Clinical Psychology PhD Program
Leonard J. Simms, Ph.D.
Director of Clinical Training
- A strong, productive, and collegial group of researchers
- Leading research in fundamental areas of clinical psychology, with concentrations in:
- Alcohol and Substance Misuse
- Anxiety and Mood Disorders
- Developmental Psychopathology
- Temperament, Personality Pathology, and Assessment
- Strong research emphasis
- The program follows a mentorship model in which students work closely with a single faculty member
- Students involved in research from the first semester on
- Students actively publish and present research at scientific meetings
- Expertise and training available in
- Advanced quantitative methods
- Interventions research
- Psychophysiological methods
- Training in Clinical Practice
- Training in clinical practice is integrated with research activities
- An active psychological service center
- Ongoing collaborations with:
- Department of Psychiatry
- Department of Pediatrics
- Division of Behavioral Medicine
- Immunodeficiency Services at Erie County Medical Center
- New York State Center for Engineering Design and Industrial Innovation
- Research Institute on Addictions
- School Psychology
- Trauma and Addiction Program at Buffalo General Hospital
- Accreditation and Memberships:
- The Clinical Psychology Training Program has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1954. (Committee on Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242, Phone: 202-336-5979). The program was last reviewed in 2009 and received reaccreditation through 2016.
- The program was admitted to the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science in 2008
*An updated list of Faculty accepting new students for Fall 2014 will be available in August 2013. A list of faculty accepting Ph.D. students for Fall 2013 can be found here. When you are listing potential advisors on your application, be certain to select from the faculty members who are accepting new students.
- Anchin, Jack, Ph.D.
Psychotherapy integration; interrelationships among self, interpersonal, and affective processes in personality and psychopathology; systems metatheory; philosophy of clinical psychology
- Benedict, Ralph H.B., Ph.D.
Neuropsychological impairment in multiple sclerosis, organic personality disorder, prediction of neuropsychological impairment with MRI, neuropsychological test development
- Bowker, Julie, Ph.D
Individual differences in socioemotional behaviors (e.g.,social withdrawal, aggression), peer relationships and friendships; internalizing problems
- Colder, Craig, Ph.D.
Individual, family, and community influences on child and adolescent aggression and substance abuse
- Collins, R. Lorraine, Ph. D.
Drinking restraint; psychosocial factors in alcohol use; women's issues; smoking
- Connors, Gerard J., Ph. D.
Alcoholism treatment outcome evaluation; relapse prevention; secondary prevention of alcohol problems
- Hawk, Larry, Ph.D.
The role of motivation and cognition in psychopathology and treatment; clinical psychophysiology; ADHD; smoking
- Houston, Rebecca, Ph.D.
Neurophysiological (EEG/ERP) correlates of aggression, substance use, and impulse control problems; assessment and treatment of aggressive behavior; risk for substance abuse
- Leonard, Kenneth E., Ph. D.
Alcohol abuse and Marital/family processes; parenting and infant development in alcoholic families; interpersonal aggression; bar violence; domestic violence
- Levine, Murray, Ph. D.
Psychology and law; mandated child abuse reporting
- Levy, Kenneth, Ph.D.
Univariate and multivariate data analysis
- Meacham, Jack, Ph.D.
Life-course developmental psychology; history of world civilizations; comparative religion; race and racism; multicultural education
- Miller, Bruce, M. D.
- Ostrov, Jamie, Ph.D.
Subtypes of aggression and victimization; developmental psychopathology; social dominance; interpersonal relationships; applied developmental psychology; prosocial and play behavior
- Pelham, William E. Jr., Ph.D.
Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder; psychosocial, pharmacological, and combined treatments for ADHD; cognition and motivation in ADHD
- Raynor, Joel, Ph.D.
Theory of personality functioning and change; sport and exercise psychology; alcoholism
- Read, Jennifer, Ph.D.
Social and individual-level factors in the etiology and treatment of alcohol misuse; affective and cognitive determinants of heavy drinking, PTSD-alcohol use disorder comorbidity
- Roberts, John, Ph. D.
Psychosocial factors in the onset, maintenance and recovery from depression; health behavior and psychological functioning among HIV+ individuals.
- Salvy, Sara J. , Ph.D.
Social and environmental factors accounting for food choice and intake in children and adults; the interrelationship of eating, alternative activities and social contexts and how they relate to youths' weight status; social involvement as a lever for lifestyle changes
- Simms, Leonard, Ph.D.
Applied and basic psychological assessment, dimensional models of personality and psychopathology, item response theory applications to personality measures, and computerized adaptive testing
- Thomas, Sherry, Ph.D.
Anxiety disorders (particularly OCD); motivational interviewing
- Tiffany, Stephen T. , Ph.D.
The psychopathology of addictive disorders in adolescents and adults including assessment, diagnosis, and treatment; behavioral medicine
- Walitzer, Kimberly, Ph. D.
Treatment outcome evaluation; spouse involvement in treatment; secondary prevention of alcohol problems; gender differences
- Wood, Beatrice, Ph. D.
Family research; pediatric psychology; child clinical; developmental psychopathology
Note: Applications for the Ph.D. program for Fall 2014 will be available starting in August 2013. The deadline date for Fall 2014 Ph.D. applications is November 26, 2013.