The Core Faculty in William Paterson University’s Psy.D. program have a diverse range of research interests and areas of specialization. They bring an extensive record of publications and presentations at national and international conference. The Core Faculty include Dr. Megan Chesin, Dr. Bruce Diamond, Dr. William Ernst, Dr. Jemour Maddux, Dr. Jan Mohlman, and Dr. Aileen Torres.

ChesinMegan Chesin, Ph.D. 
B.A., College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia 
Ph.D., City University of New York, New York, New York 
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Columbia University, New York, New York 
Licensed Psychologist (NY)

Dr. Chesin specializes in the study of impulsive-aggressive behavior and third-wave behavioral treatments, such as Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Her research interests also include minority college student mental health, executive attention, and stress response, particularly as these factors or changes to them, relate to impulsive-aggressive behavior or explain treatment gains among impulsive-aggressive individuals.

E-mail: chesinm@wpunj.edu 
Office: Science Hall, Room 2050 
Phone: (973) 720-3393

Bruce J. Diamond, M.Ed., Ph.D.
B.A., The Ohio State University

M.Ed., Smith College
Ph.D., University of Manchester, UK
NIH Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation
Licensed Psychologist (NJ), Specialization in Neuropsychology

Dr. Diamond specializes in clinical neuropsychology, neurorehabilitation, and cognitive neuroscience. His research uses standardized and computer-based measures including brain imaging/autonomic techniques in order to examine memory, executive function, attention, information processing, and mood in clinical and healthy populations. Dr. Diamond is a practicing Neuropsychologist.
For additional information on research opportunities, click here

E-mail: diamondb@wpunj.edu
Office: Science Hall, Room 2462B
Phone: (973) 720-3400

“Ernst”William Ernst, Psy.D.
B.A., The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ
M.A., The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ
Psy.D., James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School/Cooper Hospital
Licensed Psychologist (NJ & PA)

Dr. Ernst's research interests include concussion with an emphasis on two areas: 1) peer-oriented concussion education programs designed to increase concussion disclosure to health care professionals, and 2) interventions for athletes and non-athletes with persisting concussion symptoms. Research interests also include performance validity assessment (i.e., determining the degree of effort put forth during neuropsychological evaluations) and the procedures used to conduct medical decision-making capacity evaluations. Collaborative approaches between neuropsychologists and school personnel to assist children with neurological conditions are additional areas. Dr. Ernst is a practicing psychologist specializing in clinical neuropsychology.

E-mail: ernstw@wpunj.edu

Maddux Headshot 2023.jpgJemour A. Maddux, Psy.D., ABPP 
B.A., Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
M.S., Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN
Psy.D., Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN
Fellow, American Academy of Forensic Psychology
Licensed Psychologist (NJ, NY, MI)

Dr. Maddux’s research surrounds the convergence of trauma and justice. He has provided editorial leadership for Springer’s Psychological Injury and Law, Oxford’s Best Practices in Forensic Mental Health Assessments, and the American Psychology – Law Society’s book series through APA Books. He has provided research consultation to the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice and chaired APA’s Committee on Professional Practice and Standards. With other appointees, he has developed APA policies and Guidelines for forensic psychologists. He is also board certified in forensic psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology.

E-mail: madduxj@wpunj.edu

Jan Mohlman, Ph.D. 
B.A., University of  California, Los Angeles,  CA 
M.S., University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
Ph.D., University of  Oregon, Eugene, OR 
Licensed Psychologist (NY)

Dr. Mohlman’s research and clinical work focus on the etiology, course and treatment of anxiety disorders across adulthood (particularly in older adults) and in investigating brain-behavior relationships in psychopathology. Dr. Mohlman’s work has been recognized at the national and international levels.

Office: Science Hall, Room 2042 
Phone: (973) 720-3397

ATorres_Headshot_Nov2019 sm Aileen Torres, Ph.D.

B.A. Boston University, Boston, MA
M.A. Columbia University, New York, NY
Ph.D. Carlos Albizu University, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Licensed Psychologist (NJ, Puerto Rico)

Professor Torres specializes in multicultural competency, trauma-informed treatment, child abuse/neglect, cultural adaptation of recent immigrants, and ethnic identity development. She is a mentor for the American Psychological Association's Minority Fellowship Program, Training Advisory Committee and a Past-President of the Latino/a Psychological Association of NJ. She is endorsed as a Level IV Clinical Mentor by the NJ Association for Infant Mental Health. Dr. Torres is a practicing clinician conducting individual and family therapy, as well as immigration-related forensic psychological evaluations. For additional information on research opportunities, click here.

Office: Science Hall East, Room 2034
Phone: (973) 720-3391


Associated Faculty

The contributions made by an entire department are an important part of the success of any academic program. Our doctoral program is fortunate to be housed in a department that reflects the depth and breadth of interests and backgrounds of a diverse and talented faculty. Many of these faculty serve as Associated Faculty in the doctoral program. Associated Faculty may teach in the Psy.D. program, serve as readers on Doctoral Dissertation projects, and/or supervise half-time research-focused Graduate Assistants. Associated Faculty include:

Jane Austin, Ph.D.
Michele Cascardi, Ph.D.
Corinne Datchi, Ph.D.
Michael Gordon, Ph.D.
Elizabeth Haines, Ph.D.
Christopher Holle, Ph.D.
Gihane Jérémie-Brink, Ph.D.
Neil Kressel, Ph.D.
Amy Learmonth, Ph.D.
Natalie Lindemann Obrecht, Ph.D.
Kate Makarec, Ph.D.
Winnie Ma, Ph.D.
Robin Nemeroff, Ph.D.
Kathy Torsney, Ph.D.

Office and Professional Staff

Dr. Uzma Ali, Graduate Student Services Coordinator, Science East 2062, x3500

Ms. Dolores Oertel, Secretary, Science East 5017, x2148

Rosario Urena, Administrative Assistant, Science East 2037, x2230

PsyD Program Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Caroline Arout

Dr. Diana Boschulte

Dr. LaToya Gaines

Dr. Christopher Guarino

Dr. Karen Nadel

Dr. Lynne Orr

Dr. Azara L. Santiago-Rivera

Dr. Diane Sorrentino

Dr. Anna Urbaniak

For a full list of Psychology Department Faculty please click here.