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Our Derner School of Psychology doctoral students are passionate about their dissertation and research topics. Explore some of their areas of focus.

Fourth Year Students

Name Advisor Research Interests Externship
Ayala Aguilera, Nathalia Dr. Laura Brumariu Parents’ strengths and challenges in navigating children’s ASD diagnosis, parental resolution of the diagnosis, parental implicit and explicit cognitions Key Insights Neuropsychology and Counseling
Blake, Elyse Dr. Lawrence Josephs Confict in romantic relationships, human computer interaction, emergent technological disorders Pratt Institute Counseling Center
Chassman, Emily Dr. Joel Weinberger Unconsious processes of shame and mental health stigma Mount Sinai Beth Isreal, Addictions Unit; John Jay College Counseling Center; Headspace Training Institute
Goldman, Samantha Dr. Karen Lombardi Sexually coercive behavior, #MeToo narratives, empathy, empathic accuracy William Alanson White Institute
Gruenstein, Jessica Dr. Nathan George Emotional intelligence and parental reactions to children’s negative emotions Brooklyn College Counseling Center; Derner Hempstead Child Clinic
Kanani, Anxhela Dr. Catherine Eubanks Cultural differences in therapy: alliance, rupture-repair, and cultural humility LIJ Zucker Hillside Hospital- Geropsychology track
Khan, Amna Dr. Kate Fiori Social network/sociability of emerging adults; parent-child religiosity and mental health outcomes; parent-child bonding Child Mental Health Center, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Levy, Dorin Dr. Karen Lombardi Parent-child realtionship through the lifespan NYU Wellness & Counseling Services
Liang, Qianlin Dr. Lawrence Josephs The impact of social factors on least favorite sexual activities in heterosexual romantic relationships. Pilgrim state mental hospital
Linn, Emily Dr. Carolyn Springer Mental health effects of COVID-19 on healthcare working parents
Lombardi Civin, Chloe Dr. Michael O’Loughlin Psychoanalysis, intersectionality, post-colonial studies, trauma, transracial and transnational adoption, film Nassau University Medical Center; Derner Hempstead Child Clinic
Luong, Emily Hang Dr. Chana Etengoff Multiculturalism, intersectionality, depression, Asian American mental health TreatNYC
Marte, Chrystal Dr. Kate Szymanski Trauma, intergenerational trauma, resilience, factors which make individuals resilient to past traumatization Fordham University Center for Psychological Services (Lincoln Center)
Viswanath, Pavithra Dr. Kate Szymanski Trauma, attachment, parental reflective functioning, emotional regulation, acculturation and immigrant mental health Saint Barnabas Hospital
Pereyra, Andrea Dr. Damian Stanley Foster youth, trauma, how trauma impacts development, resilience The City College of New York Counseling Center
Petrovska, Elena Dr. Carolyn Springer Psychoanalytic & psychodynamic theory and practice; unconscious factors involved in repetitive patterns, such as rapid-repeat teenage pregnancy NYU Langone
Podell, Samuel Dr. J. Christopher Muran Therapeutic alliance, rupture, motivation, substance use Mount Sinai Beth Israel
Rabinowitz, Yocheved Dr. J. Christopher Muran The termination phase of psychotherapy
Schiff, Talia Dr. Dominic Fareri Neuroimaging psychological processes and pathology, reward processing in healthy and clinical populations Saint Christopher Ottilie (SCO) Residential Treatment Facility; Nassau University Medical Center
Sheridan, Silas Dr. Robert Bornstein Personality assessment; personality disorders; moral psychology Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research; Mount Sinai ACT Team
Wainstein, Jeffrey Dr. Karen Lombardi Countertransference, (role-)play, mentalization, and the virtual; psychoeducation in psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychotherapies The Greene Clinic, Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR); Derner Hempstead Child Clinic (DHCC)
Wang, Wei-Qian Dr. Dominic Fareri Prosociality and reward processes in decision making, cultural and language nuances in treatment modalities, stigma and shame associated with mental health Mount Sinai Neuropsychology Center/Key Insights Neuropsychology and Counseling
Xu, Yuanruo Dr. Carolyn Springer Multicultural psychology and cultural competency in clinical practice, including Asian Americans. NYU Wellness & Counseling Services
Zylstra, Micah Dr. Kate Szymanski The relationships between suicidality and individual/collective trauma, mortality awareness and death anxiety, COVID-19 effect on mental health/psychological functioning New York Health Hypnosis and Integrative Therapies; Depression Evaluation Service Columbia University

Third Year Students

Name Advisor Research Interests Externship
Datta, Saumya
Dr. Michael Moore Suicide risk assessment and prevention, cultural stigma, immigrant mental health Zucker Hillside Combined OCD/Bipolar Track
Dhillon, Ashley Dr. Bob Bornstein Treatment and prevention of sexual abuse/abusers, grooming, trauma in forensic populations, and social justice Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center
Friedman, Olivia Dr. Jairo Fuertes Health psychology, physician-patient working alliance in Chronic Kidney Disease patients Mount Sinai Beth Israel (6 Karpas)
George, Elisa Dr. Lawrence Josephs Impact of sexual assault knowledge on heterosexual male sexual attraction JCCA Westchester
Giannopoulos, Evangeline Dr. Mark Hilsenroth Therapeutic process-outcome, eating disorders, pregnancy & postpartum SUNY Old Westbury Counseling Center
Gordon, Natacha Dr. Chana Etengoff The experience of people with intersecting marginalized identities across the life span SCO Family Services
Greer II, Kendall Dr. Michael O’Loughlin Intergenerational Racial Trauma, Somatic Manefestations of Trauma, Interconnectedness of the Mind and Body Rikers Island – NYC Health & Hospitals
Kelleher, Jeremy Dr. Lawrence Josephs Internalized heterosexism, attachment disturbances, and identity formation’s effect on self-disclosure in LGBTQ+ relationships and forming new romantice relationships for LGBTQ+ individuals New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute
Knafo, Gavriel Dr. Joel Weinberger Political Persuasion, Unconscious Persuasion, Unconscious Influences on Decision-Making, Implicit Motivation SUNY Old Westbury Student Counseling Center
Kolasi, Jonela Dr. Jerry Gold Psychoanalytic theory and practice; dream interpretation; psychotherapy integration The Village Institute, Fordham University Counseling Center (Lincoln Center)
Lawrence, Carly Dr. Christina Marini Health Psychology, Sleep, Romantic Relationships and Social Support in Older Adult Populations Montefiore Supporting Healthy Relationships
Leung, Meili Dr. Kate Szymanski Childhood trauma, resilience, attachment, identity Alice Brown Early Learning Center
Miller, Pazia Dr. Karolina Lempert Value-based decision making in substance use disorder recovery Weill Cornell Neurology – Memory Disorders & Weill Cornell Geriatric Psychiatry
Nair, Travis Dr. Laura Brumariu Parent-child attachment relationships, empathy, internalizing problems, adverse life experiences, and meaning in life/meaning-making Academics West
Prashad, Neelam Dr. Michael Moore Anxiety and depression, rejection sensitivity, cultural adjustment Hofstra University Student Counseling Services
Purcell, Alexandra Dr. Joel Weinberger Forensic clinical work with individuals w/ psychotic disorders; Early intervention for at-risk juveniles; community mental health in marginalized populations; social justice interventions Manhattan Psychiatric Center
Romain, Anne-Marie Dr. Carolyn Springer Biracial Experiences, Colorism, Racial Identity, Familial Support, Parent-Child Relationshops Hofstra University Student Counseling Services
Dejoie Siegel, Jordan Dr. Dominic Fareri Affective Neuroscience, Early life stress, Social Decision-Making, Psychopathology Stony Brook Medicine Neuropsychology
Thomson, Shannon Dr. Bob Bornstein Conceptualization,assessment, and treatment of personality disorders Northport VAMC
Wolfram, Lindsey Dr. Damian Stanley Mind wandering and self-generated thought in clinical disorders Brooklyn VA

Second Year Students

Name Advisor Research Interests Externship
Aguilera, Esmeralda Dr. Karen Lombardi Acculturative Stress, Body Dissatisfaction, Sense of Belonging, Childhood Trauma
Bafna, Anokhi Dr. Laura Brumariu Childhood trauma and resilience, emotion regulation, parent-child attachment, and parental acceptance of children’s trauma Assertive Community Treatment Team, Mount Sinai Beth Israel
Barrett, Samantha Dr. Michael O’Loughlin Parent/child relationships, motherhood, perinatal/women’s mental health, intergenerational trauma SelfWorks, Derner Hempstead Child Clinic
Blank, Emily Dr. Michael O’Loughlin Parent/child relationships, intergenerational trauma, subject formation in early childhood Institute for Parenting
Fitapelli, Brianna Dr. Michael Moore Severe mental illness, psychological assessment, digital health technologies, improving inpatient practices, and community reintegration Mount Sinai Beth Israel Daul Diagnosis Inpatient
Grant, Jonathan Dr. Karolina Lempert Addictive disorders, decision making, memory, & temporal perception / perspective
Hodis, Drew Dr. Laura Brumariu Borderline personality disorder (BPD) in parent-child dyads, shame and the shame-rage hypothesis in BPD, outcomes of children of parents with BPD Dr. Damian Elias Private Practice
Lewis, Shereen Dr. Carolyn Springer False confessions, wrongful convictions, offender decision-making, forensic psychology Mount Sinai Beth Israel 6Karpas
Liu, Xiaomeng Dr. Lawrence Josephs Emotional expressions, Romantic relationships, Personality SCO Family Services
Manis, Emily Dr. Carolyn Springer Sex offender treatment, forensic psychology, trauma and the justice system Metropolitan Detention Center
Mijumbi, Ryan Dr. Chana Etengoff LGBTQIA+ People of Faith, Psychology of Religion & Spirituality, LGBTQIA+ Mental Health, Asexuality Identity Development Derner Hempstead Child Clinic
Millet, Tal Dr. Monica Pal John Jay College Counseling Center
Morales, Stephen Dr. J. Christopher Muran Rupture and repair in the therapeutic process, phenomenology of listening within session, listening during rupture events Derner Hempstead Child Clinic
Nguyen, Vi Dr. Lawrence Josephs Relationships; perceived experiences of betrayal and/or infidelity; sexual behaviors and experiences Ottilie Residential Treatment Facility
Nie, Yan Mei Dr. Mark J. Hilsenroth Internet Gaming Disorder and Alexithymia, Anxiety, Depression, Psychotherapy Process and Outcome Derner Hempstead Child Clinical
Polland, Danielle Dr. J. Christopher Muran Eating disorders, recovery self-disclosure, therapeutic relationship, intergenerational trauma Mt. Sinai ACT
Rissman, Ariel Dr. Kate Szymanski Trauma, emotional creativity, post-traumatic growth Damian Elias Private Practice
Roetman, Andrew Dr. Joel Weinberger Using a machine learning approach to classify themes and automate scoring of the TAT and other projective tests Adelphi Student Counseling Center, TEMA Therapy Center
Schwartz, Mindy Dr. Catherine Eubanks Therapeutic relationship/alliance, religion and mental health, women’s/perinatal mental health Mt. Sinai Psych Inpatient 6 Karpas
Shalam, Jennifer Dr. Michael Moore Perfectionism and social anxiety Mt. Sinai Psych Addictions Inpatient / Outpatient
Williams, Kaitlin Dr. Catherine Eubanks Therapeutic relationship/alliance, race/culture and mental health, match, mismatch, supervision in therapy Mt. Sinai Psych Addictions Inpatient / Outpatient
Xu. Ran Dr. Kate Fiori Emotional regulation and interpersonal processes in borderline personality disorder, cognitive mechanisms underlying suicidality and NSSI in BPD SelfWorks
Zhu, Yan Dr. Mark Hilsenroth Discrepancy in Treatment Outcomes Within the Same Therapists


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