Faculty & Research Interests


Jane Austin, Ph.D. 

B.A. Plymouth State College, Plymouth, NH
M.Ed. Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Ph.D. New York University, NY, NY
Licensed Psychologist (NY)
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC-NJ)

As a practicing clinician, Dr. Austin specializes in health psychology, trauma, women and relational issues.  Her research focuses on the development of psychological interventions for cancer patients, stress and coping, women's sense of self in relationships, attachment, and reslience.  She has published research in peer-reviewed journals and has presented at national conferences.

E-mail: austinj@wpunj.edu
Office: Science Hall, Room 2033
Phone: (973) 720-2472   

Pei-Wen Winnie Ma, Ph.D.

B.A. University of Washington, Seattle, WA
M.A. University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Ph.D Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY
Licensed Psychologist (NY)

 Dr. Ma uses qualitative and quantitative methods to study parent-child relationship, career development and mental health concerns within a multicultural context. Her research program has implications to advance the theory and clinical services for ethnic minority groups and immigrant children, youth and families. As a practicing clinician, she works closely with the Chinese immigrant community in New York City. She has a number of publications and has presented at numerous national conferences.

E-mail: map@wpunj.edu
Office: Science Hall, Room 2058
Phone: (973)720-3403;


Sumithra (Sumi) Raghavan, Ph.D.

B.A., New York University, NY, NY
Ph. D., Fordham University, Bronx, NY
Licensed Psychologist (NY)

Dr. Raghavan specializes in clinical psychology with expertise in trauma and multicultural issues. Her research focuses on understanding cross-cultural differences in psychopathology. Dr. Raghavan has published several manuscripts on this topic and has presented at national conferences.  She also maintains a private psychotherapy practice working with adults and adolescents.

Email: raghavans@wpunj.edu
Office: Science Hall, Room 2050
Phone: 908-720-3317  

Kathleen Torsney, Ph.D.

B.A. Georgetown University, Washington, DC
M. Ed. Columbia University, NY, NY
Ph.D. Columbia University, NY, NY
Licensed Psychologist (NJ, NY)
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC-NJ)

Specializes in gerontology, addictions, serious and persistent psychiatric disorders, and neuropsychology. A practicing clinician, she has also published and presented at national and international conferences.  Her research focuses on issues in health and rehabilitation psychology and topics such as coping with acquired brain injuries, providing effective assessment and rehabilitation techniques to persons with neurological disorders, attitudes toward infertility and adoption, and stress, coping, and compassion fatigue in academic and occupational settings.

E-mail: tornseyk@wpunj.edu
Office: Science Hall, Room 2032
Phone: (973) 720-3395;


Aileen Torres, PhD

B.A. Boston University, Boston, MA

M.A. Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY
Ph.D Carlos Albizu University, San Juan, Puerto Rico (PR)
Licensed Psychologist (NJ and PR); NJ Endorsed Infant Mental Health Clinical Mentor, Level IV

Specializes in trauma, family therapy, parenting and cultural adaptation. Her clinical work has focused on immigration-related forensic evaluations, early childhood mental health, trauma-focused treatment, and Latino/a mental health. Research interests include practice-based barriers to treatment, sexual abuse, bicultural identity integration, and bilingual psychological evaluations. 

 E-mail: torresa72@wpunj.edu Office: Science Hall East, Room 2045e Phone: (973) 720-339;



Michele Cascardi, Ph.D

AB, Duke University, Durham, NC
MA,. Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
PhD, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 
Licensed Psychologist (NJ, PA)

Specializes in dating violence, forensic assessment, and post-traumatic stress disorder. A practicing clinician whose research interests include dating violence and prevention strategies, bystander interventions to prevent sexual assault, and biological markers for post-traumatic stress disorder.                                                                                        

E-mail: cascardim@wpunj.edu  Office: Science Hall, Room 2051 Phone: (973) 720-3323                    

Megan Chesin, Ph.D

BA, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia
PhD, City University of New York, New York, New York
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Columbia University, New York, New York
Licensed Psychologist (NY)

Specializes in the study of impulse-aggressive behavior and third-wave behavioral treatments, such as Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Research interests also include minority college student mental health, executive attention, and stress response, particularly as these factors, or changes to them, relate to suicidal behavior or explain treatment gains among suicidal individuals.

Office: Science Hall, Room 2050

Phone: (973) 720-3393


Bruce J. Diamond, M.Ed., Ph.D.

B.A. The Ohio State University
M.Ed. Smith College
Ph.D. University of Manchester, UK
NIH Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation
Licensed Neuropsychologist (NJ)

Specializes in clinical neuropsychology, neurorehabilitation and cognitive neuroscience. His research uses  standardized and computer-based measures including brain imaging/ autonomic techniques in order to examine memory, executive function, attention, information processing and mood in clinical and healthy populations. A practicing clinician, he has published extensively and he has presented at numerous national and international conferences. For additional information  on research  opportunities follow link below or paste in browser:http://www.wpunj.edu/cohss/departments/psychology/faculty/diamond/diamond.html

E-mail: diamondb@wpunj.edu Office: Science Hall, Room 2462B Phone: (973) 720-3400  

Jan Mohlman, M.S., Ph.D.

B.A. University of  California, Los Angeles,  LA, CA
Ph.D University of  Oregon, Eugene, OR
Licensed Psychologist (NY)

Specializes in understanding the etiology, course and treatment of anxiety disorders across the  life-span and in investigating brain-behavior relationships in psychopathology. A practicing clinician, she has published extensively and she has numerous conference presentations.

E-mail: mohlmanj@wpunj.edu Office: Science Hall, Room Phone: (973)720-3397 


Robin Nemeroff, Ph.D.

B.A. Amherst College, Amherst, MA
Ph.D. Columbia University, NY, NY
Licensed Psychologist (NY)Robin Nemeroff, Ph.D.

Specializes in community interventions, mind-body approaches to well-being and lifespan issues. A practicing clinician, she has published a number of articles and chapters and presented at national conferences.

E-mail: nemeroffr@wpunj.edu Office: Science Hall, Room 2530 Phone: (973)720-2249