Our Team

Faculty & Staff

 

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Adam Gonzalez, PhD

Dr. Gonzalez 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).

 

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Brittain Mahaffey, PhD 

Dr. Mahaffey 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). 

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Genna Hymowitz, PhD

Dr. Hymowitz 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

Dr. Cervoni 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 liason 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

 

Dr. Calabrese CV received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University at Buffalo, SUNY and completed his pre-doctoral clinical internship at Pacific University. 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. Specifically, he aims to integrate novel methods, including ambulatory and psychophysiological assessments, to clarify the connection between personality traits, psychopathology, and interpersonal functioning. Clinically, Dr. Calabrese works with adults and couples with a variety of internalizing and externalizing problems, including maladaptive personality patterns, anger, anxiety, and depression. He integrates across various evidence-based practices, including cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based therapies like CBT, DBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy, and Behavioral Activation. He also has training in spiritual healing practices like meditation and grounding. 

Postdoctoral Fellows

 

 

Marshall Beauchamp, PhD

Dr. Beauchamp is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Stony Brook University KPC-MBCRC Consortium Program. He earned his PhD in Clinical Psychology, Health Emphasis from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and completed an APA accredited clinical internship at Stony Brook University. His clinical training focuses on applying evidence-based treatments for mood and anxiety disorders and behavioral medicine, and he specializes in the treatment of feeding and eating disorders, behavioral weight management, and lifestyle modification for bariatric surgery. His research focus has been on improving interventions for maladaptive eating and weight-related health behaviors, as well as scale development and assessment for eating disorders, body image, and body dissatisfaction.  

 

Cynthia Brown, PhD

Dr. Brown is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Stony Brook University KPC-MBCRC Consortium Program. She earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology (Child Track) from the University of Missouri and completed her clinical internship at Stony Brook University. Her research interests include the development and evaluation of family-based treatments for complex mental health problems, especially externalizing disorders, in children and adolescents. Clinically, she has received extensive training in the treatment of behavior problems, elimination disorders, anxiety, trauma, and emotion dysregulation using cognitive-behavioral, family-based, and dialectical behavior approaches. Populations treated: children, adolescents, young adults.

 

Matteo Bugatti, PhD

 

 

Amanda Levinson, PhD

Amanda's clinical research interest include identifying early brain measures to predict the development of depression. Clinically, she is interested in working with clients who are struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, OCD, and interpersonal difficulties. Populations treated: adolescents, adults, and families.

Psychology Interns

 

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Sara Medina-DeVilliers, MA. University of Virginia Clinical Psychology Program.

Clinical interests: evidence-based treatments children, adults, and families who are struggling with trauma, grief, interpersonal difficulties, and co-occurring health issues. Research interests: using neural, physiological, and behavioral measures to investigate how the dyadic processes of social support and social interaction moderate emotional and physical health outcomes. Populations treated: children, adolescents, families, adults, and refugees.

Amy Hyoeun Lee, M.A., St. John's University Clinical Psychology Program

Clinical interests: trauma and PTSD, anxiety and mood disorders, child externalizing problems, and BPD in adolescents. Research interests: transdiagnostic factors implicated in the development of psychopathology and related impairments following childhood trauma, the effects of evidence-based interventions on these factors, and efforts to reduce disparities in access to evidence-based interventions for youth with trauma-related conditions. Populations treated: children, adolescents, families, and emerging adults. 

 

Eve Rosenfeld, M.A., University at Buffalo (SUNY) 

Eve's clinical approach involves flexible application of evidence-based, culturally-responsive interventions to treat borderline personality disorder, depression, anxiety, and trauma-related disorders. Her research focuses on transdiagnostic cognitive risk factors (e.g., repetitive negative thinking) for emotional disorders, the negative impact of identity invalidation on Latinx mental health, and developing mobile health (mHealth) smartphone apps to improve access to evidence-based treatment. Eve is also a leader in diversity, inclusion, and justice initiatives in clinical practice, clinical science, and academia. Populations treated: adults, adolescents, LGBT+, Latinx.

 

Jennifer Somers, M.A., Arizona State University Clinical Psychology Program

Clinical interests: perinatal depression, health behavior change, internalizing problems. Research interests: how close relationships support emotional and physical health. Populations treated: adults.

 

Jennifer Yip, M.A., University of British Columbia 
 
Jen's research interests use theuniversal phenomenon of mind-wandering to examine executive functioning (e.g., behavioural inhibition) under various cognitive and affective contexts. She aims to find transdiagnostic commonalities in spontaneous thinking and emotion regulation, particularly when internal processes (thoughts and feelings) are prioritized at the expense of engaging with immediate external surroundings. Jen's clinical interests and experiences are in borderline personality disorder, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders. She integrates evidence-based approaches of dialectical behaviour therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy, and motivational interviewing.

Psychology Externs

 

 

Nicole Barlé, 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.

 

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

Clinical interests: Primary interests in the treatment of psychosis-spectrum illness, with additional interest in trans diagnostic 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.

 

Brittany Gurney, M.A., M.S., Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University
 
Clinical interests: Individual therapy and parent training, treating of anxiety, depression, ADHD, and externalizing behaviors. Research interests: Integrated behavioral health in pediatric primary care, psychodynamic play therapy for externalizing behavior, and measuring defensive functioning in parents and children. Populations treated: early childhood, school-age children, adolescents, and emerging adults. 

 

Sin-Ying Lin, M.A., Stony Brook University Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program

Clinical interests: Individual treatment for anxiety, mood disorders, interpersonal difficulties, stress management, and cultural identity confusion; skills-based therapy groups for interpersonal skills training, executive functioning training, and mood regulation. Research interests: Idiographic factors and individualized treatment recommendations; dynamical processes during the course of treatment; quantitative modeling. Populations treated: adults and older teenagers.

 

Daniel Mackin M.A., Stony Brook University Clinical Psychology Program

Clinical interests: Treatment of depressive and anxiety disorders, as well as transdiagnostic factors such as emotion regulation and interpersonal problems. Research interests: Integration of longitudinal data and multiple methodologies to study neural, environmental, and interpersonal risk factors for the development and course of internalizing psychopathology. Populations treated: Adolescents, young adults, and adults.


Rebecca Weber M.A., Stony Brook Clinical Psychology Program

Clinical interests: substance use problems and co-occurring anxiety, mood, and personality pathology. Research interests: internalizing and externalizing pathways to substance use disorders and substance-related risk behaviors. Populations treated: adults, adolescents, families.

Research Support Staff

 

 
 

Lucero Molina, Research Coordinator

Undergrad and Grad Students

 

 
 

We currently have four volunteer undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students (Aaradhana 'Ada' Natarajan, Farah Hasan, Donna Wilcox, Daniella Taboada, and Sarah Mitchell) working with our team. Research assistants get exposure to all aspects of the research process including clerical and hands-on research tasks. They also have the opportunity to observe clinical interviews and treatment sessions. All students attend a weekly lab meeting and review scholarly papers for discussion.

Alumni

 

 

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 

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