Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology

Faculty

Please see the program handbook for a list of recent publications for each faculty member.


David J. Bridgett

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Washington State University, 2008

Consistent with my interests and program of investigation, research within the Emotion Regulation & Temperament Laboratory at NIU focuses on identifying contributors to infant/toddler emotion regulation, such as aspects of parent emotion regulation and parenting, how parent emotion regulation affects parenting of young children, and how early individual differences in emotion regulation contribute to risk for early emerging symptoms of internalizing and externalizing problems. Furthermore, the research within the lab takes a longitudinal approach so that we are able to model how early emotion regulation changes over time as a result of parent, child, and other environmental factors.

Dr. Bridgett anticipates admitting a new student in Fall, 2014. 

E-mail:  dbridgett1@niu.edu
Homepage: http://www.niu.edu/emotionreg/

 

Michelle M. Lilly

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2008

My research interests focus on the exploration of mental health  outcomes following interpersonal trauma, with a particular focus on intimate partner violence.  I am particularly interested in the ways in which world views, attachment and coping affect outcome following trauma.  My future work will likely continue to focus on intimate partner violence, as well as expand to focus on interactions between violent dyads more generally.

Dr. Lilly anticipates admitting a new student in Fall, 2014. 

E-mail: mlilly1@niu.edu
Homepage: http://tmhrlabniu.weebly.com/

 

M. Christine Lovejoy

Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1986

My research interests are in the areas of child clinical psychology and parenting. Specifically, I am interested in the effects of parental psychopathology and stress on parent-child interactions and adult perceptions of child behavior. I am also interested in social information processing as it is applied to abnormal child behavior in assessment and treatment settings. 

Dr. Lovejoy does not anticipate admitting a new student in Fall, 2014. 

E-mail: mlovejoy@niu.edu
Homepage: http://www.niu.edu/parentchild/

 

Holly K. Orcutt

Professor,
Ph.D., SUNY-Buffalo, 1998

My research interests are in the areas of traumatic stress and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Specifically, I am interested in identifying risk factors that operate to increase individual vulnerability to PTSD following exposure to traumatic events as well as factors that mediate the link between trauma exposure and increased risk for subsequent trauma exposure. I also have related research interests in forgiveness and experiential avoidance. 

Dr. Orcutt anticipates admitting a new student in Fall, 2014. 

E-mail: horcutt@niu.edu
Homepage: http://www.niu.edu/%7ehorcutt/

 

Lisa Paul

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Wyoming, 2010

My program of research is centered on perceptions of trauma and trauma survivors, particularly as these perceptions relate to trauma disclosure and responses to it. I am primarily interested in these experiences as they relate to sexual assault, and aim to determine how to assist others in best supporting victims post-assault. Currently, I am also conducting research related to the effects of labels for traumatic events (e.g., rape, sexual assault, unwanted sexual contact) on perceptions of the event and the victim.

Dr. Paul anticipates admitting a new student in Fall, 2014.

E-mail: lpaul1@niu.edu
Homepage: http://www.niu.edu/lpaul/

 

Laura D. Pittman

Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 1996

My research interests lie in the field of developmental psychopathology. Specifically, my research focuses on how family processes and broader contextual factors influence children’s socioemotional and cognitive functioning. I take a risk and resilience approach, focusing on protective factors that enhance the likelihood for successful trajectories through childhood and adolescence in at-risk populations. My current work considers how parenting practices and the role of extended kin influence children growing up in poverty.

Dr. Pittman anticipates admitting a new student in Fall, 2014. 

E-mail: lpittman@niu.edu
Homepage: http://niu.edu/pittmanlab/

 

Alan Rosenbaum

Professor
Ph.D., SUNY at Stony Brook, 1979

The primary focus of my research agenda has been on understanding and treating intimate partner violence. Specifically, my research group is studying: (1) the etiology of relationship aggression with an emphasis on biological and developmental factors, such as head injury, neuropsychological dysfunction, neuroendocrine deficits, childhood trauma and psychopathology; (2) batterers’ treatment outcome and certification standards; and (3) anger and anger management in males, females, and adolescents.

Dr. Rosenbaum does not anticipate admitting a new student in Fall, 2014. 

E-mail: arosenbaum@niu.edu

 

David P. Valentiner

Professor
Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin, 1994

My research interests include cognitive and emotional processes related to anxiety, anxiety disorders, and the treatment of anxiety disorders, particularly phobic, obsessive-compulsive, and panic disorders; how anxiety disorders develop; and statistical/methodology issues in anxiety assessment and research. 

Dr. Valentiner anticipates admitting a new student in Fall, 2014. 

E-mail: dvalentiner@niu.edu
Homepage: http://davidvalentiner.weebly.com/

 

Kevin Wu

Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Iowa, 2004

My research program focuses on dimensional models of adult psychopathology in which symptoms generally exist on a continuum rather than as qualitatively discrete entities. Most of my work addresses several issues related to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), such as its assessment and diagnosis, its relations with other phenomena (especially personality and other forms of psychopathology), and cognitive models of symptom development. During the past few years, my lab has begun to target these issues using laboratory-based behavioral tasks and experimental methods; this represents a departure from my previously exclusive focus on questionnaire methodology. Former/current lab members have conducted projects spanning social anxiety, depression and rumination, mindfulness, pathological gambling, thought-action fusion, perfectionism, and hoarding. Most recently, projects have addressed cognitive processes implicated in OCD and the equivalence of psychopathology assessment across diverse samples.

Dr. Wu does not anticipate admitting a new student in Fall, 2014. 

E-mail: kevinwu@niu.edu
Homepage: http://wuniu.weebly.com/


Affiliated Research Faculty

Affiliated Research Faculty do not serve as primary research advisors but can serve as a co-chair or committee member on theses and dissertations.

Julie Crouch

Director, Center for the Study of Family Violence and Sexual Assault
Ph.D in Clinical, Northern Illinois University, 1995

My research focuses on understanding the causes and consequences of child physical abuse and intimate partner violence. My recent work focuses on applying social cognitive paradigms as a means of understanding why some parents physically abuse their children. Also, I am conducting research and evaluation projects examining innovative interventions designed to promote positive parenting practices.

E-mail: jcrouch@niu.edu