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Clinical Psychology Faculty

The doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at Syracuse University is dedicated to training outstanding students to become responsible, innovative, and scholarly clinical psychologists. Our program embraces the scientist-practitioner model, providing balanced training in the science and practice of clinical psychology. Our faculty view scholarly empirical research as the foundation of clinical psychology, and we seek to train students who are eager to embrace the research mission of the program.


Emily B. Ansell, Ph.D. (The Pennsylvania State University)
Dr. Ansell's research focuses on understanding how stress related psychopathology impacts the individual and their relationships. Dr. Ansell examines this through a multi-method approach including smartphone based assessments, laboratory and ambulatory monitoring, and neuroscience approaches.  Current projects include investigating the effects of cannabis use in daily life, the effects of PTSD on relationships, and mechanisms of suicidality and treatment in borderline personality disorder.  For more information, please visit Dr. Ansell's faculty page.

Kevin Antshel, Ph.D. (University of Kentucky)
Dr. Antshel's research and clinical interests focus on developmental psychopathology, with specific emphasis on attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) across the lifespan. Dr. Antshel is particularly interested in further investigating and understanding the heterogeneity of ADHD (especially ADHD in the context of autism spectrum disorder as well as medical disorders such as 22q11.2 deletion syndrome). His goal is to use information about the heterogeneity of ADHD to further explore and predict mediators and moderators of treatment outcomes. Dr. Antshel directs the ADHD Lifespan Treatment, Education and Research (ALTER) program at Syracuse University as well as the SUNY-Upstate Medical University ADHD Clinic (3 blocks from our lab). For more information, please visit Dr. Antshel's faculty page.

Joseph W. Ditre, Ph.D. (University of Southern Florida)
Dr. Joseph W. Ditre is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Syracuse University. He is also Director of the Pain and Addiction Research (PAR) Lab, which operates out of the Central New York Medical Center in Syracuse NY. Dr. Ditre’s research cuts across basic and applied work in the areas of health psychology and behavioral medicine, with an emphasis on the intersection of addictive behaviors and comorbid medical disorders. At the broadest level, this research examines how the use of substances may influence the onset and progression of comorbid medical disorders, and how the symptoms and sequelae of medical disorders may influence the use of addictive substances. More specifically, he has established a programmatic line of research that applies a multi-method approach to the study of complex interrelations between pain, affect, comorbid psychopathology, and the maintenance of addiction. For more information, please visit Dr. Ditre's faculty page.

Randall S. Jorgensen, Ph.D. (University of Kansas)
Dr. Jorgensesn's research interests relate to investigating the psychophysiological, cognitive, attentive, and behavioral linkages to health and well-being, with special reference to cardiovascular disorders. Fore more information, please visit Dr. Jorgensen's faculty page.

Stephen A. Maisto, Ph.D. (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
Dr. Maisto's research involves the assessment and treatment of substance use disorders; mechanisms of risk perception and risk taking, especially as it relates to substance use; HIV prevention and intervention in psychiatric and other populations; intergration of behavioral healthcare in the primary care setting. For more information, please visit Dr. Maisto's faculty page.

Aesoon Park, Ph.D. (University of Missouri-Columbia)
Dr. Park's research interests focus on individual difference and environmental factors on diverse health behaviors within developmental contexts. I am also interested in statistical techniques that account for the time-varying and multi-level nature of human development (e.g., structural equation model, multilevel model, latent mixture model). For more information, please visit Dr. Park's faculty page.

Peter A. Vanable, Ph.D
(University of Illinois at Chicago)
Dr. Vanable's research focuses on psychological aspects of health and illness, with an emphasis on behavioral aspects of HIV/AIDS. Current projects include studies designed to characterize the coping challenges and experiences of men and women who are living with HIV disease, as well as studies that evaluate the effectiveness of interventions to reduce high risk sexual behavior. Dr. Vanable's interests also include the prevention and treatment of addictive behaviors. For more information, please visit Dr. Vanable's faculty page.

Sarah Woolf-King, Ph.D (Syracuse University)
Dr. Woolf-King is a licensed clinical psychologist with a combined interest in health psychology, epidemiology, and behavioral medicine. The overarching goal of her work is to inform the development of behavioral and psychological interventions that can enhance the well being of patients and families coping with chronic medical conditions. For more information, please visit Dr. Woolf-King's faculty page.