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Clinical Psychology @ John Jay College Students

Chioma Ajoku, 2009


Shea Alvarez, 2008
MA, 2008, Forensic Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
BA, 2006, Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Currently working under the advisement of Dr. Louis Schlesinger, Shea's research and clinical interests include the analysis of crime scene behavior, forensic assessment, and the treatment of juveniles and adults involved in the criminal justice system.


Carly Baetz, 2009


Trevor H. Barese, 2008
MA, 2008, Forensic Psychology, Roger Williams University
BA, 2002, Psychology, Roger Williams University

Research interests: psychopathy, violence risk assessment, and early intervention for at-risk youthful offenders. Currently working with Dr. Diana Falkenbach on psychopathy research & with Dr. Michele Galietta on project SHARP as a Dialectical Behavioral Therapist.


Robert A. Beattey
Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology @ John Jay College, Class of 2012
JD, 2003, Ohio State University
BA, 2000, Columbia University
Email: rbeattey@gc.cuny.edu

Robert's research interests include sex offender risk assessment, management, and recidivism reduction; the decision making behavior of judges and prosecutors; and public policy relating to public health and sexually based offenses. His current research is focused on bond-setting decisions in cases where defendants are charged with sexually based offenses. Robert is a former prosecutor and civil litigator and a member of the Sex Offender Research Lab headed by Drs. Elizabeth L. Jeglic (his advisor) and Cynthia C. Mercado.


Marsha Brown, 2006


Kathryn Byars, 2007
MA, 2010, Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice- CUNY
BS, 2007, Psychology, Davidson College

Currently, Kathryn works with Dr. Michele Galietta. Her research interests include juror perceptions of the insanity defense, violence risk assessment, and treatment of severe mental illness.


Joanna Cahall, 2010
MA, 2009, Forensic Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice - CUNY
BS, 2005, Psychology, University of Mary Washington

Currently, Joanna works under the supervision of Dr. Michele Galietta. Her areas of interests include psychopathy, personality disorders, stalking, autism spectrum disorders, treatment development, DBT, emotion regulation, emotion perception.


Patty Carambot, 2010
2004, BA Psychology, Columbia University

Currently working under supervision of Dr. Miriam Ehrensaft investigating the intergenerational transmission of intimate partner violence and preventative factors for at-risk families. Also working with Dr. Falkenbach and Dr. Kucharski on research involving psychopathy and interrogation. Research interests broadly center around empathy: development, deficiencies and neural mechanisms.


Ginny Chan, 2010


Nicole Colombino, 2010
MA, 2008, Forensic Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice - CUNY
BA, 2006, Psychology, Drew University

Currently works under the supervision of Dr. Diana Falkenbach and Dr. Cynthia Mercado. Her research interests include sexual offending perpetration patterns, sex offender policy, and sexual violence prevention.


Kristin Davidoff, 2010
BS, 2010, Psychology, James Madison University


Lindsey Davis, 2011


Lauren Dewey, 2008
MA, 2005, Forensic Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice - CUNY
BS, 2003, Psychology/Criminal, CUNY Geseneo

Currently, Lauren works under the advisement of Dr. Maureen Allwood and Dr. Louis Schlesinger. Her research interests include the resilience of homeless and marginalized youth, suicide among LGBT youth, suicide by cop, and jail diversion.


Danielle diFilipo
Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology @ John Jay College, Class of 2012
BA, 2010, Psychology, Barnard College at Columbia University

Danielle's research interests include juvenile and adolescent populations, particularly regarding psychopathy, assessment, and early intervention. She is currently working under the supervision of Dr. Jill Grose-Fifer studying neurological components of social processing in adolescents.


Eugenia Garcia-Dubus, 2008
MA, 2007, Forensic Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
BA, 2003, Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Eugenia is currently working with Dr. Kucharski on research in wrongful convictions in capital cases. She is also working as a Mindfulness Modification therapist with Dr. Wupperman.


Miriam Ghirmay, 2009


Lauren Gonzales, 2011
BA, 2011, Psychology, New York University

Lauren is currently working under the supervision of Dr. Philip Yanos. Her research interests include how social and personal factors such as discrimination and the internalization of stigmatizing attitudes contribute to the recovery process in severe mental illness. She is also interested in additional factors relating to the community reintegration of individuals from psychiatric or forensic institutional settings.


Wen Gu, 2008
MA, 2010, Forensic Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice - CUNY
BA, 2008, Psychology / History, Boston College

Research interests: Malingering Assessment; Suicide Assessment; Construct Validity of Clinical & Forensic Instrument.


Marie-Anne Issa, 2009
MA, 2009, Forensic Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice - CUNY
MA, 2007, Psychology, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
BS, 2002, Nutrition & Dietetics, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Currently working on a project investigating the construct of psychopathy in the Arab culture under the supervision of Dr. Cathy Spatz Widom. Research interests include psychopathy, psychopathology, juvenile justice, violence, forensic assessment, stereotypes and prejudice, terrorism, and cross-cultural/diversity issues.


Martin Kassen, 2006


Lauren Kois, 2011
MA, 2011, New York University
BA, 2008, James Madison University

Currently, Lauren works in Dr. Preeti Chauhan's Race and Community Effects lab and Dr. Michele Galietta's Project SHARP. Lauren is most interested in forensic assessment (with a focus on competency to stand trial evaluations) and cultural factors that may impact forensic assessment outcomes, as well as diversion and re-entry programs.


Sarah L. Kopelovich, 2007
MA, 2007, Forensic Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice – CUNY
BA, 2003, joint degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice, George Washington University

Sarah Kopelovich currently works with Dr. Tom Kucharski and Dr. Phil Yanos. Sarah has conducted studies evaluating NYC and Westchester Mental Health Courts with particular attention to assessing perceptions of procedural justice among Mental Health Court divertees to predict treatment compliance. In addition, Sarah is completing her dissertation with Dr. Kucharski on developing a theoretically-grounded operationalization and conceptualization of emotional closure as applied to survivors of victims of homicide. Through this research, Sarah hopes to empirically evaluate the common assertion that the death penalty provides victims' family members with closure.


Thailyn Lopez, 2009
BA, 2009, Biology & Psychology, Rutgers University - New Brunswick Campus

Thai is working under the supervision of Dr. Miriam Ehrensaft. She is currently researching the effects of parental criminal justice system involvement on children's externalizing behavior problems.


Jennifer Loveland, 2011
MA, 2008, Forensic Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice - CUNY
BS, 2005, Psychology, College of Charleston

Currently, Jen works under the supervision of Dr. Chitra Raghavan. Her research interests include interpersonal violence, gender roles, and sexuality.


Christian Maile, 2006


Jordan Maile, 2006


Christina Massey, 2010
MA, 2009, Forensic Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice - CUNY
BA, 2006, Psychology and English, Columbia University

Currently, Christina works with Dr. Cathy Spatz Widom on examining the effect of memory and self-report on the long-term consequences of childhood abuse, and also with Drs. Mercado and Jeglic, investigating the psychological characteristics and offending patterns of sex offenders. She is also interested in corporate psychopathy and emotional intelligence.


Lindsay Mathews, 2010
MA, 2008, Forensic Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
BA, 2005, Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

Currently works under the supervision of Dr.L. Thomas Kucharski. Her research interests include death penalty, juvenile justice and delinquency, personality assessment, and psychopathy.


Taiki Matsuura
Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology @ John Jay College, Class of 2012
MA, 2012, Forensic Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice - CUNY
MS, 2008, Computer Science, Polytechnic Institute of NYU
BA, 2004, Computer Science, Drew University

Taiki’s background in artificial intelligence and affective computing—which required him to examine various aspects of human behavior—grew into a fascination with violence and aggression. His research interests include using technologies such as virtual/augmented reality and gaze tracking to improve dynamic risk assessments and treatment of violent offenders.


Jessica McCurdy, 2011
JD, 2010, Georgetown University Law Center
BA, 2007, Psychology; BA Criminology, University of South Florida

Jessica is currently working with Dr. Widom on gender differences in the long-term effects of childhood maltreatment. Her long-term interests include developing intervention and prevention programs for at-risk children, and exploring factors which contribute to juvenile delinquency.


Anthony Perillo, 2006
MA, 2010, Forensic Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice - CUNY
MA, Candidate Applied Clinical Psychology, Penn State University - Harrisburg
BA, 2004, Criminology, University of Florida

Anthony's research interests include sexual offending in youth-serving organizations, effectiveness of sex offender policy, and sex offender risk assessment. His primary clinical interest is in sex offender risk assessment. His dissertation examines the utility of current sex offender risk instruments with sexually abusive clergy. Anthony works under the supervision of Cynthia Mercado.


Stephanie Robilotta, 2008


Andrea Rodrigues, 2008


Stephen Smith, 2007
MA, 2007, Forensic Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice - CUNY
BA, 2003, Psychology, Mercer University

Currently works under the supervision of Dr. Phil Yanos. His research interests include cultural competence and specifically the evaluation of racial bias in risk assessment and treatment practices.


Katy Sothmann, 2006


Ashley Spada, 2009
BA, 2009, Psychology, Rowan University

Currently works under the supervision of Dr. Cynthia Mercado. Her interests include sex offender recidivism and risk assessment, sex offender legislation, forensic assessment, and mental health court diversion.


Rebecca Spizzirri
Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology @ John Jay College, Class of 2012
BS, 2012, Psychology/Philosophy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
rspizzirri@gc.cuny.edu

Rebecca works with Dr. Cathy Spatz Widom investigating the long term impact of childhood maltreatment. Her current project explores how experiencing childhood abuse or neglect relates to risk of homelessness as an adult. Rebecca also has experience with advocacy and intervention for survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault.


Zoe Turner-Corn, 2011
BA/MA, 2008, Forensic Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice - CUNY

Currently, works with Dr. Michele Galietta. Her research interests include treatment and assessment of offenders, with focus on DBT.


Joseph Toomey, 2006
MA, 2005, Forensic Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice - CUNY
BA, 2003, Psychology, Seton Hall University

Currently, works under the supervision of Maria Hartwig and Thomas Kucharski. His research interests include the construct validity of self-report measures of personality and psychopathology, psychopathy, and deceptive presentations (e.g., lying about transgressions, malingering mental illness, etc.).


Beth Vayshenker
Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology @ John Jay College, Class of 2012
BA, 2008, Psychology, SUNY Binghamton
Email: bvayshenker@gc.cuny.edu

Beth works under the supervision of Dr. Philip Yanos, studying factors impacting rehabilitation and recovery in serious mental illness. Beth's research interests include cognitive remediation, recovery, and ways to enhance functional outcomes (employment, education) in serious mental illness.


Michelle West, 2007
2010 MA, Forensic Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice - CUNY
2007 BS, Psychology/Philosophy, Colgate University

Currently, Michelle works under the supervision of Dr. Philip Yanos, and she collaborates on research with Dr. Jillian Grose-Fifer. Her research interests include stigma and internalized stigma of mental illness, jurors' perceptions of neuroimaging evidence, malingering, and psychopathy. Her clinical interests include CBT and psychotherapy for psychotic symptoms.


Erin Williams, 2006