PhD in Clinical Psychology



Clinical, Research, and Teaching Interests

Unless otherwise noted below, all core faculty are accepting new graduate students for the forthcoming Fall Semester. Due to the volume of requests, faculty members are not always able to respond to inquiries from prospective applicants. That is not a sign of disinterest in your application.

Charles A. Dill, PhD
Professor of Psychology
1) Research design and analysis
2) Experimental personality research (self-regulation/behavioral initiation)
3) Quantitative methods (General Linear Model)

Mun Yee Kwan, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology
1) Risk and maintenance factors of eating disorders 2) Sociocultural influences on body ideal, body perception, and eating behavior 3) Risk factors of suicidal behaviors

Amy Hyoeun Lee, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology
The overall aim of my research program is to address trauma-related mental health disparities for youth and families from historically marginalized communities (e.g., racial-ethnic minority youth, immigrant families). My ongoing research examines:
1) Developmental mechanisms implicated in psychopathology risk following childhood maltreatment and other forms of chronic interpersonal trauma
2) Treatment outcomes of evidence-based trauma treatments (e.g., Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) for minoritized youth
3) Adaptations to evidence-based trauma treatments to close the research-to-practice gap for minoritized youth and families

Phyllis S. Ohr, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology
Director, Child and Parent Psychotherapy Services Clinic
Assistant Director of PhD Program (Externship Placement)
1) Emotion dysregulation and irritability in young children as predictors of different pathways to internalizing and externalizing difficulties
2) Parent and child factors affecting treatment outcome in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
3) The efficacy of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy in treating young children with severe emotion dysregulation
4) Addressing parental stress during Parent-Child Interaction Therapy using mindfulness

William C. Sanderson, PhD
Professor of Psychology
Director, PhD Program in Clinical Psychology (DCT)
Director, Anxiety and Depression Clinic
1) Treatment of anxiety disorders and depression
2) Cognitive appraisal and emotion
3) Evolutionary Psychology - implications for clinical psychology
(evolutionary psychopathology, theory of human nature)

Joseph R. Scardapane, PhD
Assistant Provost
Executive Director, Joan and Arnold Saltzman Community Services Center
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology
Director, Psychological Evaluation and Research Counseling Clinic
Director, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Clinic
Team Leader, Dialectical Behavior Therapy Clinic
1) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
2) Dialectical Behavior Therapy
3) Mindfulness Meditation

Mitchell L. Schare, PhD, ABPP
Dr. Schare will no longer be taking students.
Professor of Psychology
Board Certified in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology
Director, Phobia and Trauma Clinic
1)Treatment of Phobic and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders with Exposure Therapies
2) Application and Efficacy of Virtual Reality Technology to Treat Phobia and PTSD
3) Self-help and Motivational Interviewing Approaches for Nicotine Cessation Therapy

Mark R. Serper, PhD
Professor of Psychology
Director, Serious and Persistent Mental Illness Program
1) Psychological Mechanism in Psychosis
2) Substance Abuse in Schizophrenia
3) Violence and Mental Illness

Associate Program Faculty

In addition to the core faculty listed above (i.e., those whose primary responsibility lies in the PhD program), there are many other individuals at Hofstra who are involved in training students in our doctoral program (e.g., providing clinical supervision, participation on dissertation committees, providing research mentoring, teaching courses).

Emily Barkley-Levenson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
1) Risk-taking and risky decision-making in adolescence and early adulthood (including sports injuries, substance use, and risky sexual behavior)
2) Measurement of dopamine and its relationship to behavior (including dopaminergic disorders such as OCD, schizophrenia)
3) behavioral economics/decision making (e.g., loss aversion, framing, heuristics)

John C. Guthman, PhD
Executive Director, Office of Student Counseling Services
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology

Craig A. Johnson, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology
1) Social Psychology (including applications to clinical psychology)
2) Social Cognition (prejudice, intergroup relations, self-concept)

Amy M. Masnik, PhD
Professor of Psychology
1) Scientific reasoning
2) Numerical cognition
3) Cognitive development
4) Applying cognitive psychology to education

Merry E. McVey-Noble, PhD
Assistant Adjunct Professor of Psychology
Assistant Clinical Director, Student Counseling Services
Director, Child and Family Trauma Institute
1) Treatment of anxiety disorders and Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders
2) Dialectical Behavior Therapy
3) College student mental health
4) Trauma

Sarah A. Novak, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology
Adjunct Professor in the Masters of Public Health Program
1) The interrelation of relationship processes and health behavior
2) Perceptions of body weight and body image
3) Strategies to reduce stigma

Oskar Pineno, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology

Elisabeth J. Ploran, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology
Adjunct Assistant Investigator, Center for Autoimmune and Musculoskeletal Disease, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research
1) Memory and spatial cognition
2) Use of games as interventions
3) Applied cognition

Keith Shafritz, PhD
Professor of Psychology
1) Brain mechanisms of attention, emotion, and executive function
2) Interaction of cognitive and emotional neural systems
3) Relevance of these processes to psychiatric disorders, such as autism, schizophrenia, and PTSD

Jin Shin, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology
1) Early intervention for children with developmental disabilities in Vietnam
2) Adjustment of families of children with developmental disabilities in Vietnam
3) Cross-cultural psychology