The Clinical Psychology Training Program is currently composed of 8 full-time Core faculty members. All serve as advisors to graduate students in the Program. The Core Faculty is composed of those members who have primary appointments in the Department of Psychology. 8 Joint Faculty members are those having primary appointments in other departments, with a joint appointment in Psychology.


Core Faculty


Barbara L. Andersen

Professor; Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1980; Biobehavioral aspects of cancer; Psychological interventions for cancer patients; psycho-neuroimmunology; Sexuality, including sexual self concept (schema) for men and women. (Jointly with School of Public Health and Department of Obstetrics-Gynecology.)

Theodore P. Beauchaine

Professor; Ph.D. Stony Brook University, 2000: Developmental psychopathology of impulsivity and self-harm; early intervention for ADHD; heterotypic and homotypic comorbidity; effects of Biological Vulnerability x Contextual Risk interactions on emerging psychopathology.

Jennifer S. Cheavens

Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of Kansas, 2002; Treatment of depression and personality disorders; Role of positive psychology constructs in treatment; Emotion regulation in older adults with psychopathology; Mediators of treatment change in depression and borderline personality disorder.  Note: Dr. Cheavens will be joining the program in Autumn, 2007.

Charles F. Emery

Professor; Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1985-Physiological, psychological, and cognitive effects of physical exercise among older adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); aging and adult development; exercise adherence; stress-associated changes in disease processes.

Jasmeet P. Hayes

Assistant Professor. Ph.D., Psychology (Emphasis: Neuropsychology), University of Arizona, 2006. Clinical and cognitive neuroscience of stress-based disorders and traumatic brain injury; Neuroimaging correlates of trauma memory and emotion regulation; Neuroimaging genetics of neurodegenerative disease; Long-term brain and cognitive outcomes following traumatic brain injury.

Scott M. Hayes

Assistant Professor. Ph.D., Psychology (Emphasis: Neuropsychology), University of Arizona, 2006. Neural correlates of memory using functional and structural MRI; Age-related cognitive and neural decline; relationships among fitness, physical activity, cognition and the brain; advanced MRI techniques in memory impaired populations (mild cognitive impairment, medial temporal lobe amnesia, traumatic brain injury, neurodegenerative disease).

Ruchika Shaurya Prakash

Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2009; Understanding neural correlates of cognitive dysfunction in MS and healthy aging, examining role of fitness interventions for treatment of cognitive deficits, mindfulness training, emotion-cognition interactions in neurological populations.

Daniel R. Strunk

Associate Professor Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2004; Etiology, maintenance, and treatment of mood disorders; Methods for treating depression and preventing the return of depressive symptoms; Cognitive therapy of depression.

Julian F. Thayer

Professor, Ph.D., New York University, 1986; Psychophsysiological aspects of self-regulation, particularly parasympathetic influences on physical health problems including hypertension, and mental health problems including anxiety and depression.

Michael W. Vasey

Professor; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 1990; Lifespan developmental psychopathology; attentional biases and attentional control in the etiology, maintenance, and treatment of anxiety, depression, aggression, and psychopathy; temperamental risk for anxiety and depression.


Joint Faculty

Lisa M. Christian

Associate Professor, Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 2008; Research is focused on immune mediators linking psychosocial stress with health outcomes, including cardiovascular disease. (Jointly with Department of Psychiatry)

Mary Fristad

Professor Ph.D., ABPP, University of Kansas, 1986; Assessment and treatment of early-onset mood disorders (depressive and bipolar spectrum disorders) in children; family-based interventions for childhood mood disorders. (Jointly with Department of Psychiatry)

Cynthia A. Gerhardt

Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Vermont, 1997; Risk and resilience, adjustment to childhood cancer and bereavement, promoting health behaviors among cancer survivors, and end of life education and communication.

Janice Kiecolt-Glaser

Professor; PhD, University of Miami (FL), 1976; Psycho-neuroimmunology and health; the ability of mind-body interventions such as yoga to modulate endocrine and immune responses; psychological and physiological consequences of chronic stress in older adults; psychological influences on basal cell carcinoma; genetic and environmental contributions to depression and immune dysregulation. (Jointly with Department of Psychiatry)

Kathryn A. Vannatta

Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Oregon, 1991; Pediatric psychology; adjustment of children and families to pediatric or maternal cancer and other serious or chronic health conditions; pediatric health promotion interventions; and children’s social development and peer relationships. (Jointly with Department of Pediatrics)

Sharla Wells-DiGregorio

Associate Professor, Ph.D., Northwestern University; Psychological consultation for oncology and/or palliative care for inpatients and outpatients; psychological interventions for cancer patients and their families. (Jointly with Department of Psychiatry)