Maria Caridad Tarroja

Maria Caridad TarrojaMaria Caridad Tarroja is a clinical psychologist from the Philippines. Tarroja is also one of the founding member of PsychConsult. She has been a board member of the Psychological Association of the Philippines since 2007 and was its past President from 2010-2012. She is also a full-time Associate Professor of the Psychology Department at De La Salle University, and previously served as its Chair and Vice-Chair. She also took the helm at PsychConsult as Clinical Director from June 2006 to May 2010. She hold a PhD, Clinical Psychology and MA, Counselling Psychology both from Ateneo de Manila University.

Passionate about teaching and doing psychological assessment, Tarroja has been engaged in assessment in the last 18 years in the clinical, industrial and psychoeducational areas. Her research interests include the impact of pre-adoption risks and family functioning on the behaviours of adopted children, families of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), supervision, and clinical assessment. She has presented papers both in local and international conferences. She serves as Chair of the Philippine Social Science Council from 2014 to 2016.

Her publications include:

  • Tarroja, M. C. H., & Fernando, K. C. (2013). Providing psychological services for children of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs): A challenge for school psychologists in the Philippines. School Psychology International, 34(2), 202-212.
  • Tarroja, M. C. H. (2012). Filipino Adoptive Families’ Experiences: A Qualitative Analysis of Disclosure and Adjustment Issues. Philippine Journal of Psychology, 40(1).
  • Tarroja, M. C. H., Balajadia-Alcala, M. A., & Co, S. A. C. (2012). The Impact of Family Composition and Last Incident of Abuse on the Psychosocial W ell-being of Abused Children. Philippine Journal of Psychology, 40(2).

Credits to PsychConsult

Published: 10 November 2014

Last update: 04 April 2015


Jamie Hacker Hughes

Jamie Hacker HughesJamie Hacker Hughes is a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, clinical neuropsychologist, EMDR consultant and PTSD and trauma specialist with special expertise in military and veteran mental health. He gained his BSc (Hons) in Psychology from University College London in 1990, an MPhil in Psychopathology from University of Cambridge in 1991 and a PsychD in Clinical Psychology from University of Surrey in 1996.

Hughes has produced over 60 peer-reviewed papers, published reports, book chapters and conference papers in the areas of cognitive behavioural therapy, EMDR, clinical hypnosis and the psychological effects of military operations, including post-traumatic stress disorders. He is a reviewer for several journals, has published several book reviews and has presented on the subjects of his research and academic interests to audiences across the world. He became Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Academic Centre for Defence Mental Health at King’s College London in 1994, and was appointed Head of Defence Clinical Psychology for the MoD in 2007 and became Defence Consultant Advisor in Psychology in 2008.

In 2004,  he became an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Military Psychology at King’s College London, an Honorary Lecturer in Psychology at City University London and a Visiting Professor at Anglia Ruskin University and University of Hertfordshire. He is also an Honorary Consultant Advisor to the charity Soldier On!, Honorary Joint President of the Cardiff Samaritans and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, the Counselling and Psychotherapy Society, the Hypnosis Society and the Royal Society of Medicine.

Currently, he is the President Elect of British Psychology Society.

Some of his publications include:

    • Frappell-Cooke, W, Gulina, M, Green, K, Hacker Hughes, JGH and Greenberg, N  (2010). Does trauma risk management reduce psychological distress in deployed  troops? Occupational Medicine  doi:10.1093/occmed/kqq149
    • Gould, M, Hacker Hughes, J and Norris, R. (2009). UK Armed Forces’ approach to Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT): The occupational factor. Clinical Psychology Forum, 19.
    • Campion, BH, Hacker Hughes, JGH and Fear, NT  (2006). Psychological morbidity during the 2002 deployment to Afghanistan. Journal of the Royal  Army Medical Corps, 152, 91-3.

You can follow him on Twitter

For further information and full list of his publications you can visit his website here.

Published: 28 October 2014

Last update: 04 February 2015


Diane Harris

HeadshotDiane Harris joined the Clinical/School programme of San Francisco State University in 1990 and now serves as Coordinator of the School Psychology programme of the Clinical/School programme. Harris received her BA from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and her MAEdS and PhD from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Harris has taught several of the clinical programme graduate courses including the year-long assessment course (Psy 721 and 722) and the second-year Advanced Psychopathology and Family Theory/Therapy courses (Psy 821 and 822). She has been a supervisor/ coordinator for a first-year “team”, and has served as liaison between the University and the School districts where the advanced fieldwork placements are located.

Harris researches how family relationships and childhood experiences influence a child’s relationship with food, their self-image and risk for obesity. She is a clinical psychologist and has her own private practice working with adults, children and couples. In one of her research projects, she explores the impact of cultural diversity on the assessment and treatment of eating disorders.

Harris is licensed to practice as a Psychologist in California and Massachusetts, and holds School Psychologist Credentials in both states.

Credits to: San Francisco State University

Published: 28 October 2014

Last update: 22 April 2015


Claude Mellins

Claude MellinsClaude Mellins is a clinical psychologist with research and clinical expertise in psychosocial aspects of HIV disease in families and children. Over the past 15 years she has completed projects examining individual and family psychosocial factors mediating medical adherence in HIV infected women and children; sexual and drug use risk behaviour in uninfected youth with HIV infected mothers; and psychiatric and psychological functioning in HIV-infected mothers and children.

Mellins is a Professor of Psychology (in Psychiatry) at the Columbia University Medical Centre, New York State Psychiatric Institute. She is currently the Principal Investigator of an NIMH-funded R01 grant: MH069133 Mental Health and Risk Behaviour in HIV+ Youth and Seroreverter, one of the few studies examining psychiatric disorders and sexual and drug risk behaviour in perinatally HIV-infected adolescents. Mellins is also an investigator and member of the neurodevelopment subcommittee of the Women and Infants Transmission Study (NIDA; U01 DA15053), a multisite study of HIV-infected pregnant women and their children. Most recently, Mellins has worked closely with providers and intervention researchers to develop and pilot a family based prevention intervention for perinatally HIV-infected adolescents and their caregivers (CHAMP+: Supporting HIV+ youth and their families; PI Mary McKay, Co-PIs Claude Mellins and Elaine Abrams). She is also the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Special Needs Clinic at New York Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH), a mental health clinic for HIV-affected women, children, and families that has provided care to over 1400 patients since 1992.

She finished her PhD and Master’s degree from University of Southern California. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Brown University.

Credits to Columbia University

Published: 27 October 2014

Last update: 03 November 2015


Arsenio Alianan Jr

Arsenio Alianan JrArsenio Alianan Jr is and Assistant Professor at Department of Psychology of Ateneo de Manila University. Alianan is the current Vice-President of Psychological Association of the Philippines. He completed his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Ateneo de Manila University.  He is a founding member of PsychConsult, Inc., a private mental health service provider in Quezon City, Phililppines. Alianan currently does private practice there.  At various points, he had brief teaching stints with the Psychology Departments of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, De La Salle University and National University of Singapore.  Yet another involvement for nearly a decade he was in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Medicine of Philippine General Hospital.

His current research interests include:  psychological testing in the Philippines, particularly the assessment of basic aptitudes and abilities; effectiveness of counselling and psychotherapy; application and effectiveness of online counselling; and the mental health impact of migration and diaspora of Filipinos.

His selected publications include:

  • Ebrada, S. C. & Alianan, Jr. A. S. (2007).  Abnormal Psychology.  In L. Teh & M. E. J. Macapagal (Eds.)  General psychology.  RP:  Ateneo de Manila University Press.
  •  Ebrada, E. C. & Alianan, Jr. A. S.  (1999).  Abnormal Psychology. In L. Teh & M. E. J. Macapagal (Eds.)  General psychology textbook and manual.  Unpublished work commisioned by the Commision on Higher Education (Philippines).
  • Liwag, Maria Emma Concepcion (ed.).  Psyche:  The Filipino FamilyArsenio Sze Alianan, Jr.  “Shifts in Parenting Styles”.  Manila:  Ateneo de Manila University Press.  (forthcoming)

Credits to Ateneo de Manila University

Published: 21 August 2014

Last update: 04 April 2015


Margarita Holmes

Margarita HolmesMargarita Holmes is  a Clinical Psychologist specialising in sex therapy in the Philippines. Holmes graduated with a degree in BA Psychology from the University of the Philippines in 1973. She was one of only seven students to graduate magna cum laude among more than two thousand who graduated that year. Holmes was adjudged ‘Most Outstanding Graduate’ for 1973 by the University of the Philippines Alumni Association.

Holmes was awarded a scholarship grant from the East West Centre to study at the University of Hawaii in Manoa, where she received a Master of Public Health, major in International Family Planning, with special studies in Sex Therapy and Marriage Counselling. Holmes capped her credentials with a Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology from Ateneo de Manila University. She was elected into membership of international honour societies of Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Gamma Mu.

Holmes is a professor in the Psychology Department of the University of the Philippines Diliman. She is a frequent lecturer and resource speaker to academic, corporate and socio-civic groups throughout the country. She also served as a consultant in government and non-government organisations, notably the Population Centre Foundation and the Department of Health.

Holmes has been a professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, International School, San Carlos Seminary, Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University.

Her recent publlications include:

  • Lalakeng Barako. Manila: Anvil Publications, 2001
  • Babaeng Palaban. Manila: Anvil Publications, 2001
  • Down to 1: Depression Stories. Manila: Anvil Publications, 2010

Credits to Margarita Holmes

Published: 24 July 2014

Last update: 03 April 2015


Steven Hanley

Steven HanleyAs a fully licensed Clinical Psychologist, Steven Hanley, uses his training, experience, empathy and understanding of how the mind works to help create a safe, nonjudgmental space where a collaborative and therapeutic process can occur. The end result is often a fuller understanding of the origins of emotional distress and a new freedom from unsatisfying patterns of living. Hanley holds PhD in Clinical Psychology and MA in Clinical Psychology from University of Detroit Mercy, bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Hanley is also an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Detroit Mercy where he teaches Adult Development and Ageing; Death and Dying; Personality Disorders.

His presentation and publications include:

You can contact him for a free consultation here. You can also follow him on Twitter .

Credits to Steven Hanley

Published: 06 July 2014

Last update: 22 April 2015


Barbara VanHorn

Barbara VanHornBarbara VanHorn is a clinical psychologist with research interests in psychological effects of domestic violence, as well as the efficacy of technological resources in student learning. She has a varied academic past, beginning her college career, unsuccessfully, at the University of Colorado in the sixties. She returned to college as a non-traditional student, over the age of 40, earning her AA degree from Valencia College. She graduated with a BA, summa cum laude, from Rollins College, and earned her MS and PhD from the University of North Texas, completing her clinical internship at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Centre. Dr VanHorn taught psychology as an adjunct at Indian River State College in 1999, and has been a member of the full-time faculty since 2001. She served as Chair of the Social Science Department for 5 years and is currently a Full Professor in psychology.

VanHorn is a member of the American Psychological Association, and the Association for Psychological Science. She is also a member of the American Association of University Professors and has served on the Board of Directors of Safe Space and the Jacob School.

VanHorn was born in 1948, in Illinois, the daughter of an US Air Force officer and lived with her family in a variety of locations in the United States. As a young adult, she travelled extensively in more than 40 countries throughout Europe and Asia. She settled in central Florida, and gave birth to her daughter while a member of the staff Stonesoup School, the oldest alternative school in the state. From 1975 to 1989, she worked as a freelance costumer for a variety of art organizations from Southern Ballet Theatre and the Orlando Opera Company to Walt Disney World. Her work has been seen on stages from Miami to Tokyo. She resumed her education as her daughter was beginning her college career.

Credits to Indian River State College

Published: 08 May 2014

Last update:23 April 2015


David Johnson

David K. Johnson, assistant professor, psychology and gerontologyDavid Johnson is a licensed clinical psychologist with specialty training in Gerontology and Neuropsychology.   He is an assistant professor in Clinical Psychology at University of Kansas. Johnson has considerable multidisciplinary experience and worked closely with Geriatricians, Neurologists, Neuropathologists, Psychiatrists, Nurse Practitioners, and Biostatisticians in medical and academic settings. He also received specialty training in longitudinal data analysis as a postdoctoral fellow in Neurology at the Washington University Alzheimer’s Disease Research Centre, examining white matter disease, Alzheimer’s dementia, Lewy Body disease, and dementia associated with Parkinson’s disease. He is also an adjunct faculty in Neurology at KU Medical Centre and works closely with Jeff Burns of the Brain Ageing Project and the Alzheimer Disease Centre in Kansas City.

His primary interest is in clinical research that identifies cognitive and emotional processes that characterise healthy ageing and dementia. Although some age-related change may be part of healthy ageing processes, there are certain changes in memory and cognition that are early markers of dementia pathology leading to profound intellectual decrements in individuals with dementia. His research explores neuropsychological changes in ageing and how these changes impact thinking and emotion. Johnson is motivated by a framework that suggests multiple, co-occurring factors that affect cognitive ageing. He focuses on understanding these diverse, and dissociable, brain changes in ageing and dementia and how they affect cognition and emotion.

He completed his PhD in Clinical Psychology in 2003 from Washington University of St Louis.

Credits to University of Kansas

Published: 27 March 2014

Last update: 23 April 2015


Megan Carlos

Megan CarlosMegan Carlos is an assistant professor of psychology at Argosy University. Carlos received her MA in Child Psychology and her PhD in Child Clinical Psychology from the University of Minnesota at Twin Cities. Following the completion of her doctoral degree, she worked as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Kaiser Permanente, where she provided individual, group, and family therapy to children and adolescents and taught parenting classes for caregivers of children with ADHD and autism. Before coming to Argosy University, Carlos taught courses in child and adolescent psychology, human development, and cognitive assessment at University of the Pacific and Framingham State College. Her professional and research interests include attachment theory, developmental psychopathology, and empirically-based treatment of children and adolescents.

Her publications include:

  • Carlson, E.A., Sampson, M.C., & Sroufe, L.A. (2003). Implications of attachment theory and research for developmental and behavioral pediatrics. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 24, 364-379.
  • Sroufe, L.A., & Sampson, M.C. (2000). Attachment theory and systems concepts. Human Development, 43, 321-326.

Credits to Argosy University

Published: 25 March 2014

Last update: 04 February 2015

David Dozois

David DozoisDavid  Dozois a Full Professor in the Department of Psychology at University of Western Ontario. Dozois is also a member of the Clinical Psychology area, and cross-appointed with the Department of Psychiatry. He is currently serving as the Director of the Clinical Psychology Graduate Programme.

Dozois’ research concentrates on cognitive mechanisms related to depression. In this regard, he is investigating different aspects of core beliefs and self-schemas related to depression and how individuals organise or structure information about self. He also examine how these cognitive mechanisms change relate to the onset, maintenance, amelioration, relapse, and recurrence of these disorders. A related research interest involves cognitive-behavioural theories and therapy.

Dozois received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Calgary (1999). His predoctoral internship training was completed at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is a former Beck Scholar and had the opportunity to participate in a one-year training program at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research (2003-2004). Dozois is  a Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and a certified cognitive therapist. He has been working in the Department of Psychology at UWO since 1999. Dozois registered as a psychologist in the province of Ontario, and continue to maintain some clinical practice.

To learn more about his projects, visit his research lab website.

Credits to University of Western Ontario

Published: 20 March 2014

Last update: 23 April 2015


David Gard

David GardDavid Gard has taught in the Clinical Psychology programme at San Francisco State University since 1997, and has been a full-time faculty member since 2005. Gard obtained his BA in Psychology from the University of California at Irvine, his MS in Clinical Psychology from San Francisco State University, and his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley. Gard is the coordinator of the Clinical Programme at San Francisco State University, and has taught several of the graduate programme courses, is the Director of the Psychology Clinic, and serves as a primary supervisor for several clinical graduate students.

Gard’s primary teaching and research interests concern severe psychopathology including schizophrenia and major depression. His research lab website can be found here. He is licensed to practice as a Psychologist in California.

Credits to San Francisco State University

Published: 19 March 2014

Last update: 09 April 2015


Jacques Barber

Jacques BarberJacques Barber’s research focuses on the outcome and process of various psychotherapies (especially psychodynamic and cognitive therapies) for depression, panic disorder, PTSD, substance dependence and personality disorders.

In terms of psychotherapy process research, he has examined the impact of the therapeutic alliance and of therapists’ use of theoretically relevant interventions on the outcome of different therapies. Barber has specific interest on models of therapeutic changes that incorporate both relational and technical factors.

He has great interest in different methodologies to evaluate the efficacy of different interventions (from randomised clinical trials to naturalistic studies)

Outside of treatment research, Barbers have also conducted research on individual core conflicts, personality, and metacognitiion in different populations including Children of Holocaust Survivors.

His recent publications include:

  • Barber, J.P., Zilcha-Mano, S., Gallop, B., Barrett, M., McCarthy, K. S., & Dinger, U. (in press). (2014), The associations among improvement and alliance expectations, alliance during treatment, and treatment outcome for major depressive disorder. Psychotherapy Research.

He completed his PhD at University of Pennsylvania.

Credits to Adelphi University

Published: 19 March 2014

Last update: 23 April 2015


Fleur-Michelle Coiffait

Fleur-Michelle CoiffaitFleur-Michelle Coiffait is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist registered with the UK Health and Care Professions Council. She currently works full-time in clinical practice in an NHS child development service in England. This involves contributing to the multidisciplinary assessment of children and young people with identified concerns relating to their social, cognitive, and emotional development. These may include queries regarding whether a child meets criteria for neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism, ADHD and  PDA among  others.

Coiffait is interested in clinical psychology, health psychology, the link between physical and mental health and how people understand this, and what it is like to have a child who has complex needs. Coiffait is also interested in the experiences of people who are carers of someone with an illness or disability. Recent publications from Coiffait include a book chapter on family relationships in the 2013 Routledge International Companion to Educational Psychology and she is currently writing a chapter on the psychological well-being of individuals with severe and profound intellectual disability for the 3rd edition of Medical Care for Children and Adults with Developmental Disorders.

Coiffait completed her doctoral clinical psychology training at the University of Edinburgh, following completion of an MPhil and and BSc (Hons) Psychology at the University of Manchester. Coiffait’s doctoral research thesis revealed that parental locus of control was a significant predictor of psychological well-being in parents of children with profound and multiple disability.

Coiffait maintains a blog and is on Twitter at @fleurzel

Published: 17 March 2014

Last update: 21 April 2015


Shahnaz Bukhari

Shahnaz BukhariShahnaz Bukhari  is a Pakistani clinical psychologist and women’s rights activist. She is founder and director of the non-governmental organisation, Progressive Women’s Association (PWA), which documents and opposes violence against women.

She holds an MSc from University of the Punjab. After graduation, she worked as a family counsellor in Saudi Arabia for seven years. On returning to Pakistan in 1984, Bukhari observed that there were no services for victims of violence and resolved to fill the void. She founded the Progressive Women’s Association (PWA) the following year, an organisation to help female victims of social and domestic violence. In 1994, the PWA also began taking on cases of acid and burn victims. She also edits and publishes the magazine Women’s World.

The same year, the PWA successfully lobbied Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto to have all-female police stations established. In 1999, Bukhari converted her family home in Rawalpindi into AASSRA, Pakistan’s first shelter home for battered women with children. Bukhari and the Progressive Women’s Association have uncovered over 5,675 stove-death victims as part of the 16,000 cases they have documented of violence against women. From 1994 to 2008, the PWA documented 7,800 cases of acid attacks in the Islamabad area.

In 2001, Bukhari was arrested for “abetting an attempt to commit adultery” after sheltering a woman from an abusive husband at AASSRA. She was cleared of the charges two years later. According to Bukhari, she and her family have also received numerous threats as well as subject to frequent police raids.

Bukhari won the Civil Courage Prize of the US-based Train Foundation in 2003, awarded for “steadfast resistance to evil at great personal risk — rather than military valour.” One year later, Women’s eNews named her one of “21 Leaders for the 21st Century”.

Credits to Conference on World Affairs

Published: 13 March 2014

Last update: 23 April 2015