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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Current Interns: 2021-22 Academic Year

Adult Specialization


Vincent Corcoran, MA
Fordham University

Vincent is a sixth-year doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology PhD program at Fordham University. He has extensive experience in evidence-based practice, specifically delivering treatments informed by cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). He has trained across a variety of treatment settings that include outpatient practices, community mental health agencies, and psychiatric inpatient hospitals. His primary clinical interests focus on the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders in young adults. Vincent’s research centers around suicide and non-suicidal self-injury in nascent and developing areas. He is particularly interested in exploring how online behaviors may influence the onset, maintenance, and cessation of non-suicidal self-injury and whether online social connectedness can buffer against suicidal behavior. He has also begun to explore suicidality in mental health professionals by focusing on variables such as burnout, acquired capability for suicide, and perfectionism. He is a member of both the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) and the Association for Psychological Science (APS).


Kahlil DuPerry, MA
Boston College

Kahlil is a sixth-year doctoral candidate in the Counseling Psychology program at Boston College. His clinical experience ranges from working with college students to veterans to those with co-occurring major mental illness and problematic sexual behaviors. His practice is largely integrative of Cognitive Behavioral and Psychodynamic theories, along with a critically conscious systems and a patient-centered focus. Kahlil's research interests center around matters of identity development, especially racial and gender identities, with his dissertation focusing on men of color and their experiences with gendered racism.


Anne-Valerie Pierre-Canel, PsyM 
Rutgers University- GSAPP

Anne-Valerie is a sixth-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program of the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) at Rutgers University. Her primary clinical interests center on providing trauma-informed care, as well as delivering and translating culturally competent treatment to underserved populations. Anne-Valerie has extensive clinical experience across a myriad of settings and uses an integrative treatment approach that incorporates psychodynamic therapy, relational therapy, family therapy, group therapy, systemic approaches, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to accommodate the specific needs of the individual. Additionally, she helped to develop a COVID-19 support resource and crisis counseling program for New Jersey state residents. Anne-Valerie’s dissertation focuses on exploring whether psychology doctoral students experience Racial Battle Fatigue, assessing potential factors that impact their training, and developing recommendations for doctoral programs that seek to support their marginalized students during their graduate career. 


Cristin Pontillo, MA
Kean University

Cristin is a fifth-year student at Kean University’s Doctoral (PsyD) program in Combined School and Clinical Psychology. She is fluent in Spanish and her primary interests include working with older adults experiencing co-occurring medical conditions. Cristin has experience working across a broad range of settings and with diverse patient populations. Her theoretical orientation can be described as integrative, incorporating elements of both Psychodynamic Theory and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT). Cristin draws on her background as a certified yoga instructor and her clinician training in ACT to integrate mindfulness into her psychotherapeutic treatment approaches. Her dissertation efforts have focused on the creation and implementation of a chair yoga and mindfulness-based protocol for the treatment of depression in adults with Aphasia. Cristin understands that every individual is unique and prides herself on tailoring her approach to psychotherapy in a way that recognizes and honors those differences in her clients.

Child and Adolescent Specialization


Maria Alba, PsyM
Rutgers University – GSAPP

Maria is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at Rutgers University's Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP). She has worked with underserved populations in English and Spanish across community mental health and clinical research clinics, home-based settings, and a hospital-based day treatment program. Maria is skilled in delivering comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy to adolescents and adults struggling with suicidality and emotion regulation. She is also trained in providing evidence-based trauma treatment to children and families in the foster care system, undocumented immigrants, and survivors of human trafficking. Maria has presented her research at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies’ annual conferences. In addition to her roles as a graduate student, therapist, and researcher, Maria provided supervision to doctoral and undergraduate students, and psychoeducation to members of the community in Middlesex County, NJ. She is committed to promoting social justice and increasing access to mental health care.


Shaneze Gayle, MS
Seton Hall University

Shaneze is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in the Counseling Psychology PhD program at Seton Hall University with a concentration in health psychology. She has experience integrating psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral therapies for youth, adults and families in various settings including, psychiatric inpatient, outpatient, and community mental health. Her clinical and research interests include trauma, its effects on overall health (e.g. mind body connection), and resilience in underserved, marginalized communities. Her dissertation is looking at the impact of childhood trauma and ACEs (adverse childhood experiences) on a child’s mental and physical health. She is looking at protective factors (resiliency) that would moderate the effects of abuse. She is hoping to use her knowledge to aid underserved populations, cultivate resilience, and facilitate social justice. Outside of her clinical and research work, Shaneze enjoys hiking, exercising, aromatherapy and Harry Potter.

Combined Specialization


Fabianne Blake, MA
West Chester University

Fabianne is a doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology program of West Chester University and is a member of the RAISE lab. After graduating from Teachers College at Columbia University, she provided psychological services at a Child Guidance Clinic in Trinidad and Tobago. At this clinic, she gained experience working with families who experienced trauma and faced complex psychosocial stressors. This experience strengthened her commitment to working with underserved and marginalized populations. In her doctoral career, her research has explored ways to competently deliver evidence-based interventions to traditionally underserved communities and the role of sociocultural protective factors, like racial ethnic socialization, in buffering risk. Fabianne’s dissertation explores the protective effects of racial ethnic socialization on children and adolescents of color.


Nicole Petrovich Brennan, MA
The New School for Social Research

Nicole Petrovich Brennan is a 5th year doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at The New School for Social Research and The Center for Attachment Research. She comes to psychology from a previous career in neuroscience where she published extensively in the field of functional neuroimaging. Nicole’s current research focuses on characterizing the effects of adverse childhood experiences on emotion regulation in the brain and adult attachment. Clinically, she is interested in neuropsychoanalysis, or ways to understand the interface between neurobiology and psychoanalysis. Nicole has experience serving on her local Board of Education and aims, in the future, to advocate for research informed mental health policy across the lifespan.