Faculty / Staff

Faculty and Staff of the Behavioral Sciences.

Department Chair

Full-Time Faculty

Ashton, WilliamAshton, William
Associate Professor
718-262-2699
AC-3E05

I’m a Social Psychologist and specialize in how people perceive and think about other people and the common errors people make when thinking about people.  My specific research interests involve the stigma of mental illness and how people think about blame and responsibility in sexual assault situations. I also have training in Community Psychology and worked for about 10 years outside of academia in community development, namely leadership development and community organizing. I also have interests in fringe areas of Psychology.  I’ve published articles and letters about Jungian Archetypes and anomalous phenomena (e.g. ESP).

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Austin, SusanAustin, Susan
Doctoral Lecturer
718-262-5283
AC-3E05
My areas of expertise are in research methodology, child development, personality, and abnormal psychology.
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Chirico, DonnaChirico, Donna
Professor & Acting Dean
718-262-2687
AC-4D06B
Field research is Ladakh, northern India studying moral and spiritual development constitutes the foundation for Professor Chirico's present research exploring the nature of transcendent imagination as it relates to aspects of psychological development. One connection is the role of the imaginative process in educational attainment among Americans of Italian decent; A central goal of this work to is to come to understand the function of esoteric or transcendent imagination as it relates to personal development, attainment of valued goals, and the formation of personal identity. (Here is a recent piece on Italian American identity:http://www.i-italy.org/node/13090.) Professor Chirico is also an expert in the application of statistical analysis in sports who explores the use of statistical paradigms in sports betting and choices made by fantasy sports league participants. (Here is a recent interview on the topic: https://www.york.cuny.edu/student/yorktv/audio/chirico-krfc-radio/view.)
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Daniels, RonDaniels, Ron
Distinguished Lecturer
718-262-2679
AC-4E06

As former Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights and a veteran social and political activist, I have an extensive familiarity with issues and policy affecting African Americans and other people of color. In addition, I am conversant with First Amendment issues, the Patriot Act, torture, rendition and related issues. As former Deputy Campaign Manager for Rev. Jesse Jackson’s 1988 presidential campaign and a former independent candidate for President, I regularly comment on electoral and political issues in my weekly column Vantage Point and my radio show on WBAI. My principal international work is Haiti via the Institute of the Black World 21st Century and the Haiti Support Project. Conversant with U.S. policy towards Haiti and political trends in Haiti.

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Davies, KristinDavies, Kristin
Assistant Professor
718-262-5392
AC-4D06D
My research is an intersection of intergroup and interpersonal relations theory. I am interested in the process of cross-group friendship development; I seek to clarify the roles that intimate processes (such as closeness, trust and self-disclosure) may play in the formation of one's attitude about members of differing social groups ("outroups"). I would like to discover what makes people go beyond general tolerance for outgroups, and encourages them to develop a deeper level of compassion for others, motivating them to actively assist outgroup members.
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Duncan, RobertDuncan, Robert
Assistant Professor
718-262-2693
AC-4D03
Dr. Duncan's primary research interests are (1) to study the physiological mechanisms of visually guided behavior in healthy individuals and (2) to develop novel functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) techniques to quantify neuronal, vascular, and metabolic contributions to neurodegenerative visual disorders. Dr. Duncan's current research uses fMRI to compare measurements of neuronal activity and blood flow throughout the retino-cortical pathway to standard clinical measures of visual function. Additional interests include inquiry-based pedagogy and games-based learning for behavioral intervention or social impact.
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Dyer, ConradDyer, Conrad
Associate Professor
718-262-2986
AC-4D06

Courses include American Government, Urban Government, American Political Thought, Congress and the Presidency, African Culture and Politics; special interest in the practice and scholarship of teaching.

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Hansen, IanHansen, Ian
Assistant Professor
718-262-2680
AC-4D06
I am an Assistant Professor in Psychology, with experience in social psychology, cultural psychology, political psychology and psychology of religion. My current projects focus on (1) understanding religiosity as an aspect of psychological conservatism that is potentially quite different from political conservatism (2) more generally assessing whether 2- or N-dimensional models of ideology strike a better balance between simplicity and explanatory power than the traditional one-dimensional (liberal vs. conservative) model (3) experimental approaches to transforming ideological self-construal, and (4) investigating whether there are moral objections to certain practices (like torture) that cannot be reduced to the known differences in moral priorities between liberals and conservatives.
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Harper, RobinHarper, Robin
Assistant Professor
718-262-2692
AC-4D06G
Robin A. Harper is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Pre-Law Advisor. Her research focuses on immigration, citizenship, and civic engagement. Current research examines how people think about citizenship and how those understandings influence their civic engagement; a sponsored research project comparing citizenship manuals; and a third project on foreign workers in Israel. She teaches American Politics, the Supreme Court and Introduction to Law. Prior to coming to York, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Wellesley College. She is a former Deputy Director of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and Language Services and the Social Services and Immigrant Affairs Policy Supervisor at NYC OMB. She was a Policy Analyst as a Robert Bosch Fellow in the Berlin, Germany, Office of Integration Affairs and the Ministry for Labor in the Immigrant Integration Department. She was a Project Supervisor for a cross-border social service program in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
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Majerovitz, DeborahMajerovitz, Deborah
Professor
718-262-2694
4D-06

Professor Majerovitz has a doctoral degree in Social and Personality Psychology with a concentration in Health Psychology. Her areas of expertise include the psychology of aging, coping with chronic illness and disability, the impact of illness on marital and family relationships, and the role of social support in buffering stress. Her research interests encompass the psychological impact of family caregiving, family decision making in long term care and nursing home placement, communication in health care settings, and cultural differences in beliefs about elder care. She has worked with non-profit organizations on program evaluation, outcomes assessment, and applied health policy research.

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Mokrue, KathariyaMokrue, Kathariya
Assistant Professor
718-262-2691
AC-4D06D

Evidence-based interventions such as cognitive behavioral therapies and mindfulness-based stress reduction program have been demonstrated to be very effective in reducing common problems such as depression, anxiety, insomnia and disordered eating and improving quality of life for many.  Interventions are brief, problem-focused, and very cost-effective compared to traditional psychotherapies or medication.  Yet, many individuals (e.g. ethnic minorities, immigrants, elderly) do not seek or receive this quality care.  My research focuses on modifying these interventions for use among underserved and overlooked populations, addressing barriers, and improving access to such care. 


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Pitsikalis, HarryPitsikalis, Harry

718-262-2680
AC-4D06
Dr. Pitsikalis’ research interest fall generally within the domain of gender role socialization that contributes to the development and maintenance of psychopathology. He is interested in how men and women express symptoms of depression, anxiety, and personality disorders. In particular, his objective is to increase our awareness that therapists may hold different standards of mental health based on gender. Clinically, he enjoys working with the severally mentally ill (SMI) inpatient populations, especially those clients diagnosed with schizophrenia and borderline personality disorder.
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Preiser, LawrencePreiser, Lawrence
Assistant Professor
718-262-2311
AC-4D06H
Professor Preiser's current research surrounds Autistic Spectrum Disorders, specifically Pervasive Developmental Disorder - Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS). Professor Preiser is actively involved in the Early Intervention and Committee on Preschool Special Education Program's which service children birth through 5 years of age. Professor Preiser is a proponent of experiential learning and has conducted research which has examined this in a Psychology gateway course (Human Development I). Professor Preiser also conducts research regarding quantitative literacy and its effects on learning.
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Sharpe, MichaelSharpe, Michael
Assistant Professor
718-262-2695
AC-4E05
Dr. Sharpe’s areas of specialization are comparative politics and international relations and his research interests include looking comparatively at globalization, the politics of international migration, immigrant political incorporation, and political transnationalism. His current research analyzes the factors that propel migrations of postcolonial citizen and coethnic immigrants and what limits or facilitates their political incorporation and political transnationalism in liberal democratic host societies. To examine this, Dr. Sharpe focuses on post-colonial citizen Dutch Caribbean immigrants in the Netherlands and Latin American Nikkejin (Japanese descendant) immigrants in Japan. At York College, Dr. Sharpe teaches classes that include comparative politics, international relations, and US politics and government.
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Smickle, WinsomeSmickle, Winsome
Lecturer
718-262-2618
AC-3E05
Prof. Smickle an Alumni of York College, graduated in June 1999 with a BA in Psychology. She went on to Adelphi University and completed her MA in General Psychology. Immediately after she began working as a Special Ed teacher and Dean at the Department of Education and an Adjunct Lecturer at York College. In spring 2009 she was hired as a full time Lecturer in the Department of Behavioral Sciences. Prof. Smickle has continued to assist Dr. Villegas with his ongoing research, Intracerebroventricular Infusions of Amyloid β-peptides Causing Memory Deficits and Alterations in Sleep-Wake Patterns. She has also participated in the YC Summer Research Program where she mentored a high school student with her research project, Spatial Navigation Facilitates the Encoding of LTM. Prof. Smickle's research interests are in the assignment of labels and its impact on the developing child and, the effects of early academic intervention in school-aged children.
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Swoboda, DebraSwoboda, Debra
Associate Professor
718-262-2686
AC-4D06E

Dr. Swoboda's disciplinary research focuses on layperson understanding of genetic testing for risk of health problems, including psychiatric disorders, and how technologies of genetic enhancement impact conceptions of disability. She has published articles and book chapters on the social construction and diagnosis of contested illnesses such as chronic fatigue syndrome and environmental illness/multiple chemical sensitivities. Her scholarship of teaching and learning research looks at faculty understanding of threshold concepts, use of expert/novice distinctions in teaching and learning, and engagement with constructivist pedagogies.

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Villegas, FranciscoVillegas, Francisco
Associate Professor
718-262-2674
AC-3F05

Dr. Villegas’ central interest is based on contemporary research using adult stem cell (neurospheres) transplantation and recovery of cognitive functions in a rat model of Alzheimer’s disease. The rat Alzheimer’s model is produced by chronic infusion of neurotoxins. The behavior test includes using the Morris water maze for testing learning and memory, and a ‘serial reaction time task’ for testing attention. The study presents an innovative strategy for exploring more permanent treatments for neurodegenerative disorders.

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Professors Emeriti

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Professor Emeritus


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Karp, Eric Karp, Eric
Professor Emeritus
718-262-2680
AC 4DO6
Psychologist, U.S. Army; Dep’t. of Neurology, Mt. Sinai Medical Center; Dep’t. of Experimental Psychiatry, Long Island Jewish-Hillside Medical Center; Assistant Professor, Dep’t. of Pediatrics@Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Professor, York College of CUNY; Professor, Ferkauf Graduate School; Consultant, CUNY Graduate Neuropsychology program; Consulting Psychologist @ IBM, VNS, Federation of Jewish Philanthropies; Private Practice; Husband, father, grandfather and happy fisherman.
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Ostholm, ShirleyOstholm, Shirley
Professor Emerita
718-262-2692
AC-4D06
Prof. of Political Science and Pre-Law advisor from 1973 - 2008
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Ranis, PeterRanis, Peter
Professor Emeritus
718-262-2680
AC-4D06
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Rosenberg, Sidney Rosenberg, Sidney
Professor Emeritus

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no photoStern, Daniel
Professor Emeritus
718-262-2682
AC 4DO6
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no photoTenywa, Francis
Professor Emeritus
718-262-2682
AC 4DO6
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Professor Emeritus
718-262-2682
AC 4DO6
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no photoWynne, J. Donald
Professor Emeritus
718-262-2682
AC 4DO6
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Part-Time Faculty

 Artinian, Arto, Adjunct Lecturer

 Batson, Horace, Adjunct Assistant Professor

 Campbell, Jennifer, Adjunct

 Cutz, Gustavo , Adjunct

 Elfers-Wygand, Patti , Adjunct

 Erlbaum, William, Adjunct Professor

 Feldmar, Gabriel, Adjunct Assistant Professor

 Giamanco, Jack, Adjunct

 Giosan, Cezar, Adjunct Assistant Professor

 Higgins, Kathryn, Adjunct

 Jenkins, Sharmayne , Adjunct

 Kabir, Humayan , Adjunct

 Kiefer, John, Adjunct

 Novich, Jeremy, Adjunct Lecturer

 Reynolds, Tina, Adjunct

 Rodgers, Cathy, Adjunct Assistant Professor

 Segal, Peter, Adjunct Assistant Professor

 Seiser, Richard, Adjunct

 Skiba, Edward, Adjunct Lecturer

 Thomas, Adair, Adjunct Lecturer

College Laboratory Technician

Staff

 Bandoo, Ardanna, CUNY Office Assistant

 Campbell, Jennifer, Adjunct Lecturer

 Johnson, Carol, CUNY Administrative Assistant

 Manifold, Karen, College Laboratory Technician

 McCleod-Spruill, Andrea, Office Assistant