Listed below are faculty who mentor Medical/Clinical Psychology students in their research and/or clinical practica. This list is representative but not exhaustive.

Faculty are listed in categories as a rough guide, but many of our faculty fit into multiple categories. Descriptions of each faculty member’s interests provide further information.

Individuals marked with an asterisk (*) are interested in recruiting a student to enter the program in Fall 2018.

Pediatric Psychology

  • Heather Austin, Department of Pediatrics, Motivational interviewing, adolescent evaluation and treatment, adjustment and coping with chronic illness, adherence issues and factors related to obesity
  • Margaux Barnes*, Department of Pediatrics, Behavioral factors and health outcomes secondary to IBD
  • Aaron Fobian*, Department of Psychiatry, Pediatric psychology; treatment of somatic symptom, functional neurological, sleep and conversion disorders; adolescent obesity.
  • Avi Madan-Swain*, Department of Pediatrics, Psychological and neuropsychological assessment of children diagnosed with cancer, brain tumors, childhood cancer survivors, sickle cell disease
  • Jessica Mirman, Department of Psychology, Parent and peer influences on child health, risk-taking, and development; transportation safety
  • David Schwebel*, Department of Psychology, Unintentional injury prevention, especially in children
  • Despina Stavrinos*, Department of Psychology, Transportation safety across the lifespan, cognitive development and injury prevention, translational research, virtual reality/simulation methods

Clinical Child Psychology

  • Sylvie Mrug*, Department of Psychology, Developmental psychopathology, conduct problems, substance use, peer relationships and peer influence, violence exposure and other risk and protective factors for adjustment problems, coping with chronic illness in adolescents and young adults
  • Christina Rodriguez*, Department of Psychology, Parenting and child abuse risk; childhood internalizing; risk and protective factors
  • Laura Stoppelbein, Department of Psychology, Developmental psychopathology
  • Marion Wallace, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology, Factors that contribute to externalizing behaviors, particularly among minority populations. Self-perception variables as they relate to social consequences. Treatment and management of severe emotional and behavioral disturbances

Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

  • Fred Biasini, Department of Psychology, Developmental disabilities, early childhood development, autism spectrum disorders
  • Kristy Domnanovich, Sparks Clinics, Developmental disabilities, psychoeducational assessment, behavioral assessment and treatment
  • John Houser, Sparks Clinics, Neurodevelopmental and psychoeducational evaluation, school/family/community partnerships, community schools and school-based services; application of philosophical and social justice frameworks to psychology and education
  • Kristi Guest, Department of Psychology, Developmental disabilities, ASD, early childhood development, and parenting
  • Maria Hopkins, Department of Psychology, Developmental disabilities
  • Rajesh Kana, Department of Psychology, Social and cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging, autism spectrum disorders
  • Sarah O’Kelley, Department of Psychology, Cognitive, behavioral, and lifespan developmental characteristics of individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families; assessment methods and social skills interventions for ASD

Psychopathology and Substance Abuse

  • Edwin Cook, Department of Psychology, Biological factors related to emotion, personality, mental disorders
  • Karen Cropsey*, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology, Substance abuse and smoking cessation treatment in criminal justice populations
  • David Knight, Department of Psychology, Neural substrates of learning, memory, and emotion; PTSD; Neuroimaging
  • Brian McFarland, VA Medical Center, Individual and group therapy for PTSD, depression, and anxiety
  • Robert Savage, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology, Mood disorders, schizophrenia, neuropsychology, public and community psychiatry

Health Psychology and Pain

  • Leanne Cianfrini, The Doleys Clinic, Chronic pain and behavioral medicine
  • Burel Goodin*, Department of Psychology, Pain, behavioral medicine, neuroendocrine and immune function, sleep
  • Justin Thomas*, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology, Sleep disorders
  • Zina Trost*, Department of Psychology, Cognitive, emotional, behavioral and interpersonal aspects of pain and disability. Use of VR/gaming technologies to facilitate rehabilitation and positive coping
  • Diane Tucker, Department of Psychology, Palliative care, end of life issues, psycho-oncology, re-entry of returning veterans
  • Bulent Turan*, Department of Psychology, Negative social evaluation and hormone reactivity, HIV-related stigma, social support, effects of interpersonal processes on health
  • Jarred Younger, Department of Psychology, Treatment development for neuroinflammatory-related pain, fatigue, mood, and cognitive conditions

Eating Disorders, Gastrointestinal Disorders, and Obesity

  • Mary Boggiano*, Department of Psychology, Neurochemistry, endocrinology, and phenotypic assessment of binge-eating and obesity
  • Paula Chandler-Laney*, Nutrition Sciences, Biobehavioral mechanisms underlying the development of child obesity
  • Gareth Dutton*, Preventive Medicine, Behavioral medicine, obesity and weight management, weight loss maintenance
  • Marissa Gowey*, Department of Pediatrics, pediatric obesity, behavioral intervention, predictors of treatment response, executive function, eating behaviors, health promotion, healthcare disparities

Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation

  • Joseph Ackerson, Ackerson and Associates, Pediatric traumatic brain injury, neuropsychology, epilepsy, demyelinating disorders, genetic disorders, executive dysfunction
  • Paul Blanton, VA Medical Center, Neuropsychological evaluation of patient with dementia, neurocognitive dysfunction secondary to mood and anxiety disorders, traumatic brain injury
  • Laura Dreer, Department of Ophthalmology, Adjustment to chronic health conditions; health promotion and lifestyle interventions to improve health outcomes and adjustment; cognitive and behavioral effects of concussion
  • Amy Knight, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation psychology and neuropsychology; Assessment and therapy for patients with traumatic or complex medical events
  • Ronald Lazar*, Department of Neurology, Reversible causes of cognitive impairment, cognitive resilience in aging, focal neurological syndromes, vascular cognitive impairment, cerebral blood flow
  • Kristine Lokken, Department of Psychiatry, Neuropsychology, traumatic brain injury, eating disorders
  • Roy Martin, Department of Neurology, Adult neuropsychological assessment pre- and post-operative for epilepsy surgery, speech lateralization, non-epileptic seizures, outpatient psychotherapy for patients with epilepsy
  • Thomas Novack, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Recovery following traumatic brain injury
  • Chebon Porter, VA Medical Center, Cognitive and psychological assessment; individual psychotherapy; consultation; blind rehabilitation
  • Elizabeth Richardson, VA Medical Center, Chronic pain and behavioral medicine; spinal cord injury and other physical disabilities
  • Jerzy Szaflarski, Department of Neurology, Epilepsy; neuroimaging
  • Edward Taub*, Department of Psychology, Rehabilitation, constraint-induced movement therapy, neuroimaging, stroke, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, translational research
  • Matthew Thompson, Children’s of Alabama Hospital, Pediatric neuropsychological assessment, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury and concussion
  • Kristen Triebel, Department of Neurology, Adult/geriatric neuropsychology, neuropsychological evaluation, forensic neuropsychology; cognitive and functional abilities in mild cognitive impairment; Alzheimer’s disease; Parkinson’s disease; traumatic brain injury; brain cancer
  • Gitendra Uswatte, Department of Psychology, Application of behavioral principles to the rehabilitation of movement after neurological injury; study of human psychological strengths such as hope, kindness, and gratitude


  • Karlene Ball, Department of Psychology, Mobility and driving, cognitive aging, cognitive training
  • Virginia Wadley Bradley, Department of Medicine, Cognition, health, and everyday functioning of older adults
  • Olivio Clay, Department of Psychology, Health disparities, social support, caregiving
  • Michael Crowe*, Department of Psychology, Clinical geropsychology, cognitive decline and dementia risk factors
  • Hal Thurstin, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology, Adults and geriatric patients including neuropsychological evaluations of medical/surgical candidates; treatment of depressive, personality, anxiety, and eating disorders