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Clinical Psychology
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Clinical Psychology
In the Counseling and Clinical Psychology Department

PhD Information > Recently Completed Ph.D. Dissertations

Recently Completed Ph.D. Dissertations

2013 – 2014

Patient change Trajectories over a Year of Psychoanalytic Therapy and Psychoanalysis. (Alex Behn, 10/2014, Sponsor; Barry Farber, Ph.D.)

The Impact of Emotional Distress on Cognitve Performance in Border line Personality Disorder. (Sarah Bellovin-Weiss, 10/2014, Sponsor; Helen Verdeli, Ph.D.)

The Role of Relatedness and Expressive Flexibility in the Prediction of Complicated Grief. (Monica Brooker, 10/2013, Sponsor; George Bonanno, Ph.D.)

The Investigation of Helping Behavior in the Virtual World. (Debaki Chakrabarti, 10/2013, Sponsor; Elizabeth Midlarsky, Ph.D.)

Association between Adversity and Prosociality in Children Exposed to Trauma in Four Sites in West Africa. (Monica Ghailian, 10/2013, Sponsor; Lisa Miller, Ph.D.)

The Effects of Shared Reality on Educational Experience and Regulation. (Valery Hazanov,10/2014, Sponsor; Barry Farber, Ph.D.)

Spirituality and Depression in Young Adult Survivors of Childhood Physical and Sexual Abuse. (Martha Jacobs, 10/2014, Sponsor; Lisa Miller, Ph.D.)

Interpersonal Religious Struggles within Orthodox Jewish Families in Israel. (Steven Pirutinsky, 10/2014, Sponsor; Elizabeth Midlarsky, Ph.D.)

Interpersonal Distress and Interpersonal Problems Associated with Depression. Bonita Schneider, 2/2014, Sponsor; Helen Verdeli, Ph.D.)

Psychological Distress among mothers of young children in rural Uganda and its association with child health and nutritional status. (Eleni Vousoura, 6/2014, Sponsor; Helen Verdeli, Ph.D.)

Predictors of Obesity in Adults: The Roles of Demographic Factors, Body Dissatisfaction, Depression and Life Stress. (Dmitri Young , 10/2013, Sponsor; Elizabeth Midlarsky, Ph.D.)

In the Moment; Prenatal Mindful Awareness and its’ Relationship to Depression, Anxiety, and Birth Experience. (Sara Zoeterman, 2/2014, Sponsor; George Bonanno, Ph.D.)


2012 – 2013

Neuropsychological Test Performance and Other Predictors of Adult Outcome in a Prospective Follow-up Study of Children with ADHD. (Erica Roizen, 10/2012, Sponsor; Helen Verdeli, Ph.D.)

The Expression and Regulation of Sadness in Complicated Grief. (Ashley Bullock, 10/ 2012, Sponsor; George Bonanno, Ph.D.)

The Impact of Outness and Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Identity Formation on Mental Health. (Sarah Feldman, 10/2012, Sponsor; Barry Farber, Ph.D.)

Religious Affiliation and Gender: Differences in the Association Between Religiousness and Psychological Distress. (Joseph McGowan, 10/2012, Sponsor; Elizabeth Midlarsky, Ph.D.)

Effects of Exposure to Parental Divorce on the Sibling Relationship in Emerging Adults. (George Nitzburg 10/2012, Sponsor; Barry Farber, Ph.D.)

The Temperament-Psychopathology Link; How Does Difficult Temperament Predict Risk for and Presentation of Major Depression Among Offspring at High and Low Risk for Depression. (Brian Sherman, 10/2012, Sponsor; Helen Verdeli, Ph.D.)


2011 – 2012

Investigating Objective Markers of ADHD across Development: Micromovements and Reaction Time Variability. (David Anderson, 10/2011, Sponsor; Barry Farber, Ph.D.)

Attitudes Towards the Diagnosis and Treatment of Depression Among South Asian Muslim Americans. (Sadia Chaudhury , 10/2011, Sponsor; Helen Verdeli, Ph.D.)

Relational Spirituality in Adolescents: Exploring Associations with Demographics, Parenting Style, Religiosity, and Psychopathology. (Alethea Desrosiers ,10/2011, Sponsor; Lisa Miller, Ph.D.)

That’s Not What Your Friends Say: Does Self-Reported Post Traumatic Growth Translate into Friend Ratings of Improvement? (Laura Goorin, 10/2011, Sponsor; George Bonanno, Ph.D.)

Anger Expression and Adaptation to Childhood Sexual Abuse: The Role of Disclosure Context. (Sumati Gupta, 10/2011, Sponsor; George Bonanno, Ph.D.)

A Pilot Fidelity Study of Listen-Empathize-Agree- Partner (LEAP) with Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Mental Health Clinicians. (Mia Ihm, 5/2012, Sponsor; Barry Farber, Ph.D.)

Effects of Parental or Caregiver Death Prior to Age Eighteen on Depressive Symptoms and Grief Following Miscarriage. (Anitha Iyer- Kothari, 10/2011, Sponsor; Barry Farber, Ph.D.)

Affective Cultural Countertransference Reactions to Asian American Clients: A Mixed Methods Study. (Sherrie Kim, 5/2012,  Sponsor; Barry Farber, Ph.D.)

Community Impact of Group Interpersonal Psychotherapy in Rural Uganda. (Eric Lewandowski, 10/2011, Sponsor; Helen Verdeli, Ph.D.)

Religiosity and Depression: A Ten Year Follow-up of Offspring at High and Low Risk Depression. (Mia Sage, 10/2011, Sponsor; Lisa Miller, Ph.D.)

The Experienced Self and Others Scale: A Technique for Assaying the Experience of One’s Self in Relation to the Other. (Erel Shvil, 10/2011,  Sponsor; Elizabeth Midlarsky, Ph.D. )

Patterns of Symptom Improvement among Depressed Adolescents Treated with Interpersonal Psychotherapy Adolescent Skills Training (IPT-AST) in School Based Clinics. (Vijayeta Kumari Sinh, 10/2011, Sponsor; Helen Verdeli, Ph.D.)

The Identity Formation of Psychotherapists in Training: A Dialectical and Personal Process. (Liat Caspi,  2/2012, Sponsor; Barry Farber, Ph.D. )


2010 – 2011

Postpartum Flourishing: Motherhood as an Opportunity for Positive Growth and Self-Development. (Aurelie Athan, 2/2011, Sponsor; Lisa Miller, Ph.D.)

Mapping Longitudinal Trajectories of Adjustment Throughout College: A Latent Growth Mixture Model Approach. (Isaac Galatzer-Levy, 10/2010, Sponsor; George Bonanno, Ph.D.)

Spirituality and Depression in Gay Men and Gay Fathers: Understanding the Cultural Contradiction. (Justin Jones, 10/2010,  Sponsor; Helen Verdeli, Ph.D.)

Incorporating Evidence –Based Practices into Psychotherapy Training in Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Programs. (Rebecca Kennedy, 10/2010, Sponsor; Helen Verdeli, Ph.D.)

Factors Predicting Maternal Perceptions of Child’s Temperament in a Group of African-American and Dominican Women at Risk for Psychological Distress: Constructing a Model from Recalled Early Maternal Bonding, Adult Maternal Attachment and Maternal Demoralization. (Maria Beatriz Plaza, 10/2010, Sponsor; Barry Farber, Ph.D.)

Mindfulness and Self-Compassion in the Transition to Motherhood; A Prospective Study of Postnatal Mood and Attachment. (Jeanette Sawyer Cohen, 10/2010, Sponsor; Lisa Miller, Ph.D.)

Grief and Depression Following Miscarriage: Examining Unique and Shared Correlates and Patterns of Change at Six Months Post-Loss. (Karen Shoum, 02/ 2011, Sponsor; Helen Verdeli, Ph.D.)