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Department of Psychology


Humberto Lizardi (Chair)

Humberto Lizardi Email Address:
Phone Number: 718-960-6707
Office: Gillet Hall, 101-D
Rank: Associate Professor
Degrees: B.A., Psych., SUNY Binghamton, 1989; M.A., Ph.D., Clinical Psych., State Univ. of New York, Stony Brook, 1993, 1999
Academic/Research Interests: Interested in the relationship between early childhood experiences, such as physical and sexual abuse, and different types of depression. Also interested in the relationship between specific parental psychiatric disorders and parenting difficulties, such as physical abuse and poor-quality relationships with offspring. Finally, interested in the academic, social, emotional, and physical health of children of depressed parents, particularly, dysthymia (a chronic type of depression).
Courses: Abnormal Psychology (PSY 234), Psychological Testing and Assessment (PSY 245)

Mia Budescu

Mia Budescu Email Address:
Phone Number: 718-960-8478
Office: Gillet Hall, 107F
Rank: Associate Professor
Degrees: B.A., Indiana University - Bloomington, 2000. New York University; MA, 2007. Temple University; Ph.D., 2012.
Academic/Research Interests: Research explores stress and coping among adolescents and emerging adults. The most recent studies have looked at the mental and physical health impacts of stigmatization based on race and homelessness among unhoused youth.
Courses: Child Psychology (PSY 217, Statistical Methods in Psychology (PSY 226), Experimental Psychology (PSY 305)

Sandra Campeanu

Sandra Campeanu Email Address:
Phone Number: 718-960-7321
Office: Gillet Hall, 015
Rank: Doctoral Lecturer
Degrees: B.Sc. McGill University, 2006; M.A. University of Toronto, 2008; Ph.D. University of Toronto, 2014.
Academic/Research Interests: Cognitive Neuroscience.
The role of voice as a memory cue, and the neuroscience that underlies it.  Auditory perception.
Courses: Statistical Methods in Psychology (PSY 226), Sensation and Perception (PSY 317), Psychology of Memory (PSY 312), Cognitive Psychology (PSY 314), Experimental Psychology (PSY 305)

Martin Downing

Martin Downing Email Address:
Phone Number: 718-960-5563
Office: Gillet, 118
Rank: Assistant Professor
Degrees: B.S., Georgia State University, 1999; M.S., University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 2004; Ph.D., The Graduate School and University Center/CUNY, 2010.
Academic/Research Interests: Health psychology. My research program focuses on understanding psychosocial and contextual factors of health and well being.
Courses: Environmental Psychology (PSY 238), Experimental Psychology (PSY 305), Health Psychology (PSY 335)

Keith Happaney

Keith Happaney Email Address:
Phone Number: 718-960-8789
Office: Gillet Hall, 023
Rank: Associate Professor
Degrees: B.A., Lehman Coll., 1992; M.A., Ph.D, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara, 1995, 2000.
Academic/Research Interests:
Courses: General Psychology (PSY 166), Child Psychology (PSY 217),
Experimental Psychology (PSY 305), Social and Emotional Development (PSY 319), Evolutionary Psychology (PSY 340)

Marjorine Henriquez-Castillo

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Office: Gillet Hall, 107-F
Rank: Doctoral Lecturer and Major Advisor
Degrees: B.A., Hunter College/CUNY, 2010; M.A., Hunter College/CUNY, 2015; Ph.D., The Graduate School and University Center/CUNY, 2022.
Academic/Research Interests: Child and Adolescent Development. Acculturation and Psychological Health. Latino/a/e/x Mental Health. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Higher Education. How acculturation experiences and other factors (race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and immigration status) impact the psychological health and well-being of youth and their families, using a strength-based and interdisciplinary approach, with an eye toward social justice and equity.
Courses: Child Psychology (PSY 217), Adolescence (PSY 218), Experimental Psychology (PSY 305)

Elizabeth Guerrero-Berroa

Elizabeth Guerrero-Berroa Email Address:
Phone Number: 718-960-7709
Office: Gillet, 103
Rank: Assistant Professor
Degrees: B.A., Lehman College/CUNY, 2000; M.A., Queens College/CUNY, 2005; Ph.D., The Graduate School and University Center/CUNY, 2011.
Academic/Research Interests: Cognitive aging; underserved and minority populations. My current research is a longitudinal study of the role of depressive symptoms and inflammation in cognitive decline of very old African Americans.
Courses: General Psychology (PSY 166), Psychological Testing and Assessment (PSY 245), Clinical Neuropsychology (PSY 366)

Steven Holochwost

Steven Holochwost Email Address:
Office: Gillet Hall, 106
Rank: Associate Professor
Degrees: B.A., Yale University, 2001; M.P.A., University of Pennsylvania, 2008; Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2013.
Academic/Research Interests: Self-regulation, multisystemic neurophysiological function, environmental influences on development, and educational interventions. My research examines the effects of the environment, and particularly poverty and parenting, on voluntary forms of self-regulation (e.g., executive functions) and the involuntary activity of neurophysiological systems that support self-regulatory abilities. This research is directly relevant to my applied work, which examines the efficacy of educational interventions for children in poverty. The common thread running through both these lines of work is the need to understand how poverty impacts child development, and how programs that expand educational opportunities for children can mitigate those effects.
Courses: Child Psychology (PSY 217), Applied Child Development (PSY 327)

Alan Kluger

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Phone Number: 718-960-8208
Office: Gillet Hall, 125
Rank: Professor
Degrees: B.A., M.A., Psych., Queens Coll./CUNY, 1968, 1973; Ph.D., Neuropsychology, City Univ. of New York Grad Center, 1983. Doctoral faculty in the Neuropsychology training program at the City Univ. of New York, Queen Coll.
Academic/Research Interests: Brain-behavior relationships. Neuropsychological and neuroimaging concomitants of normal and pathological aging. Early detection strategies of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer's disease in nondemented elderly.
Courses: Clinical Neuropsychology (PSY 366), Physiological Psychology (PSY 316)

Anna Luerssen

Anna Luerssen Email Address:
Phone Number: 718-960-8789
Office: Gillet Hall, 023
Rank: Associate Professor
Degrees: B.A.,New York University, 2005; M.A., University of California, Berkeley, 2010; Ph.D.,University of California, Berkeley, 2013.
Academic/Research Interests: I have had the opportunity to develop two broad programs of research at Lehman College. The first explores the ways in which people experience romantic relationships and respond in this context. Much of this work revolves around self-esteem as an individual difference that relates to functioning in romantic relationships. I also study how young people come to develop relationship skills through communication with their caregivers, and how external stressors can hurt relationship health. The second program of research explores how children behave in the presence of enticements, including the neural, affective, temperamental, and familial substrates of delay of gratification ability in early childhood. A separate, newer line of research focuses on emotion, specifically the superstitious beliefs and worries people may hold about savoring or enjoying positive emotions.
Courses: Motivation and Emotion (PSY 308), Social Psychology (PSY 260)

David Manier

David Manier Email Address:
Phone Number: 718-960-8207
Office: Gillet Hall, 103
Rank: Associate Professor
Degrees: A. B., Univ. of Chicago, 1981; M. Div., Harvard Univ., 1987; Ph.D., New School Univ., 1996.
Academic/Research Interests: I am especially interested in understanding the ways that sociocultural forces shape personality and influence psychosocial functioning. An example relates to how stressful/traumatic events affect individuals from different sociocultural backgrounds. Another (related) example is a sociocultural approach to understanding human remembering. I am a clinical psychologist, and completed a predoctoral internship at Bellevue Hospital and a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorders in Honolulu. But my interests extend beyond clinical psychology, stretching into other subdisciplines of psychology, as well as other academic disciplines, such as philosophy, anthropology, and sociology. I have degrees in two other disciplines: political science and religion. But after fifteen years of studying psychology, my curiosity about human nature is far from quenched—in fact, it is more intense than ever! My current research examines how students from different ethnocultural backgrounds are affected by college-related stresses. Stress and trauma can have a negative impact on health, as well as psychosocial functioning. My research involves discovering and refining ways to mitigate those negative consequences, including interventions such as expressive writing and emotional disclosure.
Courses: History of Psychology (PSY 348), Theories of Personality (PSY 255)

Andre’ Oliver

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Office: Gillet Hall, 118
Rank: Substitute Lecturer
Degrees: B.A. Psychology, San Francisco State University (SF State), 2012; M.A. Psychological Research, SF State, 2015; M.Phil Psychology, Graduate Center–City University of New York (CUNY), 2021; Ph.D. Psychology, Graduate Center–(CUNY), expected 2024.
Academic/Research interests: My research is broadly centered on prejudice, discrimination, stereotyping, and person perception. However, my more recent interests are in what factors influence people’s mental representations of social categories, building support for reparative action (i.e., reparations), and reducing police brutality against communities of color. In the past, my research has focused on Black identity, stereotype threat, and examining how racial colorblind beliefs can impact attentional processing, both behaviorally (attention paradigms) and psychophysiologically (ERPs). All my research is driven by a strong passion for research and social justice.
Courses: Critical Thinking in Psychology (PSY 200), Experimental Psychology (PSY 305)

Ruby S. C. Phillips

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Phone Number: 718-960-8781
Office: Gillet Hall, 107-D
Rank: Assistant Professor
Degrees: B.A., Pomona Coll., 1988; M.A., Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1992; Ph.D., Univ. of Illinois, 1994.
Academic/Research Interests: I am interested in a broad variety of factors that influence the well-being of African Americans. I have specific interests in parent-infant interaction and in evaluating the efficacy of community programs. Acoustic properties of African American mother's speech to infants. Empirical approaches to examining the efficacy of community programs.
Courses: Abnormal Psychology (PSY 234), Childhood Psychopathology (PSY 232)

Karyna Pryiomka

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Office: Gillet Hall, 107-F
Rank: Lecturer and Major Advisor
Degrees: BA/MA (dual degree) in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY), 2012; MPhil in Psychology from the Graduate Center (CUNY), 2017;  PhD in Psychology from the Graduate Center (CUNY) - expected 2023.
Academic/Research Interests: I have strong scholarly interests in the scholarship of teaching and learning, philosophy of science, social/personality psychology, and higher education policy. My current research explores the role epistemic, socio-political, and moral values play in how people, particularly policy-makers in higher education, interpret and deploy evidence in their decision-making.
Courses: Statistical Methods in Psychology (PSY 226), Experimental Psychology (PSY 305)

Anne Reid

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Phone Number: 718-960-7296
Office: Gillet Hall, 107-C
Rank: Associate Professor
Degrees: B.Sc., Psych., Univ. of Toronto, 1990; M.A., Ph.D., Social Psych., City Univ. of New York Grad Center, 1994, 1998.
Academic/Research Interests: Social psychology, self & identity.I am particularly interested in the content and structure of the self-concept, social identification, collectivism, and intergroup/intragroup behavior. My current projects concern: the relationship between social identity-specific collectivism and group behaviors such as political activity and leisure behavior; the connection between identity-specific collectivism, attributions for success and failure, intergroup bias and conflict resolution; acculturation beliefs of immigrant and nonimmigrant New Yorkers; and predictors of feminist identity.
Courses: General Psychology (PSY 166), Statistical Methods in Psychology (PSY 226)

Kevin Sailor

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Phone Number: 718-960-8204
Office: Gillet Hall, 113C
Rank: Professor
Degrees: B.A., Psych., Univ. of California, Berkeley, 1982; M.A., Ph.D., Experimental Psych., Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1986, 1990.
Doctoral Faculty: Experimental Program/Brooklyn.
Academic/Research Interests: Cognition and aging, semantic memory. My current research focuses on factors that influence the organization and access to content in semantic memory and the lexicon.
Courses: Cognitive Psychology (PSY 314)

Retired Faculty

John McDonald

Rank: Associate Professor
Degrees: B.S., Psych., Rutgers Univ., 1973; M.A., Counseling, Seton Hall Univ., 1977; Ph.D., Cognitive Psych., State Univ. of New York, Stony Brook, 1990.

Fred D. Phelps (Emeritus)

Rank: Professor Emeritus
Degrees: B.A., M.A., Eastern New Mexico Univ., 1964, 1965; Ph.D., Northwestern Univ.,1968.

Vincent Prohaska (Emeritus)

Rank: Professor Emeritus
Degrees: A.A., Bronx Community Coll., 1973; B.S., Elementary Ed., Adelphi Univ., 1983; Ph.D., Educational Psych./Child Dev., Univ. of Chicago, 1990.

Walter Ritter (Emeritus)

Rank: Professor Emeritus
Degrees: Ph.D. Columbia University.

Suzanne Yates (Emeritus)

Rank: Associate Professor
Degrees: B.A., Psych., State Univ. of New York at New Paltz, 1974; M.A., Ph.D., Social/Personality Psych., Univ. of California at Santa Cruz, 1978, 1982.