Ph.D. Psychology Faculty & Staff

Core Faculty
Deidre Anglin

The social epidemiology of psychosis: the relationship between race/ethnicity and endorsement of psychotic-like symptoms in clinical and non-clinical populations; the stigma of mental health service utilization in African American populations and explanations for underutilization.

Leo Cancelmo

Clinical assessment; psychodynamic theory and treatment with children, adolescents, and adults; supervision and consultation; psychotherapy and the psychosis spectrum.

Eric Fertuck 

Clinical and research understanding of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and other Personality Disorders (PDs); utilizing multiple perspectives to inform psychopathology and treatment of BPD and PDs; cognitive neuroscience of social psychopathology

Megan Finsaas

Separation anxiety in adulthood. Historically, separation anxiety was considered a problem of childhood. But recent research suggests that 1 in 15 people will experience separation anxiety in adulthood, many of them for the first time (as opposed to as a continuation from childhood). When experienced in adulthood, separation anxiety is associated with poorer treatment outcomes and impaired functioning, making it an important area of study with clear clinical value.

Elliot Jurist

Mentalization, mentalized affectivity, emotions and emotion regulation in psychotherapy; the relation between emotions and agency; addictions; ethics.

Sarah O'Neill

Predictors of symptom severity and adaptive functioning among children and adults with ADHD; how neuropsychological factors interact with environmental factors to affect trajectories of ADHD over time.

Diana Puñales Morejon

Clinical experience in the areas of multicultural/Latino psychology; psychology of women; immigration trauma and acculturation; severe psychopathology and medical illness.

Sasha Rudenstine

Manifestation of psychopathology over the life course with a particular focus on urban marginalized populations, psychological repercussions of cumulative trauma, patterns of psychiatric symptomatology, and how to apply a life course framework to clinical interventions.

Steven Tuber

The assessment of representations of self and other, and the affects and defense mechanisms stimulated by such representations in children, adolescents and adults; the links between such assessments and the adaptive use of psychotherapy in clinical populations; the utility of projective methods, most especially the Rorschach Inkblot Method and the Thematic Apperception Test, to studies of psychotherapy outcome.

Paul Wachtel 

Integration of psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, systemic, and experiential/emotion-focused approaches to therapy; applications of psychological theory and research to issues of race relations, materialism, inequality, and climate change; vicious/virtuous circles and reciprocal causal processes in personality, psychopathology, and psychotherapy; implications of the findings of behavioral economics for understanding of personality dynamics.

Lissa Weinstein

The psychoanalytic process and psychoanalytic technique, specifically the measurement of changes in linguistic structures such as pronoun use, repetition, and metaphor as indicators of modifications in psychological structure during therapy.

Visiting Faculty
Elizabeth Freidin-Baumann

Elizabeth Freidin Baumann, PhD is Clinical Psychologist with a private practice in Cambridge, MA. She has an interest in community mental health, serving from 2013-2023 as staff member and teaching faculty at Cambridge Health Alliance, a Harvard University affiliated public hospital in Cambridge, MA. She has an expertise in working clinically with transgender, non-binary and sexual minority children, adolescents, and families. She has taught, written and presented nationally on this topic and from 2018-2021 was elected member of the Committee for Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity for the American Psychological Association.

Kathleen Isaac-Campbell

Kathleen Isaac-Campbell, PhD, CGP is a Haitian-American, cis-gender female, licensed Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor at NYU Langone Health, where she directs the Medical Student and House Staff Mental Health program. She also has a part-time private practice focused on serving BIPOC and LGBTQ+ clients with integrative treatment approaches, where she specializes in trauma, health psychology, and cultural issues. 

Stephen Smith

Stephen M. Smith, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist and organizational consultant whose professional mission is to advance equity for marginalized communities. He provides direct care, trains and supports other treatment providers and consults with organizations. Through these endeavors, Dr. Smith constantly seeks to expand our understanding of the impact of cultural and structural factors on how we conceptualize mental health concerns across various contexts and respond to individuals in need. Dr. Smith also has a private practice where he focuses on providing psychotherapy for people of color.

Administrative Staff
Bouchra Benchrifa

Administrative Specialist at The Psychological Center


Marissa Piffizer

Clinical Program Admissions Coordinator


Aimen Khan

                                      Academic Program Administrative Staff


Emeriti & Retired Faculty
Diana Diamond 
Steven J. Ellman
Arietta Slade
AJ Franklin
Larry Gould
Vera Paster
Hal Wilensky
Hillary Gomes
Ben Harris
Denise Hien
Jeffrey Rosen


Associate Clinic Director and Professor Sasha Rudenstine (CCNY '13), 4th-year student Talia Schulder, and 5th-year student Kat McNeal co-author Understanding the Mental Health Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic Among Individuals With Chronic Illness, which was published in Psychological Reports (2023). 

Professor Elliot Jurist, PhD, PhD (CUNY '97) co-authored Working with Parents in Therapy: A Mentalization-based Approach (2023). Prof. Jurist also presented at the MBT congress in Barcelona, as well as his forthcoming book project Listening to Patients: What We Can Learn from Memoir about Ethics and Therapy at the Grand Rounds at Austen Riggs. Prof. Jurist will also be joining the faculty at the Attachment, Mentalization and Psychotherapy Conference

Congratulations to Professor Deidre M. Anglin, who was awarded the 2023 Inaugural SRP Sustained Contributions to Social Justice Award for her deep commitment to fostering equity in our field over the course of her career. In addition, Professor Anglin's study Racism and Social Determinants of Psychosis (2023) was published in the Annual Review of Clinical Psychology. This review illustrates how ethnoracial inequities impact risk for the extended psychosis phenotype. 

Distinguished Professor Paul Wachtel publishes Making Room for the Disavowed: Reclaiming the Self in Psychotherapy (Guilford, 2023). The book explores how early attachment experiences can lead people to turn away from certain thoughts and feelings, building a sense of self and ways of interacting on only a limited range of adaptive resources. 

Last Updated: 04/19/2024 09:51