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Clinical-Counseling Psychology Faculty

Manijeh Badiee, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Research interests:

  • Women’s empowerment, with a focus on Latina women
  • Community-based mixed methods research
  • Mental health of Iranian Americans

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David Chavez, Ph.D., Professor

Research interests:

  • Women’s empowerment and activism
  • Community-based mixed methods research
  • Empowerment of LGBTQI individuals
  • Multicultural issues in mental health treatment
  • Relational approaches to psychotherapy
  • Stereotypes of Middle Eastern individuals and their impact
  • Sexual assault prevention

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Christina Hassija, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Research interests:

  • Trauma and associated mental health conditions
  • Risk and resilience factors in PTSD following interpersonal trauma
  • Psychological and emotional consequences of sexual assault and intimate partner violence
  • Meaning making and posttraumatic growth in trauma-exposed individuals
  • Dissemination of evidence-based psychotherapies for PTSD via telemedicine
  • Implementation and development of evidence-based psychotherapies for community sexual assault and intimate partner violence populations

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Jacob Jones, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Research interests:

  • Investigating the underlying neural mechanisms of neuropsychiatric symptoms in neurodegenerative disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease.
  • Studies utilize structural neuroimaging methods and/or longitudinal statistical modeling to examine predictors of cognitive impairment, apathy and depression.
  • One line of research is testing the hypothesis that disruptions in the microbiome (gut-brain health) contribute to cognitive impairment and white matter changes in Parkinson’s disease.
  • A second line of research focuses on relating neuropsychiatric symptoms to meaningful outcomes such as diagnostic markers of cognitive impairment and quality of life.

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Michael Lewin, Ph.D., Professor

Research interests:

  • Early Maladaptive Schemas and Cognitive Vulnerability
  • Schema Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Anxiety

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Stacy Forcino, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Research interests:

  • Treatment of common childhood behavior problems
  • Treatment of clinically significant problems of childhood
  • Parent training (e.g., Parent-Child Interaction Therapy)
  • Behavior therapy/ applied behavior analysis

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Maria Santos, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Dr. Maria Santos

Research Interests:

  • Research to date has centered on improving mental health services for Latinos. 
  • Identifying factors that moderate the relationship between treatment and outcome and examined how BAL works to achieve good outcomes.
  • Sought to identify factors that contribute to the successful engagement of depressed Latino clients in psychotherapy treatment, with a particular focus on the therapeutic alliance.
  • interest in addressing engagement issues particularly for individuals with first-episode psychosis (FEP). Given BA’s effectiveness at engaging depressed clients and evidence of the positive effects of BA on individuals with psychosis, I took a first step to examine the applicability of BA to FEP.
  • postdoctoral research focused on empirically investigating whether a relationship exists between activation and FEP-relevant outcomes. I examined the relationship between self-reported and observer-rated activation and treatment engagement, symptoms, and functioning in the R01 sample of individuals with FEP.
  • As part of an NIMH-funded career development award, I will compare a 12-session BA protocol modified for FEP to treatment-as-usual delivered over 6 months with a sample of Latinos with FEP and their families. The study will also examine BA mediators of the intervention-engagement relationship and develop a dynamic model of engagement to guide future engagement research.

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