In scholarship of teaching, the major focus is to ensure that knowledge is responsibly imparted to others. From the Clinical Counseling Psychology faculty perspective, scholarship is infused in everything a psychologist does. The integration of science and practice reflects the scholarship of application in that faculty seek out ways that research can be used to solve problems and serve society.  

A hallmark of the Clinical Counseling Psychology Program at Assumption College is the emphasis on evidence-based treatment, and the clinical psychologists who teach in the program (core faculty and part-time faculty) are experts in a variety of cognitive behavioral therapies that have been shown to be efficacious by empirical research. The scholarship of teaching is reflected in the skills-based approach to teaching that is used by the clinical psychologists in the program. In addition to learning about various evidence-based treatments, students learn how to do these treatments. 

Faculty use various teaching strategies such as modeling, role playing, guided practice and feedback to develop students' counseling skills and competencies.

Meet the Clinical Counseling Psychology Faculty:

Leonard A. Doerfler
Professor and Director, Clinical Counseling Psychology Program
Director, Aaron T. Beck Institute for Cognitive Studies

Professor of Psychology, 1989
Diplomate and Fellow, Academy of Cognitive Therapy,
Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, UMass Medical School,
Fellow, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
B.S., University of Pittsburgh
M.A., Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia
Phone: (508) 767-7549, Office: Kennedy 133

Dr. Doerfler’s clinical and research interests include cognitive behavioral and interpersonal models of mood disorders, predictors of psychiatric hospitalization, psychotherapy outcome assessment, psychosocial adjustment to life-threatening illness, and assessment of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder in heart attack survivors.

Paula Fitzpatrick
Professor of Psychology, 1996
B.A., Ph.D., University of Connecticut
Phone: (508) 767-7550,
Office: Kennedy 138

Dr. Fitzpatrick’s research focuses on understanding the function of perception and cognition in movement, the acquisition of new skills, and becoming proficient in performing these skills. Her current research investigates the role of touch in using hand-held tools, the perceptual and cognitive principals that foster the development of manual skills, and the kinds of movement control strategies that reduce cognitive effort in the production of skilled manual actions. Dr. Fitzpatrick is an experimental psychologist.

Maria D. Kalpidou
Associate Professor of Psychology, 1998
B.A., Aristotle University (Thessalonki, Greece)
M.A., Tufts University
Ph.D., Louisiana State University
Phone: (508) 767-7294,
Office: Kennedy 137

Dr. Kalpidou’s interests focus on socioemotional development of young children. Her work examines the co-regulation of aversive behaviors in the mother-child interactions, the relationship of behavioral and emotional self-regulation in preschool age children, and psychosocial adjustment in immigrant children. Dr. Kalpidou is a development psychologist.

Regina Kuersten-Hogan
Associate Professor of Psychology, 2007
B.A., University of Massachusetts at Boston
M.A., Ph.D., Clark University
Phone: (508) 767-7587,
Office: Kennedy 145

Dr. Kuersten-Hogan’s research interests include family dynamics, especially emotion expression and co-parenting interactions in families, and their role in children's early cognitive and emotional development. Her current research focuses on couples' experiences with their transition to parenthood and family adjustment in the first year of infants' life. Dr. Kuersten-Hogan is also interested in developing therapeutic tools to help implement cognitive-behavioral interventions with children. In addition, Dr. Kuersten-Hogan works with children and families in a private practice in West Boylston. Dr. Kuersten-Hogan is a clinical psychologist.

Adam M. Volungis
Assistant Professor of Psychology, 2011
B.A., Saint Anselm College
M.A., Assumption College
Ph.D., Indiana University- Bloomington
Phone: (508) 767-7258,
Office: Kennedy 218

Dr. Volungis’ research interests include prevention of school violence, suicide prevention in adolescents, college student mental health and smartphone dependency, enhancing cognitive-behavioral therapy with technology, and youth internalizing/externalizing disorders. He is a counseling psychologist and his clinical experience includes working in psychiatric, residential, and outpatient settings serving youth, families, and adults. Most recently, he has provided psychological assessment and cognitive-behavioral therapy to youth and their families at Youth Opportunities Upheld, Inc. and Children’s Friend.


George D. Bozicas
Psychology (1989)
B.S., Fitchburg State College
M.A., Assumption College
Ph.D., University of Rhode Island

Dr. Bozicas’ clinical interests include family of origin issues in individual psychotherapy, treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children, adolescents, and adults, and marital and couples therapy. He is a clinical psychologist who is a member of a private mental health group practice.

Dana Kennedy, MSW
Psychology (2009)
B.A., DePauw University
MSW, Boston University School of Social Work

Professor Kennedy's clinical interests include assessment and treatment of children and adolescents who have psychological problems. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. She is Assistant Clinical Director of Ellsworth Child and Family Counseling Center of Children's Friend, Inc.

Brenda King
Psychology (2009)
B.L.S., Assumption College
M.S., Psy.D., Antioch University New England

Dr. King's clinical specialties include cognitive behavioral interventions for psychological disorders associated with midlife and late life, chronic pain and other health conditions. Her academic and clinical interests include women's roles and mental health, the effects of stress on physical illness and and chronic pain, and successful aging. Dr. King is currently with the UMass Primary Care Patient Centered Medical Home Program as Care Advisor where she works within the population-based medical model providing services as a clinical and health psychologist focusing on cognitive and behavioral change with groups and individuals to promote health behavior change and primary prevention.

Peter W. Moran
Psychology (1992)
B.A., Assumption College
M.A., State University of New York, Plattsburg
Ph.D., Brigham Young University

Dr. Moran’s clinical interests include cognitive-behavioral treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, psychotherapy outcome assessment, and managed care issues in clinical practice. He is a clinical psychologist at the Center for Psychiatry at St. Vincent Hospital, Clinical Director for Prescott Health Care, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.

Paul M. Rosen
Psychology (1989)
B.A., University of Massachusetts
M.A., University of Denver
Ph.D., University of Denver

Dr. Rosen’s clinical interests include self-mutilation in children and adolescents and severe psychopathology in adolescents. He is a clinical psychologist and Clinical Director of Educational Support Programs at the Central Massachusetts Special Education Collaborative.

John D. Weagraff, Jr.
Psychology (1995)
B.A., M.A., Pennsylvania State University;
M.Div., Andover Newton Theological School
Ph.D., Boston College
Psy.D., Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology

Dr. Weagraff’s clinical interests include ethical and professional issues in counseling and psychotherapy. He is a clinical psychologist and also a minister; Dr. Weagraff works in the Department of Pastoral Care Services at Westboro State Hospital.