Program Team

Program Team

Program Director

Matt Blanchard
Program Director

Matt Blanchard, Ph.D. is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with a primary interest in the psychotherapy training, popular psychological discourse, and the ever-evolving concepts of mind and self. Matt is the author of Secrets and Lies in Psychotherapy (APA, 2019) with Barry Farber and Melanie Love, which compiles his online-interview research into why clients in therapy conceal, lie and avoid important topics such as suicidal ideation, substance use, sexual issues, and their feelings about therapy itself, with an emphasis on what therapists can do to foster honesty about these issues. Professor Blanchard spent five years with NYU's Counseling & Wellness Services seeing clients, running groups and supervising postdoctoral fellows. He is formerly an Associate Professor and the Director of Student Affairs for NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. He has previously taught for NYU's Department of Applied Psychology, as well as first-year writing and research courses for the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. 

To make an appointment during Dr. Blanchard's office hours, please follow this link: Office Hours

Academic Advisors

Jada Rene Flint
Integrative Project Advisor; Academic Program Advisor

Office Location: HM 328 

Jada Rene Flint, M.A., is a fourth-year doctoral student, working with Dr. Verdeli. She earned her B.A. in Africana Studies and Psychology from Smith College and completed her M.A. in Clinical Psychology and Sexuality, Women, and Gender certification at Teachers College in 2020. During her time in the Master’s program, her integrative project focused on racial and ethical disparities in maternal mortality of African American women. Currently, her research interest focuses on the complexities of suicide ideation and behavior among African Americans, specifically exploring the relationship between cultural aspects/history, methodology, and gender.

The Role of the Academic Program Advisor as I See It:

As the Integrative Project advisor, I hope to provide helpful guidance with research design, development, and statistical analysis, among other facets. I am committed to helping students conceptualize and develop the Integrative Project, focusing on both theoretical and empirical research methodology. In addition to being an I.P. advisor, I want to be a resource for all students, navigating through the program. I see my role as helping students through the course selection process, research opportunities, meeting degree requirements, and advanced degree applications. My job is to listen and help in any way!


To make an appointment with Jada, please follow this link: Office Hours

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Erin Young
Academic Program Advisor

Office Location: HM 328

Erin is a third-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at Teachers College, Columbia University. In 2018 Erin graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. In 2020, she received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Teachers College. During the master's program, her Integrative Project focused on the development and validation of a novel self-report measure targeting the mental representation of approach-avoidance motivation. Erin's current research interests include using community-based participatory action research to evaluate the effectiveness, acceptability, and feasibility of therapeutic interventions delivered by community members in Harlem. Erin is also interested in exploring both facilitators and barriers to White racial identity development. 

The Role of the Academic Program Advisor as I see it:

I am committed to helping students create a course plan that works for them and their future goals. I also hope to help students solidify and articulate their research interests, identify research opportunities, meet degree requirements, and apply to advanced graduate programs. I am here to help in any way I can!


To make an appointment with Erin, please click on this link: Office Hours

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