Faculty | PhD in Clinical Psychology

Associate Professor

Dr. Bowen's clinical and research interests center on integrating mindfulness-based approaches and behaviorist understandings of clinical change to treat addictive and impulsive behaviors. She works with dually diagnosed adults, incarcerated individuals and first responder populations.​

Professor | Director of Clinical Training - PhD Program

Dr. Christopher has a long-standing research interest in the science and practice of mindfulness meditation and related contemplative experiences. More recently, he developed an interest in mindfulness training as a method to enhance stress resilience and health. The lab is currently studying feasibility, mechanisms, and biological, behavioral, and psychological outcomes of an integrated resilience and mindfulness training among first responders and other high-stress cohorts.

Associate Professor

Dr. Jacova's research interests include aging, cognitive impairment and dementia; early cognitive and functional MRI-based recognition of cerebrovascular and neurodegenerative disease (e.g., Lacunar infarct, Alzheimer Disease, Frontotemporal Dementia); interventions to promote quality of life in dementia; cognitive and clinical instrument development for disease recognition and monitoring; cross-cultural considerations and human-computer interactions in the context of cognitive impairment and dementia.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Lafavor’s clinical and research interests focus on processes of resilience and positive adaptation in the context of risk and adversity. Dr. Lafavor works extensively across acute and chronic adverse contexts including natural disasters, poverty, homelessness and residential mobility, trauma and abuse, and chronic disease and disorder. She specializes in community-based research with underserved, marginalized, and extremely vulnerable populations with the goal of promoting competence within individuals and communities.

Professor | Director of PhD Clinical Program

Dr. Vik's interests include substance abuse and addictive behaviors, visual spatial learning and recall. Prior substance abuse studies have focused on collegiate heavy consumption, comorbid psychiatric problems, and stress models. I am interested in looking into the alcohol and other drug use among students enrolled in health profession programs. Memory studies focus on the development of a visual memory test that distinguishes learning from recall, and (hopefully) eventually will tease out retrieval from forgetting.