Current Psychology Department Staff Members:


Patricia Adams, Ph.D.
St. John's University
Individual, group and family psychotherapy of children and adolescents.  School-based interventions.

Kimberly A. Barton, Ph.D.
Clinical Child Psychologist
University of North Texas
Child, adolescent, and adult psychotherapy; Pediatric psychology-treatment of those with co-morbid physical and emotional disorders; Psychological assessment.

Allen L. Carter, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist
University of Georgia

Child psychotherapy, family therapy, psychotherapy with developmentally impaired children. Learning disability assessment. Clinical information systems-computer applications. Developmental lines in developmentally impaired children. Adolescent drug and alcohol abuse treatment.

Cristina Ciocca, Psy.D. (adjunct)
University of Miami
Neuropsychological and psychological assessments of adolescents through geriatrics with specific interest in cross-cultural issues in assessment. Research in attention training of schizophrenic patients.

Elizabeth Davis

James DeGiovanni, Ph.D.
Director, Psychology Department
Director of Training
Temple University

Psychodynamic psychotherapy, group psychotherapy of severe personality disorders; object relation approaches to marital and family therapy. Efficacy of long-term group therapy in treatment of resistant and character-disordered patients. Brief treatment of depression and anxiety. Ericksonian and hypnotherapeutic models of psychotherapy.

Mara De Maio, Ph.D.
Program Manager, Adult Partial Hospital Program

St. John’s University
Treatment of patients with severe and prolonged mental illness, eating disorders, dually-diagnosed patients; Group psychotherapy;. Effects of gender-role socialization on behavior. Clinical and research interests include psychotic disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, and cognitive remediation.  

Gretchen Diefenbach, Ph.D.
Psychologist
Louisiana State University

Behavioral and cognitive-behavioral therapies for anxiety disorders; research interests include the psychopathology, assessment, and treatment of anxiety and related disorders, in particular generalized anxiety disorder, trichotillomania, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Ellen Dornelas, Ph.D.
Director of Behavioral Health Programs, Preventive Cardiology
Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology and Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Health psychology. Individual and group therapy for smoking cessation, stress management and psychological adjustment to medical illness. Research in areas of smoking cessation, weight reduction and exercise adherence.

Rachel M. Duzant, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist, Treatment Manager

Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Dr. Duzant is a licensed clinical psychologist and a treatment manager at the Schizophrenia Rehabilitation Program for the young adult track.  Her clinical interests include cultural diversity issues, psychological assessment, and advocacy for patients.  Dr. Duzant is registered as a National Health Service Provider.

Jennifer Ferrand, Psy.D.
Staff Psychologist

University of Hartford

Psychological assessment of adults, with a focus on health psychology. Individual psychotherapy with medical patients, clinical hypnosis, behavior change, coping with pain.

Mary Foster, Ph.D.
Staff Neuropsychologist

University of Cincinatti

Dr. Foster conducts both inpatient and outpatient neuropsychological assessments of adults and older adults with a wide range of psychiatric and neurological disorders. Her particular interests include dementia, mild cognitive impairment, and cerebrovascular disease.

Christina Gilliam, Ph.D.
Psychologist Anxiety Disorders Center

University of Missouri-St. Louis

Dr. Gilliam’s research interests include the role of cognitive processes in the development, maintenance, and treatment of anxiety disorders and examining the efficacy of novel cognitive-behavioral treatments for anxiety disorders.  Currently, Dr. Gilliam is the co-investigator for two treatment studies, “Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy for Combat-Related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom Veterans” and “D-Cycloserine-Augmented CBT for Prior Treatment Nonresponders with OCD.” Dr. Gilliam specializes in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of anxiety and related disorders.

Jessica Guite

Lawrence Haber, Ph.D.
Director, Ambulatory and Young Adult Services

University of Tennessee

Severe mental illness, caregiver issues, community acceptance and integration for the mentally ill, as well as staff and family education, community and program confutations in the area of psychosis.

Scott Hannan, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist, Anxiety Disorders Center

Fordham University

Dr. Hannan treats children, adolescents, and adults. His clinical interests include obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobias, panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder related to motor vehicle accidents, and the treatment of children and adolescents with anxiety disorders. In addition to seeing patients in individual treatment, Dr. Hannan runs groups for children and adolescents. Groups are for children and adolescents diagnosed with Panic Disorder, Social Phobia, Separation Anxiety Disorder, Specific Phobia and/or Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Dr. Hannan is also interested in the use of psychological measurements to assess treatment progress. He is currently working on adding computer administered measures to clinical treatment as a way to monitor treatment progress and aid treatment decisions.

Danielle Koby, Ph.D.
Clinical Health Psychologist

University of Connecticut
Dr. Koby provides outpatient evaluation and treatment (individual, group) of psychological concerns among patients with persistent physical symptoms. As a member of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center she also specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapy for patients with epilepsy and non-epileptic spells, as well as movement disorders and other neurological symptoms. Her research involves expanding knowledge and treatment of complex physical symptom disorders.

Richard Lautenbach, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist
Coordinator of Group Therapy Services

Kent State University

Treatment of patients with severe and  prolonged mental illness, eating disorders, dually-diagnosed patients; Group psychotherapy; Effects of gender-role socialization on behavior.

Dr. Ralph Dodd
Coordinator, Grace S. Webb School

University of Hartford
Child and adolescent assessment and psychotherapy. Individual, group, and family psychotherapy of adult patients presenting with acute psychiatric disorders. 

David W. Lovejoy, Psy.D.    
Staff Neuropsychologist
The Virginia Consortium for Clinical Psychology (College of William & Mary, Eastern Virginia Medical School, & Old Dominion University)
Neuropsychological assignment and treatment of Adult ADHD, traumatic brain injury, and stroke. Brief treatment of post-injury adjustment disorder.

Matt Malouf

Elizabeth Moore
Staff Psychologist, Anxiety Disorders Center
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Dr. Moore’s clinical and research interests include cognitive-behavioral treatment for anxiety disorders and the role of cognitive processes in the development, maintenance, and treatment of anxiety disorders. Dr. Moore has particular expertise treating social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic disorder. She has published numerous research articles on the treatment and nature of anxiety disorders and has spoken on these topics at national and local conferences.

Kevin O'Shea, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist, Inpatient Treatment Manager - Donnelly 2 South

American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Washington, DC
Integration of psychodynamic, behavioral, and cognitive-behavioral techniques and perspectives in time-limited individual, group, and family therapy for depression, anxiety disorders, and character pathology. Late adolescent, adult, and older adult populations. Special interest in the treatment of substance use disorders and dementia.

Howard Oakes, Psy.D., ABPP/ABCN
Associate Director, Head Injury Program

University of Hartford

Neuropsychological and psychological assessment; traumatic brain injury; rehabilitation and consultation.

Barbara Rzepski, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Co-morbid physical and emotional disorders in children and adolescents. Consultation-liaison services to primary medical care. Cognitive behavioral approaches to treatment.  Rehabilitation of children with traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury. Pediatric psychology.

Melissa Santos, Ph.D.
Pediatric Psychologist, CCMC

Texas Tech University
Dr. Santos is a pediatric psychologist at Connecticut Children's Medical Center (CCMC) conducting individual, group and family based treatment of pediatric obesity. She also provides the psychological assessment of adolescents undergoing bariatric surgery. Her research is in the treatment of pediatric obesity and factors influencing weight maintenance. 

Laura M. I. Saunders, Psy.D.
Child Psychologist
University of Hartford
Child, adolescent, and family psychotherapy; behavioral management strategies; clinical interests in children with attentional, hyperactive, impulsive, and disruptive behaviors; research in gay/lesbian youth issues.

Elisabeth Scherpenisse, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist, Grace S. Webb School
University of Tennessee
Psychological assessment, particularly projective techniques; personality disorders; psychotherapy with children and adolescents; group psychotherapy in a school setting; identity development in adolescence; mechanisms of change in psychotherapy.

Jane Schilling, Psy.D.
Treatment Manager -Adult Inpatient Psychiatry Service

Alliant International University, San Francisco
Clinical interests include inpatient treatment focused on the application of brief psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral theories, psychosocial rehabilitation, and delivering effective, timely treatment services in an era of managed care. Research interests have included biological/neurological bases of behavior particularly among children with learning disabilities and culture relevant therapy. 

Meredith P. Schwartzman, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist, Treatment Manager-Child and Adolescent Day Program

University of Tennessee
She specifically is providing individual, group, and family therapy to older adolescents involved in the Day Program. Her clinical interests include outpatient treatment for children, adolescents and their families, the treatment of psychological issues among chronically ill youth, eating disorders, and the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. 

Dana Shagan, Psy.D.
Coordinator of Diversity Issues and Cultural Competence for the Psychology Department
Clinical Psychologist, Schizophrenia Rehabilitation Program
University of Hartford
Chronic mental illness, assessment, groups; adult and geriatric population.

Jessica Sierra, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist-Division of Health Psychology

University of Connecticut
Psychological assessment of adults, with a focus on bariatric surgery and transplant candidates. Provide individual therapy for medical patients. 

Sarah Tartar, Ph.D.
Staff Clinical Neuropsychologist

University of Connecticut
She has presented and published in the areas of dementia, head injury, ethics, and the neuropsychological underpinnings of anxiety disorders. Dr. Tartar has particular interests in geriatric neuropsychology, mild traumatic brain injury, as well as other neurological disorders. 

Warren Thime, Ph.D.
Program Manager, Schizophrenia Rehabilitation Program
Fordham University
Severe mental illness; group, family and individual psychotherapy, assessment.

Mona Tiernan, Psy.D.
Health Psychologist

The Virginia Consortium for Professional Psychology
Psychological assessment of adults, with particular focus on organ transplant and pain management.

David Tolin, Ph.D.
Director, Anxiety Disorders Center
University of Arkansas
Behavioral and cognitive-behavioral therapies for anxiety disorders, particularly OCD and PTSD; treatment outcome research; experimental psychopathology; cognitive models of anxiety; clinical psychopharmacology.

Kevin Tsang, Psy.D.
Staff Psychologist-CCMC

Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology
Pediatric psychology; consultation-liaison services to primary medical care; cognitive-behavioral approaches to treatment; behavioral management strategies; treatment of children and families receiving hematologic/oncologic care including issues of coping and pain management. 

Blaise Worden, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist
Rutgers University
Dr. Worden received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Rutgers University. In 2009 she completed her predoctoral internship at the Greater Hartford Internship Consortium in Hartford, CT. In 2012 she completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Anxiety Disorders Center and has remained on staff as a licensed psychologist. Her clinical and research interests include treatment outcome assessment and mechanisms of change underlying empirically-supported psychological treatments. Dr. Worden is also involved in several research projects at the Anxiety Disorders Center, including studies on the treatment of hoarding disorder and co-occurring anxiety and substance use disorders. Dr. Worden specializes in the treatment of anxiety and related disorders. She has particular experience with cognitive-behavioral treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder, hoarding disorder, and substance dependence.

Kevin P. Young, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Dr. Young is a lifespan clinical neuropsychologist who is involved with training students, residents and fellows. His interests include the validity and incremental utility of assessment in clinical settings; risk assessment, personality assessment, and integration of multiple types of data (i.e., cognitive, performance, “objective”, and “projective”); prescription and psychosocial treatment trends/decision making; as well as dementia, concussion/mTBI, and effort testing.

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Psychology Department Interns & Residents (Recent Years):
 
YEAR INTERNS RESIDENTS
2012-14  
  • Elizabeth Davis, Ph.D.
  • Jennifer Jenkins, Ph.D.
  • Bethany Wootton, Ph.D.
2012-13
  • Karim Afzal, M.A.
  • Michael Baly, M.Ed.
  • Colin Baptie, M.A.
  • Sara Detrick, Psy.M.
  • Amy Masse, M.A.
  • Meg Rich, M.A.
  • Nasya Breach, Psy,M.
  • Alden Gaertner, Ph.D.
  • Jane Keat, Psy.D.
  • Shehreen Latif, Ph.D.
  • Kelly Maynes, Psy.D.
  • Matthew Smith, Ph.D.
2011-12
  • Tina Abdalla, M.A.
  • Alden Gaertner, M.A.
  • David Hackett, M.A.
  • Jane Keat, M.Psy.
  • Shehreen Latif, M.A.
  • Matthew Smith, M.A.
  • Christian Davis, Ph.D.
  • Sharmila Mehta, Ph.D.
  • Alejandra Ogando, Ph.D.
  • Dana Sinopoli, Psy.D.
  • Kathryn Woods, Ph.D.
2010-12  
  • Johanna Kaplan, Ph.D.
  • Shianna Walker, Psy.D.
  • Blaisse Worden, Ph.D.
  • Kevin Young, Ph.D.
2010-11
  • Sharmila Bandyopadhyay Mehta, M.Ed.
  • Christian Davis, M.A.
  • Michael Jones, M.A.
  • Dina Karvounides, M.A.
  • Alejandra Ogando, M.A.
  • Dana Sinopoli, M.A.
  • Brooke Carson, Psy.D.
  • John Carlson, Ph.D.
  • Christine Foley, Ph.D.
  • Nicole Wolf, Ph.D.
2009-10
  • John Carlson, M.A.
  • Kelly Crowell, M.S.
  • Zane Dodd, M.S.
  • Christine Foley, M.A.
  • Kia Tucker-Mills, M.A.
  • Kevin Young, M.A.
  • Erica David, Psy.D.
  • Danielle Merolla, Psy.D.
  • Kevin O’Shea, Psy.D.
  • Saasha Sutera, Ph.D.
  • Kevin Tsang, Psy.D.
2008-10  
  • Melanie Mace, Psy.D.
  • Samantha Morrison, Ph.D.
  • Sarah Tartar, Ph.D.
  • Anna Villavicencio, Ph.D.
2008-09
  • Angela Allen, M.A.
  • Stephanie Creekpaum, M.A.
  • Danielle Merolla, M.A.
  • Kevin O'Shea, M.A.
  • Saasha Sutera, M.A.
  • Kevin Tsang, M.A.

2007-08
  • Lindsay Armitage, M.A.
  • Chanda Graves, M.Ed.
  • Adrienne Lapidos, M.A.
  • Liza Maldari, M.A.
  • Julie Nash, M.A.
  • Duncan Seawell, M.A.
  • Tiana Bijoux, Psy.D.
  • Traci Cipriano, Ph.D.
  • Jill M. Donelan, Psy.D.
  • Kristen K. Gawley, Psy.M.
  • Michael Moravecek, Psy.D.
  • Laura Toce Nimchek, Psy.D.
  • Meredith Schwartzman
2006-08
  • Jennifer Caruso, Psy.D.
  • Nancy Craig, Ph.D.
  • Christina Gilliam, Ph.D.
2006-07
  • Jill Donelan, M.S.
  • David Epstein, M.A.
  • Kristen Gawley, Psy.M.
  • Jamie Kleinman, M.A.
  • Kate Nielsen, M.A.
  • Laura Toce, M.A.
  • Kimberly A. Barton, Ph.D.
  • Mary Commisso, Psy.D.
  • Bradley S. Folley, Ph.D.
  • Melina E. Griss, Ph.D.
  • Penelope Guerra-Cosentino, Psy.D.
  • Claudia Guevara, Psy.D.
  • Jennifer M. Lefort, Ph.D.
  • Melissa Norberg, Ph.D.
  • Wayne L. Roffer, Psy. D.
  • Melissa Santos, Ph.D.
  • Justin D. Winkel, Ph.D.
2005-06
  • Kimberly Barton, M.S.
  • Amy Bollenbacher, M.A., LPC
  • Mary Commisso, M.A.
  • Kelly E. Dvorin, M.S.
  • Jennifer Lefort, M.A.
  • Justin D. Winkel, B.A.
  • Jennifer L. Brown, Ph.D.
  • Diane L. Cohen, Ph.D.
  • Pamela Fadakar, Psy.D.
  • Kimberly Massey, Psy.D.
  • Andrew Pleshkevich, Ph.D.
  • Jennifer Smith Richards, Psy.D.
  • Elisabeth Scherpenisse, Ph.D.
2004-06
  • Jennifer L. Hartey, Psy.D.
  • Suzanne A. Meunier, Ph.D.
2004-05
  • David B. Bendor
  • Diane L. Cohen, M.S.
  • Pamela Fadakar, M.A.
  • Kimberly Massey, M.A.
  • Jennifer Smith Richards
  • Elisabeth Scherpenisse, B.A.
  • Laura H. Cohen, Ph.D.
  • Jennifer L. Ferrand, Psy.D.
  • Kristen B. Lathrop, Psy.D.
  • S. Kelley O'Neal, Psy.D.
  • Lori B. Wagner, Ph.D.
2003-05
  • Jennifer Selden, Ph.D.
2003-04
  • Barbara Caffrey, M.S.
  • Rosemarie Coratola, M.S., LMFT
  • Jennifer Ferrand, M.A.
  • Ruth Folchman, M.S.
  • Cheryl Goldberg–Berkowitz, M.S.
  • Jennifer J. Paul, M.A.
  • Lyn M. Balsamo, Ph.D.
  • Heather Lyle Cassidy, Psy.D.
  • Susan D'Ambrosio, Psy.D.
  • Ralph Dodd, Psy.D.
  • Maria J. Guglielmino, Psy. D.
  • Benjamin J. Morasco, Ph.D.
  • Heather Paluso, Ph.D.
  • Rachel D. Sgaglio, Psy.D.
2002-04
  • Denise Fogel, Psy.D.
  • Scott Hananan, Ph.D.
 
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