Faculty and Staff of Psychology and Counseling

All full-time faculty members have a Ph.D. or Ed.D. in clinical, school or another area of psychology. In addition to teaching, faculty members are actively involved in research and professional and community service. Numerous opportunities exist for student participation in faculty research and service.

Florham Campus

Donalee Brown
Clinical Mental Health Counseling, LP

Associate Professor of Psychology, earned her Ph.D. from Seton Hall University. Her areas of specialization are counseling, trauma work, and forensic psychology.




Daniel Calcagnetti

Associate Professor of Psychology earned his Ph.D. from Temple University. His area of specialization is behavioral neuroscience.




Thomas Conklin
Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Director, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Masters Program

Instructor in counseling, a doctoral candidate at Montclair State University. His areas of specialization are addictions counseling and counseling offenders.




Danielle DeNigris
Developmental Psychology

Assistant Professor of Psychology, earned her Ph.D. from The Graduate Center, The City University of New York. Her area of specialization is developmental psychology.




Robert Griffo
Experimental Social Psychology; Director – Industrial/Organizational Psychology program

Assistant Professor of Psychology, earned his Ph.D. from Northeastern University. His area of specialization is experimental social psychology.




Madonna Saganda
Clinical Mental Health Counseling, LAC; Director, COMPASS-Florham Program, Practicum and Internship Coordinator

Director of the COMPASS program on the Florham campus and Practicum and Internship Coordinator in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program, she earned her M.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University and M.A. in Experimental Psychology from St. John’s University.




Paul Strauss
Organizational Behavior/Leadership; Professor Emeritus

Dr. Strauss has an M.A. in Industrial Psychology and a Ph.D. in Human Development from New York University. Dr. Strauss is the Director of the department’s Applied Leadership Programs and the Psychology and Counseling Resource Center.




Anthony Tasso
Department Chair, Professor

Earned his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee. His areas of specialization are counseling and clinical psychology.




Alwin Wagener

Alwin E. Wagener, Ph.D., NCC is an Assistant Professor of Counseling. He holds a doctorate in Counseling and Counselor Education from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 


Diane Keyser Wentworth

Professor of Psychology, she holds a Ph.D. from Wayne State University. Her area of specialization is industrial/organizational psychology.



Metro Campus

Stephen R. Armeli, Ph.D. [Ph.D. program core faculty]
Areas of Interest: Social, Personality, and Health Psychology; Statistics.
Email: armeli@fdu.edu
Phone: 2309

Andrew R. Eisen, Ph.D.
Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive-Behavioral.
Practice Specialties: Child Behavior Disorders; Child Anxiety Disorders; School Refusal Behavior.
Email: eisen@fdu.edu
Phone: 2593

Benjamin D. Freer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Areas of Interest: Theoretical Perspective: Interdisciplinary; Experimental-Cognitive Development; Developmental Psychopathology; Cognitive Neuroscience.
Email: bfreer@fdu.edu
Phone: 2308

Meaghan Curran Guiney, Ph.D., NCSP
Assistant Professor
Theoretical Orientation: Eclectic
Areas of Interest: School-Based Consultation, Supervision of School Psychologists, Crisis Response, Childhood Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders; Legal and Ethical Issues in School Psychology.
Email: mguiney@fdu.edu
Phone: 2310

Juliana Rasic Lachenmeyer, Ph.D. [Ph.D. program core faculty]
Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive-Behavioral.
Practice Specialties: Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Eating, Anxiety, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders; Behavioral Medicine (e.g., Failure to Thrive, Seizure Disorders); Parenting.
Email: jrlphd@aol.com
Phone: 2719

Robert McGrath, Ph.D. [Ph.D. program core faculty]
Theoretical Orientation: Eclectic/Psychodynamic.
Practice Specialties:  Individual adults; Personality assessment
Email: robert_mcgrath@fdu.edu
Phone: 2464

Eleanor McGlinchey, Ph.D. [Ph.D. program core faculty]
Assistant Professor
Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy; Interpersonal Psychotherapy; Behavioral Sleep Medicine
Practice Specialties:  Sleep Disorders; Depression; Adolescent Mood and Anxiety Disorders
Email: elm@fdu.edu
Phone: 2430

Erika Oak, Psy.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor
Theoretical Orientation: Psychoeducational/Eclectic
Practice Specialties:  Psychoeducational Assessment; Child and Adolescent Behavior Disorders; Childhood Developmental Disabilities; School-Based Mental Health; Parent Training
Email: eoak@fdu.edu
Phone: 2455

Dr. Derek Phillips
Director, M.S. Program in Clinical Psychopharmacology
Administrative Assistant: (201) 692-2301
Direct: (773) 899-4745
Email: dphillips@fdu.edu

David L. Pogge, Ph.D. [Ph.D. program core faculty]
Practice Specialties:  Diagnostic Assessment; Neuropsychological Assessment; Assessment and Treatment of Sex Offenders and Paraphilic Disorders; Forensic Assessment.
Email: dlpogge@aol.com
Phone: 2300

Robert Prentky, Ph.D.
Director, Forensic Training Programs
Areas of Interest: Assessing risk of dangerousness in juveniles; pre-adolescent / adolescent boys and girls with sexually inappropriate behaviors – precursor and concurrent life events; attachment disorders and other adverse life events and proximal clinical features of psychopathy in juveniles.
Practice Specialties:  Risk assessment and evaluation of criminal offenders.
Email: rprentky@fdu.edu
Phone: 2649

Linda M. Raffaele Mendez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive-Behavioral, Ecological
Practice Specialties:  Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy with Children and Adolescents; Trauma-Informed Prevention and Intervention in Schools, Promoting Wellness Among Families Raising Children with Special Needs
Email: raffaelemend@fdu.edu
Phone: 2445

Jennifer Romei, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor
Theoretical Orientation: Integrative; Cognitive-Behavioral, Meta-Cognitive, & Mentalization-Based Therapy
Practice Specialties:  Serious and Persistent Mental Illness, Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders, Personality Disorders
Research Interests: Violence risk assessment and mitigation for NGRI and civilly committed inpatients; civil commitment, right to treatment, and right to refuse treatment; threat assessment and management; workplace violence prevention; psychotherapy process, outcome, and supervision 
Email: jromei@fdu.edu

Lana A. Tiersky, Ph.D. [Ph.D. program core faculty]
Associate Professor
Theoretical Orientation: Psychodynamic.
Practice Specialties:  Psychoanalysis; Neuropsychological Evaluation and Cognitive Rehabilitation.
Areas of Specialty: Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI); Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD); Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS); Psychosomatic Illness.
Email: tiersky@fdu.edu
Phone: 2305

Stefanie Ulrich, Ph.D. [Ph.D. program core faculty]
Director, Center for Psychological Services
Theoretical Orientation: Psychodynamic/Integrative
Practice Specialties:  Depression, grief and loss; cultural issues in diagnosis and treatment; trauma, PTSD, and veterans services; women’s issues; acute care; adults and adolescents.
Email: sulrich@fdu.edu
Phone: 2445

Kathleen Viezel, Ph.D., NCSP
Associate Professor
Theoretical Perspective:
Practice Specialties:  Psychoeducational assessment; Psychological assessment; Parent training; Child and adolescent therapy; Young adults with autism
Email: kmdavis@fdu.edu
Phone: 2302

Georgia Winters, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Deputy Director
Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive-behavioral 
Practice Specialties:  Forensic evaluation
Email: gwinters@fdu.edu
Phone: 2303

Jamie Zibulsky, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Theoretical Orientation: Developmental; Eclectic
Practice Specialties:  School-based prevention and intervention programs; Psychoeducational assessment; Educational consultation
Email: Jamie_Zibulsky@fdu.edu
Phone: 2811