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Clinical Psychology PhD Fresno Faculty

Our program faculty are actively engaged in applied research and publishing exciting new work in their field, which improves professional services, influences policy and changes lives. This level of engagement provides our students with opportunities to become connected to their professional communities and gain valuable research and presentation experience—co-authoring papers with faculty, presenting posters and serving in leadership roles in student divisions of professional associations. 

Core Faculty>

Derbra Bekerian, PhD

Debra Bekerian, PhD, Interim Program Director
PhD, 1978; University of California, Berkeley
Research interests: Adult and child event memory (qualitative/quantitative paradigms); child development, including impact of abuse on development and attachment; cognitive models of trauma; applied psychology

Merle Canfield PhD, Fresno Clinical Psychology

Merle Canfield, PhD, Professor
PhD, 1985; University of Kansas
Research interests: Human systems, including individuals, personal contracts, events, groups, roles, communities, and settings; program evaluation; psychotherapy research; psychometrics; multivariate statistics

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Kevin O’Connor, PhD, Distinguished Professor
Program Coordinator, Ecosystemic Clinical Psychology EmphasisRockway Institute
PhD, 1980; University of Toledo
Research interests: Marschak Interaction; Method Rating System; child psychotherapy process; play therapy

Recent Publications

  • O’Connor, K. & Ammen, S. (In Press).Play Therapy Treatment Planning and Interventions: The Ecosystemic Model and Workbook, 2nd edition.San Diego: Academic Press/Elsevier.
  • A Korean translation of Dr. O’Connor, K. and Braverman, L. (2009) Play Therapy Theory and Practice: Comparing Theories and Techniques. New York: Wiley was published Fall semester.
  • O’Connor, K and Braverman, L. (2009) Play Therapy Theory and Practice: Comparing Theories and Techniques. New York: Wiley was published Fall semester.
  • Kuba, J., Harris. D, O’Toole, S. (2011) published a paper entitled Understanding the role of gender and ethnic oppression when treating Mexican American women for eating disorders, Women and Therapy, 35 (1-2), 19-30.