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VA Western New York Healthcare System


Psychology Internship at Buffalo VA Medical Center

Psychology Internship Home      Training Goals and Structure Rotations       Faculties      Buffalo and Western NY 

Psychology Training Staff

Matthew Abrams, Ph.D.

  • Counseling Psychology, Loyola University Chicago, 2012; M.A., B.A., Governors State University, 2007.
  • Theoretical orientation: Integrative with concentration in acceptance/mindfulness-based and interpersonal approaches.
  • Professional Interests: Recovery-oriented care. The use of mindfulness in both individual and group psychotherapy.
  • Rotation: Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center

Gregory P. Beehler, Ph.D., M.A.

  • Counseling Psychology, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, 2007. M.A. (Medical Anthropology), University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, 1999. B.A., State University of New York at Geneseo, 1996.
  • Theoretical orientation: Integrative: Cognitive-behavioral, Interpersonal, and Postmodern
  • Professional interests: Behavioral medicine; implementation and evaluation of Integrated Primary Care; psychosocial oncology; chronic pain; program evaluation.
  • Rotation: Center for Integrated Healthcare

Brad Brown, Psy.D.

  • Clinical Psychology, Forest Institute, 2009; M.S. Counseling, Missouri State University, 2005.
  • Theoretical Orientation:  Client-centered, Interpersonal
  • Professional Interests: Forensics, Couples, DBT Group
  • Rotation: Behavioral Health Clinic

Kim Curyto, Ph.D.

  • Clinical Neuropsychology, Wayne State University, 2000.  B.A. Calvin College 1994.
  • Theoretical Orientation:  Cognitive-Behavioral, Bio Psychosocial, Person-Centered.
  • Professional interests:  Assessment and treatment of disruptive behaviors in dementia, evidence-based psychosocial and behavioral interventions, including STAR-VA, interdisciplinary implementation of interventions. Clinical and research program development.
  • Rotation:  Community Living Center (CLC)

Courtney DiLandro, Ph.D.

  • Clinical Psychology, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, 2007. B.A. New York University 1999.
  • Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
  • Professional Interests: Treatment of PTSD, including evidence based treatments for PTSD, training and consultation for Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) VA dissemination, psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery focused services for Veterans struggling with PTSD.
  • Rotation: PTSD Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Programs (Men’s and Women’s)

Sheila Donovan, Ph.D.

  • Counseling Psychology, University at Buffalo, 2001. M.S.W., University at Buffalo, 1996, B.A. State University of New York at Fredonia, 1993.
  • Theoretical orientation: Behavioral, cognitive, interpersonal and client-centered.
  • Professional Interests: Assessment and counseling of individuals with dementia, developmental disabilities and mental illness; behavioral approaches with individuals and families.
  • Rotation: Primary Care Clinic

Karl D. Frohm, Ph.D., Director of Training, Lead Psychologist

  • Clinical and Physiological Psychology, University of Utah, 1987. M.A., State University of New York College at Brockport, 1982. B.S., Yale University, 1977.
  • Theoretical orientation: Cognitive, behavioral, interpersonal and client-centered.
  • Professional interests: Adaptation to catastrophic and chronic illness, pain management, psychosomatic processes and program development.

Maria Gear Haugen, Ph.D., MBA  

  • Clinical Psychology, Bowling Green State University, 2012., M..A. American University 2003, M.B.A. Columbia University 1987, B.A. Boston College, 1980.
  • Theoretical Orientation: Integrative with concentration in existential, humanistic, and interpersonal approaches.
  • Professional Interests: Trauma, including evidence based treatments for PTSD, and psycho-spiritual aspects and sequellae of trauma; program development
  • Rotation: PTSD Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Programs (Men’s and Women’s) .

Lauretta Lascu, Ph.D.

  • Clinical Psychology, Florida Institute of Technology, 1994; B.Sc., University of Toronto, 1987.
  • Theoretical orientation: Cognitive-behavioral and humanistic/existential.
  • Professional Interests: trauma/PTSD assessment and treatment; Substance Use Disorder(SUD) assessment and treatment; comorbidity of PTSD and SUD; impact of trauma on couples and families.
  • Rotation: Buffalo Vet Center

Denise Mercurio-Riley, Ph.D.

  • Counseling Psychology, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, 2012. M.S. (Rehabilitation Counseling), University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, 2008. B.A., University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, 2006
  • Theoretical orientation: Cognitive-behavioral, Interpersonal, and Client-Centered
  • Professional interests: Psychosocial adjustment to chronic health conditions; pain management; acceptance of disability; caregiver adjustment; teaching and supervision.
  • Rotation: Behavioral Medicine

Kathryn Moss, Ph.D.

  • Clinical Psychology, The University of Alabama, 2009. M.A., The University of Alabama, 2006. B.A., West Virginia University, 2003.
  • Theoretical Orientation: Integrative, with a focus on cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, and client-centered approaches.
  • Professional Interests: Intervention, assessment, & consultation in long-term care and palliative care settings; cognitive and decision-making capacity assessment; geropsychology training; assessment and treatment of geriatric depression.
  • Rotation: Geropsychology

Deborah Stringer, Ph.D.

  • Clinical Psychology, University of Iowa, 2012; BA, University of Chicago, 2004
  • Theoretical Orientation: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Professional Interests: Substance use disorder treatment, personality assessment, neuropsychological assessment
  • Rotation: Substance Use Disorders Treatment