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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.

Sandra Azar, Ph.D., 1984, University of Rochester     Child Track   
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 not be recruiting a graduate student for fall 2020.

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 be recruiting a graduate student for fall 2020.

Louis G. Castonguay, Ph.D., 1992, State University of New York at Stony Brook     Adult Track
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 2020.

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.

Michael N. Hallquist, Ph.D., 2009, SUNY – Binghamton     Adult Track
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 2020.

Frank G. Hillary, Ph.D., 2000, Drexel University     Adult Track
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 2020.

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.

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 fall 2020.

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 will be recruiting a graduate student for fall 2020.

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 fall 2020.

Ginger Moore, Ph.D., 2000, University of Pittsburgh     Child Track
Dr. Moore is the current Director of Clinical Training. She 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 2020.

Michelle G. Newman, Ph.D., 1992, State University of New York 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 will be recruiting a graduate student for fall 2020.

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 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 2020.  

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 be recruiting a graduate student for fall 2020.

Martha Wadsworth, Ph.D., 2001, University of Vermont     Child Track
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 2020.

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 will be recruiting a graduate student for fall 2020.

Michael Wolff, Ph.D., 2006, Penn State University     Psychological Clinic Faculty
Dr. Wolff is the Director of the Psychological Clinic. His 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 will not be recruiting a graduate student for fall 2020.

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 fall 2020.

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 fall 2020.

Clinical Psychology Faculty Contact Information

Arnett, Peter 352 Moore 863-1733
Azar, Sandra 360 Moore 863-6019
Bierman, Karen 251 Moore 865-3879
Castonguay, Louis 354 Moore 863-1754
Cole, Pamela 210 Moore  863-1746
Hallquist, Michael 309 Moore 863-5756
Hillary, Frank 313 Moore 865-5849
Huang-Pollock, Cynthia 254 Moore 865-8498
Jackson, Yo 219 Moore
Levy, Kenneth N. 362 Moore 865-5848
Marshall, Amy 259 Moore 863-1752
Moore, Ginger 222 Moore 865-7045
Newman, Michelle 371 Moore 863-1148
Pincus, Aaron 358 Moore 863-1723
Soto, Jose 310 Moore 863-0382
Testa-Michelson 318 Moore 863-0706
Wadsworth, Martha 216 Moore 865-2878
Wilson, Stephen 311 Moore 865-6219
Wolff, Michael 305 Moore 863-5659

Other Faculty

Other members of the psychology department at University Park Campus with interests that are related to clinical psychology include:

Kristin Buss

Developmental Area

  Affective Development & Mood Disorders


Erika Lunkenheimer

 Developmental Area

  Child Mental Health & High Risk Families

Melvin Mark

 Social Area

  Effects of Mood State

Koraly Perez-Edgar

 Developmental Area

  Temperament & Anxiety Disorders

Suzy Scherf

 Cognitive & Developmental Areas

  Face processing in Autism Spectrum Disorder

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