Faculty & Staff

Ursula Sanborn-Overby, Ph.D.

Ursula Sanborn-Overby, Ph.D.

Department Chair
148 Fitzelle Hall

Dr. Sanborn-Overby is a developmental psychologist. She researches the development of gender cognitions: how children learn about gender and how peoples’ ideas about gender change over time.

Michael Brown, Ph.D.

Michael Brown, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
144 Fitzelle Hall
Michael Brown's website

Michael Brown, Ph.D. (Associate Professor)
Dr. Brown is a social-cognitive psychologist. He studies decision-making and attitudes, particularly as they apply to issues involving gender, sexuality, and the law.


Charlene Christie, Ph.D.

210B Schumacher Hall
Charlene Christie's website

Charlene Christie, Ph.D. (Professor)
Dr. Christie is a social psychologist. She researches stereotyping and prejudice, intergroup relations, social identity, and deviance.

Michael Faber, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

149 Fitzelle


Dr. Faber is a social-personality psychologist whose research lies in how social and personality dynamics are expressed through media. His current interests include the study of Internet “trolling” personalities, the use of popular media in pedagogy, and parasocial interaction with admired media others.

Richard Kauffman, Ph. D.

Assistant Professor
151 Fitzelle
Phone: 607-436-3246
E-mail: Richard.Kauffman@oneonta.edu

Rick Kauffman, Ph. D. (Assistant Professor) is an evolutionary psychologist. His research emphasizes the utility of evolutionary theory as an applied science to inform evidence-based policy and practice at the individual, local and global scales, with a particular emphasis on education and prosocial communities.

Robert Kirk

Robert Kirk, Ph.D., C.D.P.

Assistant Professor
145 Fitzelle Hall

Dr. Kirk is a developmental psychologist who specializes in adult development and aging. His interests include motivation, identity and self-consciousness, decision-making, emotional intelligence, stereotypes, online behavior, cannabis use, and successful aging.

Katherine S. Lau

Katherine S. L. Lau, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
172 Fitzelle Hall
Dr. Lau's website

Dr. Lau is an applied developmental psychopathologist. Her research focuses on the development of personality and aggression, as well as racial health disparities in at-risk and juvenile-justice-involved youth.

Geoffrey O'Shea

Geoffrey O'Shea, Ph.D.

120 Fitzelle Hall

Dr. O’Shea is a cognitive psychologist whose research interests include memory, implicit learning, musical cognition, and cognitive neuroscience. He is the author of Cognition: A Psychophysiological Approach.

James Zians, Ph.D.

James Zians, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
122 Fitzelle Hall

Dr. James Zians is a clinical psychologist. His research involves the role of psychology in health promotion, prevention, and behavior change. His interests include mood disorders and Community Psychology.

Elio Santos

Elio Santos, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
147 Fitzelle Hall

Dr. Santos is a Cognitive Psychologist. His research interests include visual perception, motor control, eye movements, prediction, motion, psychophysics, and attention.


Yoko Takagi, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
146 Fitzelle Hall
(607) 436-3311

Dr. Takagi is a developmental psychologist. Her research involves moral development, cross-cultural studies of social and moral development, parenting and parent-child relations, and children’s play.

Jill Grundfest

Jill Grundfest

Department Secretary
161 Fitzelle Hall

Jill Grundfest serves as the Psychology Department Secretary. Jill started in the Admissions Office at SUNY Oneonta in 2010. She has been at Milne Library as Interlibrary Loan Clerk since 2012. She has an M.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Chicago. She is an environmentalist, a cat person, and an avid reader of mysteries and sci-fi.

Adjunct Faculty
James M. Bercovitz, Ph.D.

James M. Bercovitz, Ph.D.

Adjunct faculty member

Dr. Jim Bercovitz is a licensed psychotherapist working in Oneonta. He has taught our course in abnormal psychology and a seminar in neuropsychology.

Cathy Harris, LMSW, LCSW

Cathy Harris, LMSW, LCSW

Adjunct faculty member

Cathy Harris is a licensed social worker with experience in the fields of mental health, domestic violence, addictions, hospice and forensic social work. She is especially interested in group therapy for forensic clients. She teaches the Special Topics course on the Psychology of Family Violence.

Stephanie Poplock Ph.D., LCSW

Stephanie Poplock Ph.D., LCSW

Adjunct Faculty Member

Dr. Stephanie Poplock is a licensed counseling psychologist and licensed clinical social worker. She is the Supervising Psychologist for Otsego County Mental Health Clinic, and the Deputy Director of Otsego County Community Services. Her primary clinical interests include adult psychopathology, with emphasis on effective, anxiety, and personality disorders. Her research interests include rural mental health and adult psychopathology. Dr. Poplock teaches courses in Personality Theory and Psychotherapy and Behavior Change.

Raphael Web

Adjunct Faculty Member

Raphael Web has been a part of the SUNY Oneonta Community since 2000. Currently working in the IT department, Raphael previously worked as a behavior management specialist with developmentally disabled adults, as well as a daily living counselor with mentally ill adults in New York City. Raphael possesses a Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from SUNY Stony Brook.

Danielle Denny

Danielle Denny

Adjunct Faculty Member

Danielle Denny completed her undergraduate degree at SUNY Oneonta and has a Masters in Psychology. She is currently in the Office of Institutional Research as a Research Analyst. Her professional experiences include work in the fields of research, human services, and applied behavior analysis.

Patrick Hillis, MS, MA, MS Ed.

Adjunct Faculty Member

Patrick Hillis earned Masters degrees in Creative Studies, Psychology, and Education. He worked in human services for approximately twenty-five years serving people with developmental disabilities, mental health disabilities, and traumatic brain injuries, including owning a business serving people with traumatic brain injuries through a contract with the New York State Department of Health. Patrick is also on the faculty at another SUNY college and he was a guest lecturer at Cornell University four times where he lectured on empathy from a biological and psychological perspective to graduate engineering students.

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