Cole, Ph.D., 1980, The Pennsylvania State University     Child Track
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 NOT be recruiting a graduate student for 2023-24)

Frank G. Hillary, Ph.D., 2000, Drexel University     Adult Track
Dr. Hillary's
research examines the effects of brain injury and disease on functional brain organization over the lifespan. One primary goal of our work is to understand how distributed neural networks are altered following significant neurological disruption (e.g., traumatic brain injury) and how distinct trajectories for network plasticity predict patient outcome.  To do so we incorporate novel cognitive paradigms, structural and functional MRI, and network neuroscience approaches (e.g., graph theory) to understand how the brain adapts to significant neurological disruption. More recent collaborations also integrate studies in aging, mild cognitive impairment, TBI as a risk for neurodegeneration later in life, and head trauma in women.

(Dr. Hillary is planning on recruiting a graduate student for 2023-24)

Cynthia L. Huang-Pollock, Ph.D., 2003, Michigan State University     Child Track

Dr. Huang-Pollock is interested in the cognitive and neuropsychological risk factors that contribute to the development of attention, learning, and disruptive behavior problems in school-aged children. Childhood Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common reasons for referral to medical, psychological, and school services, and is a significant risk factor for academic underachievement and peer relationship problems. Dr. Huang-Pollock's current research focus is to better understand the cognitive mechanisms that could explain why ADHD is such a potent risk factor for co-occurring anxiety and other mental health problems. 

(Dr. Huang-Pollock will be recruiting a graduate student for 2023-24)

Yo Jackson, Ph.D., ABPP, 1995, University of Alabama     Child Track
Dr. Jackson 
is a board-certified, clinical child psychologist and is the Associate Director of the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network at Penn State. Her federally funded research focuses on the development of models of the process of resilience for youth exposed to trauma with a specific focus on youth exposed to child maltreatment and the intergenerational transmission of trauma. Her work includes observational and physiological techniques in addition to survey measures in longitudinal and prospective research approaches. She also works on the development of assessment for trauma as well as the assessment of emotion regulation and cognitive functioning for youth and families exposed to adversity.

(Dr. Jackson will be recruiting a graduate student for 2023-24) 

Kenneth N. Levy, Ph.D., 1999, City University of New York     Adult Track
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 is planning to recruit a graduate student for 2023-24) 

Amy Marshall, Ph.D., 2004, Indiana University     Adult Track 
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 be recruiting a graduate student for 2023-24)  

Michelle G. Newman, Ph.D., 1992, SUNY at Stony Brook     Adult Track 
Dr. Newman's research focuses on the nature and treatment of anxiety disorders and depression. Dr. Newman is examining the etiology and classification, individual predictors of psychotherapy outcome, and impact of brief psychotherapy with respect to these disorders. 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 is planning to recruit a graduate student for 2023-24)  

Aaron L. Pincus, Ph.D., 1992, University of British Columbia, Canada     Adult Track
Dr. Pincus 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 have held faculty positions at schools such as Penn State University, Yale University, Syracuse University, University of Pittsburgh, Rutgers University, Long Island University-Brooklyn, and Penn State—Altoona.  Over the last 28 years, more than 60 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 2023-24) 

José Soto, Ph.D., 2004, University of California, Berkeley     Adult Track
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 2023-24)

Martha Wadsworth, Ph.D., 2001, University of Vermont     Child Track
Dr. Wadsworth's research program aims to develop a rich, contextual understanding of how children in poverty adapt to their difficult life circumstances. Through a biologically informed stress-and-coping lens, Dr. Wadsworth’s work focuses on identifying individual, family, and community strengths that promote positive outcomes for youths exposed to poverty-related stress and trauma. She also develops and evaluates youth, family, school, and community-level interventions that target these strengths and assets rather than deficits.

(Dr. Wadsworth will be recruiting a graduate student for 2023-24)

Stephen Wilson, Ph.D., 2008, University of Pittsburgh     Adult Track 
Dr. Wilson studies substance use and other types of behavior that negatively affect health. His research combines theories and methods from the fields of psychology and neuroscience. Much of the work in his lab focuses on cigarette smoking, which is a form of substance use that is particularly harmful and costly.

(Dr. Wilson may be recruiting a graduate student for 2023-24)  

Sandra Testa (Michelson), Ph.D., 2008, Pennsylvania State University     Psychological Clinic Faculty

Dr. Testa is an Assistant Director of the Psychological Clinic. Her 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 will NOT be recruiting a graduate student for 2023-24)

Estee Hausman, Ph.D., 2017 University of Missouri-Columbia     Psychological Clinic Faculty

Dr. Hausman is an Assistant Director of the Psychological Clinic. Her primary interests include typical and atypical regulation of both positive and negative emotions in children and adolescents. Specifically, her work has focused on atypical regulation of positive emotion (affective, cognitive, neurobiological) with respect to anxiety and depressive symptoms and disorders in children and adolescents. She also has interests in clinical training and supervision as means of disseminating evidence-based practices.

(Dr. Hausman will NOT be recruiting a graduate student for 2023-24)  

Clinical Psychology Faculty Contact Information

Arnett, Peter 352 Moore 863-1733
Bierman, Karen 251 Moore 865-3879
Castonguay, Louis 354 Moore 863-1754
Cole, Pamela 210 Moore  863-1746
Hausman, Estee 328 Moore 865-3239
Hillary, Frank 313 Moore 865-5849
Huang-Pollock, Cynthia 254 Moore 865-8498
Jackson, Yo 219 Moore 867-3244
Levy, Kenneth N. 362 Moore 865-5848
Marshall, Amy 259 Moore 863-1752
Newman, Michelle 371 Moore 863-1148
Pincus, Aaron 358 Moore 863-1723
Soto, Jose 310 Moore 863-0382
Testa-Michelson, Sandra  318 Moore 863-0706
Wadsworth, Martha 216 Moore 865-2878
Wilson, Stephen 311 Moore 865-6219

Affiliated Faculty

Other members of the psychology department at University Park Campus with interests related to clinical psychology and who sometimes mentor Clinical Area (Child Track) graduate students include:

Kristin Buss

Developmental Area

Affective Development, Development of Anxiety

Jenae Neiderhiser Developmental Area

Behavior Genetics: Genetic, Parenting, and Prenatal Influences on Child Adjustment

Erika Lunkenheimer

Developmental Area

Child Mental Health & High Risk Families

Rina Eiden

 Developmental Area

Child Risk & Resilience in Families with Substance Abuse

Koraly Perez-Edgar

 Developmental Area

Temperament & Anxiety

Suzy Scherf

Cognitive & Developmental Areas

Face processing in Autism Spectrum Disorder

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