The Ph.D. Program in Psychology is administered by an Executive Officer with the advice and consent of an Executive Committee. For purposes of administration, it shall be operationally divided into ten training areas (listed in the last accordion) and, with the approval of the Executive Officer and the Executive Committee, may reformulate and evolve with the changing demands of the field.

Psychology Executive Office

The Psychology Executive Office oversees the Ph.D. Program in Psychology. 

The Executive Officer, Dr. Richard Bodnar, chairs the Psychology Executive Committee and other Committees as specified in the Psychology Governance Plan; oversees academic and administrative operations of the consortial doctoral program in Psychology; allocates program resources; works with the Graduate Center administration on behalf of the doctoral program; works closely with CUNY campus administrators, especially Department Chairs, Deans, and Provosts to ensure smooth operation of the consortium.

DEO Professor Lana Karasik ( provides essential support to three primary program research initiatives: the Doctoral Student Research Grant Program (DSRG); the Dissertation Fellowship Program (DFP); and Psychology Research Day. For the first two grant programs, the DEO assists with announcements to students, encourages participation, and provides guidance to student applicants. Specifically, with respect to the DSRG, the DEO solicits reviewers, establishes appropriate review panels, works with panel chairs to revise and develop review criteria, oversees the review process and compliance with GC policies, and prepares a report to the EO with recommendations for funding. For the DFP, the DEO solicits reviewers and encourages student participation. For Psychology Student Research Day, the DEO works with the student committee and the EO office to oversee the planning for the day.

Professor Jillian Grose-Fifer oversees Psychology’s Pedagogy program. This program includes the annual Teaching of Psychology Conference in the fall semester, additional professional development in pedagogy, and hosting the Society for the Teaching of Psychology’s Graduate Student Teaching Association.  Professor Grose-Fifer maintains the program’s connection with the Society for the Teaching of Psychology and the American Psychological Association’s Education Directorate, including seeking funding opportunities; forging relationships with the campus Centers for Teaching and Learning to ensure access to services for our students; developing possible speakers and trainers; identifying psychology alumni with pedagogy expertise; and continuing to build a community of CUNY psychology scholars of teaching and learning.

DEO Professor Brett Stoudt, (, serves as the local "Chair," working with the faculty and students who are based at the Graduate Center to ensure they have the support and resources they need to do their work.


Administrative Staff

The administrative staff works with the Executive Officer, faculty and student leaders to support the mission of the doctoral program in Psychology. The staff who work directly with the Executive Office are two Assistant Program Officers, two college assistants, and multiple work study students. In addition, the program is served by a number of part-time administrative support staff on the campuses as well as countless administrative staff in the GC administration and in the campus administrative offices that support our program in many ways.

The APO for Administration and Program Management, Swe Swe Htay (, under the direction of the Executive Officer, oversees the day-to-day administrative responsibilities of the doctoral program.  Her many responsibilities include developing procedures, systems, and databases to support the program, managing the EO staff, helping to manage resources and space (including budgets, facilities, room reservations, and supplies), supporting the course scheduling process, and serving as the key liaison with the Provost’s Office, the Business Office, and the Financial Aid Office for financial aid, budget and human resources matters. She manages the student and faculty files, and supports governance meetings and many Program events.

As the APO for Academic Support and Student Progress, Basya Kasinitz (, under the direction of the Executive Officer, provides students guidance and support relating to all academic related paperwork, milestones and processes required for a student to successfully graduate. This includes (but not limited to) grade change forms, leave of absence requests, getting milestones posted to a students record on CUNY First, advancing to candidacy, all dissertation defense related forms and the dissertation deposit process. Basya also assists students and faculty with student satisfactory progress and course registration. She is also a key liaison with the Office of the Registrar, Student Affairs and the Provost's Office.


The College Assistants report directly to the APO for Administration and Program Management, who, in consultation with the EO, coordinates work assignments and ensures that the EO, DEOs, faculty and student leaders, and the APO for Academic Support and Student Progress, have the most effective staff support possible given resources provided. You may contact our College Assistants at

Baruch College
Rolda Charles

Brooklyn College
Beatrice Tony-Jean

Edwin Wu

City College
Hawai Kwok

Hunter College
Maria Helena Reis

John Jay College
Shakiera Duren

Queens College
Angela Levy

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The Psychology Ombudsperson, Professor Martin, is appointed by the Executive Officer, who selects  a faculty member who is not a current member of any program standing committee to serve as Ombudsperson for Psychology.

The Ombudsperson is available to all Psychology students to discuss matters of concern in complete confidentiality. This position is in addition to the Graduate Center’s Ombudsperson, who is also available for student or faculty consultation.

Executive Committee (2022-2023)

The Executive Committee is responsible for establishing policy for the Ph.D. program in Psychology, acting on the recommendations of standing committees. It is also responsible for all matters pertaining to students, including student status, applications for admission, and cases of disciplinary action.

The Psychology Executive Committee meets multiple times a semester from 2:00-4:00 p.m.  All meetings are being held remotely on Zoom until further notice.

The meeting schedule for Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 can be found here:

Fall 2022
Friday, September 9, 2022
Friday, October 14, 2022
Friday, November 18, 2022
Friday, December 16, 2022

Spring 2023
Friday, February 3, 2023
Friday, March 10, 2023
Friday, April 14, 2023
Friday, May 19, 2023

The Voting Members of the Executive Committee are:

Executive Officer
Richard Bodnar

Training Area Representatives

Basic & Applied Social Psychology
Catherine Good

Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience
Peter Serrano

Clinical @ John Jay
William Gottdiener

Clinical @ Queens
Veronica Hinton

Cognitive & Comparative Psychology
Andy Delamater

Critical Social/Personality & Environmental Psych.
Michelle Fine

Developmental Psychology
Anna Stetsenko

Health Psychology & Clinical Science
Regina Miranda
Jennifer Ford

Industrial & Organizational Psychology
Charles Scherbaum

Psychology & Law
Charles Stone

Campus Chair/ Faculty Campus Representatives

Baruch College
Jennifer Mangels

Brooklyn College
Glen Hass

City College
Robert Melara

College of Staten Island        
Dan McCloskey

Hunter College
Glenn Schafe

John Jay College
Daryl Wout

Queens College
Jeff Beeler

Student Campus Representatives

Baruch College
Benjamin Goldstein

City College

College of Staten Island   
Julia Moses

Graduate Center
Britney Moreira

Hunter College
Madalyn Liautaud

John Jay College
Stephanie Sorage

Queens College

Brooklyn College
Chloe Brittenham

Student Alternate Campus Representative

College of Staten Island
Sapir Elmaliah

Brooklyn College
Nicole Amada

Deputy Executive Officers

In addition, the Deputy Executive Officers sit ex officio without vote on the Executive Committee (unless they are separately elected as the cluster or campus representative, in which case they would have the normal voting rights).

Deputy Executive for Pedagogy
Jillian Grose-Fifer

Deputy Executive for The Graduate Center
Brett Stoudt

Deputy Executive for Research
Lana Karasik

Deputy Executive for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Maureen Allwood