Faculty for the PhD Clinical Psychology Program

Core Faculty in the School of Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology:

  • Richard Contrada, Ph.D., (Professor of Psychology and Member, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research) is a social psychologist whose work addresses behavioral and pathophysiological processes linking psychosocial factors to physical health and illness. He has conducted programs of research addressing these issues in laboratory, field, and medical settings. He has a longstanding interest in the role of personality in physical health. Current projects also include an investigation of the role of religious involvement in adaptation to cardiac surgery, and an examination of pro-inflammatory cytokines as a basis for associations between depressive symptoms and coronary disease. Among his other research interests are theories of self-regulation, health effects of ethnicity and ethnicity-related stress, and the psychophysiology of stress and emotion. He contributes to the clinical training program as a primary research mentor, and teaches courses in health psychology and social psychology methods.
  • Maurice Elias, Ph.D., (Professor of Psychology) is Academic Director of The Collaborative Center for Community-Based Research and Service. He is a community-clinical psychologist whose research focuses in the area of social-emotional and character development, emotional intelligence, prevention and social competence promotion, resiliency, risk and protective factors, and promoting safe and civil schools. A current focus is on the social-emotional competencies of children that mediate mental health and behavioral and academic functioning, and the mechanisms through which primary socializing institutions foster or inhibit growth of social competencies. His research on evidence-based practice in school-community interventions focuses on sociocultural factors in urban contexts, such as ethnicity and neighborhood environments. He teaches an elective course in community psychology, and serves as a primary research mentor and field-based practicum supervisor for clinical students.
  • Robert Karlin, Ph.D., (Associate Professor of Psychology) is an experienced clinician who works from a cognitive-behavioral perspective. He has specific expertise in clinical and forensic hypnosis and divorce mediation. Some years, he teaches the first semester Research Design and Analysis I course that students are required to take. He serves on numerous masters and dissertation committees. He also provides clinical supervision to students during the second-year practicum, and serves as a clinical supervisor and mentor to students.
  • Howard Leventhal, Ph.D., (Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of Health Sciences, Psychology and Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research) is winner of the Gold Medal Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Science of Psychology from the American Psychological Foundation, is one of the nation's most distinguished health psychologists. He is a full-time faculty member in the Department of Psychology and guides the interdisciplinary health psychology program. His research focuses on the patient management of chronic illness and psychological issues of aging and illness. He provides research mentorship to students in the clinical program.
  • Teresa Leyro, Ph.D., (Assistant Professor of Psychology and Member, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research) has research interests that lie in identifying the roles of cognitive-affective and biological vulnerability in the etiology and maintenance of substance use, with a focus on tobacco dependence, anxiety, and their comorbidity. Her translational research program employs stress provocation paradigms to explore the complex relations between these vulnerabilities and associated psychological impairment, in order to inform the development and subsequent testing of novel treatment interventions and adjuncts. She teaches Abnormal Psychology at the undergraduate level and will teach a graduate course in Psychophysiology. She serves as a research and clinical mentor to clinical graduate students.
  • Edward Selby, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Psychology) is the Director of Clinical Training and assumes leadership and responsibility for the training program. He has research interests at the intersection of emotion regulation and severe psychopathology, especially personality disorders, eating disorders, and suicidal behaviors. His Emotional Cascade Model is a novel theoretical model about major mechanisms of psychopathology in borderline personality disorder and other forms of psychopathology. His experience with advanced statistical modeling techniques such as hierarchical linear modeling, structural equation modeling, generalized linear modeling, mixture modeling, latent growth curve analysis, zero-inflated Poisson regression, and survival analysis make him an outstanding resource for student and faculty research. He also teaches our first year Psychopathology required course and a course on hierarchical linear modeling. He serves as a research and clinical mentor to clinical graduate students.
  • G. Terence Wilson, Ph.D., (Oscar Krisen Buros Distinguished Professor of Psychology, GSAPP) is the Clinical Area Coordinator. He is a leader in the field of cognitive behavioral therapy. His internationally recognized expertise in the development, evaluation, dissemination, and implementation of evidence-based treatments for adult disorders is consistent with the program goal of training clinical psychologists according to the clinical scientist model. He directs the Eating Disorders Clinic that integrates teaching, clinical practice, and research in the education of graduate student trainees. He teaches core clinical courses in empirically-supported treatments including required courses Cognitive Behavior Therapy I and II and electives in Behavioral Medicine and Eating and Weight Disorders. He serves as a primary research and clinical mentor to students.
  • Robert Woolfolk, Ph.D., (Professor of Psychology) conducts research on psychotherapy, stress, depression, and social cognition. An additional area of scholarship is in the philosophical foundations of psychology. He teaches undergraduate courses, including Systems of Psychotherapy, and serves on student committees.

Affiliated Faculty from Other Departments

These faculty members serve as research advisors, teach required core courses, and/or supervise primary practicum training sites:

  • Marsha Bates, Ph.D., (Distinguished Research Professor and Acting Director, Center of Alcohol Studies) conducts research in cognitive neuropsychology and neurocognitive sequelae of alcohol and drug use and abuse and applications of biofeedback to the treatment of addictive disorders. She serves as a primary research mentor for students.
  • Nancy Boyd-Franklin, Ph.D., (Distinguished Professor, GSAPP) teaches a diversity course that students may take to fulfill their diversity training requirements and supervises practicum students at the Somerset Counseling Program. Her specialty areas are family therapy and multicultural issues in clinical work.
  • Brian Chu, Ph.D., (Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of Clinical Training for the Clinical Psychology Psy.D. program, GSAPP), is interested in the assessment and treatment of anxiety and depressive disorders in youth, with a special emphasis on the dissemination of evidence-based practice, effectiveness research, and the evaluation of mediators and moderators of change. He directs the Youth Anxiety and Depression Clinic that serves as a practicum site and teaches GSAPP courses on CBT for youth. He serves as a primary research and clinical mentor to students.
  • Shalonda Kelly, Ph.D., (Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, GSAPP), teaches a diversity course that can be used to fulfill students' diversity training requirement and conducts research on racial identity, couple relationships, and couple assessment and therapy. She conducts research on assessment, prevention, and treatment of couples.
  • Shireen Rizvi, Ph.D., (Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, GSAPP) leads a research program in borderline personality disorder, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, treatment of serious mental health problems, suicidal behavior, trauma, and developing mobile technology applications for skills generalization. She provides training for students in DBT and cognitive behavioral assessment. She serves as a primary research mentor and clinical supervisor.
  • Kenneth Schneider, Ph.D., (Professor Emeritus of School Psychology, GSAPP) teaches sections of the required course in cognitive assessment course and provides training and supervision in assessment through a cognitive assessment practicum.
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (Director of Research, and Director of the Division of Schizophrenia Research at Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care (UBHC), and Professor of Psychiatry at Rutgers - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School) conducts research on visual perception impairments in schizophrenia, and their computational bases. He serves as a primary research mentor for students.
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry at Rutgers - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School) directs a program of research on smoking cessation with particular attention to task persistence as a modifiable risk factor for smoking. He serves as a primary research mentor for students.

Other Contributors

Other contributors provide specific areas of non-research expertise to the program.  They are not considered program faculty, but are important to the functioning of the training program.  Most often, their expertise is in work with specific populations, assessment, clinical service delivery, program planning, or coordination of a significant aspect of students’ clinical training. 

  • Lynn Clemow, Ph.D., (Clinical Associate Professor, RWJMS), supervises the behavioral medicine practicum within the Department of Family Medicine and gives guest lectures in Ph.D. classes, Forum, and Grand Rounds.
  • Lara Delmolino Gatley, Ph.D., (Clinical Associate Professor, GSAPP), serves as the Director of the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center where clinical students conduct research and clinical practica.
  • James Langenbucher, Ph.D., (Associate Professor, Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies), studies the nosology of addictions across the life span and the characteristics of individuals who use performance-enhancing drugs, along with the socioeconomics of alcohol and alcohol abuse. He provides research mentorship and clinical supervision to students.
  • Robert H. LaRue, Ph.D., BCBA-D (Clinical Associate Professor, GSAPP), serves as the Director of Behavioral and Research Services at the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center and conducts research on the assessment and treatment of maladaptive behavior, staff and teacher training, and behavioral pharmacology. He serves as a practicum supervisor, serves on student committees, and presents in Grand Rounds.
  • Paul Lehrer, Ph.D., (Professor, Department of Psychiatry, RWJMS), conducts basic and applied research on psychophysiology, biofeedback interventions, anxiety-related disorders, and stress management. He provides lectures on these topics and biofeedback in required courses, and clinical supervision in behavioral medicine.
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (GSAPP and Center of Alcohol Studies), directs the Program for Addictions Consultation and Treatment (PACT) that serves as a practicum site for students. He provides training and supervision in evaluation and treatment of substance use and associated issues.
  • Jamie Walkup, Ph.D., (Professor of Clinical Psychology, GSAPP and Member, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research), studies severe psychopathology and mental health policy.