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Psychology Department faculty are active scholars, with interests spanning a wide range of areas. Many are engaged in ongoing programs of research, designed to maximize opportunities for student participation. Students in the M.A. program have the option of completing a research thesis as part of the degree requirement. Students in the Ph.D. program are required to conduct independent research projects throughout the course of study. An independent research study, with a manuscript-style report of methods and findings is required in the second year of the program. In addition, all Ph.D. students are required to conduct and submit an independent doctoral dissertation study as a core requirement for the degree.

            To facilitate discussion and active collaboration between students and faculty members, a number of interest group meetings have been organized. The meetings for each group are held on alternating weeks, maximizing the opportunity for interested students to meet and discuss relevant research issues and questions. At present, two interest groups meet regularly:

            Experimental Psychopathology Group: Moderated by professors Wong and Castro-Blanco, this group focuses on a number of topic areas, including dual-process models of emotion, cognitive vulnerability to anxiety, implicit and overt emotion regulatory strategies and neuropsychological correlates of psychopathology.

            Psychotherapy Process and Outcome Group: Moderated by professors Papouchis, Samstag (currently on sabbatical) and Christian, this group focuses on research related to several psychotherapy process variables, including development and maintenance of the therapeutic alliance, reflective functioning and self-awareness in psychotherapy and a number of psychodynamic therapy constructs, such as Referential Activity in treatment.

            In addition to the interest groups, several faculty members have active programs of research that welcome graduate students as collaborators. The Anxiety, Mood and Personality Studies Lab, under the auspices of professor Castro-Blanco has developed several studies, investigating cognitive vulnerability factors in anxiety, the role of specific cognitive risk factors, such as uncertainty intolerance and looming cognitive style on the development of anxious pathology and the development and application of mindfulness and acceptance-based cognitive-behavioral treatment models for anxious and depressed patients.

            Professor Wong’s research focuses on psychodynamic psychology, exploring the emotional and motivational dimensions of implicit cognition. Access more information at Dr. Wong’s lab page (www: myweb.brooklyn.liu.edu/pwong)

            Several faculty have ongoing research projects focusing on psychotherapy process variables, such as the therapeutic alliance, supervisor-supervisee relatedness and self-awareness in psychotherapy.

            Opportunities for students to develop independent research studies in conjunction with faculty members are plentiful. Interested students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with faculty research interests.


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