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Faculty & Staff

Brian Cesario, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Office: Doorley Hall, Ground Floor
Phone: (914) 633-2372
Email: bcesario@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Northcentral University
MA, Iona College, 2004
BA, Iona College

Dr. Brian Cesario teaches undergraduate courses in quantitative research methods, personnel psychology and experimental psychology. He teaches graduate courses in professional and legal issues in psychology, quantitative research methods, advanced concepts, survey research methods in industrial-organizational psychology, work motivation and employee engagement, and consulting and organizational change. Dr. Cesario also supervises graduate students working on their thesis. His research interests are in workplace violence and aggression, survey/questionnaire construction, and training program evaluation.


Paul A. Greene, Ph.D.

Professor

Office: Doorley Hall, Ground Floor
Phone: (914) 633-2048
Email: pgreene@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Long Island University
BA, Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Paul Greene teaches courses in personality theory, abnormal psychology, counseling theory and practice, community psychology and traumatology, and senior seminar. He is a clinical, New York State licensed psychologist with interests in psychotherapy for individuals and couples, professional ethics, trauma and disaster response. He has published in the areas of treatment, suicide prevention, trauma and disaster response.
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Oksana Huk, PsyD

Assistant Professor

Office: Doorley Hall, Ground Floor
Phone: (914) 637-7784
Email: ohuk@iona.edu
Degrees: PsyD, St. Johns University
MS, St. Johns University
BA, State University of New York at New Paltz

Dr. Oksana Huk teaches courses in contemporary issues in school psychology, professional issues and legal requirements, and intellectual and educational assessment. She also oversees students in the School Psychology I & II internship, as well as the School Psychology practicum. Her research interests include resiliency, burnout, and practical applications of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy.


Colleen Jacobson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Coordinator, Drug and Alcohol Abuse Studies Program

Assistant Director for Social Sciences, Iona College Honors Program


Office: Doorley Hall, Ground Floor
Phone: (914) 637-2770
Email: cjacobson@iona.edu 
Degrees: Ph.D., Fordham University

BA, Rutgers University

Dr. Colleen Jacobson teaches courses in abnormal psychology, violence toward the self, experimental psychology, theories of personality, psychopathology, and professional issues and legal requirements. Her recent research and publications have focused on the epidemiology, phenomenology, classification, and treatment of self-injurious and suicidal behaviors among adolescents and young adults. Dr. Jacobson has also conducted research addressing depression and suicidality among people with advanced illness and has specific interest in the role of spirituality in protecting against end-of-life despair.
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Kisok Richard Kim, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Office: Doorley Hall, Ground Floor
Phone: (914) 633-2232
Email: kkim@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., New York University
BA, Yonsei University

Dr. Kisok Richard Kim teaches courses in cognition and learning, general psychology, psychology of learning, quantitative research methods, and experimental research methods. He is also interested in political psychology and psychology of religion, and has been studying various factors underlying liberal-conservative political orientation and cross-cultural comparisons of religious and supernatural beliefs.
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Nilofer Naqvi, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Office: Doorley Hall, Ground Floor
Phone: (914) 633-2379
Email: nnaqvi@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Graduate Center, CUNY
MA, Columbia University, Teacher’s College
BA, University of Reading

Dr. Naqvi teaches courses in dynamics of group process, behavioral assessment and intervention, intellectual assessment, personality assessment, and advanced lifespan development. Her research interests are in the identification and assessment of children with disabilities specifically Autism, in low and middle income countries.
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Patricia Oswald, Ph.D.

Professor

Chair, Psychology Department

Director & Coordinator of Internships


Office: Doorley Hall, Ground Floor
Phone: (914) 633-2374
Email: poswald@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Social and Organizational Psychology, Columbia University
M.Phil.,Social and Organizational Psychology, Columbia University
MA, Psychological Assessment and Counseling, Long Island University
BA, State University of New York

Dr. Patricia Oswald teaches courses on both the undergraduate and graduate levels in general psychology, introductory statistics, advanced statistics, social and personality psychology, work performance prediction and assessment. She also advises students in psychology internships. Her research interests include the areas of leadership style; self-promotion and selection; empathy and helping behavior; organizational issues related to gender-based stereotyping, work roles, and selection; and using technology to teach psychology. Dr. Oswald also enjoys exploring the use of technology in teaching, especially in her quantitative research methods courses.
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OJ Sizemore, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology

Assistant Chair, Psychology Department


Office: Doorley Hall, Ground Floor
Phone: (914) 633 2382
Email: osizemore@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Experimental Psychology, West Virginia University

BA, West Virginia University

Dr. OJ Sizemore's recent research interests include investigating student attitudes toward research, grade inflation, victim-blaming and mental illness stigma.


John L. Theodore, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Program Director, MA in Mental Health Counseling


Office: Doorley Hall, Ground Floor, Room 010
Phone: (914) 633-2164
Email: jtheodore@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Yeshiva University
BA, SUNY at Binghamton

Dr. John Theodore teaches courses at the undergraduate level in developmental psychology, psychological tests and measurements, psychology of human sexuality, and social psychology. On the graduate level he teaches courses in basic interviewing and counseling practices, behavioral assessment and intervention, and he oversees the internship for Mental Health Counseling students in community/clinical. His current research interests involve psychosocial issues in individuals afflicted with infectious diseases. Dr. Theodore's scientific contributions have included original research and presentations related to HIV, quality of patient care, cardiovascular health, depression, sexual risk-taking behavior and substance abuse.
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Sarah Wong-Goodrich, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Office: Doorley Hall, Ground Floor
Phone: (914) 633-2636
Email: swonggoodrich@iona.edu
Degrees: Postdoctoral Fellowship, Behavioral Neuroscience, National Institute of Mental Health
Ph.D., Psychology & Neuroscience, Duke University
MA, Experimental Psychology, California State University, Fullerton
BA, Azusa Pacific University

Dr. Sarah Wong-Goodrich teaches courses in introductory psychology, introductory statistics, research methods, brain and behavior, and hormones and behavior. Her current research interests include extending animal models of learning and memory to humans, with a specific interest in the functional contribution of adult hippocampal neurogenesis to human memory. Dr. Wong-Goodrich’s research and publications have focused on various animal models to investigate the regulation and neural substrates of learning and memory in both healthy and diseased states, with a specific emphasis on hippocampal function and plasticity.
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Katherine Zaromatidis, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Program Director, MA School Psychology
Director of Graduate Studies, School of Arts & Science


Office: Doorley Hall, Ground Floor
Phone: (914) 633-2375
Email: kzaromatidis@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Clinical/School Psychology, Hofstra University
MA, Clinical/School Psychology, Hofstra University
BA, Fordham University

Dr. Katherine Zaromatidis teaches courses in literature review, psychopathology, and advanced lifespan development. Her research interests include psychoeducational assessment and counseling as it applies to the school setting.


Faculty Emeriti

Pauline Jirik-Babb, Ph.D.

Student Success

Iona’s Psychology BA program provided me with exceptional educational opportunities both inside and outside the classroom that were instrumental in my gaining acceptance into a clinical psychology doctoral program. Iona faculty encouraged my participation in their research projects and mentored my own research endeavors.

Allison Beckmann '17

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