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Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology Student Profiles

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This is a partial list of students currently enrolled in the clinical program. View complete enrollment statistics.

Micah Savin

Mentor: Dr. Monica Rivera-Mindt
Major Area of Study: Neuropsychology
Micah J. Savin is a first-year Clinical Psychology Ph.D. student interested in clinical neuropsychological assessment. Micah is strongly interested in advancing the field with respect to better understanding the factors of brain and behavior that may predispose individuals to, and result in, neurocognitive disparity in HIV. Under the mentorship of Dr. Monica Rivera Mindt, Micah’s thesis will examine the prevalence and social determinants of HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders among American Indians and Alaska Natives. As a first-generation queer Native American doctoral student, Micah is very grateful and proud to be entering Fordham University as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and Ford Fellow Honorable Mention. Micah’s National Science Foundation project investigates the neurocognitive implications of minority stress among LGBTQ culturally/linguistically diverse adults. In Micah’s free time, they like to dance, camp, and eat a lot!

Emily Weinberger

Mentor: Dr. Keith Cruise
Affiliate Lab: Juvenile Justice Lab
Major Areas of Study: Forensic, Child, and Family
Emily Weinberger is a first-year student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program working with Dr. Keith Cruise. Her major areas of study are forensic and child & family psychology. Emily's research interests include the impact of trauma on adolescent delinquency, trauma-informed assessment, and treatment of justice-involved youth, and alternative-to-incarceration (ATI) interventions. She comes to this work with a background in forensic case management and research in NYC's juvenile detention facilities. For fun, Emily loves to run, spend time in nature, and cook.

Maria Aparcero-Suero

Mentor: Dr. Barry Rosenfeld
Affiliate Lab: Psychology-Law Research Lab
Major Area of Study: Forensic
Maria Aparcero is a second-year student in the clinical psychology Ph.D. program working with Dr. Barry Rosenfeld. For her Master's project, Maria is conducting a meta-analysis of the MMPI-2 validity scales regarding their ability to distinguish between non-genuine and honest respondents. Additionally, she is assisting in a research project that aims to develop a screening tool for learning disabilities in correctional settings. Maria's major research interests include forensic assessment, sex offenders, and instrument development and validation. She is the president-elect at the International Association Forensic Mental Health Services (IAFMHS) Student Board. Additionally, she serves on the board of Fordham GSA as the international student representative. Maria's clinical interest include evaluation of adults involved in the criminal justice system and consultation with justice system associates in mental health competency and case management strategies. In her free time, Maria enjoys exploring the city, finding cute bakeries, and dancing.

Laura C. Polacek

Mentor: Dr. Barry Rosenfeld
Major Area of Study: Health
Laura C. Polacek is a second-year Clinical Psychology Ph.D. student interested in clinical health psychology. She currently works as a predoctoral research fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), where her research focuses on psychosocial outcomes in patients with advanced cancer, preferences for and understanding of prognostic information, and dissemination and implementation of evidence-based treatments. Under the mentorship of Drs. Barry Rosenfeld (Fordham), Allison Applebaum (MSKCC) and Christian Nelson (MSKCC), Laura's thesis will examine how various oncology treatment approaches affect relationship quality in men with early-stage, localized prostate cancer, with particular attention to how it may buffer patients against negative psychosocial outcomes experienced in this disease setting. Clinically, Laura's interests include preventive medicine and coping with chronic illness. In Laura’s free time, she enjoys exercising, visiting new coffee shops, and traveling!

Vincent Corcoran

Mentor: Dr. Peggy Andover
Affiliate Lab: Mood and Behaviors Lab
Vincent is a third-year graduate student in the clinical psychology doctoral program at Fordham University. His research and clinical interests broadly focus on maladaptive coping behaviors that include non-suicidal self-injury, substance use, disordered eating, over-exercise, and medical non-adherence. He recently finished his master's thesis entitled, "Non-suicidal self-injury and e-communities: Investigating the influence of online disinhibition." Vincent is currently an extern in the family mental health clinic at Westchester Jewish Community Services. Outside of the program he enjoys hiking around the Hudson Valley and sitting down to a good weekend meal with friends.

Eric Riklin

Mentor: Dr. Rachel Annunziato
Major Area of Study: Health
Eric is a third-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at Fordham University where he specializes in health psychology, specifically with children and adolescents, under the mentorship of Dr. Rachel Annunziato. Eric's research primarily focuses on intervention development and the psychological well-being of pediatric and adolescent patients with chronic health conditions. More specifically, he is currently conducting research examining the psychosocial needs of adolescents with craniofacial conditions and determining efficacious psychotherapeutic interventions for this population. Eric is interested in working clinically with children, adolescents, and young adults in a hospital setting who are undergoing surgeries and other procedures. Ultimately, he hopes to work with these individuals by developing and delivering interventions that can improve psychological functioning and enhance overall well-being. For fun, Eric enjoys rock climbing, traveling, playing board games, and exploring the many activities and adventures that New York City has to offer.

Eileen Moran

Mentor: Dr. Molly Zimmerman
Affiliate Lab: Zimmerman Clinical Neuropsychology Lab
Major Area of Study: Neuropsychology
Eileen is a fourth-year student in the clinical psychology doctoral program. For her master’s thesis, she conducted a study investigating blue light exposure, sleep quality and circadian rhythms, and response inhibition in young adults, supported by the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology EAC Thesis Award.  For her dissertation, she is currently working on a study investigating cognitive and motor functioning among heterozygous non-manifesting glucocerebrosidase mutation carriers.  Clinically, she is interested in the study of brain-behavior relationships in adult populations, primarily working with older adults with age-related cognitive change.  

Sagal Ahmed

Mentor: Dr. Andrew Rasmussen
Affiliate Lab: Culture, Migration, and Community Research Group
Sagal is a fourth-year student in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program interested in immigrant wellbeing as well as cultural factors impacting the expression of distress and global mental health. Her master’s thesis examined changes in social status in West African immigrants across migration and their impact on post-migration wellbeing. Sagal spent the summer of her second year in the regional hospital for the Somali district of Ethiopia working with mental health professionals to examine the relationship between khat use and psychosis. This work inspired her dissertation project in Mogadishu, Somalia. This project aims to examine the relationship between khat norms, khat dependence, and mental health. Sagal is interested in working with underserved populations, providing empirically-based treatment and assessment. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with friends and traveling.

Alicia Nijdam-Jones

Mentor: Dr. Barry Rosenfeld
Affiliate Lab: Psychology-Law Research Lab
Major Area of Study: Forensic
Alicia started the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Fordham in 2014, concentrating in forensics. She has a B.A. in Criminology and Psychology as well as an M.A. in Criminology from Simon Fraser University. Alicia’s research and clinical interests include violence risk assessment, feigning assessment, and the use of forensic assessment measures with culturally and linguistically diverse adults. She is currently involved in several projects with collaborators at Fordham as well as researchers in Spain and Latin America. For her dissertation, she is examining the accuracy of a culturally-adapted version of a violence risk assessment measure in predicting institutional violence in a prison in Mexico. Her research is supported by a dissertation grant from the American Academy of Forensic Psychology as well as a Graduate Research Fellowship from Fordham’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. In addition to her involvement in research projects, Alicia currently serves as the Newsletter Editor of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services. Outside of her doctoral studies, Alicia enjoys traveling and exploring new places with her husband and son.

Vanessa Guzman

Mentor: Dr. Monica Rivera Mindt
Major Area of Study: Neuropsychology
Vanessa Guzman is a 5thyear doctoral student in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Neuropsychology. Vanessa obtained her Master’s degree in Neuroscience and Education from Columbia University and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Binghamton University. She has worked primarily with diverse, Spanish-speaking populations in both clinical and research settings and is deeply committed to the promotion of culturally responsive research and practice. Vanessa is currently completing her 4th-year neuropsychology externship in the Department of Neurosurgery at Weill Cornell Hospital. She also serves as a neuropsychology research extern in the Manhattan HIV Brain Bank at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and at the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain at Columbia University Medical Center. Her research interests include health disparities, aging, cerebrovascular disease, HIV, and Alzheimer’s disease. Vanessa is a lifetime New Yorker, born from Guatemalan parents who migrated to the US in the late 1980s. She is an avid runner, yogi, and meditator who enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.

Evan D. Holloway, M.A.

Mentor: Dr. Keith Cruise
Major Area of Study: Forensic
Evan Holloway’s research interests focus on ways to improve mental health service delivery systems and recidivism risk/needs assessment for adolescents involved in the juvenile justice system. For his dissertation, he will identify subtypes of adolescents entering detention based on constellations of lifetime exposure to various types of traumatic events and currently identified criminogenic needs. Identification of co-occurring traumatic event exposure types and dynamic criminogenic needs has the potential to improve recidivism risk estimates and to guide service referral decisions. Recently, Evan submitted a grant proposal to the National Institute of Justice Graduate Research Fellowship to support his dissertation project. He also serves as an ad hoc reviewer for various peer-reviewed journals. Evan’s clinical orientation is eclectic, with a strong emphasis on structural family systems, dialectical behavior therapy, and motivational interviewing paradigms. He also has experience conducting assessments with adolescents and adults in inpatient, forensic, and outpatient settings. Evan enjoys providing psychotherapy in
individual, family, and group therapy settings and working on interdisciplinary treatment teams. Outside of school/work, Evan enjoys watching and playing basketball, spending time with his cats, reading, and drinking coffee.

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