Our Team

Faculty & Staff



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).



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). 


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.

Postdoctoral Fellows


Jason Buening, PhD

Dr. Buening is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Stony Brook University KPC-MBCRC Consortium Program. He earned his PsyD from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California and completed an APA accredited clinical internship at the New York City Children’s Center. Dr. Buening has a background in art, earning an MFA in Painting from American University. He specializes in crisis assessment and family therapy with an emphasis on trauma treatment with children and adolescents. His clinical training focuses on the integration of evidence-based treatments such as Trauma-Focused CBT and he utilizes a client-centered approach to treatment of depression, anxiety, PTSD, as well as difficulties with emotional and behavioral regulation. His research focus has been on the impact of social media use on mental health providers and he is especially drawn to the intersection of public policy and mental health.

Xiaochen Luo, PhD

Dr. Luo is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Stony Brook University KPC-MBCRC Consortium Program. Her research interests focuses on using advanced quantitative methodology to understand psychotherapy process and outcomes, interpersonal processes, and psychotherapy integration. Her clinical training focuses on treating adults with complex clinical presentations using an integrative, relational approach. She has extensive training in psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness-based, and dialectical behavior approaches in treating adults with difficulties such as mood and anxiety disorders, personality pathology, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and eating pathology.

Meagan Ryan, PhD

Dr. Ryan is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Stony Brook University KPC-MBCRC Consortium Program. She earned her Ph.D. at The George Washington University in Clinical Psychology. Her clinical and research interests are varied, but center on the effects of exposure to potentially traumatic events (i.e. PTSD, addiction, borderline personality disorder). She completed her APA accredited internship at the Philadelphia Veteran's Medical Center, where she received extensive training in Prolonged Exposure Therapy. Her clinical training involved combining a client centered approach with evidence-based interventions, especially motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy. Her training also fostered a community psychology outlook, considering cultural and identify factors as well as the role of the various systems the individual is a part of on their symptoms. Her research has investigated the role of self-efficacy on different outcomes, such as in emergency preparedness and coping after a trauma. Finally, her time in D.C. has developed an interest in policy at various levels.


Jacqueline "Jackie" Tilley, PhD

Dr. Tilley is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Stony Brook University KPC-MBCRC Consortium Program. 

Psychology Interns


From left to right:

Marshall Beauchamp, University of Missouri Clinical Psychology

Marshall’s clinical and research interests focus 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. His research also focuses on the application of network analysis to evaluate and conceptualize eating disorder psychopathology, specifically night eating syndrome and binge eating disorder. Marshall has experience working with clients in a university counseling center, specialty anxiety clinic, and community health clinic settings.  Populations treated: adolescents, adults, families.

Cynthia Brown, University of Missouri Clinical Psychology Program

Cynthia's clinical and research interests focuses on factors related to youth aggressive behavior and the delivery of evidence-based treatments for at-risk youth. Clinically, she is interested in working with children and adolescents with complex clinical presentations, externalizing behaviors, and co-occurring pediatric health issues.

Michael Mullarkey, University of Texas at Austin Clinical Psychology Program

Michael’s clinical and research interests focus on developing and optimizing brief interventions for internalizing problems. His clinical interests include trauma and comorbid mood disorders. Populations treated: adolescents, adults.

Amanda Levinson M.A., Stony Brook University Clinical Psychology Doctoral Progra

 Amanda's clinical reserch 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.

Rachel Luba, University of Missouri Clinical Child Psychology Program 

Rachel's clinical research interests include substance use and abuse, with a specific focus on the psychosocial factors associated with problematic cannabis use. Rachel has clinical experience applying evidence-based treatments across a range of mood and anxiety disorders. Rachel has experience working with clients in community and hospital settings. Populations treated: emerging adults (18-25) and adults.

Psychology Externs


Laura DeLuca, Yeshiva University Clinical Psychology Health Program; Clinical interests: Behavioral health, specifically eating behaviors and chronic health conditions alongside mental illness. Research interests: Exploration of older adults' adherence to mHealth weight loss interventions. Populations treated: Mood disorders, eating disorders, attention deficit disorders, chronic pain disorders, and sleep disorders.

Stephanie Freitag M.S., Binghamton University Clinical Psychology Program; Clinical interests: BPD, PTSD, schizophrenia-spectrum disorders, and other forms of severe psychopathology with evidence-based treatments. Research interests: Dissertation focuses on the transdiagnostic study of the personality dimension, rejection sensitivity as it relates to risk for sexual violence victimization in undergraduate women. Populations treated: Psychopathology and trauma.

Cara Keifer M.A., Stony Brook Clinical Psychology Program; Clinical interests: Transdiagnostic factors, i.e.,  emotion regulation and rejection sensitivity, contribute to the onset and maintenance of clinical problems. Research interests: Taking a multi-method approach to understand how social reward processing relates to social behavior, particularly in outh with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Populations treated: Children, adolescents, adults, and families.

Amanda Oliva M.S., Long Island University Clinical Psychology Program; Clinical interests: suicidal ideation, bereavement, terminal illness in therapist-patient relationships. Research interests: Dissertation focuses on how therapists’ own death-related anxieties affect their work with patients, specifically, those presenting with death-related concerns (i.e., suicidal ideation, bereavement, terminal illness). Populations treated: Anxiety disorders, depression, trauma.

Rebecca Wade M.S., St. John's University School Psychology ProgramClinical interests: ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Intellectual Disabilities, Anxiety Disorders. Research interests: Cross-Battery Assessment, Cultural adaptations of CBT. Populations treated: Children, Adolescents, Young Adults.

Ben Warach M.A., Derner School of Psychology, Adelphi UniversityClinical interests: Treatment of anxiety and mood disorders. Research focus: Romantic relationships and the psychological consequences of infidelity. Populations treated: Adults and young adults.

Research Support Staff

Lucero Molina,  NASA STAR Study Coordinator

Kristine Jankowski

Undergrad and Grad Students

We currently have two volunteer undergraduate students (Amneet Kaur and Priya Verma) from Stony Brook University working with our team. Students 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.




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 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