College of Liberal Arts

Psychology (M.A) - Clinical Psychology


Below is a list of departmental faculty who have chaired theses for clinical psychology graduate students in the past. If you are planning to conduct a thesis, it is strongly recommended that you identify, in your personal statement, the faculty member with whom you want to work. You should also contact that faculty member in advance of applying to determine whether s/he will be taking on students and to discuss your research interests. While the goal is to permit students to conduct research in their area of interest, this may not always be possible (i.e., if the faculty member with whom the student wants to work is not taking new students). In this case, the student will be helped to find a suitable, alternative, thesis chair.


Faculty Name

Topic Areas

Bethany Brand, Ph.D.

Assessment, Attachment, Trauma, Transition to College/Adjustment, Treatment Outcome (Trauma Disorders)

Gregory S. Chasson, Ph.D.

Autism, Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders, Social Cognition (in Psychopathology), Statistics and Methodology, Treatment (Pragmatics; Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders and Autism)

Bryan Devan, Ph.D./ Mark Chachich, Ph.D.

Aging, Animal Behavior, Cognition, Evolutionary Psychology, Learning, Limbic System, Memory, Music, Neuroanatomy, Neuropsychology, Neurotoxicology, Psychopharmacology, Statistics and Methodology, Treatment (Neurodegenerative Disease and Age-Related Cognitive Decline)

Paz Galupo, Ph.D.

Breastfeeding, Gender Issues, Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgendered Issues, Multicultural Issues, Perception, Qualitative Methods

Kerri Goodwin, Ph.D.

False memory, social factors in eyewitness memory, applied memory research

John Govern, Ph.D

Decision-Making, Law and Psychology, Self-Awareness, Social Cognition, Statistics and Methodology

Elizabeth C. Katz, Ph.D.

Addictions, Contingency Management, Clinical Trials, Criminal Justice, Smoking, Memory, Expectancies, Treatment Outcome (Substance Abuse/Dependence, Human Behavioral Pharmacology), Treatment Engagement, Brief Interventions

Sandra Llera, Ph.D.

Generalized Anxiety; Emotion; Multicultural Issues/Diversity; Psychophysiology; Treatment (Anxiety Disorders)

Jonathan Mattanah, Ph.D.

Attachment, Family, Transition to College/Adjustment

Bruce Mortenson, Ph.D.

Applied Behavioral Analysis, School-Based Interventions

Geoff Munro, Ph.D.

Decision-Making, Persuasion, Prejudice, Self-Serving Biases, Social Cognition

Matthew Mychailyszyn, Ph.D.

Anxiety and Depressive Disorders in youth; Meta-Analysis; Treatment (youth internalizing disorders); Pediatric Feeding Disorders; Behavior Management & Parent Training

Rick Parente, Ph.D.

Neuropsychological Assessment, Cognition, Cognitive Rehab, Learning, Memory, Neuropsychology, Psycholinguistics, Statistics and Methodology, Traumatic Brain Injury

Christa Schmidt, Ph.D.

Health Psychology, Mind/Body Connection, Positive Psychology, Career Development

Ellyn Sheffield, Ph.D.

Academic Performance, Development, Infancy, Language Development, Memory, Music, Psychoacoustics

Kim Shifrin, Ph.D.


Evangeline Wheeler, Ph.D.

Cognition, Women and Race, Memory, Mind/Body, Multicultural Issues, Social Class, Statistics and Methodology, Stress

PleaseNote: Faculty not listed above are willing to serve as thesis committee members only.






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