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Psychology Faculty Members

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Dr. Mala L. Matacin - Department Co-Chair

Dr. Matacin teaches courses in Health, Stress, and Gender Studies.  She is the founder of Women for Change, a campus organization whose mission is to provide a space for education and support for women in regard to body image issues. Go

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Dr. Jack Powell - Department Co-Chair

Dr. Jack Powell teaches a wide variety of courses: Introductory Psychology, Social Psychology, Research Methods and Statistics, Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, Honors Seminar, Dissertation Seminar, and History and Systems in Psychology.  Go

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Dr. Katherine A. Black - Interim Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

Katherine Black is a developmental psychologist. She teaches courses in Infant and Child Development, Attachment Relationships, the Psychology of Gender, and Research Methods and Statistics. Go

Elizabeth-Leigh Bradley, LMFT - Coordinator of Academic Services

Prof. Bradley is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. She teaches Introductory and Abnormal Psychology, History & Systems, Child Development, Behavior Modification and Internship Seminar.  Go

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Dr. Alice W. Cheng

Dr. Alice W. Cheng joined the faculty in 2011. Her research is focused on multicultural competency, racial microaggression (implicit racism), color-blind racism, childhood abuse/trauma, and adult attachment styles. Go

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Dr. Caryn Christensen - Director of General Psychology

Dr. Christensen is a General Experimental Psychologist who teaches research, learning, cognitive, and motivational courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. She has scholarly interests in decision making in applied domains.  Go

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Dr. Tony D. Crespi

Dr. Tony D. Crespi is a Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified School Psychologist, Certified School Counselor, and Nationally Certified School Psychologist, and is Board Certified in School Psychology (Diplomate Status). Go

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Dr. Lourdes P. Dale

Dr. Lourdes Portales Dale is a clinical child psychologist licensed in Connecticut. Her research is focused on emotion regulation, which she conceptualizes as having both a psychophysiological and temperamental component; particularly in infants.  Go

Dr. Carlene P. Davidson - Director of Admission, Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology

Dr. Carlene Davidson is a clinical psychologist and the Director of Admission for the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. Go

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Dr. Laurice Guillory - Coordinator of Undergraduate Advising

Dr. Laurice Guillory is the Coordinator of Undergraduate Advising and teaches general psychology, health and Infant and Child Development  Go

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Dr. Sarah Ketay

Dr. Sarah Ketay joined the faculty in 2012. She completed her PhD in Social and Health Psychology and was a postdoctoral fellow at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Her research is focused on cultural psychology, social interactions and well-being. Go

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Dr. Kathy McCloskey

Specialties: Domestic violence; multicultural training and curricula development; gay, lesbian, and bisexual issues; ethics; forensics; cognitive-behavioral therapy; strategic therapy; brief therapy; research methodology and design; program evaluation.  Go

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Dr. Robert M. Leve

Child Clinical Psychotherapy, Complexity and Chaos Theory Go

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Dr. John Mehm - Director of Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology

Psychological assessment and diagnosis; cognitive-behavioral therapy, community treatment of serious mental illness; legal issues in mental health.  Go

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Dr. Len Milling - Associate Director of Clinical Practices

Dr. Milling is a clinical psychologist with specializations in child clinical and pediatric psychology. Dr. Milling teaches in personality psychology and abnormal psychology, as well as graduate courses in personality psychology and psychopathology of childhood. Go

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Dr. Ralph O. Mueller

Areas of expertise: Social science research methods, multivariate statistics, structural equation modeling.  Go

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Dr. Dawn Neese- Director of Clinical Practices

Within the field of clinical psychology, Dr. Neese has interests in eating disorders, health psychology, the impact of technology on social anxiety, and reintegration issues for military service members following deployment. Go

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Dr. Jessica Nicklin - Director of the Undergraduate Program

Dr. Jessica Nicklin is associated with the MSOP program and teach courses in organizational psychology, research methods, and statistics.  Go

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Dr. Anne E. Pidano

Dr. Pidano’s area of interest is children and families. She teaches courses such as, Child Psychotherapy, and the Advanced Seminar in Systems Theory and Family Therapy;  much of her research centers on pediatric primary care and behavioral health. Go

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Dr. Natalie N. Politikos - Director of School Psychology

Dr. Politikos is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Dr. Politikos’ doctoral training was completed at the University of Northern Colorado where she earned a degree in School Psychology.  Go

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Dr. Natasha K. Segool

Dr. Segool is interested in the presentation and impact of anxiety disorders on school-aged children. In particular, she has conducted research on the relationship between test anxiety and test performance on high-stakes educational assessments. Go

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Dr. Olga L. Sharp - Director of Organizational Psychology

Dr. Sharp is an Industrial/Organizational psychologist. Her research interests include occupational stress and workplace incivility. She teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses.  Go

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Dr. Michael J. Toohey

Dr. Michael J. Toohey teaches courses in Psychological Assessment, Intelligence Testing, and Theories of Personality. His clinical and research interests are in the assessment and treatment of irritability, anger, and aggression.

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Dr. James Vivian

The bulk of Dr. Vivian's teaching responsibilities at the University of Hartford are methodological in nature and I teach to the full range of undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students.  Go

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Dr. Otto Wahl

Dr. Wahl’s primary area of interest is in mental illness stigma and media depictions of mental illnesses. He also serves as a consultant to numerous mental health advocacy organizations. Go

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Dr. Kelly T. Weber - Associate Director of Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology

Dr. Weber clinical interests include child, adolescent, and family therapy, pediatric psychology, and assessment and treatment of individuals seeking bariatric surgery.  Go

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