Faculty & Research Interests


Jane Austin, Ph.D. 

B.A. Plymouth State College, Plymouth, NH
M.Ed. Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Ph.D. New York University, NY, NY
Licensed Psychologist (NY)
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC-NJ)

As a practicing clinician, Dr. Austin specializes in health psychology, trauma, women and relational issues.  Her research focuses on the development of psychological interventions for cancer patients, stress and coping, women's sense of self in relationships, attachment, and resilience.  She has published research in peer-reviewed journals and has presented at national conferences.

E-mail: austinj@wpunj.edu
Office: Science Hall, Room 2033
Phone: (973) 720-2472   

Pei-Wen Winnie Ma, Ph.D.

B.A. University of Washington, Seattle, WA
M.A. University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Ph.D Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY
Licensed Psychologist (NY)

 Dr. Ma uses qualitative and quantitative methods to study parent-child relationship, career development and mental health concerns within a multicultural context. Her research program has implications to advance the theory and clinical services for ethnic minority groups and immigrant children, youth and families. As a practicing clinician, she works closely with the Chinese immigrant community in New York City. She has a number of publications and has presented at numerous national conferences. Click here for more information on the Culture and Resilience team!

E-mail: map@wpunj.edu
Office: Science Hall, Room 2058
Phone: (973)720-3403;


Sumithra (Sumi) Raghavan, Ph.D.

B.A., New York University, NY, NY
Ph.D., Fordham University, Bronx, NY
Licensed Psychologist (NY)

Dr. Raghavan specializes in clinical psychology with expertise in trauma and multicultural issues. Her research focuses on understanding cross-cultural differences in psychopathology. Dr. Raghavan has published several manuscripts on this topic and has presented at national conferences.  She also maintains a private psychotherapy practice working with adults and adolescents.

Email: raghavans@wpunj.edu
Office: Science Hall, Room 2050
Phone: 908-720-3317  

Kathleen Torsney, Ph.D.

B.A. Georgetown University, Washington, DC
M. Ed. Columbia University, NY, NY
Ph.D. Columbia University, NY, NY
Licensed Psychologist (NJ, NY)
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC-NJ)

Specializes in gerontology, addictions, serious and persistent psychiatric disorders, and neuropsychology. A practicing clinician, she has also published and presented at national and international conferences.  Her research focuses on issues in health and rehabilitation psychology and topics such as coping with acquired brain injuries, providing effective assessment and rehabilitation techniques to persons with neurological disorders, attitudes toward infertility and adoption, and stress, coping, and compassion fatigue in academic and occupational settings.

E-mail: tornseyk@wpunj.edu
Office: Science Hall, Room 2032
Phone: (973) 720-3395;

Gihane Jérémie-Brink, Ph.D.

B.A., Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI
M.A., Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL
Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL

Dr. Jérémie-Brink research focuses on cultural issues pertaining to couples, racial and ethnic socialization processes, and the ways in which the family environment impact adolescent psychological well-being and identity development. She has published several articles and presented at numerous international and national conferences in the areas of multicultural competence, family functioning, socialization messages, Black family dynamics, racial and gender stereotypes, and psychological well-being of ethnic minority adolescents and emerging adults. Dr. Jérémie-Brink was recently awarded the Jeffery S. Tanaka Memorial Dissertation Award in Psychology. In addition, during her graduate studies she was a predoctoral American Psychological Association Minority Fellow and through this fellowship, she was selected to serve as an APA Minority Fellow Health Policy Intern at SAMHSA (Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration).

Affiliated Faculty for the M.A. program

Aileen Torres, Ph.D.

B.A. Boston University, Boston, MA
M.A. Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY
Ph.D Carlos Albizu University, San Juan, Puerto Rico (PR)
Licensed Psychologist (NJ and PR); NJ Endorsed Infant Mental Health Clinical Mentor, Level IV

Dr. Torres is a licensed clinical psychologist in NJ and Puerto Rico with clinical experiences focused on trauma responses, family therapy, parenting, and cultural adaptation. She is a Past-President of the Latino Psychological Association of NJ (LPANJ). Dr. Torres is currently a mentor for the American Psychological Association's, Minority Fellowship Program, Training Advisory Committee (APA MFP TAC).  She was the Associate Director of Clinical Services/Internship Director at the YCS Institute for Infant and Preschool Mental Health from 2011-2017 and is endorsed as a Level IV Clinical Mentor by the NJ Association for Infant Mental Health. She was formerly the Director of the Bilingual Integrative Trauma Treatment program at the RDTC at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. In 2011 she served on the Advisory Group on Child Abuse and Neglect Mental Health Evaluation for the NJ Department of Children and Families. Her private practice work has focused on immigration-related forensic evaluations. 

 E-mail: torresa72@wpunj.edu; Office: Science Hall East, Room 2034; Phone: (973) 720-3391

Robin Nemeroff, Ph.D. 

B.A. Amherst College, Amherst, MA
Ph.D. Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY
Licensed Psychologist (NY)

Dr. Nemeroff specializes in community interventions, as well as complementary, alternative and integrative approaches to psychological treatments, such as yoga, mindfulness, and other mind-body approaches to well-being. A practicing clinician, she has published a number of articles and chapters and presented at national conferences. 

E-mail: nemeroffr@wpunj.edu; Office: Science Hall, Room 2530; Phone: (973)720-2249 

David Freestone, Ph.D.

B.A. Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
MSc. Brown University, Providence, RI 
Ph.D Brown University, Providence, RI

Dr. Freestone is an Experimental Psychologist specializes in cognitive neuroscience, psychophysics, reinforcement learning, and neuroeconomics.   

E-mail: freestoned@wpunj.edu; Office: Science Hall, Room 2055; Phone: (973)720-2643 

Caren Jorden, Ph.D. (Adjunct faculty) 

Lynn Orr, Ph.D. (Adjunct faculty) 

For a full list of faculty in the Department of Psychology, please click here