All core clinical faculty members teach in the doctoral program in clinical psychology; however, not all serve as both research advisors and clinical supervisors. The clinical faculty members available as research mentors are White, Wamser-Nanney, Taylor, Steffen, Peterson, Gerstein, and Bruce. Applicants who have an interest in a specific research mentor should include this information as part of their required personal statement.


Kamila White, Ph.D. Dr. White has research interests in three interrelated domains 1) prevention and treatment of anxiety pathology, 2) the relationship between anxiety pathology and physical health (especially pain conditions), and 3)investigation of new methods of assessing and treating anxiety and panic in medical settings. Her clinical interests are in the area of anxiety, panic disorder, and behavioral medicine; she is primarily cognitive-behavioral in her clinical orientation. Dr. White serves both as a research advisor and a clinical supervisor.

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Rachel Wamser-Nanney, Ph.D.  Dr. Wamser-Nanney's research interests include a range of topics related to traumatic stress including: 1) developing, implementing, and disseminating trauma-focused interventions, 2) complex trauma, 3) gun violence, 4) co-occurring grief and trauma exposure, 5) and the cognitive and neurobiological phenotypes associated with trauma exposure. She has clinical expertise in treatments for anxiety, particularly posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with infants, children, families, and adults. Dr. Wamser-Nanney is a research and clinical supervisor. 


Brian R. Vandenberg, Ph.D. Dr. Vandenberg's research focuses on the problem of discerning the differences between delusions and religious ideation; coping and existential concerns in grief, loss and illness; and Terror Management Theory. He functions as a research advisor but not a clinical supervisor.


Matthew Taylor, Ph.D., Dr. Taylor's research interests fall under the broad category of minority mental health and multicultural psychology, with work spanning the areas of multiracial identity development and minority substance use/misuse. He teaches the program's course in Multicultural Issues in Clinical Psychology, and serves as a research advisor but not a clinical supervisor.


Ann Steffen, Ph.D. Dr. Steffen's research and clinical interests are in the area of depression, coping with chronic illness, and behavioral medicine. Her research program focuses on interventions to enhance positive coping and wellbeing in middle-aged and older women, especially those who are family caregivers experiencing depression. Dr. Steffen's clinical orientation is cognitive-behavioral, and she serves as a research advisor and a clinical supervisor.


Zoe Peterson, Ph.D. Dr. Peterson's research focuses on topics in sexuality, including sexual decision-making, sexual coercion, acquaintance rape, and women's sexual health and functioning. Her clinical orientation is a blend of narrative and behavioral approaches. Dr. Peterson serves as both a research advisor and a clinical supervisor.


John Nanney, Ph.D. Dr. Nanney is the Director of the Community Psychology Service and the Associate Director of Clinical Training. His clinical specializations are in the areas of psychotherapy with children, adolescents, and families, and with psychological assessment. His clinical orientation is cognitive-behavioral. Dr. Nanney is a clinical supervisor but not a research supervisor.


Emily Gerstein, Ph.D. Dr. Gerstein’s research focuses on developmental psychopathology, family processes, and risk and resilience in children with early-identified developmental risk. She is specifically interested in how developmental risk affects the interactions among parental stress and wellbeing, parenting and family interactions, and early social emotional development. Dr. Gerstein’s clinical orientation is primarily cognitive-behavioral, although she also incorporates family systems, interpersonal, and mindfulness-based approaches, and she serves as both a research advisor and clinical supervisor.


Steven Bruce, Ph.D. Dr. Bruce's research program is located within the Center for Trauma Recovery. Dr. Bruce is interested in conducting translational research incorporating neuroimaging and psychophysiological assessment as both predictors and outcomes of treatment response in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). His clinical orientation is cognitive-behavioral, and Dr. Bruce is a research advisor and a clinical supervisor.