UMass Psychology

Research & Trng

The University of Massachusetts, Amherst Clinical Psychology clinical science program follows a mentor model.  Students are admitted to work with a specific faculty member, and not every faculty member accepts a student every year.  Please consult our Admissions page to find out who is accepting students for admission.

Michael J. Constantino, Dr. Constantino is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Massachusetts where he directs his Psychotherapy Research Lab, teaches psychotherapy courses, and supervises clinicians-in-training. Across these roles, Dr. Constantino is committed to integrating rigorous science with quality practice and training. His research program centers broadly on psychotherapy process, outcome, and integration with adults. The focus is on understanding patient, therapist, and relational processes that influence psychosocial treatments, and on the development, systematization, and training of therapeutic interventions that address pantheoretical principles of clinical change (e.g., treatment expectations, the therapeutic alliance, corrective experiences, resolution of change ambivalence, and outcomes monitoring and feedback). (E-mail)

Katherine L. Dixon-Gordon, Dr. Dixon-Gordon is a clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Massachusetts. Her research focuses on the role of emotional processes in the development and maintenance of psychopathology, with an emphasis on borderline personality disorder (BPD). In her work, she utilizes laboratory-based methods to examine the influence of emotional processes on other domains, such as interpersonal functioning. Given the complexity of these phenomena, she employs multi-method research designs, using self-report, behavioral, biological, psychophysiological, and naturalistic assessment (i.e., ecological momentary assessment). Furthermore, she translates this basic research to applied settings, with the aim of streamlining existing treatments, such as dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) for BPD and related pathology. (E-mail)

Harold D Grotevant, Hal Grotevant holds the Rudd Family Foundation Chair in Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His research focuses on relationships in adoptive families, and on identity development in adolescents and young adults. More generally, his interests include child and adolescent development and family dynamics. For further information, please explore the links above to the Rudd Chair and the Minnesota Texas Adoption Research Project. (E-mail)

Richard Halgin, Richard P. Halgin, Professor (Ph.D., 1976, Fordham University): Issues in clinical training and supervision; psychotherapy integration; ethical issues in professional psychology; teaching of psychology; psychology and sports. (E-mail)

Elizabeth Harvey, Elizabeth (Lisa) Harvey is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her research interests are in the early development of ADHD and disruptive behavior disorders in preschool children. Specific areas of interest include executive function, emotion regulation, parenting, parent psychopathology, fathers, gender, and culture. She seeks to understand these processes by studying the interplay between different levels of functioning including neural (using ERP), behavioral, emotional, individual, family, and contextual. (E-mail)

Marian L. MacDonald, My primary research area is Family Child Care, the form of out-of-home care most often chosen by working mothers of children age 0 to 3. Our current study involves determining factors associated with provider drop-out, which is a major problem in the child care industry in general. I am also interested in community psychology, which involves working with underserved populations (the homeless mentally ill, persons in the criminal justice system, people of color, sexual minorities), developing effective mental health interventions for use by community-based paraprofessionals, and addressing the problem of the underutilization of mental health services due to stigma. (E-mail)

Christopher E. Overtree, Christopher Overtree studies psychotherapy effectiveness in a naturalistic setting, as well as more effective methods of service provision in the community mental health system. He is a child/adolescent/adult and family therapist with specialties in anxiety disorders, depression, cognitive-behavior therapy, and family conflict. He is Director of the Division of Clinical Psychology's training clinic for graduate students. He also serves as a consultant to schools regarding bullying/harassment, climate reform, and improving academic outcomes. (E-mail)

Maureen Perry-Jenkins, I am interested in the ways in which socio-cultural factors, such as social class, race, ethnicity, and gender shape the mental health and family relationships of parents and their children. My current research examines the work and family experiences of blue-collar families. This longitudinal study explores the effects of the transition to parenthood and the early return to paid employment on working-class parents' psychological well-being and personal relationships. (E-mail)

Sally Powers, As a developmental psychopathologist, my research examines the interaction of neuroendocrine, social, and psychological factors in depression and anxiety disorders throughout the human lifespan. (E-mail)

Rebecca E Ready, Dr. Ready is Director of Clinical Training and a geriatric neuropsychologist with research interests in the assessment of emotion, life quality, and well-being in adult and aging populations. She conducts research on emotion regulation and memory, risk for Alzheimer's disease, emotion in Mild Cognitive Impairment, and life quality in Huntington's disease. She is interested in assessment and measurement development and is beginning a new line of research on assessment of reading comprehension in adults with learning disabilities. (E-mail)

Aline G. Sayer, Dr. Sayer is a developmental psychologist with an extensive background in both child and adolescent development and in quantitative methodology. She specializes in new statistical strategies for studying individual development over time. These include hierarchical linear models and structural equation models. Her current focus is on embedding measurement indicators in growth curve models using both multilevel and covariance structure analysis. She is also interested in models that capture the interdependencies in data obtained from couples and other dyads. (E-mail)

David Scherer, Dr. Scherer earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia in 1989 and has been on the Psychology faculty at UMass Amherst since 2005. Dr. Scherer's research has focused on the ethics and process of adolescent and family decision-making in medical and research contexts. He also has conducted research on and published about psychotherapy for troubled adolescents and their families. Applicants to the Clinical Psychology program who wish to work with Dr. Scherer should contact him via email. (E-mail)

Rebecca Stowe, Rebecca M. Stowe, Ph.D., Lecturer (Ph.D. 1999, University of Massachusetts): Dr. Stowe specializes in child and adolescent clinical psychology. She is particularly interested in disruptive behavior disorders in young children, assessment and treatment of ADHD, parenting issues, parent-child relationships, and the use of cognitive-behavioral interventions with children and families. She is a clinical supervisor in the Division of Clinical Psychology's training clinic. (E-mail)

Emeritus faculty:

Sheldon Cashdan, Professor Emeritus  (Ph.D., 1965, University of North Carolina) is the author of Object Relations Therapy and The Witch Must Die, an exploration of the hidden meaning in fairy tales. His latest work, a novel titled Emma von N., chronicles a love affair between Sigmund Freud and one of his patients. (e-mail)

Mort Harmatz, Professor Emeritis (Ph.D., 1963, University of Washington): Eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia), disturbances of body image; obesity control, satisfaction with weight and body image; health psychology. (e-mail)

Bonnie R. Strickland, Professor Emeritus (Ph.D., 1962, Ohio State University): Gender role and interpersonal relationships; oppression and empowerment. (e-mail)

David M. Todd, Professor Emeritus (Ph.D., 1971, University of Michigan): Psychotherapy research; therapist development; research in psychology training clinics; computer databases and text analysis; qualitative research methods; personality and treatment planning. (e-mail)

Patricia Wisocki, Professor Emeritus (Ph.D., 1971, Boston College): Psychotherapy with older adults; behavioral components of the aging process, anxiety, parameters of worry, and coping methods, imagery as a therapeutic modality.

Adjunct Clinical Faculty:

These faculty members provide therapy supervision for advanced practicum students. To contact one of our Adjunct Clinical Faculty members, please email psc@psych.umass.edu and we will forward your message.

Margaret Babbott, Adjunct Instructor (Ph.D., 1993, Columbia University)

Steven Brown, Adjunct Instructor (Psy.D.,1997, Rutgers University)

Brad Crenshaw, Adjunct Instructor (Ph.D., 1993, University of Massachusetts-Amherst)

Joseph Mangine, Adjunct Instructor (Ph.D., 1995, Penn State University)

William Matthews, Adjunct Instructor (Ph.D., 1980, University of Connecticut)

Eliza McArdle, Adjunct Instructor (Ph.D., 2003, University of Massachusetts Amherst)

Claudia Rutherford, Adjunct Instructor (Ph.D., 1993, Adelphi University)

Timothy Hope, Adjunct Instructor (Ph.D., 2001, Pennsylvania State University at University Park)

Postdoctoral Residents:

Amber Douglas, Associate Professor, Mt. Holyoke College (Ph.D., 2004, University of Connecticut)

Sara Whitcomb, Adjunct Instructor (Ph.D., 2009, University of Oregon)

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