Megan Chesin, Ph.D. (Director)
B.A., The College of William and Mary
Ph.D., City University of New York (CUNY)
Dr. Chesin completed her graduate studies in Clinical Psychology at the City University of New York and a postdoctoral research fellowship at Columbia University. Dr. Chesin has extensive training and experience in Cognitive Therapy (CT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). She currently provides training and supervision to psychologists and other practicing clinicians on MBCT and brief CT-based interventions to prevent suicide. She studies biobehavioral risk factors for impulsive-aggression, third-wave behavioral interventions, and mechanisms that explain treatment gains among impulsive and aggressive individuals. Her work has been supported by a foundation grant and is published in several leading psychiatry and psychology journals. During her graduate schooling and post-doctoral fellowship, she participated as a Research Scientist on several National Institute of Mental Health and foundation-funded clinical trials testing interventions to prevent impulsive-aggressive behavior, adaptations for suicidal Latinas, and biobehavioral treatment targets. She currently consults on a randomized controlled trial that is funded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs testing Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy to Prevent Suicidal Behavior (MBCT-S) among high suicide-risk Veterans. She is the 2016 recipient of the Young Investigator Award from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She is a Consulting Editor for Archives of Suicide Research and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Latina/o Psychology. In her spare time, Dr. Chesin enjoys hanging out with her two young children and her husband, politics, working out, all kinds of shows (from Broadway to TV) and movies.
Samantha Smith, M.A., L.A.C. (Manager)
B.A., Rutgers University
M.A., William Paterson University
Samantha is a third-year student in the William Paterson University (WPU) PsyD program. She currently manages Dr. Chesin’s lab study testing physiological, cognitive, and psychosocial correlates of physical dating violence in college students. Her independent research focuses on testing associations between self-esteem, childhood maltreatment, and impulsive-aggressive behavior.
Sekinat (Jojo) Kuku
B.A., Rutgers University
Jojo is a second-year student in the WPU PsyD program. She currently works with Dr. Chesin on a lab study testing physiological, cognitive, and psychosocial correlates of physical dating violence in college students. Her clinical interests include racial and ethnic differences in resilience, emotion reactivity and clinical symptoms.
Elisheva (Eli) Adler
B.A., Touro College
Eli (pronounced Ellie) is a first year student in the WPU PsyD program. She currently works with Dr. Chesin on a lab study testing physiological, cognitive, and psychosocial correlates of physical dating violence in college students. She has previously worked as a Crisis Counselor and as an Assistant Trainer for Crisis Text Line as well as a lab manager in the Depression Evaluation Service at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Her interests include detecting suicide risk and the psychophysiological bases of mood disorders.
Michelle Rosselli, M.A.
B.A., M.A. John Jay College (CUNY)
Michelle is a third-year student in the WPU PsyD program. She is working with Dr. Chesin on a study examining the association between exposure to suicide in the media and suicide behavior, attitudes and knowledge. She is also interested in testing whether individuals with histories of bullying, sexual victimization, or loneliness are affected differently by exposure to suicide in the media.