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Clinical Psychology Health Emphasis Ph.D. Program

Mission Statement

The overarching mission of the program is to train qualified clinicians, academic scholars, and applied researchers in clinical psychology. Embedded in this mission statement are core values of Yeshiva University that include: (1) bringing wisdom to life; (2) love of knowledge for its own sake; (3) a commitment to excellence in teaching and research; and (4) the view that liberal arts and social sciences are compatible with high ethical and moral standards. At the graduate level of training, this mission is manifested through an emphasis on the ethical and moral principles that govern professional scientist-practitioners' search for knowledge.

The Program's training philosophy is aimed at training psychologists who are both clinically and academically prepared to work as clinicians and researchers in diverse settings. This program design is based on the premise that psychologists working in mental and physical health settings need a strong foundation of clinical and research skills, to enable graduates to provide superior clinical services and make meaningful research contributions.  The foundations of psychology represent the primary base, with in-depth training in general clinical psychology. This training base is complemented by training in health psychology, physiological bases of behavior, and public health systems.  In addition to broad-based training in clinical psychology, the primary goals of our program are briefly described below. 

  • Goal 1: Provide sequential and cumulative training of increasing complexity in evidence-based psychological and healthcare assessment, intervention, and consultation services. 
  • Goal 2: Produce independent researchers capable of contributing to the scientific body of knowledge in the field of clinical psychology as it is applied to diverse health issues, and able to educate and mentor future researchers in the field. 
  • Goal 3: Train effective clinical providers and researchers, through comprehensive training that is cumulative and graded in complexity in psychological theories, clinical practice, and research with clinical health psychology as an emphasis.  
  • Goal 4: Provide comprehensive training in the professional values, attitudes, standards and ethics of clinical work and research with diverse individuals and groups. 

Our teaching and training philosophy is consistent with the Boulder model of the scientist-practitioner. Furthermore, in our view and interpretation of the Boulder model the integration of the functions of the scientist and practitioner is critical in advancing the science and practice of clinical psychology; and in translating empirically based assessment and treatment approaches to diverse settings.

The Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program with Health Emphasis was awarded the maximum seven years of APA accreditation in 2016. The program was initially granted APA accreditation effective October 2005. In 2017, the program was re-accredited for seven years. The next accreditation review is scheduled for 2023.

The APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation supports the APA Commission on Accreditation (CoA) in carrying out its responsibilities as the nationally recognized accrediting body for education and training programs in professional psychology. Contact information for the CoA as follows:

APA Accreditation
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: 202.336.5979, 202.336.5979
TDD/TTY: 202.336.6123
Fax: 202.336.5978



Program Faculty Achieves a Milestone in Obtaining Federally-Funded Research Grants

Program faculty currently directs, as PIs, 13 active research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with total funding of approximately $32,383,470.  Most are multi-year grants and the estimated amount reflects the expected funding for the duration of the grants. 

Recently Awarded Federal Research Grants

Feldman, Jon
Depression in Older Asthmatics: Understanding Inflammatory and Behavioral Pathways 
Type: R01HL142749 
Role: Multiple PIs (Jonathan Feldman, Paula Busse, Juan Wisnivesky)
Funding Period: 06/01/19 – 04/30/23              
Agency: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute         

Gonzalez, Jeff
Title: Function and Emotion in Everyday Life with Type 1 Diabetes: FEEL-T1D
Type: R01 DK121298
Role: MPIs (Jeffrey Gonzalez, Beth Pyatak, Donna Spruijt-Metz)
Funding Period: 4/1/19 - 3/31/23
Agency: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Title: Power-Up: An Effectiveness Trial of the Diabetes Prevention Program Tailored for Black and Latino Men
Type: R01 DK121896
Role: MPIs (Jeffrey Gonzalez and Earle Chambers)
Funding Period: 9/16/19 - 8/31/24
Agency: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Holtzer, Roee            
Brain Predictors of Mobility and Falls in Older Adults with Multiple Sclerosis 
Type: R01 NS109023
Role: PI
Funding Period: 05/19 – 02/24
Agency: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Seng, Betsy
Telehealth Behavioral Migraine Management                                     
Type: Seed Grant; CTSA UL1TR002556-0
Role: PI
Funding Period: 10/8/2019-2/28/2020
Agency: National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences


Seng, Betsy
American Headache Society 2019 Early Career Lecture Award

Select Peer-Reviewed Publications by the Faculty in 2019-2020. Complete Publication Lists Are Available on the Individual Faculty Lab Webpages.

Feldman, Jon
Lab Website
Arcoleo, K.J., McGovern, C., Kaur, K., Halterman, J.S., Mammen, J., Crean, H., . . . Feldman, J.M. (2019). Longitudinal patterns of Mexican and Puerto Rican children’s asthma controller medication adherence and acute healthcare utilization. Annals of the American Thoracic Society, 16, 715-723. doi:10.1513/AnnalsATS.201807-462OC

Feldman, J.M., Kaur, K., Serebrisky, D., Rastogi, D., Marsiglia, F.F., & Arcoleo, K.A. (2019). The adaptive effect of illness-specific panic-fear on asthma outcomes in Mexican and Puerto Rican children. The Journal of Pediatrics, 214, 178-186. doi:10.1016/j.jpeds.2019.06.003

Arcoleo, K.J, Marsiglia, F.F, Serebrisky, D., Rodriguez, J., Soto, D., McGovern, C., & Feldman, J.M. (2020). Explanatory model for asthma disparities in Latino children: Results from the Latino Childhood Asthma Project. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 54, 223-236. doi:10.1093/abm/kaz041

Foley, Fred 
Lab Website
Hoffnung, G., Portnoy, J., Altaras, C., Zemon, V., Holtzer, R., Picone, M., & Foley, FW (2019). Motivation in Multiple Sclerosis cognitive fatigue: An experimental approach. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 41(9), 905-912. DOI: 10.1080/13803395.2019.1626350

Stimmel, M., Cohen, J., Schneider, S., Portnoy, J., Seng, E., & Foley, F.W.  (2020).  A neuropsychologically-based intervention with increased follow-up support for employed women with multiple sclerosis: a pilot randomized controlled trial. Clinical Rehabilitation. doi:10.1177/0269215520940353

Miller, J. R., Altaras, C., Vissicchio, N. A., Zemon, V., Portnoy, J. G., Gromisch, E. S., … Foley, F. W. (2020). The influence of trait mindfulness on depression in multiple sclerosis: Potential implications for treatment. Quality of Life Research. doi:10.1007/s11136-020-02567-6

Gonzalez, Jeff
Lab Website
Tabaei, B.P., Howland, R.E., Gonzalez, J.S, Chamany, S., Walker E.A., Schechter, C.B., & Wu, W.Y. (2020) Impact of a telephonic intervention to improve diabetes control on health care utilization and cost for adults in South Bronx, New York. Diabetes Care, 43, 743-750. doi: 10.2337/dc19-054

Kane, N.S., Hoogendoorn, C.J., Commissariat, P.V., Schulder, T.E., & Gonzalez, J.S. (2020) Glycemic control and self-rated health among ethnically diverse adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Pediatric Diabetes, 21, 69-76. doi: 10.1111/pedi.12928

Margolis, S.A., Sears, M.Z., Daiello, L.A., Solon, C. Nakhutina, L., Hoogendoorn, C.J., & Gonzalez, J.S. (2019) Anticholinergic/sedative drug burden predicts worse memory acquisition in older racially/ethnically diverse patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 34, 1545-1554. doi: 10.1002/gps/5173

Holtzer, Roee
Lab Website
Holtzer, R., & Izzetoglu, M. (2020). Mild cognitive impairments attenuate prefrontal cortex activations during walking in older adults. Brain Sciences. Advance online publication. doi: 10.3390/brainsci10070415.

Holtzer, R., Jacobs, S., & Demetriou, E. (2020). Intra-individual variability in verbal fluency performance is moderated by and predictive of mild cognitive impairments. Neuropsychology. Advance online publication. doi:10.1037/neu0000576.

Izzetoglu, M,. & Holtzer, R. (2020). Effects of processing methods on fNIRS signal assessed during active walking task in older adults. IEEE Trans Neural Syst Rehabil Eng. Mar;28(3):699-709. doi:10.1109/TNSRE.2020.2970407. 

Seng, Elizabeth
Lab Website
Singer AB, Metts C, Grinberg AS, Patel ZS, Marzouk M, Rosenberg L, Day M, Minen MT, Lipton RB, Buse DC. Does Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Migraine reduce migraine-related disability in people with episodic and chronic migraine? A phase 2b pilot randomized clinical trial. Headache. 2019. Oct 59(9): 1448-1467. DOI:10.111/head.13657. PMC6788949.

Seng EK, Gelfand AA, Nicholson RA. Assessing evidence-based medicine and opioid/barbiturate as first-line acute treatment of pediatric migraine and primary headache: a retrospective observational study of health systems data. Cephalalgia. 2019 Jul;39(8):1000-1009. DOI: 10.1177/0333102419833080.

Seng EK, Mauser M, Marzouk M, Patel ZS, Rosen N, Buse DC. When mom has migraine; an observational study of the impact of parental migraine on adolescent children. Headache. 2019. Feb; 59(2): 224-234. DOI:10.1111/head.13433.

Swencionis, Charles
Lab Website
DeLuca, L., Toro-Ramos, T., Michaelides, A., Seng, E., & Swencionis, C. (2020). Relationship between age and weight loss in Noom: Quasi-experimental study. JMIR Diabetes5(2). doi:10.2196/18363   

Swencionis, C., Wylie-Rosett, J., Smith, L.L., Lent, M.R., Ginsberg, M., Cimino, C.,. . .Segal-Isaacson, C.J., (2019) Triggers of lapse and relapse in diet and exercise in behavioral weight loss. Obesity, 27(6), 888-893. doi:10.1002/oby.22437.

Weinberger, Andrea
Lab Website
Weinberger, A.H., Delnevo, C., Zhu, J., Gbedemah, M., Lee, J., Cruz, L.N., Kashan, R.S., & Goodwin, R.D. (2020). Trends in cigar use in the United States, 2002 to 2016: Diverging trends by race/ethnicity. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 22(4), 583-587. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntz060.  

Weinberger, A.H., Delnevo, C., Wyka, K., Gbedemah, M., Lee, J., Copeland, J., & Goodwin, R.D. (in press). Cannabis use is associated with increased risk of cigarette smoking initiation, persistence, and relapse among adults in the US. Nicotine & Tobacco Research.

Weinberger, A.H., Zhu, J., Levin, J., Barrington-Trimis, J.L., Copeland, J., Wyka, K., Kim, J.H., & Goodwin, R.D. (in press). Cannabis use among US adults with anxiety from 2008 to 2017: The role of state-level cannabis legalization. Drug & Alcohol Dependence.

Zemon, Vance
Lab Website
Silverstein, S.M., Seitz, A.R., Ahmed, A.O., Thompson, J.L., Zemon, V., Gara, M., et al. (2020). Development and evaluation of a visual remediation intervention for people with schizophrenia. Journal of Psychiatry and Brain Science. 5:e200017. doi:10.20900/jpbs.20200017

Kolomeyer, N.N., Drinkwater, O.J., Drivas, E., Zakik, A., Zemon, V., Sidoti, P.A., . . . Panarelli, J.F. (2020). Utility of the modified isolated-check visual evoked potential technique in functional glaucoma assessment. Journal of Glaucoma, 29(4), 258-263. DOI: 10.1097/ijg.0000000000001439 

Xu, L., Li, S., Zemon, V., Xie, Y., Liang, Y. (2020). Central visual function and inner retinal structure in primary open-angle glaucoma. Journal of Zhejiang University- SCIENCE B, 21(4), 305-314. DOI:10.1631/jzus.B1900506