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Psychology Faculty Members


Mala L. Matacin, PhD - Department Co-Chair

Mala Matacin teaches courses in Health, Stress, and Gender Studies.  She is the founder of Women for Change, a campus organization whose mission is to provide a space for education and support for women in regard to body image issues.  Read More


Jack Powell, PhD - Department Co-Chair

Jack Powell teaches a wide variety of courses: Introductory Psychology, Social Psychology, Research Methods and Statistics, Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, Honors Seminar, Dissertation Seminar, and History and Systems in Psychology.  Read More


Katherine A. Black, PhD - Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

Katherine Black is a developmental psychologist. She teaches courses in Infant and Child Development, Attachment Relationships, the Psychology of Gender, and Research Methods and Statistics.  Read More


Elizabeth-Leigh Bradley, LMFT - Coordinator of Academic Services

Elizabeth-Leigh Bradley is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. She teaches Introductory and Abnormal Psychology, History & Systems, Child Development, Behavior Modification and Internship Seminar.  Read More


Alice W. Cheng, PhD

Alice W. Cheng joined the faculty in 2011. Her research is focused on multicultural competency, racial microaggression (implicit racism), color-blind racism, childhood abuse/trauma, and adult attachment styles.  Read More


Caryn Christensen, PhD - Director of General Psychology

Caryn Christensen is a General Experimental Psychologist who teaches research, learning, cognitive, and motivational courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. She has scholarly interests in decision making in applied domains.  Read More


Tony D. Crespi, EdD

Tony D. Crespi is a Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified School Psychologist, Certified School Counselor, and Nationally Certified School Psychologist, and is Board Certified in School Psychology (Diplomate Status).  Read More


Lourdes P. Dale, PhD

Lourdes Portales Dale is a clinical child psychologist licensed in Connecticut. Her research is focused on emotion regulation, which she conceptualizes as having both a psychophysiological and temperamental component; particularly in infants.  Read More


Carlene P. Davidson, PsyD - Director of Admission, Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology

Carlene Davidson is a clinical psychologist and the Director of Admission for the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology.  Read More


Laurice Guillory, EdD - Coordinator of Undergraduate Advising

Laurice Guillory is the Coordinator of Undergraduate Advising and teaches general psychology, health and Infant and Child Development  Read More


Sarah Ketay, PhD

Sarah Ketay joined the faculty in 2012. She completed her PhD in Social and Health Psychology and was a postdoctoral fellow at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Her research is focused on cultural psychology, social interactions and well-being.  Read More


Robert M. Leve, PhD

Child Clinical Psychotherapy, Complexity and Chaos Theory  Read More


Kathy McCloskey, PhD, PsyD

Specialties: Domestic violence; multicultural training and curricula development; gay, lesbian, and bisexual issues; ethics; forensics; cognitive-behavioral therapy; strategic therapy; brief therapy; research methodology and design; program evaluation.  Read More


John Mehm, PhD - Director of Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology

Psychological assessment and diagnosis; cognitive-behavioral therapy, community treatment of serious mental illness; legal issues in mental health.  Read More


Len Milling, PhD - Associate Director of Clinical Practices

Len Milling is a clinical psychologist with specializations in child clinical and pediatric psychology. He teaches in personality psychology and abnormal psychology, as well as graduate courses in personality psychology and psychopathology of childhood.  Read More


Ralph O. Mueller, PhD

Areas of expertise: Social science research methods, multivariate statistics, structural equation modeling.  Read More


Dawn Neese, PhD - Director of Clinical Practices

Dawn Neese is a licensed clinical psychologist whose clinical interests include eating disorders and health related issues. She primarily teaches graduate level classes in psychotherapy and clinical issues.  Read More


Jessica Nicklin, PhD - Director of the Undergraduate Program

Jessica Nicklin is associated with the MSOP program and teach courses in organizational psychology, research methods, and statistics.  Read More


Anne E. Pidano, PhD

Anne Pidano’s area of interest is children and families. She teaches courses such as, Child Psychotherapy, and the Advanced Seminar in Systems Theory and Family Therapy;  much of her research centers on pediatric primary care and behavioral health.  Read More


Natalie N. Politikos, PhD - Director of School Psychology

Natalie Politikos is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Her doctoral training was completed at the University of Northern Colorado where she earned a degree in School Psychology.  Read More


Natasha K. Segool, PhD

Natasha Segool is interested in the presentation and impact of anxiety disorders on school-aged children. In particular, she has conducted research on the relationship between test anxiety and test performance on high-stakes educational assessments.  Read More


Olga L. Sharp, PhD - Director of Organizational Psychology

Olga Sharp is an Industrial/Organizational psychologist. Her research interests include occupational stress and workplace incivility. She teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses.  Read More


Michael J. Toohey, PhD

Michael J. Toohey teaches courses in Psychological Assessment, Intelligence Testing, and Theories of Personality. His clinical and research interests are in the assessment and treatment of irritability, anger, and aggression.  Read More


James Vivian, PhD

The bulk of James Vivian's teaching responsibilities at the University of Hartford are methodological in nature and I teach to the full range of undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students.  Read More


Otto Wahl, PhD

Otto Wahl’s primary area of interest is in mental illness stigma and media depictions of mental illnesses. He also serves as a consultant to numerous mental health advocacy organizations.  Read More


Kelly T. Weber, PsyD - Associate Director of Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology

Kelly Weber clinical interests include child, adolescent, and family therapy, pediatric psychology, and assessment and treatment of individuals seeking bariatric surgery.  Read More