Faculty & Staff
Adam Gonzalez, PhD, Faculty
Dr. Gonzalez (he/him/his) CV is a licensed clinical psychologist and the Founding Director of the Mind-Body Clinical Research Center. He received his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Vermont, and he completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. He is an expert in cognitive behavioral treatment for mood and anxiety disorders, dialectical behavior therapy, relaxation/mindfulness-based treatments and behavioral medicine. His program of research focuses on understanding the interplay of cognitive, emotional and behavioral health factors that may affect physical and mental health, as well as disease management among chronically ill populations. In addition to his responsibilities with the Mind-Body Clinical Research Center, Dr. Gonzalez is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University. Dr. Gonzalez' research is funded currently by grants from NASA and NIOSH. He is also a recipient of an award from the NIH Loan Repayment Program (2014-2019).
Brittain Mahaffey, PhD, Faculty
Dr. Mahaffey (she/her/hers) CV is a licensed clinical psychologist and assistant professor at the Mind-Body Clinical Research Center. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and completed a clinical internship at the Northport VA Medical Center. She serves as the Center’s Operations Manager and directs several of the clinical research studies. She has extensive training in cognitive behavioral therapy for mood and anxiety disorders, dialectical behavioral therapy, mindfulness and behavioral medicine. Dr. Mahaffey’s research interests are focused on understanding and treating obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and co-morbid physical health problems. She also specializes in women’s health and the treatment of mood and anxiety problems during and after pregnancy. She was recently awarded a K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Career Development Award (2018-2023) from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development. She is also a recipient of an award from the NIH Loan Repayment Program (2017-2019).
Genna Hymowitz, PhD, Faculty
Dr. Hymowitz (she/her/hers) is a licensed clinical psychologist and assistant professor at the Mind-Body Clinical Research Center. She has extensive training and experience in behavioral medicine, cognitive behavioral therapy for mood and anxiety disorders, acceptance and commitment therapy, and relaxation/mindfulness-based treatments. Her research focuses on investigating biopsychosocial factors related to chronic medical conditions including obesity and gastrointestinal (GI) motility disorders. In addition to her work at the Mind-Body Clinical Research Center, she is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Surgery at Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University, and in the Department of Psychology of Stony Brook University. Dr. Hymowitz completed her doctoral training and a post-doctoral fellowship at Stony Brook University and completed a clinical internship at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, IL.
Cynthia Cervoni, PhD, Faculty
Dr. Cervoni (she/her/hers) is a Psychologist at the Stony Brook University KPC-MBCRC Consortium Program. She graduated from the Clinical Psychology, Health Emphasis program at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University. Her clinical training focuses on cognitive behavioral therapy for mood and anxiety disorders and behavioral medicine. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the MBCRC in consultation liaison psychology. Her research interests include health behavior decision making, the impact of overweight and obesity on quality of life, and biopsychosocial factors related to obesity and other chronic illnesses.
William Calabrese, PhD, Faculty
Dr. Calabrese (he/him/his) CV received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University at Buffalo, SUNY and completed his pre-doctoral clinical internship at Pacific University in Oregon. He completed post-doctoral training at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai in the Mood and Personality Disorder Research Program and practiced as a Licensed Psychologist for Therapists of NY. His research interests primarily focus on improving models and measures of personality disorder and psychosocial functioning. Clinically, Dr. Calabrese works with adults and couples with a variety of internalizing and externalizing problems, including maladaptive personality patterns, anger, substance use, anxiety, and depression. He is also passionate about extending care to underserved populations, and LGBTQ+ individuals and those with non-conforming identities. He integrates across various evidence-based practices, including cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based therapies like CBT, DBT, ACT, Schema Therapy, and Behavioral Activation. He also has experience with integrating spiritual practices, as well as, transpersonal and internal family systems approaches into psychotherapy. Personally, he is passionate about music, playing his djembe and cajon drums, and fostering dogs and neo-natal kittens.
Amanda Levinson, PhD, Faculty
Dr. Levinson (she/her/hers) CV is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Mind-Body Clinical Research Center and a clinical assistant professor in the Stony Brook Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health. In her clinical work, Dr. Levinson employs cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness/relaxation strategies, and attachment-based parenting therapy. Her research focuses on investigating biopsychosocial factors related to mood and anxiety disorder and parenting behavior, particularly in pregnancy and the postpartum period. Dr. Levinson completed her doctoral training and a post-doctoral fellowship at Stony Brook University.
Benjamin Warach, PhD, Faculty
Dr. Warach (he/him/his) is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Mind-Body Clinical Research Center and a clinical assistant professor in the Stony Brook Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health. He has extensive training and clinical experience in cognitive behavioral therapy for mood and anxiety disorders, acceptance and commitment therapy, and mindfulness-based treatments. His research focuses on romantic relationship functioning. Dr. Warach majored in psychology at Cornell University and earned his doctorate at Adelphi University. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at Columbia University Medical Center and his post-doctoral fellowship at Stony Brook University.
Anastasia Philippopoulos, B.A., Research Lab Coordinator
Anastasia (she/they) is the Research Lab Coordinator for the Mind-Body Clinical Research Center. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Stony Brook University in May 2022 as the valedictorian of her class, and her research interests include reproductive health, perinatal health, health disparities, and intervention development. In her free time, she practices aerial silks and lyra and likes to dance, draw, knit, and make jewelry.
Alexis Ivans, B.S., Administrative Assistant
Alexis (she/her/hers) is the Administrative Assistant for the Mind-Body Clinical Research Center. She graduated from Stony Brook University in May 2021 earning a BS in Health Science with a concentration in Health Care Management and minor in Health and Wellness. She is looking to pursue higher education by getting an MBA or MPH to help improve efficiency and quality care within healthcare facilities. Alexis's personal interests include traveling, blogging, exploring nature, and spending time with friends and family.
Carla Cardenas, Clinical Support Assistant
Jennifer Wilson, B.A., Clinical Support Assistant
Jennifer (she/her/hers) is a Clinical Support Assistant for the Mind-Body Clinical Research Center. She graduated from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in 2018 with a B.A in Sociology with minors in Anthropology and History. She served in Ukraine as a Community Youth Worker for the United States Peace Corps from 2018-2020. Jennifer's hobbies include dancing, hiking, and traveling.
Ola Mohammed Ali, M.Sc., PhD, University of Western Ontario.
(Starting January 2024)
Jessica Cannone, M.S., Hofstra University.
Jessica (she/her/hers) works with adults and is interested in the relationship between physical activity and psychological functioning, and the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders.
Danielle Citera, M.A., St. John's University.
Danielle (she/her/hers) works with children, adolescents, and emerging adults. She is interested in trauma-focused treatment, exposure-based treatments, and acute care settings.
Fernando Cavalcante Krause, PhD, Adelphi University.
Dr. Krause (he/him/his) is a Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow at the Mind-Body Clinical Research Center and at the Krasner Psychological Center (KPC). He earned his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Adelphi University and completed an APA accredited clinical internship at the Stony Brook University Consortium Program. He has extensive training and clinical experience in treating anxiety, mood disorders, and interpersonal difficulties in adults of all ages. He follows an integrative approach to treatment, including cognitive-behavioral therapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy. He also has a special interest in psychological and neuropsychological assessment across the lifespan for ADHD, learning disabilities, and others.
Amanda Oliva, PsyD, Long Island University.
Jeremy Eberle, M.A., University of Virginia.
Jeremy (he/him/his) is a PhD candidate in clinical psychology whose research seeks to identify patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving that maintain emotion-related difficulties and the pathways by which psychological treatments can change those patterns. These interests in mechanisms of disorder and change inform Jeremy’s clinical work (and vice versa), in which he partners with each client to identify their unique patterns of difficulty and harness both their strengths and evidence-based tools (typically from the broad umbrella of cognitive behavior therapy) in the service of their goals and values.
Joanne Kim, M.S., Rutgers University.
Joanne (she/her/hers) is a Clinical Psychology intern at the Mind-Body Clinical Research Center, and a Clinical PhD student at Rutgers University. Before coming to Rutgers, she received her B.A. in psychology from Dartmouth College and worked as a clinical research coordinator for the Suicide Prevention Research Laboratory at Stanford University, and as a Research Associate at 23andMe. Joanne is a member of the Emotion and Psychopathology Lab (PI: Edward Selby, PhD) at Rutgers, and her research interests include emotion regulation, non-suicidal self-injury, and disclosure of suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
Monika Lind, M.S.
Monika (she/they) is a clinical psychology intern whose research focuses on digital mental health in adolescence, with special interest in teens’ online help-seeking behavior. Her clinical interests are built on a DBT foundation, and she hopes to expand her competence applying varied EBTs with children and teens.
Susie McHugh, M.A., BCBA, Queens College.
Susie (she/her/hers) is a clinical psychology intern, SBU Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Center fellow, and New York State licensed behavior analyst. Clinical interests include work with young children, with individuals with autism spectrum disorders, and in neuropsychological assessment. Outside of work, she enjoys playing music, cooking and baking, and drawing her favorite anime characters.
Radwa Mokhtar, M.A., PsyM, Rutgers University.
Radwa (she/her/hers) is a clinical psychology intern at the Mind-Body Clinical Research Center and Psy.D. candidate at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University. She received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology at Teacher’s College at Columbia University. She primarily works with adults. Her clinical interests include Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Exposure and Response Prevention for anxiety and other related disorders, including Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Specific Phobias, Social Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. She is also interested in integrated care and testing for ADHD and learning disabilities. During her free time, she enjoys watching movies and taking long walks with friends and family.
Irene Nisi, M.S., University of Padua.
Irene (she/her/hers) graduated in Science and Techniques of Cognitive Psychology at the University of Trento (Rovereto, Italy). She obtained her master's degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Padua (Italy) and completed her training in CBT psychotherapy at the School of Cognitive Psychotherapy (APC-SPC, Verona, Italy). She primarily works with adults and treats a broad range of presenting problems, with a special interest in depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, and borderline personality disorder.
May Yuan, M.S., Rutgers University.
May (she/her/hers) works with children and adolescents. Her clinical interests include evidence-based cognitive-behavioral interventions (e.g., exposure-based treatments, TF-CBT, and DBT-A). Her research focuses on youth social-emotional development, program evaluation, and best practices for dissemination of evidence-based practices.
Jennifer Babekov, M.A., LMHC, Hofstra University Clinical Psychology Program.
Jen (she/her/hers) is interested in working with young adults and adults experiencing mood and emotion dysregulation as well as those struggling with substance and alcohol use disorders. Her clinical research interests include examining the efficacy of psychedelics for the treatment of psychological disorders. She is a part of the Human Neuropsychopharmacology Laboratory (HNPPL) at Zucker Hillside Hospital, and will be providing psychedelic assisted psychotherapy in a clinical trial to individuals suffering with anxiety disorders in the coming months.
Caroline (she/her/hers) is interested in working with children, adolescents, and young adults experiencing mood and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, emotion dysregulation, and trauma-related issues. Her clinical research focuses on the impact of eating disorders on family system functions and increasing access to evidenced-based care.
Jacquelyn Gates, M.A., Stony Brook University Clinical Psychology Program.
Jacquelyn (she/her/hers) is interested in working with people with internalizing disorders and interpersonal difficulties using a neurodiversity affirming perspective. Her research focuses on increasing effectiveness of social supports and dissemination of research and knowledge to people and professionals who support autistic people.
Morgan McNair, M.A., Stony Brook University Clinical Psychology Program.
Morgan (she/her/hers) is interested in working with children, adolescents, and families who are struggling with mood and anxiety disorders, externalizing/oppositional behaviors, and parenting behaviors. Her clinical research focuses on understanding social-cognitive abilities that promote positive social experiences and interactions for both autistic and non-autistic youth.
Sekine Ozturk, M.A., Stony Brook University Clinical Psychology Program.
Sekine (she/her/hers) is working with adults and interested in internalizing disorders, trauma-related issues, and interpersonal difficulties. Her research centers around understanding perceptual biases in individuals with psychopathology, particularly anxiety disorders.
Jenny Shen, M.A., Stony Brook Clinical Psychology Program.
Jenny (they/them/theirs) is interested in working with adolescents and adults, particularly LGBTQ+, people of color, and LGBTQ-POC, and primarily with internalizing and/or trauma-related presentations. Their clinical research interests include delineating mechanisms of minority stress and addressing their impact on LGBTQ+ and LGBTQ-POC communities with accessible brief interventions.
Aline Szenczy, M.A., Stony Brook Clinical Psychology Program.
Aline (she/her/hers) is interested in working with children, adolescents, and families who are struggling with depression, anxiety, and interpersonal difficulties. Her clinical research interests include examining how neural and early environmental risk factors interact to influence the development of internalizing psychopathology during childhood and adolescence.
Mengxing Wang, M.A., Stony Brook Clinical Psychology Program.
Mengxing (she/her/hers) works with adults and is interested in the treatment of BPD, depression, and anxiety disorders.
Social Work Residents
Teresa Presti, MSW
Caitlyn Strauss, LCSW
Caitlyn (she/her/hers) is a licensed clinical social worker and social work resident at the Mind-Body Clinical Research Center. She works with adolescents and adults, with a special interest in borderline personality disorder, emotion dysregulation, and trauma- and stressor-related disorders. Personally, she enjoys reading science fiction novels and exercising.
Kierra Law, B.A., Masters Student
Kierra (she/her/hers) graduated from Wake Forest University with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology with a concentration in Crime and Criminal Justice. She has spent time educating communities about sexual assault and consent and advocating for better policies and services for survivors of sexual assault. She has also worked as a mentor and teacher for students in grades K-12 with learning and developmental disabilities. She is a Psychology Masters student at Stony Brook University and an intern at the Mind-Body Clinical Research Center. She is interested in researching racial and ethnic disparities in mental health care. She hopes to become a clinical psychologist and develop more culturally sensitive and effective interventions for people living with mental illnesses.
Liz Aubin, B.S., Masters Student
Liz (she/her/hers) is a Psychology Masters student at Stony Brook University. She is interning at the Mind-Body Clinical Research Center and the Mental Healthcare for All Lab. She is interested in DBT, recovery trajectories, the neuroscience of addiction, psychology of spirituality, and high-risk behavior in adolescents.
Najee Brown, B.A., Post-Baccalaureate Researcher
Najee (she/her/hers) just recently graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Moving forward, she intends to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology from an accredited program. As steps towards this, she is working with the Mind-Body Clinical Research Center to expand her horizons in research while also fulfilling her passion of helping marginalized groups/communities in any way possible. Her ultimate goal is to become a clinical psychologist, while also during the process, providing new research on how living in an urban area or being a part of a commonly discriminated community could impact not only one’s mental health, but physical health. Outside of her pursuits within the psychology field, she also shares a passion for dance and it serves as one of her most beloved hobbies!
Farah Hasan, B.S., Post-Baccalaureate Researcher
Yiming Zhong, Post-Baccalaureate Researcher
Yiming (she/her/hers) is a dedicated Research Assistant with a profound interest in emotional health and the recovery and treatment processes for PTSD patients. Passionate about investigating the ramifications of childhood mistreatment, neglect, and emotional and psychological abuse, Yiming's research delves deep into understanding their impact on PTSD sufferers, especially the resultant adverse behavioral or developmental outcomes. Fresh from completing an undergraduate degree, Yiming is driven by a thirst for knowledge and a desire to make a significant contribution to the field of trauma research. With aspirations to embark on a Ph.D., Yiming's ultimate goal is to gain a comprehensive understanding of trauma and its multifaceted impacts by the end of the doctoral journey.
Carl Bruening, Undergraduate Student Researcher
Carl (he/him/his) is a psychology major pursuing a BS at Stony Brook University. Carl is interested in working with people with various personality disorders and studying how these develop and how to treat them. After graduating, Carl would like to go to graduate school and potentially become a therapist while also conducting research. In his free time, Carl enjoys playing basketball, running, ukulele, and spending time with friends and family.
Anela Salkanovic, Undergraduate Student Researcher
Anela (she/her/hers) is an undergraduate student at Stony Brook University pursuing a B.A. in Psychology. Her passion lies in women’s well-being, encompassing intricate topics such as relationship dynamics, mental and physical health, and the many challenges they navigate. She aspires to extend her support beyond her circle of friends and create a safe space for others, particularly to immigrants and children of immigrants, drawing from her personal journey moving to and being raised in the United States. Beyond academic pursuits, Anela refines her latte art skills as a Starbucks Barista, and enjoys acting, many types of music, and reading. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is her most recent cinematic obsession, having watched it four times in theaters.
Postdoctoral Fellows 2022-2023
Daphne Yunjing Liu, PhD
Sariah Daouk, PhD
Amanda Oliva, PsyD
Ian Penzel, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellows 2021-2022
Marshall Beauchamp, PhD
Cynthia Brown, PhD
Matteo Bugatti, PhD
Amanda Levinson, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellows 2019-2020
Jason Buening, PsyD
Xiaochen Luo, PhD
Meagan Ryan, PhD
Jacqueline Tilley, 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
Postdoctoral Fellows 2016-2017
Andrew Deptula, PhD
Minjung Shim, PhD, BC-DMT
Danielle Citera, M.A.
Nicole Doyle, M.A., M.Ed.
Nathan Hager, M.S.
Fernando Krause, M.A.
Monika Lind, M.S.
Sara Medina-DeVilliers, M.A.
Amy Hyoeun Lee, M.A.
Eve Rosenfeld, M.A.
Jennifer Somers, M.A.
Jennifer Yip, M.A.
Jingwen (Frances) Jin
Subasri "Suba" Ashok, MSc
Jessica Cannone, M.S.
Christopher Facompre, M.A.