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Our Team

The therapists of the KPC are advanced level doctoral candidates, doctoral interns and post-doctoral fellows in the clinical psychology doctoral program at Stony Brook University and from other doctoral programs in clinical psychology.  They are under the close supervision of our clinical psychology faculty, who are experts in their field and conduct research in the following areas:

  • Studies for the treatment of chronic depression
  • Bio-behavioral and neuropsychological correlates of anxiety and mood disorders
  • Interventions to improve social competence in children, teens, and young adults
  • Developmental risk factors related to the onset of psychopathology
  • Cognitive-neuroscience
  • Relationship and individual factors related to Intimate Partner Violence and couple discord
  • Romantic competence in close relationships
  • Diagnostic classifications for personality disorders and sexual diversity issues
  • Bio-Psycho-Social factors related to autism spectrum disorders
  • Problematic parenting and externalizing behaviors in children
  • Morbid obesity and predictors of successful outcomes in bariatric surgery patients

 

 Directors


 

DV Dina Vivian, Ph.D.  

Clinical Professor, Director of the KPC, Training Director of the Stony Brook University Consortium Programs: Internship (SBU-CIP), Externship (SBU-CEP), Postdoctoral Fellowship (SBU-CPP)

As a clinical professor in the department of psychology and with over 30 years of clinical and research experience, Dr. Vivian is an expert in the treatment of chronic depression, couple discord and violence in intimate relationships.  As the director of the KPC, and as the training director of the internship and externship programs, Dr. Vivian is responsible for the training and supervision of post-doctoral fellows, doctoral interns, and advanced graduate student trainees.

Nick Eaton Nicholas Eaton, Ph.D. 

A ssociate Professor. Clinical 
Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology
Director of Clinical Training

 
 

Dr. Nicholas Eaton is an Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Training in the Stony Brook University Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2012 and completed his clinical internship at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. Dr. Eaton has over 100 publications and has received multiple awards (including for fostering diversity in Clinical Psychology). He is an expert on assessment, measurement, diagnosis, and intervention for anxiety, personality, sleep, and other disorders, and has significant experience working with individuals from marginalized groups, such as gender (e.g., transgender), race/ethnic, and sexual minorities (e.g., LGBTQ+).

 
 

Assistants


 

  Shannon Fitzgerald Shannon Fitzgerald M.A

Office Manager & Assistant to the Director

Shannon is responsible for monitoring and implementing office procedures at the KPC, overseeing the front desk operations, monitoring appointments, receiving payments, billing, monitoring the use of therapy rooms, ordering supplies and equipment, and assisting the KPC Director in managing the clinic’s operations. She is also responsible for training and supervising the MA interns and any undergraduate and/or graduate work study students working at the KPC. Lastly, the Shannon also assists the KPC Director in maintaining high standards of quality assurance.  

 

 

 Supervisors


 

Deena Abbe

Deena Abbe, Ph.D.   

Clinical Psychologist

 Dr. Deena Abbe earned her Ph.D. in Clinical and School Psychology from Hofstra University. She is recognized as a leading clinical psychologist specializing in infants, children, and adolescents. Her areas of expertise include Feeding Disorders, Metabolic and Gastrointestinal Concerns, ADHD, Tourette’s Syndrome, Autism, Social Phobias, and Aggression. Dr. Abbe is a clinical supervisor for graduate students in the KPC.  Other responsibilities include supervising and mentoring other psychologists, special education professionals, consulting to parents and teachers in the origination and implementation of behavioral intervention plans, IFSP Plans, IEP’s, and administering and interpreting full evaluations for children between the ages of one and thirteen with varying developmental disabilities.

Joanne Davila Joanne Davila, Ph.D. 

Professor

Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology

Dr. Joanne Davila is a Professor and the Director of Clinical Training of the Stony Brook Clinical Psychology PhD program. She has over 20 years of research and clinical experience, and she is an expert in the treatment of relationship problems, depression, and anxiety. Dr. Davila is responsible for the training and supervision of graduate student trainees, and she regularly participates in the didactic training of doctoral interns. 

 

Marv G

Marvin Goldfried, Ph.D.   

Distinguished Professor

Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology

 Dr. Marvin R. Goldfried is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology and one of the founders of the Stony Brook graduate program in clinical psychology. He has conducted research on how psychotherapy works and its effectiveness in reducing various psychological problems. Dr. Goldfried has taught graduate courses in psychotherapy and has been supervising graduate student therapists in the KPC for over 50 years. 

Brady Nelson Brady Nelson, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor

Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology

Dr. Brady Nelson is an Assistant Professor in the Stony Brook Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program and director of the Laboratory for Clinical Affective Neuroscience (www.lab-can.com). He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed his clinical internship in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Nelson has over 15 years of research and clinical experience, and he is an expert in the etiological mechanisms of anxiety disorders and depression and psychological assessment. He is responsible for training and supervising clinical psychology graduate students in psychological assessment and psychoeducational evaluations. 

 

Dan O'leary

Daniel O’Leary, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor of Psychology

Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology

Dr. Daniel O’Leary is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology, past chair of the psychology department, and past Director of Clinical Training. He is an expert in the treatment of depression, aggression, and relationship problems, ADHD, and Conduct Disorders. He regularly conducts forensic evaluations for Family and Supreme Courts of Suffolk County for custody and parenting matters, and he supervises graduate student therapists at the KPC.

Jessica SJessica Schleider, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology

Dr. Jessica Schleider is an Assistant Professor in the Stony Brook Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program, where she directs the Lab for Scalable Mental Health ( www.schleiderlab.org). She has >10 years of research and clinical experience and is an expert in the treatment of emotional and behavioral problems in children, adolescents, and young adults. She has also developed several brief, technology-mediated interventions for depression and anxiety in youth. Dr. Schleider is responsible for the training and supervision of graduate student trainees, and she regularly participates in the didactic training of doctoral interns. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Harvard University and completed her Doctoral Internship at Yale School of Medicine.

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Dina Vivian, Ph.D.  

Clinical Professor, Director of the KPC, Training Director of the Stony Brook University Consortium Programs: Internship (SBU-CIP), Externship (SBU-CEP), Postdoctoral Fellowship (SBU-CPP)

As a clinical professor in the department of psychology and with over 30 years of clinical and research experience, Dr. Vivian is an expert in the treatment of chronic depression, couple discord and violence in intimate relationships.  As the director of the KPC, and as the training director of the internship and externship programs, Dr. Vivian is responsible for the training and supervision of post-doctoral fellows, doctoral interns, and advanced graduate student trainees.

  Postdoctoral Fellows


 

Benjamin Warach   Benjamin Warach, Ph.D.

Dr. Warach is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Stony Brook University KPC-MBCRC Consortium Program. He earned his PhD in clinical psychology from Adelphi University and completed an APA accredited clinical internship at Columbia University Medical Center.  His clinical training has emphasized evidence-based treatments for mood and anxiety disorders including CBT, ACT, and DBT.  His research has focused on clinical issues pertaining to romantic relationships and infidelity.  Populations treated: emerging adults, adults, and couples.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Amanda Levinson  Amanda Levinson  Ph.D.

Dr. Levinson is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Stony Brook University KPC-MBCRC Consortium Program. She earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Stony Brook University and completed her clinical internship at the SBU Psychology Consortium. Her research interests include psychophysiological measures that inform our understanding of psychopathology and of ineffective parenting behaviors, which in turn confer risk for symptoms to both parent and the child. Clinically, she has extensive experience working with clients struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, OCD, interpersonal difficulties, and problems of parenting. Populations treated: adolescents, adults, and families.

 

Psychology Interns


 

Alan Gerber
Alan Gerber, M.A.

Alan's clinical and research interests are focused on studying predictors of variability in treatment outcomes for autistic individuals with the ultimate goal of personalizing intervention approaches. Clinically, Alan has experience working with children, adolescents, families, and young adults in both inpatient and outpatient settings. His clinical work spans a range of conditions, including anxiety, depression, trauma, as well as social skills and behavioral challenges. 

Amanda Olivia

Amanda Oliva, M.S.
Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program, Long Island University-Post  Clinical interests:  Chronic suicidality and depression, Borderline Personality Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Trauma and Bereavement, Psychological Assessment Research interests:  Psychotherapy process and the therapeutic relationships, therapist’s experiences of grief and loss
   
   
   

 

Psychology Externs


 

Nicole Barle

Nicole Barle, M.A.  Stony Brook University Clinical Psychology Program

Clinical interests: Trauma, bereavement, terminal illness, anxiety and mood disorders, and transdiagnostic factors such as emotion regulation. Research interests: Identifying risk factors (e.g., guilt- and shame-proneness, growth mindset) that contribute to coping post trauma and the development of brief psychotherapeutic interventions targeting such factors. Populations treated: Adults, Young Adults, and Couples.

 

BD

Blaine DeAngelis M.A., M.S.   Long Island University - Post, Clinical Psychology PsyD Program

Clinical interests: chronic depression, bipolar disorder, emotion dysregulation, and severe psychopathologyResearch interests: universal process variables across therapeutic modalities Populations treated: adults and emerging adults

 

Kayla Donaldson

Kayla Donaldson, M.A.   Stony Brook  Clinical Psychology Program .

Clinical interests: Primary interests in the treatment of psychosis-spectrum illness, with additional interest in transdiagnostic clinical factors that contribute to the onset and maintenance of other severe and/or complex psychopathology.  Research interests: Integrating behavioral, neural, and computational methods to understand how mechanisms of cognitive and emotional dysfunction inform the course of psychotic illness over time. Populations treated: Adults, emerging adults, late adolescence.

Chris Facompre

Christopher Facompré, M.A.  Stony Brook University, Clinical Psychology

Clinical interests: Working with individuals who are confronted with issues relating to depression, anxiety, relationship conflict, and externalizing/oppositional behavior. Research interests: Understanding the developmental significance of early caregiving experiences on attachment security as well as factors contributing to stability and change in attachment over the life course (e.g., mental health, life stress, and interpersonal problems). Populations treated: adults, teens, and school-aged children.

 

MH

Mariah Hawes, M.A.,   Stony Brook University Clinical Psychology Program

Clinical Interests: Treatment of mood and anxiety disorders; targeting transdiagnostic factors (e.g., emotion and behavior regulation, interpersonal problems). Research Interests: Development of internalizing psychopathology; integration of diverse methods, with emphasis on ecological momentary assessment; advanced quantitative methods. Populations treated: Adults, emerging adults. 

 

Laura Kessler

Laura Kessler, M.S.

Clinical and Research Interests:  Women's health, LGBTQIA specific issues, intersectionality, trauma, sexual wellness, sexual trauma, forensics, mindfulness, community, school and workplace psychology, adolescents, and young adults.

 

Megan Manierski,

Megan Manierski, Psy.M.

Clinical interests: Individual therapy for anxiety and mood disorders, interpersonal difficulties, stress management, and grief. Additionally, I am interested in sports psychology and specialized issues for student-athletes. Populations treated: adolescents, young adults, and adults. 

Ellora Vilkin

Ellora Vilkin, M.A.,  Department of Psychology, Stony Brook University 

Clinical interests: LGBTQ+ mental health; couples/relationship therapy; anxiety and mood disorders; trauma and stress.  Research interests: intimate relationships and mental health among people with marginalized sexual identities/practices; increasing access to mental healthcare for LGBTQ+ and other marginalized populations.  Populations treated: adults, couples/relationships, older adolescents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alumni


 

Interns 2020-2021

Amy Hyoeun Lee

Sara Medina-Devilliers

Eve Rosenfeld

Jennifer Somers

Jennifer Yip

Interns 2019-2020

Marshall Beauchamp

Cynthia Brown

Amanda Levinson

Rachel Luba

Michael Mullarkey 

Interns 2018-2019

Brittany Speed, PhD

Jacqueline Tilley, PhD

Stephan Siwiec, PhD

Kathleen Reardon, PhD

 

Interns 2017-2018

Sungjin Im, PhD

Jingwen (Frances) Jin, PhD

Brit Lippman, PhD

Wenting Mu, PhD 

 

Interns 2016-2017

Estee Hausman, PhD

Cynthia Cervoni, PhD

Jingwen Jin, PhD

 

 

Postdoctoral Fellows 2020-2021

Cynthia Brown

Marshall Beachamp

Matteo Bugatti

Postdoctoral Fellows 2019-2020

Jason Buening, PhD

Meagan Ryan, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellows 2018-2019

Jessica McCurdy, PhD

Amri Sabharwal, PhD

Angela Turner Dougherty, PhD

Tamara Welikson, PhD

 

Postdoctoral Fellows 2017-2018

Cynthia Cervoni, PhD

Amanda Viner, PsyD

Daniel Tieman, PhD

Andrew Deptula, PhD