Faculty | PhD in Clinical Psychology

Associate Professor

Dr. Bowen will not be taking a PhD student in the fall 2020 cohort. 

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

Dr. Christopher has a long-standing research interest in the science and practice of mindfulness meditation and related contemplative experiences. More recently, he has focused on 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 | Program Director

Dr. Vik's research lab is focused on aging and cognitive functioning, including visuospatial memory, age-related attention bias, subjective concerns about aging and cognition, and anosognosia. His students are developing his research protocol for application to Latinx populations. The hope is to understand cultural similarities and differences with regard to aging concerns, dementia awareness, and evaluation worry. Dr. Vik’s prior research has focused on collegiate heavy alcohol consumption, comorbid psychiatric problems, and stress models.