Clinical Psychology

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Core Faculty

Chavez, Felipa, Ph.D.

Chavez, Felipa, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Chavez received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology, with a concentration in working with children and families from State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY-Buffalo). She was an NIAAA post-doctoral fellow at the Research on Addictions at SUNY-Buffalo. Her work with the Building Blocks program teaches Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), an empirically validated play therapy treatment, to students and provides services to local families as well as schools, daycares, and community centers via Project Play. This program is designed to promote healthy child development outcomes through the reduction of dyadic stress in parent-child interactions, both externalizing and internalizing behavioral problems in children, and child abuse potential.

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Elmore, Richard, Ph.D.

Elmore, Richard, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Dr. Rich Elmore received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Georgia State University. His research interests are primarily in the areas of traumatology and couple therapy. He teaches coursework on psychotherapy to include Clinical Skills and Techniques, Marital and Sex Therapy, Clinical Hypnosis, Consultation and a specialty seminar on combat-related PTSD. Dr. Elmore supervises the advanced practicum team on Couple Therapy and serves as the Director of the Center for Combat Veteran Resiliency which provides services to combat veterans.

In addition, Dr. Elmore maintains a part-time private practice specializing in Marital and Sex Therapy. He is a member of the Emeritus Medical Staff, Department of Psychiatry at Holmes Regional Medical Center. He is a past President of the Brevard/Indian River Chapter of the Florida Psychological Association and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Society of Clinical Hypnosis.

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Farber, Philip, Ph.D.

Farber, Philip, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Dr. Farber is a licensed clinical psychologist who received his doctoral degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Along with his current faculty appointment, he maintains a part time clinical practice treating principally adults of all ages. His research interests are currently within the areas of self-knowledge, and death and dying. He presently teaches doctoral-level classes in Psychodiagnostics, Existential/Humanistic Models of Therapy, Death and Dying, and the Administration and Management of Mental Health Services. He served for 18 years as the Program Chair of the Psy.D. program at Florida Tech, and also is one of the past presidents of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP).

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Follette, Victoria, Ph.D.

Follette, Victoria, Ph.D.

Psy.D. Program Chair and Professor

Dr. Follette earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Memphis State University .She is Professor of Psychology, Clinical Psychology Program Chair and Director of Clinical Training (DCT). Dr. Follette's interests include trauma, psychotherapy outcomes, acceptance and commitment therapy, integrated behavioral health in primary care.

Krishnamurthy, Radhika, Ph.D.

Krishnamurthy, Radhika, Ph.D.

Professor

Dr. Krishnamurthy received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the Virginia Consortium for Professional Psychology and completed her predoctoral internship at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Her research interest is primarily in the area of personality assessment and includes psychometric investigations, applications of testing in treatment planning and implementation, therapeutic assessment and feedback, and diversity-sensitive assessment. She teaches the three-course psychological assessment sequence in the Psy.D. program and supervises comprehensive battery assessments at the SCPS clinic practicum.

Dr. Krishnamurthy is 2011-2013 President of the Society for Personality Assessment (www.personality.org) and former President (2008) of Section IX (Assessment) of the American Psychological Association's Division 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology). She serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Personality Assessment and Consulting Editor for Assessment and Psychological Assessment journals

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Tyc, Vida, Ph.D.

Professor

Dr. Tyc earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the State University of New York.  Dr. Tyc's interests include health promotion; pediatric behavioral health issues; risk perceptions; tobacco control with an emphasis on second hand smoke exposure reduction.

Associate Faculty

Costopoulos, Julie, Ph.D.

Costopoulos, Julie, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Dr. (Gross) Costopoulos' career has been in the area of forensic psychology. She comes to Florida Tech after serving as the senior forensic psychologist for the Sexually Violent Predator Program of Florida (also known as the Jimmy Ryce Act). Previously she served at a forensic psychiatric inpatient unit at Florida State Hospital where she conducted therapy and assessments, and testified to the court on issues of residents' competency to stand trial, commitment for hospitalization and other forensic matters. While there, she received a number of awards for her outstanding work and contributions.

Dr. Costopoulos is coordinating a number of studies examining the efficacy of programs in the community managing mentally ill offenders. Current research includes evaluating aggression in an inpatient forensic settings and examination of theoretical concepts of psychoanalytic conceptualization of violent criminal behavior.

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Patrick Aragon, Psy.D.

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Aragon received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University.  His interests include empathy in the process of forgiveness and therapeutic necessity; chronic mental health with inpatient and homeless individulas; substance abuse prevention & intervention.

Paulillo, Barbara, Ph.D.

Paulillo, Barbara, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Dr. Paulillo received her doctoral degree in clinical Psychology from Florida Institute of Technology. She is currently the Director of Psychological Services at the Scott Center for Autism Treatment and teaches an Advanced Assessment Practicum for PsyD students. She is a member of the American psychological Association (APA), Florida Psychological Association (FPA).

Webbe, Frank, Ph.D.

Webbe, Frank, Ph.D.

Professor

Frank Webbe earned his Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Florida and was on the faculty of the University of Mississippi before joining the Florida Institute of Technology, where he is professor of psychology. The Research Director at the East Central Florida Memory Disorder Clinic, Dr. Webbe has studied standard and computerized methods of early assessment of Alzheimer's disease, and also Applied Behavior Analysis interventions with family caregivers and Alzheimer patients. Through the Florida Tech Sport-Related Concussion Project he has studied the risk factors for concussion in sport, as well best practices for assessing and managing concussion. Dr. Webbe teaches courses in Physiological Psychology, Learning and Motivation, and Cognitive-Affective Bases of Behavior.

He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the National Academy of Neuropsychology, chairman of the State of Florida's Alzheimer's Disease Advisory Committee, and chair-elect of the Technology Professional Interest Area of the International Society to Advance Alzheimer Research and Treatment. He is a former president of the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Webbe is the NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative at Florida Tech, and is the president-elect of the national Faculty Athletics Representatives Association.

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