People

Christopher E. Overtree, Ph.D.

Director and Faculty Clinician (Licensed Psychologist)

Dr. Christopher Overtree is the Director of the Psychological Services Center and a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he has won numerous awards including College Awards or Outstanding Teaching and Outstanding Community Service.  He is an integrative therapist with a specialty in cognitive behavioral therapy and specializes in anxiety, depression, cognitive-behavior therapy, disorders of childhood and the challenges of parenting.  He is a clinical consultant  that helps local schools achieve greater academic success by promoting positive school climate and respectful, engaged teaching.  Dr. Overtree is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  His research focuses on the effectiveness of psychotherapy in naturalistic settings, graduate clinical training, the development of more efficient service models, and primary care integration. 

Email:  overtree@psych.umass.edu

Michael J. Constantino, Ph.D.

Clinical Supervisor (Licensed Psychologist)

Michael J. Constantino, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he directs his Psychotherapy Research Lab, teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on theories and techniques of psychotherapy, and supervises clinicians-in-training. Dr. Constantino’s primary scientific contributions include: (1) the investigation of patient, therapist, and relational processes that influence psychosocial treatments, (2) the development and testing of effective therapeutic interventions that address pantheoretical principles of clinical change, (3) the conduct of effectiveness research in psychotherapy training clinics, and (4) the interface of social and clinical psychology in the service of establishing clinical practice guidelines. Dr. Constantino has published both theoretical and empirical work in leading journals and books in the field, and he has received both internal and external grant support for his research. Among other positions served and honors received, Dr. Constantino is currently the President of the North American Society for Psychotherapy Research. He also maintains a small private psychotherapy practice with adult outpatients.

email:  mconstantino@psych.umass;edu

Richard Halgin, Ph.D.

Clinical Supervisor (Licensed Psychologist)

Richard Halgin, Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is a licensed and board certified Clinical Psychologist as well as a Clinical Supervisor in the Psychological Services Center.  He received his Ph.D. from Fordham University, and completed a three-year fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center.  He has had four decades of clinical experience as a psychotherapist, supervisor, and consultant.  Dr. Halgin is a member of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Psychologists, and he previously served on the Ethics Committee of the American Psychological Association.  He is actively involved in graduate and undergraduate teaching, and was honored with the UMass Distinguished Teaching Award.  He has published more than sixty articles and book chapters, and is the co-author of Abnormal Psychology: Clinical Perspectives on Psychological Disorders (7th edition), editor of Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Abnormal Psychology (7th edition), and co-editor of A Casebook in Abnormal Psychology: From the Files of Experts.

Email:  rhalgin@psych.umass.edu

Timothy Hope, Ph.D.

Adjunct Clinical Supervisor (Licensed Psychologist)

Tim Hope, Ph.D. instructor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Health Service Provider in private practice. He is a Clinical Supervisor at the Psychological Services Center. He received his Ph.D. from Penn State University and completed his pre- and post-doctoral training at the Worcester Youth Guidance Center at UMassMemorial Health Care. He also has been intensively-trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, served as a DBT Resource Team trainer and consultant for the State of Connecticut, and served as a Clinical Supervisor for the University of Hartford. Dr. Hope is actively involved in his work as a psychotherapist, psychological assessor, teacher, supervisor, and consultant.

Joseph Mangine, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty Supervisor (Licensed Psychologist)

Joseph Mangine is an Adjunct Faculty Supervisor at the Psychological Services Center.  He is also in private practice in Amherst, Massachusetts, where he specializes in using cognitive behavioral treatment approaches with patients presenting anxiety, addiction, and/or trauma diagnoses.  His 25 year career has included work in and consultation to schools, hospitals, and businesses.  He is currently serving as Principal and Vice President of Summit Performance Group and as a Faculty Trainer for the Risking Connection® trauma training program,  Dr. Mangine is a graduate of Bates College (B.A.), the University of New Hampshire (M.A.), and the Pennsylvania State University (Ph.D.).  He completed a pre-doctoral clinical internship at University Health Services, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and a post-doctoral fellowship in behavioral medicine at the Baystate Franklin Medical Center. 

William Matthews, Ph.D.

Clinical Supervisor (Licensed Psychologist)

William J. Matthews is a distinguished Emeritus Professor serving the University for many years as a Professor in the School of Education. Dr. Matthews now serves as a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology and as a Clinical Supervisor in the Psychological Services Center. In addition, he is the Director of Clinical training at the Vermont Brattelboro Retreat. In the initial part of his career, he achieved international recognition for his research on hypnotic phenomena and their applications to the clinical setting. He continues as a research consultant for the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis. He was the editor of the 3 volume set Current Thinking and Research in Brief Therapy: Solutions, Strategies, Narratives, Volume I-III, Brunner/Mazel. While developing his clinical skills in hypnosis and cognitive approaches to psychotherapy, Dr.Matthews continued his research program on hypnotic phenomena and expectancy theory at the University publishing numerous articles amd book chapters while presenting at various professional conferences. Dr. Matthews received his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts and his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut.

Email:  shamrock@educ.umass.edu

Rebecca Ready, Ph.D.

Psychological Assessment Supervisor (Licensed Clinical Neuropsychologist)

Rebecca Ready is an Associate Professor in the Clinical Division of the Department of Psychology, Division Head and Director of Clinical Training, and the Team Leader/Supervisor of the Psychological Service Center's ADHD Assessment program. Dr. Ready studies emotion and cognition in aging adults and in populations with neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's disease and Huntington's disease. She is interested in the interface between cognition and emotion in aging and how persons maintain life quality in the face of both minor and significant challenges. Current projects aim to discern associations between emotion regulation and memory, as well as increases in alexithymia with age.  Other projects pertain to outcomes assessment after neuropsychological evaluations for ADHD and Learning Disabilities.  Dr. Ready received her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, and completed Internship and Post-Doctoral Residency in Clinic Neuropsychology at Brown Medical School. Dr. Ready is a licensed Clinical Neuropsychologist and her expertise is in psychological and neuropsychological assessment. She is also a member of the Neuroscience and Behavior Program at the University of Massachusetts. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in neuroscience, neuropsychology, and psychological assessment.
 

email: ready@psych.umass.edu

Claudia B. Rutherford, Ph.D.

Assessment Clinical Supervisor

Claudia B. Rutherford Ph.D., adjunct clinical faculty member, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Deerfield. She specializes in psychological and neuropsychological testing of children and adults. She received her undergraduate degree from Brown University, a master’s degree in psychology from New York University, and a doctorate from Adelphi University. She completed an internship in neuropsychology, rehabilitation medicine, and health psychology at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine/New York University Medical Center. Prior to moving to Massachusetts, she worked as a research scientist in the neuroscience department at New York State Psychiatric Institute, doing clinical evaluations and psychiatric research. After moving to Western Massachusetts in 2002, she worked for several years at a child and family clinic in the Berkshires as a supervising psychologist. She has been in full-time private practice in Deerfield since 2006. One of very few healthcare providers in Western Massachusetts who offers assessment of children and adults, she is aware of the shortage of assessment psychologists in the region. This shortage has informed her practice and her advocacy efforts on behalf of both clients and the profession. Dr. Rutherford is a fellow and past board member of the Massachusetts Psychological Association. She is a board member and chair of the healthcare reform committee of the Massachusetts Neuropsychological Society. She is a member of the National Academy of Neuropsychology. She recently was given a presidential citation by MPA for her advocacy work in the Commonwealth and a Karl F. Heiser Presidential Award for Advocacy by APA.

David Scherer, Ph.D.

Clinical Supervisor and Faculty Clinician (Licensed Psychologist)

David Scherer is a Professor in the Clinical Division of the Department of Psychology as well as a Clinical Supervisor in the Psychological Services Center   His professional interests include adolescent development, the most effective means of providing psychotherapeutic interventions for children, adolescents, and families, and psychotherapy supervision.  He has conducted research on and published about psychotherapy for troubled adolescents and the ethics of adolescent decision-making in medical and research contexts.  Dr. Scherer earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia in 1989. Prior to coming to the University of Massachusetts he has held faculty positions at the University of South Carolina and the University of New Mexico.

email: dscherer@psych.umass.edu

Rebecca Stowe, Ph.D.

Clinical Supervisor/Faculty Clinician (Licensed Psychologist)

Rebecca M. Stowe is a lecturer in the Psychology Department and a Clinical Supervisor in the Psychological Services Center.   Dr. Stowe specializes in child and adolescent clinical psychology. She is particularly interested in disruptive behavior disorders in young children, assessment and treatment of ADHD, parenting issues, parent-child relationships, and the use of cognitive-behavioral interventions with children and families. Dr. Stowe earned her B.A. from the Uniersity of Maine and her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.  She completed a pre-doctoral internship at UMass Medical School/Worceser State Hospital and a post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical Child Psychology at Baystate Medical Center. 

email:  rstowe@psych.umass.edu

Sara Whitcomb, Ph.D.

School Outreach Team Clinical Supervisor

Sara Whitcomb, Ph.D., is currently an Assistant Professor in the School Psychology program in the Department of Student Development at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. She teaches courses pertaining to developmental psychopathology, psychology in the classroom, behavioral assessment, and school-based consultation. Dr. Whitcomb also works with children and families and directs the School Outreach Team, an advanced clinical training team for doctoral students at the UMASS Psychological Services Center.  Dr. Whitcomb works with several school districts on their implementation of School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support, and her current research efforts include investigation of quality implementation features and consultation related to school-based behavioral and social-emotional learning efforts. She has received research fellowships from the UMASS School of Education and the UMASS Center for Research on Families in the College of Natural Sciences and the College of Social and Behavioral Science. Sara has co-authored several articles, the fourth edition of a textbook entitled, Behavioral, Social, and Emotional Assessment for Children and Adolescence and the Strong Start social-emotional learning curriculum series. Sara has previously held positions as a special education and general education teacher in grades k-8 and as an educational consultant.  Dr. Whitcomb received a B.A. in Education and Psychology from Boston College, an Ed.M in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University oif Oregon.