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Our Faculty

Meet the individuals who teach and lead at Derner.

The Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies has an excellent reputation, largely because of its dedicated administration and faculty. These professionals are committed to the high standards that have long been associated with the program. And here you’ll find their contact information and professional profiles.


Jacques P. Barber, Ph.D., ABPP

Robert Bornstein, Ph.D.

Jean Lau Chin, Ed.D.

Francine P. Conway, Ph.D.
Chair of Undergraduate Psychology Department

Rebecca C. Curtis

Jerold Gold, Ph.D., ABPP

Mark J. Hilsenroth, Ph.D.

Lawrence Josephs, Ph.D., ABPP

Karen Lombardi, Ph.D.

Robert Mendelsohn, Ph.D., ABPP

J. Christopher Muran, Ph.D.
Associate Dean

Joseph W. Newirth, Ph.D., ABPP

Michael O’Loughlin, Ph.D.
Ruth S. Ammon School of Education

Susan Petry, Ph.D.

Janice M. Steil, Ph.D.

Joel Weinberger, Ph.D.

Associate Professors

Jairo N. Fuertes, Ph.D, ABPP, LMHC

Ionas Sapountzis, Ph.D.

Carolyn M. Springer, Ph.D.

Kate A. Szymanski

Assistant Professors

Dana Boccio, Ph.D.

Laura E. Brumariu, Ph.D.

Jennifer Durham, Psy.D.

Elsa Ermer, Ph.D.

Katherine Fiori, Ph.D.

M. Joy McClure, Ph.D.

Lars Ross, Ph.D.

Clinic Faculty

Laura DeRose, Ph.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor

Lynn Hugger
Part-time Faculty

Jonathan Jackson, Ph.D.
Director of the Center for Psychological Services and Field Training

Defne Koraman
Part-time Faculty

Kirkland Vaughans
Part-time Faculty

Adjunct Faculty

Brian Belfi

Howard Boll

Wilma Bucci
Senior Adjunct Faculty

Susan Farella Busch

Joseph Cattano

MaryAnn Colucci

Mary Beth M. Cresci, Ph.D., ABPP
Director of Postgraduate Programs

Christine Feeley

Gabriel Feldmar

Dov Finman

Aleksandra Goncharova

Clara Hungr

Jill Jackowski

Patricia Morley

Jessica Nami

John Ozehosky

Monica Pal

Michelle Stein

Gina Sita

Jennifer Tantia

Theodore Vlavianos

Teaching Fellows

Marie Barnett

Michael Buls

Kristen Capps

Phillip Causey

Wei-Jean Chung

Clara Hungr

Stephanie Lyon

Post Doctoral Fellows

Phillip Causey

Elizabeth Nielson

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