Faculty | PhD in Clinical Psychology

Associate Professor | Research Faculty

Dr. Bowen will not be taking a PhD student in the fall 2021 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.​

Assistant Professor

Dr. Emily Bower received her PhD from the SDSU/UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Bower’s research and clinical focus is in geriatric mental health with specializations in late-life suicide prevention, the assessment and treatment of late-life anxiety (including Fear of Falling), and Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The overarching goal of her research is to examine how we adjust to functional changes (cognitive, physical, social) as we age and to leverage that information to develop or adapt behavioral interventions to promote mental health and prevent injury among older adults.

Professor | Director of Clinical Training

Dr. Michael Christopher received his PhD in clinical psychology from The University of South Dakota and completed his predoctoral internship at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School. His primary clinical and research interest is in integrated mindfulness and resilience training to enhance stress reactivity and health outcomes among high-stress groups.  He is also interested in measurement of mindfulness and related contemplative practices.

Associate Professor

Dr. Claudia Jacova Chenoweth received her PhD from the University of British Columbia. Dr. Jacova’s research interests have traditionally focused on early cognitive and neuroimaging manifestations of neurodegenerative dementias. She has recently developed interest in the impact of neurodevelopmental disorders on cognitive function in late life, and in novel person-centered approaches to assessment, with a focus on subjective perceptions of cognition and dementia worry.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Theresa Lafavor received her PhD from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Lafavor’s clinical and research interests focus on processes of resilience and positive adaptation in the context of risk and adversity. She specializes in community-based research with underserved, marginalized, and extremely vulnerable populations with the goal of promoting competence within individuals and communities. Dr. Lafavor is a board-eligible Pediatric Neuropsychologist and uses neuropsychological methods to measure functioning across levels of analysis and the lifespan.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Sharon Lo received her PhD from Michigan State University and completed her clinical residency at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University and Children’s Health Council Consortium. Dr. Lo’s clinical and research interests focus on promoting positive well-being and health outcomes in youth with specializations in examining mindfulness and emotion regulation processes using physiological and behavioral methods of assessment. Her work is dedicated to increasing access and disseminating practices that improve mental health for communities of color.

Professor | Program Director

Dr. Peter Vik completed his PhD at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His research interests follow two lines: Assessment of visual spatial memory, and factors contributing to alcohol use and abuse in young adults.