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Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program

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Clinical Faculty

The Director of Clinical Training (DCT) coordinates the program and implements policy decisions made in clinical faculty meetings. In addition to their informal input through conversations with advisors, other faculty members, and the DCT, students have other formal channels of communication with program faculty, by which they can influence policy. Students elect a representative who attends clinical faculty meetings and has the right to place any item of interest to students on the agenda of a meeting. He or she reports to the students regularly, seeks their input on matters to place before the faculty, and meets often with the DCT. In addition, student-faculty committees are formed as necessary to work on various issues of concern to the program. Search committees for new faculty members include student members, for example, and, in recent years, student-faculty task forces have been formed to investigate such matters as admission requirements for APA-approved internships and diversity training. All clinical students have access to the DCT, who serves as an advisor in general matters of clinical training.

Fayeza S. Ahmed, Ph.D. (University of Georgia, 2011). Assistant Professor.

Teaching interests: Abnormal psychology, health psychology, neuropsychological assessment.
Research interests: Adult and geriatric neuropsychology, health Psychology, risk factors for cognitive decline.

**Note to applicants: Dr. Ahmed plans to take a new student for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Cynthia Erdley, Ph.D. (University of Illinois, 1992). Professor.

Teaching interests: Child and adolescent psychology, social development.
Research interests: Social cognition; children’s peer relationship experiences and psychological adjustment.

**Note to applicants: Dr. Erdley plans to take a new student for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Emily A.P. Haigh, Ph.D. (Kent State University, 2009). Assistant Professor.

Teaching interests: Abnormal Psychology; Psychopathology; and Ethics and Professional Issues
Research interests: Cognitive vulnerability to mood disorders, biological correlates of the cognitive model of depression; cognitive vulnerability and protective factors (e.g. negative cognitive content, rumination, decentering); and specifying cognitive processes across mood disorders.

**Note to applicants: Dr. Haigh plans to take a new student for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Rebecca K. MacAulay, Ph.D. (Louisiana State University, 2016), Assistant Professor

Teaching interests:  Neuropsychological and personality assessment, life span development, and foundations of clinical psychology.
Research interests:  Biopsychosocial models of aging, to include biological, neuropsychological and behavioral factors that affect quality of life and cognitive functioning across the adult life span.

**Note to applicants: Dr. MacAulay plans to take a new student for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Douglas W. Nangle, Ph.D. (West Virginia University, 1993). Professor, Director of Clinical Training, and Director of the ADHD Clinic.

Teaching interests: Abnormal psychology, child psychopathology, clinical assessment, child and adolescent psychotherapy.
Research interests: Child and adolescent peer relations; close relationships and psychological adjustment; and social skills assessment and intervention.

**Note to applicants: Dr. Nangle does not plan to take a new student for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Rebecca Schwartz-Mette, Ph.D. (University of Missouri, 2013). Assistant Professor.

Teaching interests: Developmental psychopathology, ethics and professional issues
Research interests: Psychopathology and peer relationships in adolescence; interpersonal theories of depression; ethics and graduate training in clinical psychology.

**Note to applicants: Dr. Schwartz-Mette does not plan to take a new student for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Emeritus Clinical Faculty

Sandra T. Sigmon, Ph.D. (University of North Carolina-Greensboro, 1989). Professor Emerita.

Teaching interests: Abnormal psychology; psychopathology; and health psychology.
Research interests: Predisposing factors for seasonal and nonseasonal depression; cyclical effects on mood and behavior; women’s physical and mental health; and endocrinological factors in panic disorder and fibromyalgia.

**Note to applicants: Dr. Sigmon is no longer accepting students.

Geoffrey L. Thorpe, Ph.D., ABPP (Rutgers University, 1973). Professor Emeritus.

Teaching interests: Senior Seminar in Forensic Psychology (undergraduate); Tests and Measurements (undergraduate); Ethics and Professional Problems (graduate).
Research interests: Development of surveys related to (1) cognitive therapy and (2) forensic clinical psychology.

**Note to applicants: Dr. Thorpe is no longer accepting students.

Professional Staff

April O’Grady, Ph.D. (University of Maine, 2002). Director of Psychological Services Center


Contact Information

Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program
301 Little Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: 207.581.2030E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System