Faculty Members/Teams Accepting Students in 2014 (Clinical Ph.D. Program)


Meghan Butryn, PhD: Obesity and eating disorders treatment and prevention; physical activity promotion; behavioral interventions; acceptance and commitment therapy.

Evan Forman, PhD:  development and evaluation of acceptance-based behavioral interventions for health behavior change, particularly obesity; using technology (e.g., computer-based neurocognitive training, automated data acquisition, smartphone apps, web-based interventions and teletherapy) and other innovative means to promote health behavior; neurocognition of eating.

Michael R. Lowe, PhD: The role of dieting and restrained eating in eating disorders; the role of nutritional and environmental interventions in obesity treatment; use of neuroimaging to understand weight gain proneness, eating disorders, and obesity; role of hedonic hunger (measured with the Power of Food Scale) in eating and weight disorders; translation of empirically-supported treatments to commercial enterprises.

Christine Maguth Nezu, PhD and Arthur M. Nezu, PhD: Christine Nezu's interests include Cognitive behavioral assessment and treatments, behavioral medicine, social/interpersonal problem solving, PST (Problem-Solving Therapy) for behavioral, mood, and personality disorders, including applications for persons with heart disease and cancer, returning military, and veterans. Additional areas of interest include clinical case formulation/decision making, integrative psychotherapy approaches, and spiritual interventions & CBT.  Arthur Nezu's interests include social problem solving as a moderator of stress associated with chronic illness (e.g., heart failure, hypertension, cancer) and with military deployment; Problem-solving therapy (PST) for chronic illness co-morbid with depression; PST to prevent psychopathology among previously deployed Veterans; PST for depression; psychotherapy research.

James Herbert, PhD and Evan Forman, PhD: anxiety disorders, cognitive behavior therapy (including acceptance and mindfulness-based interventions), the role of empiricism in clinical psychology, remote treatment delivery.

David DeMatteo, PhD: Psychopathy, forensic mental health assessment, mental health law, and alternatives to standard prosecution (for offenders who are drug-involved and/or seriously mentally ill).

Kirk Heilbrun, PhD: Forensic mental health assessment, violence risk assessment and risk management, interventions to reduce risk, diversion and community corrections.

Brian Daly, PhD and Douglas Chute, PhD: Professors Daly and Chute will co-mentor a student (Daly serving as primary mentor and Chute serving as secondary mentor) in the broad areas of pediatric psychology, pediatric neuropsychology, and clinical child and adolescent psychology. More specialized areas of interest include: 1) psychosocial correlates, neuropsychological assessment, and intervention for children with chronic illness (i.e., sickle cell disease); 2) assessment and intervention in school settings for at-risk children experiencing emotional, behavioral, and/or social problems; 3) diagnosis and intervention for children exposed to trauma; 4) technological applications for the cognitively compromised, those with acquired brain injuries, and those with brain-based disorders (ADHD).

Maria Schultheis, PhD and Jennifer Gallo, PhD: Neuropsychology, rehabilitation (traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis), functional cognition (i.e., multi-tasking, prospective memory, decision, making), the functional application of novel technologies [i.e., virtual reality (VR) simulation for driving]. Neuropsychology of aging and dementia, neurocognitive correlates of goal-directed activities, behavioral and psychological symptoms associated with dementia.

Mary Spiers, PhD and Jacqueline Kloss, PhD:  Professors Spiers and Kloss provide a crossover between clinical neuropsychology (Spiers) and behavioral medicine (Kloss) to offer training for students interested in developing expertise in both of these areas. Taken together, they study the cognitive and behavioral health of women and men throughout the lifespan from late adolescence into elderly populations by focusing on the interplay between, cognitive health, and stress and coping within a bio-psychosocial context. They are currently focusing on the cognitive, hormonal, and behavioral underpinnings of sleep as it relates to neuropsychology and neurological disorders.