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Graduate Courses

I offer semester-long courses in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness for Master’s level graduate students. These courses combine didactic material with group discussion, digital and audiovisual media, experiential activities, and role play. For this purpose, I utilize a clinical teaching and research lab comprised by an interview and observation suite, separated from each other by a one-way mirror. Students practice and demonstrate clinical interviewing techniques while being observed by their peers. Concurrently, I provide real time feedback and instruction through the use of “bug in the ear” technology. Practice sessions may be videotaped for subsequent review and analysis. This interview-observation approach maximizes the learning process through multiple pathways: a) students learn through direct experience and practice of skills rather than solely through rote learning of didactic material; b) students learn by observing and critically analyzing their peers demonstrate skills; c) students learn through group discussion and debriefing the clinical practice experience; and d) students learn by my provision of coaching and active guidance during moment-by-moment interactions as they unfold in real time. This approach provides a safe milieu where students can feel comfortable facing challenging scenarios and experimenting with unfamiliar techniques.

I also offer a PhD-level course in intervention research, that covers: federal grant writing; clinical trial design and analysis; and intervention development, mechanistic considerations, and outcome testing. This course is conducted as a seminar where students critique each others’ work and complete the semester with the finished product of a grant proposal.

Independent Studies

In addition, I have overseen Master’s- and Bachelor’s-level directed independent studies on topics as diverse as:

  • Autonomic psychophysiology
  • Resilience and positive emotionality
  • Strategic therapy and Ericksonian hypnosis
  • Neuropharmacology of prescription opioid addiction
  • Mindfulness and family therapy

I am always happy to supervise committed, passionate, and self-directed students through independent studies, where they can become involved in my laboratory as research assistants while they pursue knowledge and training in subjects of mutual interest. Such independent studies often function as apprenticeships, in which the student learns skills (e.g., data collection and analysis, scientific manuscript preparation, theory construction) under my supervision, and then puts those skills into practice by providing assistance to ongoing research projects.

Students

At present, I am accepting Doctoral, Master’s, and Bachelor’s students to assist me in my research as mentees. Students work in my lab as research assistants (volunteer or paid positions), and/or in Doctoral, Master’s, and Bachelor’s-level directed independent studies on a range of topics. In addition to getting an “insider view” of the research process, students can acquire course credit, volunteer hours, or experience for their resumes.

I am always happy to supervise committed, passionate, and self-directed students in my lab, where they can become involved as research assistants while they pursue knowledge and training in subjects of mutual interest. Such independent studies often function as apprenticeships, in which the student learns skills (e.g., biopsychosocial and psychiatric assessment, data collection and analysis, psychophysiology, scientific manuscript preparation, theory construction) under my supervision, and then puts those skills into practice by providing assistance to ongoing research projects.

If you are interested in joining my lab, please email me or contact me through the form below.

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