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Dr. O'Leary

Daniel O’Leary, Ph.D.

Director, Relationship and Forensic Assessment Center

Distinguished Professor, Stony Brook University

Dr. O’Leary is an expert in the etiology and treatment of spousal abuse, couple therapy and the relationship between partner aggression and problems with children.  A Distinguished Professor at Stony Brook University, he is the president of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts of New York. For over 25 years he has conducted forensic custody evaluations for the Supreme and Family courts of Suffolk County, NY. Dr. O’Leary is also a divorce and family dispute mediator.

The author and co-author of 13 books and over 300 publications, he has been the recipient of numerous awards, including most recently, the Family Psychologist of the Year Award in 2015 and the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Trust Award for Mentoring Graduate Students. He has also served on several scientific boards such as, H.F. Guggenheim, the Center for Disease Control (Control and Prevention of Partner Abuse), and the National Institute of Mental Health.

 

Ingrid Solano, M.A.

Doctoral Candidate, Clinical Psychology

Ingrid Solano is a sixth year doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Stony Brook University and is currently completing her clinical internship at the Maryland VA. She received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a concentration in Behavioral Neuroscience from Bryn Mawr College. She received her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Hofstra University. She completed two years of Marriage and Family Therapy internship at the Saltzman Center and Nassau University Medical Center where her work focused on families, couples and adolescents. Ms. Solano’s research with relationships focuses on aggression, intimate partner violence, personality and sexuality. 
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More broadly, she hopes to explore personality and communication in the context of relationships. She hopes to contribute to the expansion of research methodology in this area and incorporate neurological measures into the study of interpersonal relationships. Along with her clinical work in the Relationship and Forensic Assessment Clinic, Ms. Solano also provides psychotherapy at the anxiety and general psychological clinic at Stony Brook. She is also providing psychotherapy through an externship with Yale University under the direction of Dr. John Pachankis for the ESTEEM program. She is one of three therapists providing evidence-based approaches to improving mental health and reducing stigma among gay and bisexual men in the New York City area.

 

Sarah Bannon, M.A.

Doctoral Candidate, Clinical Psychology

Sarah Bannon is a fifth year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Stony Brook University. She received her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Nonfiction Writing in 2014 from the University of Iowa. Ms. Bannon’s current research focuses on the interplay between traumatic brain injury (TBI) and romantic relationships. She is working on a number of projects assessing short- and long-term implications of brain injury on individual, relationship, and general health outcomes and collaborates with researchers at the Mount Sinai Brain Injury Research Center (BIRC), and in the SBU Neurology, Emergency Medicine, and School of Social Welfare Departments. Currently, she is collecting data for her dissertation study on the impact of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) on relationship satisfaction in cohabitating couples. 
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Sarah also has a background in studying individual risk factors and novel treatments for intimate partner violence (IPV) perpetration, and continues to serve as a collaborating investigator on a statewide ACT-based court mandated intervention for domestic assault. Along with her work in the Relationship and Forensic Assessment Clinic as a forensic evaluator and couples therapist, Ms. Bannon conducts psychoeducational and neuropsychological evaluations at both Stony Brook and Mount Sinai Medical Center. Ms. Bannon is also engaged in academic mentoring both on campus and in the broader community of psychology. Sarah is both a SUNY Turner Fellow and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Sarah has served as an invited speaker for the CIE Research Café series, as well as a panelist and fellowship application reviewer for the campus Center for Inclusive Education. Ms. Bannon has also contributed to the APS Observer on topics including graduate school preparation and developing writing abilities as a graduate student, and is a student member of the newly created diversity committee in the Clinical area.

Sarah’s Research Spotlight

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Nicole Barlé, M.A.

Doctoral Candidate, Clinical Psychology

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Nicole Barlé is a second year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Stony Brook University. She received her Master’s Degree in Psychology from Stony Brook University, where she spent two years as an intern at the Leonard Krasner Psychological Center. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Literature/Writing with a minor in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego. Ms. Barlé’s research interests center on risk factors that contribute to maladaptive coping after trauma, as well as psychotherapy research evaluating the effectiveness of existing treatments of trauma. The goal of her research involves the advancement of novel psychotherapeutic treatment modalities for various types of trauma. She is also interested in clinical barriers to effective end-of-life treatment through palliative and hospice care.

In addition to her clinical work in the Relationship and Forensic Assessment Clinic, Ms. Barlé works with clients in the Krasner Psychological Center at Stony Brook.

 

TJ Sullivan, B.A.  

Doctoral Candidate, Clinical Psychology

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T.J. Sullivan is a first year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Stony Brook University. He received Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and French and Francophone Studies with a minor in Dance from Penn State University in 2015. Before coming to Stony Brook, he worked as a research assistant at Yale University on randomized control trials developing and testing affirmative evidence-based mental health interventions for the LGBTQ+ community. His research interests focus on how adversity impacts people, with a focus on stigma related to sexual orientation and gender identity. In particular, his research examines modifiable psychological processes associated with stressful contexts (e.g., traumatic stress, emotional avoidance and expression, coping) and their influence on functioning in interpersonal relationships (e.g., intimate partner aggression, relationship satisfaction, therapeutic alliance, parental “unfinished business”). T.J. is a SUNY Turner Fellow and also collaborates with Dr. Joanne Davila.

 

Current/ Former Masters Students and Research Assistants
  • Caitlin Kehoe, MA
  • Yvette Karvay, MA
  • Dalton Quick, MA
  • Nicholas Leonetti, BA
  • Phoebe Wahby
  • Ishmam Choudhury

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