2014 New Faculty


Keval Amin 
Assistant Professor, Accounting

PhD, 2014, Accounting, Temple University, Fox School of Business, Philadelphia, PA
BS, 2007, Accounting, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ


Dr. Amin’s skills branch from accounting to audit markets, economic consequences of audits, public accounting industry, and experimental analysis, with teaching interests based specifically in Auditing, Financial Accounting, and Managerial Accounting. In fall 2009, he began his teaching career as a teaching assistant and then instructor at Temple University for classes that included Auditing and Managerial Economics. Along with completing several internships in the accounting/auditing field, Dr. Amin has worked as a senior audit associate at Deloitte & Touche LLP. Since 2012, Dr. Amin has completed four working papers. His research is generally involved with audit markets, economic consequences of audits, public accounting industry, and experimental analysis. In 2013, he was awarded the Temple University Doctoral Dissertation Completion Grant and AAA Deloitte J. Michael Cook Doctoral Consortium Fellow. In 2012, he received the Fox School Young Scholar Interdisciplinary Research Symposium Seed Funding Award. 

Charles Barragato


Charles A. Barragato
Research Professor, Accounting

PhD, 2002, Business, Baruch College, The City University of New York, New York, NY
MS, 1983, Taxation; BS, 1980, Accounting, School of Professional Accountancy, C.W. Post, Long Island University, Brookville, NY


Charles A. Barragato (“Chuck”) comes to the College of Business after spending 28 years on the faculty of the LIU-Post School of Professional Accountancy where he taught accounting and taxation. He also served as the School’s Director since 2006. Chuck concentrates his research in the areas of taxation, financial reporting, and agency issues associated with the nonprofit sector.  Chuck has presented at numerous conferences and has published articles in a host of academic and practitioner journals. He currently serves as an outside reviewer for Voluntas and also provides commentary on tax and accounting issues to The Journal of Taxation, The Wall Street Journal, The Long Island Business News, The Trusted Professional and TheStreet.com. Chuck was awarded the NYSSCPA’s coveted “Dr. Emanuel Saxe Outstanding CPA in Education Award” and LIU-Post “David Newton Award” for excellence in teaching. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and also holds the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) designation. Chuck’s professional experience includes two and one-half years with KPMG, a global accounting and tax advisory firm. 

2014 New Faculty


Jiyin Cao
Assistant Professor, Organizational Behavior

PhD, 2014, Management & Organization, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
MS, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Peking University, China
BS, Psychology, Zhejiang University, China


Dr. Jiyin Cao's research sits at the intersection of decision-making, social network, and culture. Her work has appeared in leading academic journals such as Social Psychology and Personality Science and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. At Stony Brook, she will be teaching a course on Negotiation at both the undergraduate and MBA levels. Prior to joining the faculty at Stony Brook, Dr. Cao studied at the Management and Organizations Department at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and was as a consulting editor at Lonely Planet and a columnist at China News Weekly. 

2014 New Faculty


Christie L. Comunale
Research Professor, Accounting

PhD, 1999, Accounting, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
MBA, 1994, General Business; BS 1990 Accounting, Loyola University, Baltimore, MD

Dr. Comunale is a licensed CPA and an award-winning researcher in the areas of audit judgment/decision making and the efficiency/effectiveness of the audit process. A recent area of her research focuses on the application of data envelopment analysis and related techniques to current issues in business and public policy. Comunale has presented her research at American Accounting Association meetings and has published in competitive peer-reviewed journals. In 2013 she received the College of Business’ Outstanding MBA Instructor Award. Comunale has served on the Executive Board of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants–Suffolk Chapter and chaired its Young CPAs Committee. She earned her PhD in accounting from the University of South Florida.

2014 New Faculty


Andrew W. Delton
Assistant Professor, Organizational Behavior

PhD, 2010; MA, 2006, Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
BS, 2003, Psychology, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ


Dr. Delton, “Andy,” is an assistant professor in Stony Brook University's Center for Behavioral Political Economy, with appointments in the Department of Political Science and the College of Business. He received his PhD in evolutionary psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has received many awards and fellowships and his research has been supported by the National Science Foundation. He has published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, and Current Directions in Psychological Science.

2014 New Faculty


Cecilia (Qian) Feng 
Assistant Professor, Accounting

PhD Candidate, Anticipated December 2014; MBA, 2009, Accounting, Temple University, Fox School of Business, Philadelphia, PA
BS, 2007, Business Administration, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China


Dr. Cecilia Feng will be joining the Stony Brook College of Business faculty in January 2015.  She has worked as an instructor at Temple University for Accounting Information Systems, Managerial Accounting, and Financial Accounting. She has also worked as an enterprise management consultant for Murex Investments in Philadelphia, PA and a treasury analyst intern at Technitrol Inc., Corporate headquarters in Trevose, PA. Her research interests include economic consequences of strategic alignment of human resources and leadership, determinants of performance and compensation, and internal control weaknesses and turnover. She has completed seven conferences and workshop presentations and three working papers.

2014 New Faculty


Julie Y. Huang
Assistant Professor, Marketing

PhD, 2011; MS 2007, Social Psychology, Yale University, New Haven, CT
BA, 1999, Psychology and English Literature, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Before joining the faculty at Stony Brook, Dr. Huang received her PhD in Psychology from Yale University and was a postdoctoral fellow in the marketing department at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Dr. Huang's research focuses on how motivational and environmental factors interact to produce unintended consequences in consumer judgment and behavior. In her empirical research, she identifies which goals might be particularly associated with unintended effects in consumer contexts. Her theoretical work argues that an individual's expressed judgments and behaviors can be understood as indirectly controlled by multiple conscious and unconscious goals. Dr. Huang has published this research in behavioral science journals, including Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Psychological Science, and The Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

2014 New Faculty


Francis Kim
Associate Professor, Accounting

PhD, 1994, Accounting, Baruch College, The City University of New York, New York, NY
MBA, 1986, Business, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL
BA, 1981, Economics, Minor: Accounting, Sogang University, Seoul, Korea


Dr. Kim’s teaching interests cover financial, managerial and international accounting. The foci of his research have been on security analysts' earnings forecasts, corporate political connections, corporate governance, corporate tax aggressiveness, and auditing. Prior to joining Stony Brook, Dr. Kim taught at Wayne State University and City University of Hong Kong. He held membership on the Educational Development Grant Committee in Business School, the Senate Research Sub-committee in Business School, and the Journal List Committee in Accounting at Wayne State. Dr. Kim served as the Ph.D. program coordinator and held membership on the university’s Board of Graduate Studies, the Business Studies Graduate Committee and the Departmental Executive Committee at City University of Hong Kong. Dr. Kim’s work was published in accounting, finance and international business journals, including Journal of FinanceJournal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Financial Management, Journal of International Business Studies, and Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory.

2014 New Faculty


Christine Pitocco
Research Professor, Information Systems Management

PhD, 2013, Information Science and Technology; BS, 1982, Medical Biology, C.W. Post, Long Island University, Brookville, NY
MS, 2001, Management & Public Policy; Advanced Certificate in Management Information Systems, 2000, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY


Prior to teaching at Stony Brook’s College of Business, Dr. Pitocco has worked as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Bachelor of Health Science Program, Clinical Laboratory Science Program, and Graduate Program Master of Science in Healthcare Policy and Management. She also continues to work at Stony Brook Hospital as a clinical lab tech II. In the past, she has worked as a clinical assistant professor for the Department of Medical Laboratory Technology at SUNY Farmingdale, a medical informatics quality control consultant at Validation Partners, Inc., an evening supervisor of Blood bank & clinical laboratory technologist I & II at University Hospital at Stony Brook, a day supervisor in the Immunochemistry Department and a medical technologist at Mercy Hospital. 

2014 New Faculty


Theresa E. Robertson
Assistant Professor, Organizational Behavior

PhD, 2011, Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
BS, 2004, Psychology; BA, 2004, Religious Studies, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ


Tess Robertson is an assistant professor of management and is also associated with the interdisciplinary Center for Behavioral Political Economy. Dr. Robertson received her Ph.D. in evolutionary social psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and she has published in the Journal of Personality and Social PsychologyPsychological Science, and Evolution and Human Behavior. Her research generally asks the questions: How do we choose who to associate with and who to avoid & how do we detect and minimize the costs of social exclusion when it happens?


2014 New Faculty


Gary Sherman
Assistant Professor, Organizational Behavior

PhD, 2011, Social Psychology;
BA, 2004, Psychology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA


Gary Sherman’s research interests range from social hierarchy and its role in the inner workings of groups and organizations to ethics, including how to teach ethics, as well as the organizational and social conditions that encourage ethical behavior. His work has appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Psychological Science, and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Before joining Stony Brook, Sherman was a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching and at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School.

2014 New Faculty


Stoyan Stoyanov
Research Professor, Finance/Quantitative Finance

PhD, 2005, Mathematical Finance, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany 
MS, 2002, Applied Probability & Statistics; BA 2000, Economics, Sofia University, Bulgaria


Stoyan Stoyanov will be joining the Stony Brook College of Business in January 2015.  Dr. Stoyanov was a professor of finance at EDHEC Business School and head of research at EDHEC Risk Institute-Asia. He worked for over six years as head of quantitative research for FinAnalytica, a financial technology firm. He has designed and implemented investment and risk management models for financial institutions, co-developed a patented system for portfolio optimization in the presence of non-normality, and led a team of engineers to implement advanced models for major financial institutions. His research focuses on probability theory, extreme risk modelling and optimal portfolio theory. He has published over thirty articles in journals such as Annals of Operation ResearchJournal of Banking and Finance, andthe Journal of Portfolio Management, contributed to many professional handbooks, and co-authored three books on probability and stochastic, financial risk assessment and portfolio optimization.

2014 New Faculty


Stefan Zeisberger
Assistant Professor, Behavioral Finance

PhD, 2009, Behavioral Finance, University of Münster, Germany
MS (Diploma), 2003, Economics and Management, University of Bremen, Germany and University of Bath (Great Britain)
MA, 2002, Business Administration, University of Bremen, Germany


Dr. Stefan Zeisberger specializes in research on behavioral finance and financial decision making, in particular financial advice and risk communication. He received his doctorate degree from the University of Münster in Germany with “summa cum laude” after studying economics and business administration at universities in Germany and the United Kingdom. Afterwards, Dr. Zeisberger worked as a senior research associate at the Department of Banking and Finance of the University of Zurich in Switzerland. He held visiting positions at the California Institute of Technology and the University of Innsbruck in Austria. His work has been published in the Review of Finance, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Journal of Banking and Finance and other journals. To apply this research to real world problems, he is associated with Behavioural Finance Solutions (BhFS) in Zurich, consulting banks and insurance companies to incorporate insights from behavioral finance into their services, products and business processes.

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