Faculty Mentors - 2020 Applications

Each first year graduate student is matched with a clinical faculty member who will serve as an advisor and research mentor to the graduate student during the initial years of the program. Upon entering the program, the faculty mentor works closely with each student to develop and guide their research projects. To facilitate this pairing, we strongly recommend that each applicant select one or two core faculty in the Clinical Psychology Program based on shared research and clinical interests, and describe in their application why they would like to be part of these research teams. Although a close fit between student and faculty interests is not always possible given the focus of the program and the number of core faculty, all faculty have experience working with students whose interests may not specifically align with theirs. In these instances, the faculty strive to support students in developing an excellent program of learning. Below is a list of the core faculty members who will be accepting one or more new students for fall 2020 admissions. 

Carolyn A. Corbett, Ph.D., Professor/Director of Clinical Training - Dr. Corbett's current research interests are in the areas of mental health issues of minority deaf individuals, ethical issues important when conducting research in small communities, and psychological stress in sign language interpreters. Dr. Corbett's research team has projects including:

  • High risk behaviors in Deaf adolescents
  • Emotional experiences of Deaf college students
  • Psychological stress in sign language interpreters
  • Resiliency in Deaf trauma survivors.

Lori Day, Ph.D., Associate Professor - Dr. Day's current research interests include: adaption of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) to make it accessible for deaf individuals, adaptations of psychological measures for deaf individuals, and removing biases in training for graduate students from diverse backgrounds. Students on Dr. Day's research team have recently completed or are in the process of developing their projects on the following topics:

  • Adaptation of PCIT for deaf families
  • Applications of PCIT for signing children and parents
  • Use of WISC-V with deaf children
  • Emotional regulation and communication in deaf families

Cara Miller, Ph.D., Assistant Professor - Dr. Miller joined the core faculty in 2018. Her research interests include trauma and post-traumatic growth; grief/bereavement; applications of research and science on the psychology of human-animal interaction; gender and sexuality; disability and psychosocial identity; and social and multicultural psychology.

Donna Morere, Ph.D., Professor - Dr. Morere's research interests include primary language disorders in deaf children, adaptation of neuropsychological assessment instruments for use with deaf and hard of hearing individuals, cognition and memory, executive functioning and attention disorders, and reading and language development in deaf children. Dr. Morere is an Early Education Literacy Lab (EL2)/VL2 Strategic Focus Area 3 Investigator and co-investigator of the Extended Education Longitudinal Study. Dr. Morere's research team has projects including:

  • The effects of parent strategies such as labeling and fingerspelling on early reading skills of deaf children 
  • Deaf adults' experience with police
  • The experience of deaf disabled students at Gallaudet
  • Current assessment practices in the assessment of deaf clients
  • The adaptation of a dementia screening measure for ASL
  • The relationship between perceived discrimination and access to mental health services in deaf individuals

Lawrence Pick, Ph.D., ABPP, Professor - Dr. Pick's research and clinical interests include the neuropsychological mechanisms underlying cognitive disorders among Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, and Deafblind individuals across the lifespan; assault/abuse, trauma and related disclosure experiences; anxiety disorders; and diversity and multiculturalism. Students on Dr. Pick's research team are working on a variety of projects including the following: 

  • Development of a measure of acculturative stress for use with deaf and hard of hearing adults.
  • Prevalence of psychopathology and suicide risk among deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind (DHHDB) college students
  • Childhood trauma ASL screening measures for use with DHHDB adults
  • Sexual assault experiences, and disclosure behaviors among deaf women (qualitative and quantitative approaches)
  • Behavioral health technology and applications

Kathryn Wagner, Ph.D., Assistant Professor - Dr. Wagner joined the core faculty in fall 2019. Her current research interests include:

  • Qualitative research on the lived experience of deaf/HOH and blind psychotherapists
  • The disparities that LGBTQ+ people face when trying to access healthcare resources, especially transgender people of color or those who identify as having a disability or deaf/HOH
  • Transference and countertransference issues that arise in supervision when one member of the dyad is d/Deaf and one is hearing
  • Accessibility and interviewing practices within qualitative research