Faculty

CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY PHD FRESNO FACULTY 

Our program faculty are actively engaged in applied research and publishing exciting new work in their field, which improves professional services, influences policy and changes lives. This level of engagement provides our students with opportunities to become connected to their professional communities and gain valuable research and presentation experience—co-authoring papers with faculty, presenting posters and serving in leadership roles in student divisions of professional associations. 

CORE FACULTY

sue_ammen_cspp_clincal_phd_professor Sue Ammen, PhD, Professor
Director, Infant-Preschooler Mental Health Certificates Program; Fellow, Rockway Institute
PhD, 1989; California School of Professional Psychology, Fresno
Research interests: Parent-child relationship assessment; early childhood intervention program evaluation; qualitative research methods; LGBT families
Merle Canfield PhD, Fresno Clinical Psychology Merle Canfield, Phd, Professor and Program Director
PhD, 1985; University of Kansas
Research interests: Human systems, including individuals, personal contracts, events, groups, roles, communities, and settings; program evaluation; psychotherapy research; psychometrics; multivariate statistics
paul_lebby_cspp_clinical_psychology_ professor Paul Lebby, PhD, Professor
PhD, 1994; University of California,Berkeley
Research interests: Methods used to assess neurocognitive function in children, adults and geriatrics
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Kevin O’Connor, PhD, Distinguished Professor
Program Coordinator, Ecosystemic Clinical Psychology EmphasisRockway Institute
PhD, 1980; University of Toledo
Research interests: Marschak Interaction; Method Rating System; child psychotherapy process; play therapy

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Siobhan O’Toole, PhD, Associate Professor
PhD, 2000; California School of Professional Psychology, Fresno
Research interests: Evaluating cultural competence in clinicians; child abuse, primarily physical and verbal; body image

RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • In 2012, Dr. Paul Lebby was recognized as a Fellow by the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Neuropsychology.
  • Dr. Jack Kahn was invited to serve on the steering committee for the Constructivist Psychology Network and to be an Editorial Consultant for Pace University Press: Constructivist Psychology in Action ongoing book series.
  • Dr. O’Toole has worked with 14 students serving as co-authors on conference presentations alone in 2012
  • Dr. Figueroa was invited to be the main speaker at the Consortium of Universities of Mexico in Manzanillo, Mexico.
  • Our Ecosystemic Play Therapy Training Center was approved (2012) as an Association for Play Therapy Approved Center of Play Therapy Education Program. Ours is one of only 15 such centers in the country and the only one housed in a clinical psychology doctoral program
  • Dr. Siobhan O’Toole, Eric Diddy and Mark Kent’s manuscript, "Mindfulness and Emotional Wellbeing in Women with Borderline Personality Disorder", was accepted for publication in Mindfulness.
  • "Studies in Meaning 5: Dialogues and Diatribes in Constructivist Psychology." He was also invited to be an Editorial Consultant for Pace University Press: Constructivist Psychology in Action ongoing book series. 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

  • O’Connor, K. & Ammen, S. (In Press).Play Therapy Treatment Planning and Interventions: The Ecosystemic Model and Workbook, 2nd edition.San Diego: Academic Press/Elsevier.
  • Kahn, J., Preiss, N., and Hermans, H (2012).  The Spirit of the Dialogical Self (Book Chapter).  Studies in Meaning V:  Pace University Press.
  • Kahn, J., Goddard, L., and  Coy, J.  Gay Men and Drag:  Dialogical Resistance to Hegemonic    Masculinity (2012).  Accepted.  Journal of Culture & Psychology.
  • Lebby, P. (2012).The Clinicians Guide to Brain Imaging. Oxford University Press.
  • Sahly, J., Shaffer, T. W., Erdberg, P., & O’Toole, S. K. (2011). Rorschach Intercoder Agreement for Protocol-Level Comprehensive System Variables in an International Sample. Journal of Personality Assessment, 89(S1) S183-S187.
  • Dr. Sue Kuba, Dr. Diane Harris, and Dr. Siobhan O’Toole (2012) published a paper entitled Understanding the role of gender and ethnic oppression when treating Mexican American women for eating disorders, Women and Therapy, 35 (1-2), 19-30.
  • Sahly, J., Shaffer, T. W., Erdberg, P., & O’Toole, S. K. (2011). Rorschach Intercoder Agreement for Protocol-Level Comprehensive System Variables in an International Sample. Journal of Personality Assessment, 89(S1) S183-S187.
  • Kahn, J. (2009). An Introduction to Masculinities. Malden, NA: Wiley/Blackwell.
  • A Korean translation of Dr. O’Connor, K and Braverman, L. (2009) Play Therapy Theory and Practice: Comparing Theories and Techniques. New York: Wiley was published Fall semester.
  • O’Connor, K and Braverman, L. (2009) Play Therapy Theory and Practice: Comparing Theories and Techniques. New York: Wiley was published Fall semester.
  • Kuba, J., Harris. D, O’Toole, S. (2011) published a paper entitled Understanding the role of gender and ethnic oppression when treating Mexican American women for eating disorders, Women and Therapy, 35 (1-2), 19-30.

RECENT PRESENTATIONS BY FACULTY & STUDENTS

  • American Psychological Association
    • Jonathan Lassiter (SF PhD), Karina Luna, Samuel Montano, & Arrie Smith’s meta-analysis class project: Religion, Spirituality, and Health Outcomes Among African Americans: A Meta-analysis, was accepted as a poster at APA by Division 36.
  • Association for Psychological Science
    • Reno Trujillo and Manuel Figueroa had a paper accepted: "Self Esteem and CareerDecision Making Among Latina American Female College Students" at the 2012 APS Annual Convention
  • Association for Play Therapy
    • G3’s Kristin Tristao and Maria Plascencia presented a full-day workshop with Dr. Kevin O'Connor at the Association for Play Therapy Conference.
    • Kevin O’Connor & students Samuel Montano & Tara Hawkins will be presenting Therapist Sexual Orientation and Play Therapy Practice: Therapist Attitudes in 1994 vs. 2012 at the 29th Annual Association for Play Therapy Conference in Cleveland, Ohio in 2012 
  • Association for Women in Psychology
    • Ashley Brimager (G3) andJack Kahn had a proposal accepted for presentation: "The Holy War on Obesity:Religious Symbols as Weapons Against Fat Women," to the 37th Annual Conference of The Association for Women in Psychology .
    • Sue Kuba, Dianne Harris (UCSF) and Siobhan O’Toole had a paper presentation on role of gender and ethnic oppression when treating Mexican American women for eating disorders accepted as part of asymposium at the 37th Annual Conference of The Association for Women in Psychology 
  • California Psychological Association
    • Amy Mouanoutoa, Jenna Harrison, PaulLebby, and Siobhan O'Toole’s poster entitled Differences of Brain-Injuredversus control: Children/Adolescent performance on LANSE-A/C in hallmarks ofTBI was accepted for presentation at the Annual California PsychologicalAssociation Convention in Monterey, CA. 
  • Central California Research Symposium
    • Nenna Ndika and Manuel Figueroa’s poster entitled A standardization study: Acculturation and mental health among Nigerian immigrants in America was accepted for presentation at the Central California Research Symposium.
    • Colleen Phillips, Theresa Blakesley, Chelsi King and Siobhan O'Toole’s poster on the Reliability of the Eating Attitudes Test from 2008-2012 was accepted for presentation at the Central California Research Symposium.
    • Megan Pollock, Jennifer L. Harrison, Amy Mouanoutoua, Ashley Brimager, and Paul C. Lebby’s poster entitled Number of subtests failed on the LANSE-A and LANSE-C as a screen for cognitive deficit was accepted for presentation at the Central California Research Symposium.
  • Constructivist Psychology Network
    • Ashley Brimager’s Interpretive Methods Grounded Theory project : Negotiating health and female body size: A Dialogical self-analysis was accepted for presentation at the Constructivist Psychology Network 15th Biennial Conference in Arlington, Texas 2012.
    • Jack Kahn, Jamie Coy, & Lyndsey Goddard ‘s research project : Dialogical masculinities and negotiating LGBTQ identities was accepted for presentation at the Constructivist Psychology Network 15th Biennial Conference in Arlington, Texas 2012.
    • Samuel Montano’s Interpretive Methods Grounded Theory project : Men's experiences of grief: Masculinity, culture, and the dialogical self was accepted for presentation at the Constructivist Psychology Network 15th Biennial Conference in Arlington, Texas 2012.
    • Amy Mouanoutoua’s Interpretive Methods Grounded Theory project : How does the Hmong Community negotiate the meanings of mental health in a Western society? was accepted for presentation at the Constructivist Psychology Network 15th Biennial Conference in Arlington, Texas 2012.
    • Julia Schomaker’s Interpretive Methods Grounded Theory project : What divorce means to an individual who belongs to a religious community was accepted for presentation at the Constructivist Psychology Network 15th Biennial Conference in Arlington, Texas 2012.
  • Dialogical Practice Network
    • Jack Kahn, Scott Youmans, and Sam Montano’s Masculinities Symposium : Dialogical Masculinities & The Masculinities Position Repertoire: Rationale, Creation, & Preliminary Data was accepted for presentation at the 7th International Conference on the Dialogical Self in Athens, Georgia, 2012. 
  • Western Psychological Association
    • Jennifer L. Harrison, Sheera N. Harrell, & Jacinda L. Peltz class project from Meta-Analysis; A Meta-Analysis of Sex Offender Treatment Effectiveness: Community versus Institution, was accepted as a poster presentation at the 92nd Annual Western Psychological Association Convention, Burlingame, CA.
    • O’Toole, S. K., & Amin, S. poster entitled Measurement Reliability across Cultures. Paper presentation at the92nd Annual Western Psychological Association Convention, Burlingame,CA.
    • Romeo, D. J., O’Toole, S. K.,Bassman, L. & Kuba, S. A. posterentitled Raw Foods: Complimentary andAlternative Medicine for Depression and Anxiety. Poster presentation at the 92ndAnnual Western Psychological Association Convention, Burlingame, CA.
  • National Academy of Neuropsychology
    • Paul Lebby and students Jenna Harrison, Amy Mouanoutoua, Jonathan Preiss, Ashley Brimager, Erin Gates, Judy Chang, and Hilda Cisneros ,H. L. (2011). Presented a poster presentation at the 31st Annual National Academy of Neuropsychology Conference, Marco Island, FL entitled: Performance differences between brain-injured versus non-braininjured children and adolescents on the Lebby-Asbell Neurocognitive Screening Examinations (LANSE-A/C) is represented to a greater degree in those subtests that measure executive functioning, judgment, orientation, memory, and motorfunction.
    • Harrison, J. L., Pollock, M., Mouanoutoua, A., Brimager, A., Lebby, P. C. (2012). The Clinical Utility of the LANSE-A and LANSE-C. Poster presentation at the 32 nd Annual National Academy of Neuropsychology Conference, Nashville, TN.
  • National Council of Schools of Professional Psychology Mid-Winter Meeting
    • Siobhan K. O'Toole and Sue A. Kuba presenteda poster entitled MAP-R: An Applied Measure of Cultural Competence at the NCSPP Mid-Winter meeting in NewOrleans, LA.
  • International Humanities Conference
    • Nnenna Ndeka (G4) will be presenting atthe International Humanities conference 2012 “Within a Collectivistic Culture:Comparing the Relationship between Age, Gender, Self-Efficacy and Interpersonal Dependency among Younger and Older Adolescents in Nigeria” with possibility of including her work in the "International Journal of the Humanities.
  • Other Presentations
    • G3 Jonathan Preiss created a format for an intellectual assessment lab for the programs, which has been (and will continue to be) very useful in future support and training of students on intellectual assessment.
    • Manuel Figueroa’s class: Karina Plascencia, Karina Luna, Sheera Harrell, Casey Zack, Randall Dodge, Michael Girouard, Katie Walker, & Jacinda Peltz did a poster on educational effectiveness for the Alliant Intenational University annual retreat in January.