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Clinical Psychology Health Emphasis Ph.D. Program

Mission Statement 

The overarching mission of the program is to train qualified clinicians, academic scholars, and applied researchers in clinical psychology. Embedded in this mission statement are core values of Yeshiva University that include: (1) bringing wisdom to life; (2) love of knowledge for its own sake; (3) a commitment to excellence in teaching and research; and (4) the view that liberal arts and social sciences are compatible with high ethical and moral standards. At the graduate level of training, this mission is manifested through an emphasis on the ethical and moral principles that govern professional scientist-practitioners' search for knowledge.

The Program's training philosophy is aimed at training psychologists who are both clinically and academically prepared to work as clinicians and researchers in diverse settings. This program design is based on the premise that psychologists working in mental and physical health settings need a strong foundation of clinical and research skills, to enable graduates to provide superior clinical services and make meaningful research contributions.  The foundations of psychology represent the primary base, with in-depth training in general clinical psychology. This training base is complemented by training in health psychology, physiological bases of behavior, and public health systems.  In addition to broad-based training in clinical psychology, the primary goals of our program are briefly described below. 

Goal 1:  Train effective providers of psychological/healthcare services who are able to evaluate processes and outcomes.

Goal 2: To produce independent researchers capable of contributing to the scientific body of knowledge in the field of clinical psychology applied to diverse health issues and healthcare settings, and able to educate and mentor future researchers in the field.

Goal 3: Provide comprehensive training in the professional standards and ethics of clinical work and research.

Goal  4: Develop awareness and capability to assess, evaluate, and provide appropriate clinical services and conduct research accounting for membership in culturally, ethnically, socioeconomically, geographically, and otherwise diverse groups.    

Goal 5: Provide sequential and comprehensive training in clinical practice, theory, and research emphasizing the intersection between clinical psychology and health.

Goal 6: Enhanced awareness of diverse levels of analyses of health ranging from physiological bases of behavior to public health and translation from one level to another.

Our teaching and training philosophy is consistent with the Boulder model of the scientist-practitioner. Furthermore, in our view and interpretation of the Boulder model the integration of the functions of the scientist and practitioner is critical in advancing the science and practice of clinical psychology; and in translating empirically based assessment and treatment approaches to diverse settings.


The clinical psychology PhD health emphasis program was awarded APA Accreditation effective October 2005 and again in 2009 for the following 7 years. The next accreditation review is scheduled for 2016.

The APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation supports the APA Commission on Accreditation (CoA) in carrying out its responsibilities as the nationally recognized accrediting body for education and training programs in professional psychology. Contact information for the CoA as follows:

APA Accreditation
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: 202.336.5979, 202.336.5979
TDD/TTY: 202.336.6123
Fax: 202.336.5978

Program Director

Roee Holtzer, Ph.D.


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Welcome Dr. Andrea Weinberger!  

Dr. Andrea Weinberger received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, her master’s degree in psychology from Connecticut College, and her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of South Florida. She joined the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine as a post-doctoral fellow then later as an Associate Research Scientist and Assistant Professor. Dr. Weinberger’s research focuses on addictions with an emphasis on nicotine dependence. Specifically, her work focuses on adult smokers with co-morbid psychiatric and substance use disorders; gender differences in smoking behavior; and behavioral smoking cessation treatment development. Dr. Weinberger has published more than 50 peer-reviewed papers and received grant funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Women’s Health Research at Yale, the Yale Cancer Center and the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression.  Dr. Weinberger is actively engaged in teaching, mentoring, and journal service. While at Yale, Dr. Weinberger provided clinical supervision for psychology graduate students and pre-doctoral interns, supervised master’s thesis projects, and served as the Director of Training at the Forensic Drug Diversion Clinic. She is currently a Deputy Editor at Nicotine & Tobacco Research, a Consulting Editor at Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, and the tobacco section editor for Current Addiction Reports.  Dr. Weinberger grew up in Pittsburgh and, wherever she lives, she always roots for her home sports teams (the Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates).

Useful Contact Information
Psychology Office
Phone: (718) 430-3850
Dean’s Office
(718) 430-3941
Parnes Clinic
(718) 430-3852
Office of Student Accounts
(212) 960-5400 ext 5767
Ferkauf Financial Aid
Damien Jackson
(718) 862-1810


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**Admissions are still open until January 15th.  We look forward to receiving your application. Applicants will be informed of the status of their applications by the end of January.**

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Roee Holtzer, Ph.D (Lab)
   Program Director
Fred Foley, Ph.D. (Lab)
   Director of Clinical Training
Jonathan Feldman, Ph.D.(Lab)
Jeffrey Gonzalez, Ph.D. (Lab)
Liz Hirky, Ph.D.
Elizabeth Seng, Ph.D. (Lab)
Charles Swencionis, Ph.D.  -  (Lab Website)
Vance Zemon, Ph.D.  (Lab) 
Andrea Weinberger, Ph.D.


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Dr. Chi-Ming Chen    Dr. Chi-Ming Chen received his PhD in Clinical Psychology with Health Emphasis from Yeshiva University in 2007.  His post-doctoral research (at Yale University and Columbia University) focused on advancing the state of science in brain and behavior research through interdisciplinary research, ranging from basic to clinical topics.  His expertise in the neurophysiology of human and non-human primates, motor and sensory processing, and brain stimulation techniques sets the stage for his Translational Research and Neural Stimulation Laboratory (TRANSLab) at the University of Connecticut ("    

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