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.
  • Samantha Farris, Ph.D., (Assistant Professor of Psychology) is the Director of The Rutgers Emotion, Health and Behavior (REHAB) Laboratory. Dr. Farris received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at The University of Houston, and completed her psychology internship at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University. She completed fellowships in cancer prevention at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and in cardiovascular behavioral medicine at The Miriam Hospital/Alpert Medical School at Brown University. Dr. Farris has published over 80 peer-reviewed publications and has received continuous funding for her research from the National Institutes of Health, including the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; National Cancer Institute; and National Institute on Drug Abuse. Dr. Farris’ research focuses on understanding how and why stress and anxiety (i.e., worry, fear, panic) commonly co-occur with and contribute to problematic health behaviors and chronic disease. There is recognition that major health disparities exist in the prevalence and consequences of preventable chronic diseases (e.g., cardiovascular disease, cancers) in individuals with high levels of stress and anxiety; however, the psychological processes underlying these health inequalities are not understood. Dr. Farris and The REHAB Laboratory utilize an experimental therapeutics approach to (a) identify fearful thoughts and reactions to stress/anxiety (“cognitive and emotional risk factors”) that contribute to health behaviors and physical disease, (b) isolate how these risk factors influence health behaviors “in real time” through use of laboratory methodologies, and in turn (c) develop tailored interventions that target these risk factors to promote health behavior change and prevent the onset or progression of chronic disease.
  • 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.
  • Evan Kleiman, Ph.D., (starting in January 2019) has extensive expertise in the suicide risk assessment and intervention, treatment of inpatient populations, and use of mobile technologies to assess patient cognitive and emotional risk states. Prior to joining the faculty at Rutgers, he has been a research associate at Harvard University. He has already developed plans to contribute to increasing the training and experience opportunities for students with regard to comprehensive psychological assessment, and he also has plans to contribute to the graduate introductory training in statistics and research design. Dr. Kleiman expects to accept a student for mentorship during the Fall of 2019

  • 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. (Associate 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:


  • Vanessa Bal, Ph.D. (GSAPP) conducts research on the measurement, prediction, and outcomes of developmental delays, including autism spectrum disorders. This includes studies evaluating both biological and behavioral approaches that may be useful in screening and diagnosis, tracking of symptoms across development, and evaluating response to treatment. By emphasizing a mulidimesional, lifespan perspective, her research aims to delineate relationships between dimensions of social-communication, language, cognition and emotion in the context of neurodevelopmental disorders in order to inform the development of targeted interventions that capitalize on individual strengths in order to promote well-being for individuals with ASD across the lifespan.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Denise Hien, Ph.D., ABPP (Director, Center of Alcohol Studies) leads  a program of research including longitudinal studies and prevention studies of posttraumatic stress disorder substantial publication an external fnding record.  She serves on students' Maaster's dissertation and qualifiying exam committees.
  • Anna Konova, Ph.D., (Rutgers UBHC) - The Addiction & Decision Neurocscience (ADN) Lab, directed by Dr. Anna Konova , focuses on understanding the cognitive neuroscience of substance use and addictive behaviors.  Of particular interest are risk and resilience factors in addiction recovery, such as high risk and impulsive behavior, craving, stress and anxiety, and psychoscoial function such as social network and financial stabilty. 
  • 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.
  • 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. 

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.