Department of Psychology Title The Ohio State University

Clinical Program


The Clinical Psychology Training Program is currently composed of 10 full-time Core faculty members. All serve as advisors to graduate students in the Program. The C ore Faculty is composed of those members who have primary appointments in the Department of Psychology. 8 Joint Faculty members are those having primary appointments in other departments, with a joint appointment in Psychology.

Core Faculty

Woo-Young Ahn; Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Indiana University, Bloomington, 2012; Cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying psychiatric disorders, especially addictive disorders; cost-effective behavioral/biological markers predicting clinical outcomes; computational modeling; neuroimaging; machine learning; decision neuroscience.

Barbara L. Andersen; Professor; Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1980; Biobehavioral aspects of cancer; Psychological interventions for cancer patients; psycho-neuroimmunology; Sexuality, including sexual self concept (schema) for men and women. (Jointly with School of Public Health and Department of Obstetrics-Gynecology.)

Theodore P. Beauchaine; Professor; Ph.D. Stony Brook University, 2000: Developmental psychopathology of impulsivity and self-harm; early intervention for ADHD; heterotypic and homotypic comorbidity; effects of Biological Vulnerability x Contextual Risk interactions on emerging psychopathology.

Jennifer S. Cheavens; Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of Kansas, 2002; Treatment of depression and personality disorders; Role of positive psychology constructs in treatment; Emotion regulation in older adults with psychopathology; Mediators of treatment change in depression and borderline personality disorder.  Note: Dr. Cheavens will be joining the program in Autumn, 2007.

Charles F. Emery; Professor; Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1985-Physiological, psychological, and cognitive effects of physical exercise among older adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); aging and adult development; exercise adherence; stress-associated changes in disease processes.

Ruchika Shaurya Prakash; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2009; Understanding neural correlates of cognitive dysfunction in MS and healthy aging, examining role of fitness interventions for treatment of cognitive deficits, mindfulness training, emotion-cognition interactions in neurological populations.

Daniel R. Strunk; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2004; Etiology, maintenance, and treatment of mood disorders; Methods for treating depression and preventing the return of depressive symptoms; Cognitive therapy of depression.

Julian F. Thayer, Professor, Ph.D., New York University, 1986; Psychophsysiological aspects of self-regulation, particularly parasympathetic influences on physical health problems including hypertension, and mental health problems including anxiety and depression.

Michael W. Vasey; Professor; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 1990; Lifespan developmental psychopathology; attentional biases and attentional control in the etiology, maintenance, and treatment of anxiety, depression, aggression, and psychopathy; temperamental risk for anxiety and depression.

Joint Faculty

Lisa M. Christian; Assistant Professor, Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 2008; Research is focused on immune mediators linking psychosocial stress with health outcomes, including cardiovascular disease. (Jointly with Department of Psychiatry)

Mary Fristad; Professor; Ph.D., ABPP, University of Kansas, 1986; Assessment and treatment of early-onset mood disorders (depressive and bipolar spectrum disorders) in children; family-based interventions for childhood mood disorders. (Jointly with Department of Psychiatry)

Cynthia A. Gerhardt; Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Vermont, 1997; Risk and resilience, adjustment to childhood cancer and bereavement, promoting health behaviors among cancer survivors, and end of life education and communication.

Janice Kiecolt-Glaser; Professor; PhD, University of Miami (FL), 1976; Psycho-neuroimmunology and health; the ability of mind-body interventions such as yoga to modulate endocrine and immune responses; psychological and physiological consequences of chronic stress in older adults; psychological influences on basal cell carcinoma; genetic and environmental contributions to depression and immune dysregulation. (Jointly with Department of Psychiatry)

Kathryn A. Vannatta; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Oregon, 1991; Pediatric psychology; adjustment of children and families to pediatric or maternal cancer and other serious or chronic health conditions; pediatric health promotion interventions; and children’s social development and peer relationships. (Jointly with Department of Pediatrics)

Sharla Wells-DiGregorio; Associate Professor, Ph.D., Northwestern University; Psychological consultation for oncology and/or palliative care for inpatients and outpatients; psychological interventions for cancer patients and their families. (Jointly with Department of Psychiatry)