Lab Member Bios

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

Graduate and Research Assistants

lab fall 2017

 cascardi_newMichele Cascardi

A.B., Duke University, Psychology
M.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook, Clinical Psychology
Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook, Clinical Psychology
Licensed Psychologist (NJ, PA)

Dr. Cascardi is an associate professor and director of the PsyD program in clinical psychology at William Paterson University. She maintains an active research program that aims to improve measurement of adolescent relationship abuse from early adolescence into young adulthood. This work is funded by a federal research grant from the National Institute of Justice, The Next Generation in the Measurement of Adolescent Relationship Abuse (GMS Award 2016-MU-CX-0007). Dr. Cascardi’s work also focuses on trauma, attachment and social information processing theories that contribute to risk for aggressive behavior in romantic relationships. Ultimately, this work aims to inform intervention to prevent intimate partner violence.  Other related projects include prevention of relationship violence and sexual assault on college and high school campuses using bystander education.

molly2 fall 2017Molly Kammen

B.S., Temple University, Biology

Molly Kammen is a second year student in the William Paterson University PsyD program and lab co-manger. Under the direction of Dr. Cascardi, she is a research assistant on The Next Generation in the Measurement of Adolescent Relationship Abuse research grant from the National Institute of Justice. She studies intimate partner violence (IPV) in adolescent and young adult romantic relationships and bystander education to prevent relationship violence. Molly is also evaluating focus group data on adolescent IPV and the association of rape myths and willingness to assist victims of relationship violence. 
  
 
Professional Presentations and Publications:
Cascardi, M., Chesin, M., & Kammen, M.  (under review). Personality Correlates of Partner Violence Subtypes: A Latent Class Analysis.
Kammen, M., Rosselli, M., Bujalski, A. & Cascardi, M. (August, 2017). Correlates of Relationship Dissolution: Social Learning, Attachment, and Conflict Theories. Poster Presentation at American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
Rosselli, M., Kammen, M., Bujalski, A. & Cascardi, M. (August, 2017). Trauma-Related Predictors of Repeated Physical Dating Victimization. Poster Presentation at  American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

Daniel Rector
B.S., Fordham University, Psychology

Daniel Rector is lab co-manager and a Project Specialist on The Next Generation in the Measurement of Adolescent Relationship Abuse research grant from the National Institute of Justice. He is also investigating nonverbal communication as it relates to Interpersonal Violence, as well as school policy regarding teen dating violence, harassment, and bullying. Currently he is leading an experiment to examine the role of nonverbal communication in conflicts involving cross-sex dyads. Through his independent research he is focusing on the overlap and disparity between playful and aggressive behaviors in young adult romantic relationships and how the understanding of nonverbal communication informs the assessment of these topics.

Professional presentation:
Cascardi, M., King, C., Rector, D., & DelPozzo, J. (March, 2018). School-based violence prevention laws: Separate but equal or confusing and redundant? Paper to be presented at the American-Psychology Law Society Conference, Memphis, TN.

Michelle Rosselli michelle2 fall 2017

B.A., John Jay College City University of New York, Forensic Psychology
M.A., John Jay College City University of New York, Forensic Psychology

Michelle Rosselli is a second year student in the William Paterson University PsyD program and research assistant on The Next Generation in the Measurement of Adolescent Relationship Abuse research grant from the National Institute of Justice. Under the direction of Dr. Cascardi, she studies intimate partner violence (IPV) in adolescent and young adult romantic relationships and bystander education to prevent relationship violence.  She is also studying the development of IPV from early adolescence using a mixed-methods design, and predictors of repeat IPV in young adulthood. Her independent research and clinical training interests include trauma and mental illness.
  

Professional Presentations and Publications:
Cascardi, M., Avery-Leaf, S., & Rosselli, M.  (under review). Predictors of Persistent Victimization by a Romantic Partner: A Prospective Study. Cascardi, M., Avery-Leaf, S., & Rosselli, M. Conflict Tactics Scale- 2. (2018, forthcoming). To appear in J. Lebow, A. Chambers, & D. Breulin (eds). Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy. NY: Springer.
Kammen, M., Rosselli, M., Bujalski, A. & Cascardi, M. (August, 2017). Correlates of Relationship Dissolution: Social Learning, Attachment, and Conflict Theories. Poster Presentation at American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
Rosselli, M., Kammen, M., Bujalski, A. & Cascardi, M. (August, 2017). Trauma-Related Predictors of Repeated Physical Dating Victimization. Poster Presentation at  American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

victoria fall 2017Victoria Navarro

B.S., Syracuse University, Psychology

Victoria is a first year student in the William Paterson University PsyD program and Graduate Assistant on The Next Generation in the Measurement of Adolescent Relationship Abuse research grant from the National Institute of Justice.  Under the direction of Dr. Cascardi, she helps investigate attitudes, beliefs and intervention of intimate partner violence among adolescence and young adults.  Currently, she is developing an interview focusing on how previous relationships affect current relationship perspectives and behaviors, and how playful aggression plays a role in those relationships. Her independent research and clinical training interests include trauma and severe mental illness.

Chelsea Pearsall chelsea

B.A., Central Washington University, Psychology
M.S., Central Washington University, Experimental Psychology – Specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis  

Chelsea is a first-year student and Graduate Assistant in the William Paterson University Psy.D. program.  Under the direction of Dr. Cascardi, she helps investigate attitudes and perceptions of intimate partner dating violence in adolescents and young adults.  Currently, she assists in measurement development and data collection.  Her independent research and clinical training interests include interventions and prevention techniques associated with teen dating violence.